November 21, 2017

Archives for April 2009

Can’t Keep It All: Learning from Budget Cuts Peer to Peer Review

I’ve spent some time working in faculty development and assessment of student learning on my campus and have seen up close how seismic the shift in emphasis from research to teaching to learning can be. I’m sensing the same tremors when it comes to libraries and how they determine priorities. At an undergraduate institution like […]

ARL Budget Roundup: Large Academic Libraries Face Cuts in Collections, Staff, Hours

Endowment losses and general budget pressure are factors. Some try to hold the line on materials. A variety of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are experiencing or facing budget cuts, and as Charles Bailey, publisher of Digital Scholarship, noted in DigitalKoans (which pointed LJ to most of this), that suggests that other cuts are widespread. Libraries […]

Value of Marketing from Our Executive Director

Another special guest in the Bubble Room, this time it’s Patrick Losinski, our executive director. As a marketing person who has just entered the library world in the last four years, I have no real perspective on where libraries have stood on understanding and utilizing the basic premises of marketing. That’s where Pat comes in. […]

Questions Linger after "Flash Mob" at UT Chattanooga Library Dispersed with Mace

By Josh Hadro Can a library embrace an “impromptu rave” during finals week? Students descend on library for party during finals week Mace used by police to disperse crowd Gathering went "beyond harmless fun," says administration Followup flashmobs at University of Kentucky and UNC Chapel Hill (Updated 4/30 with information on latest flashmobs at the […]

Customer or Patron? Which is Your Choice?

I was copied on an interesting email conversation about what to call the people who use or libraries: customer or patron. Given the back-and-forth comments in that conversation, I thought it was a good question to toss out to you. Which does your library use and what are the arguments for or against? At our library we […]

New U.S. News LIS Rankings Mostly Unchanged

By Norman Oder UIUC, UNC retain top marks Based on survey filled out by three academics at each program Specialty rankings also released Three years after its last ranking of LIS graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report has produced a new list for its May issue, with relatively little change at the top. The University […]

Tough Questions Emergeon OCLC's Competitive Advantage and Data Policies

By Josh Hadro Questions tied to ongoing debates about OCLC Vendors express concern about their business Would large libraries stay away? (Updated April 28 with quotes from Karen Schneider and Richard Wallis) See also: News of OCLC’s original announcement and a breakdown of how the new system will work. Major market moves elicit strong reactions, and […]

Simmons Graduate Library School Gets $1 Million Gift

By Norman Oder Allen Smith taught 30 years, died in 2008 Gift will support visiting scholar program, scholarships Emphasis on oral history and humanities Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Boston, has received a $1 million gift from the family of the late Allen Smith, a veteran professor of 30 years who […]

Library Privileges (Fees May Apply) | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN There have been many published reactions to the Google Book Search settlement and to Robert Darnton’s intelligent critique of it in the New York Review of Books—so many, it’s hard to find the way out once you head down that rabbit hole.  But one thing that […]

Waiting for Word on Admissions | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Harvard University recently completed its most selective admissions period ever, accepting only 7% of nearly 30,000 applicants. The news is likely similar at America’s most elite institutions. If your library serves any of the other 3,500 or more higher education institutions in this country, however, […]