November 20, 2017

Archives for April 2009

Newly Created Lyrasis Now Set To Add NELINET

Lyrasis, the huge regional library network created out of the merger of PALINET and SOLINET, will expand further into the eastern United States by absorbing NELINET, which serves 500 member libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the six New England states and internationally. The Boards of Directors of NELINET and Lyrasis today approved a resolution […]

The Irreplaceable Krug | Blatant Berry

We need a candidate who can lead the Office of Intellectual Freedom in our brave new world. Judith Krug, director of the American ­Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) since it was founded in 1967, died on April 11. A giant among librarians, she was ALA’s best-known and strongest leader. Her service to […]

Reality Bites: Periodicals Price Survey 2009

In the face of the downturn, libraries and publishers brace for big cuts As waves of grim economic news wash over state and federal governments here and abroad, libraries of all types and sizes are bracing for budget cuts the likes of which have not been seen in three generations. Unlike most financial crises, this […]

Learning from Each Other | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell As an adjunct LIS instructor, I know that much of what my students learn will become obsolete during the term of their careers—probably sooner rather than later. And there’s only so much we can cover in one semester. That’s why much of the content and the class project are geared toward learning […]

What the Heck is Customer Segmentation and What Does it Mean to Libraries?

Customer segmentation is marketing’s bread and butter. Targeting customers makes good economic, practical sense. The days when libraries can be all things to all people are over. Focus is key. Probably everyone agrees with that prinicple. But how do you get started?  In this video I interview Sandy Swanson, president of OrangeBoy, a market research company. […]

Harvard Library Gets $5 Million from Arcadia Fund

By Norman Oder Gift goes to core functions UCLA, Yale received the same sum First focus: print collections, processing, conservation After giving $5 million each to libraries at the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University, the U.K.-based Arcadia Fund has awarded $5 million to the Harvard University Library, aimed to support core functions over […]

Penn Lands NEH Grant To Digitize Medieval, Renaissance Manuscripts

By Andrew Albanese Thanks to a two-year $292,958 grant, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will digitize approximately 800 European manuscripts—in all some 320,000 pages—from the eleventh through the sixteenth centuries, and make then available to the public, free of charge, on the web. The grant, from the Division of Preservation and Access of the National […]

Know Your Students-Before They Arrive | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell The good news is that we are constantly learning more about the students at our institutions. Studies like those from Project Information Literacy or the EDUCAUSE ECAR, for example, provide excellent insight into our students’ research behaviors and the technologies they use, and librarians like those at the University of Rochester Library, […]

ARL Releases Working Group Discussion Report on Special Collections

By Andrew Albanese Extraordinary challenges, opportunities for modern libraries Broad definition of special collections Forum to follow ARL membership meeting (This article first appeared in the April 7 issue of the LJ Academic Newswire.) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a “discussion report” that urges library leaders to take action to increase access to […]

To Tag Or Not to Tagline -That is the Question

Last week my family and I had a well deserved time away –spring break on the shell haven of Sanibel Island. On the flight down my eye was caught by the cover of the in-flight magazine. The question it asked: "A slogan is forever — or are catchy phrases a thing of the past?"  In […]