November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2010

Transforming Our Language Through Words That Work

This week Urban Libraries Council held a webinar entitled, "The Power of Strategic Language in Education." I was aware of the webinar because it was hosted by our executive director, Pat Losinksi. But what you’ll be interested in is that the focus was on Howard County Public Library and an article they wrote for Public […]

OCLC and Michigan State at Impasse Over SkyRiver Cataloging, Resource Sharing Costs

MSU says cost prohibitive; OCLC board chair and OCLC’s De Rosa defend shared model Dispute over cost to use non-OCLC records for ILL MSU lays out cost, declines OCLC’s offer Would arrangement risk WorldCat’s long-term value? SkyRiver has much at stake When SkyRiver launched an alternative to OCLC’s bibliographic utility in October, part of the […]

New Mexico State Must Cut Materials Budget by 27%

By Norman Oder Focus on journals, says library dean, and consider cost per use Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Cost increases and revenue losses Positions and salaries frozen Decisions coming by May Facing a “perfect storm” of cost increases and revenue losses, New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, aims to cut […]

The Inflatable CV | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN How the productivity problem hobbles the reform of scholarly communication Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Two recent stories in the Chronicle of Higher Education made me ponder one of the problems we face as we try to support the ongoing scholarly conversation. […]

Librarians at McMaster University in Ontario Vote to Unionize

By Josh Hadro Leaving the faculty association, librarians approved labor board certification last week Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Vote certifies application to Ontario Labour Relations Board Two controversial firings in Spring 2009 Librarian union apart from faculty association The librarians at McMaster University  (Hamilton, ON) have broken off from the […]

Libraries on Twitter

This comparison came across my desk the other day and thought you would be interested to see the top libraries on Twitter. This ranking, from NFI Research, lists libraries based on four criteria: 1) regularly update their page and communicate with their followers  2) use Twitter to advance/promote communication with their community  3) have a proportionate […]

For-Profits and the Search for the Key to Better Retention | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA When it comes to student retention, we could all use more answers and less data. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Intrigued by a new study reporting that students at for-profit higher education institutions demonstrate higher retention and graduation rates, I wanted […]

Another Resource: from ALA

This week I received a copy of Bite-Sized Marketing, and thought you’d like to be aware of it. One of the authors is Nancy Dowd, whom you might want to follow if you don’t already. She writes a blog called "The M Word," focussing on marketing and libraries. Available from ALA, Bite-sized Marketing focuses on […]

What Scholarly Publishers Want To Know | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Perspective from the 2010 SSP Librarians Focus Group Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories My interaction with scholarly publishers has consisted primarily of short conversations at library conference booths. But that all changed on February 2 when I found myself one of […]

Repairing the Post-Ownership Library | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN We need to act collectively to fix the problem we made when we chose access Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Since one the many hats I’m wearing at the moment includes directing our faculty development program, I get a regular chance to […]