November 22, 2017

Archives for March 2012

ALA Legislative Scorecards for 2011 Now Available

The American Library Association today released its legislative scorecard for the members of the House and Senate in 2011.

Co-Sponsors Sign On to Federal Research Public Access Act

On March 20 some 24 new co-sponsors signed on to H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act. Joining the bill’s original sponsors, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) are 14 Democrats and ten Republicans from 18 states and the District of Columbia. The move follows a briefing […]

Columbia Panelists Urge Vigorous Exercise of Fair Use

Librarians and educators attending two panel sessions at Columbia University on Tuesday were told that they must employ fair use in a reasonable and robust manner in order to avoid deforming their mission to advance knowledge.

Libraries Are Colleges’ Most Effective Tech Investment, Surveys Find

Two surveys conducted by Inside Higher Ed found that college and university chief academic officers/provosts and presidents alike consider library technology to be their most effective technological investment. The 2011-12 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers found that, on average, CAOs/provosts rated their institutions’ investment in library technology as 58.8 […]

Brodart Strikes a Distribution Deal With UK Furniture Company

Brodart has formed an exclusive North American distribution agreement for a popular line of display library furniture from the UK.

Librarians at Law Firms

The Three Geeks and a Law blog’s Embedded Librarian survey found that only about a quarter (26 percent) of the law firms surveyed had an embedded librarian working with them, but another 53 percent were considering it. Of those firms who already had an embedded librarian, most  (63 percent) had had one for five years […]

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2012 Issue

Let ’em eat pizza I think the idea of the children reading to the therapy dogs is great (“Therapy Dogs’ Presence Steadily Grows in Libraries,” ow.ly/8WTc1). However, as someone who works in an academic library and has two dogs and knows how much training is required for a dog to be certified as a therapy […]

The Library Budget | Backtalk

A long, long time ago, when the earth was still cooling and dinosaurs roamed far and wide unburdened by thoughts of their own extinction, the library’s budget was a casually understood thing – there was always a little more than the year before, and the important thing was that you didn’t get carried away.

Authentic Librarianship and the Question of Service | Peer to Peer Review

How should we think about patron service? If resources weren’t an issue and we were free to do whatever is right in whatever amounts we wished, how would we figure out what’s right?

Paying a Premium for Higher Education | From the Bell Tower

As public higher education struggles for funding it is only natural to expect cuts in services. But what about the other possibility – premium payments for what used to be free.