October 23, 2017

Academic Libraries

Libraries from Puerto Rico to Florida Respond to Hurricane Irma

Arriving hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Irma cut a destructive swath through the northeastern Caribbean and Florida Keys. More than $50 billion worth of damage was reported in the United States, as well as 39 fatalities.

Digital vs Print: Taking a Position as an Academic Librarian | From the Bell Tower

As collections transition to digital and print finds its way into remote storage sites, how does our profession respond to research that favors print over digital for reading comprehension, learning, and meeting student preferences?

Participatory Design in Action | The User Experience

Participatory Design (PD) is a method for engaging deeply with users in order to build inclusive, future-oriented, user-centered services. This year I piloted a PD project with a group of four Native American students at Montana State University (MSU) called User Experience with Underrepresented Populations (UXUP). With 650 enrolled Native students, comprising four percent of our student population, this is a growing and important user community for our library.

The Academic Mainstream | Streaming Video

Recent trends in technology are dramatically reshaping academic library collections, and while the use of video in higher education isn’t new, the move toward streaming brings a new array of benefits and challenges for academic librarians. LJ recently explored the ways in which libraries are addressing interest in streaming video services.

Libraries Take Key Roles in IMLS Community Catalyst Grant Projects

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has awarded 12 organizations Community Catalyst Grants totaling $1,637,271. Libraries are project partners of eight of the 12.

X-ray Fluorescence Offers Clues to Cornell Library’s Medieval Manuscripts

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) can non-invasively find traces of chemical elements, offering clues about the origins of centuries-old paintings, manuscripts, ceramics, and stained glass. For example, researchers at the library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery, a 1,452-year-old institution at the foot of Mount Sinai, Egypt, use x-ray technology to discover once hidden text and discover lost characters from extinct languages.

GPO Requests Recommendations to Update Federal Deposit Library Rules

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) director Davita Vance-Cooks has asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to recommend changes to Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, a request that has some members of the government information community concerned and others encouraged. Chapter 19 codifies GPO’s Federal Deposit Library Program (FDLP) into law, guaranteeing that the government will provide its information for free to the general public, and has not been significantly revised since the early 1990s.

Library Leaders Need to Get Humor Right | Leading from the Library

Library leaders have their share of celebratory and difficult moments. Sometimes it seems like the bad news outweighs the good, and that’s when leaders may use humor to cope with organizational stress. Those who do humor well know how to get it right.

IU Professor’s Archives Inspire Cross-Discipline Projects

Carrie Schwier, outreach and public services archivist at the Indiana University (IU) Archives, Bloomington, decided to reach beyond her “avid partners” such as the history department “to departments such as fine arts, folklore, media studies, theater.” This outreach program “has grown from one that was virtually nonexistent three years ago, to one that last year served nearly 700 students in 60 separate sessions.”

UVA Libraries Regroup After Weekend of Violence

Over the weekend of August 11–13, violent confrontations in Charlottesville, VA, between white nationalists and counterprotesters left many injured and three dead. Now Tyler Magill, a University of Virginia (UVA) library employee, is in the hospital after suffering a stroke on Tuesday, August 15, possibly linked to a blow he sustained when white nationalist marchers massed on the UVA grounds, clashing with students, faculty, and staff.