DEANS, DIRECTORS, AND CHAIRS If you are a faculty member or a director and your school did not respond fully to the 2012 survey, now is the time to get started on the 2013 documentation. There are three stages in the annual LJ Placements & Salary Survey.
It’s that time of year again: school is starting in a few days. I’m booking orientations and classes for my areas of liaison, so I’m looking forward to meeting a whole lot of new, bright-eyed students and having the privilege of introducing them to the riches of our library system. I’ve tried many different methods for teaching library resources to students over three decades of library teaching, but there’s one method in particular that seems to evoke a strongly positive response from both the students and the faculty for whose course I’m teaching the library class. What is it? Getting them into the library stacks.
Finding a Public Voice: Barbara Fister as a Case Study is at long last available from ALA Editions! The volume, edited by Danielle Theiss and Diane Kovacs, is a collection of essays by academic librarians that pays tribute to the thoughtful and fearless Barbara Fister. I made a humble contribution to the book in the form of a haiku and longer poem (so called) simply because I was asked and because I had to be part of any book that recognized Barbara Fister’s many contributions to our profession. Barbara—thank you for being you, and for sharing you with the rest of us via your writing.
Joshua D. Sosin, an associate professor in Duke’s Department of Classical Studies, will become director of the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing, a new digital-humanities unit of the Duke University Libraries which is supported by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sosin will be the first tenured faculty member at the university to have a joint appointment in the library and an academic department.
I seldom go to far distant conferences any longer, mainly because travel has become so labor-intensive and annoying (when you have to be in a particular place at a particular time, in contrast to the Blue Highways kinds of trips I enjoy) and because they seldom turn out to justify my putting up with the considerable annoyance of getting to and from them. That’s why I’m so jazzed at the prospect of “attending” this year’s ALA Virtual Conference on Mapping Transformation on July 24th and 25th, an intriguing meeting that I can attend from the comfort of my home library.
The situation Brian Bannon inherited when he took over as commissioner of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) on March 19, 2012, was, to say the least, daunting. Though he had a lot of experience as chief information officer for San Francisco’s public libraries (and previously with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Seattle Public Library), this was his first time in the hot seat, and he was following in the footsteps of 18-year veteran Mary Dempsey.
Bringing it Back… to You: Sharing PD, Data Training, and the Information School at UDub | Not Dead Yet
Following up on a couple of columns, I’d like to report back to you readers with responses and subsequent happenings, as well as describe a recent professional experience I had. First, many thanks to all of you who either posted responses here or wrote to me privately in answer to my last column, sharing some of your ways of “bringing it [what you learned] back home” from conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities. Here’s a summary of the activities reported.
Many efforts to diversify the ranks of librarians focus on well-intentioned but expensive projects to recruit a small number of aspiring students who may, or may not, become long-term members of the profession. For example, in April the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) gave a grant of $487,652 to support a joint diversity [...]