August 17, 2017

Gifts of This Hour | Office Hours

What do I listen to now? More than a few folks shared this sentiment online in the days following the release of “S-Town,” a podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of “Serial” and “This American Life.” It topped ten million–plus downloads within four days of release. I binged all seven episodes over spring break and found the series to be a moving, insightful, and well-conceived piece of audio journalism.

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eCollections Management: A Case for Vendor Support

By Edith Falk, library school lecturer, academic library consultant, and former chief librarian of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After the massive replacement of print journals by ejournals and the introduction of packages that included the whole range of journals from select publishers (now known as the Big Deal), the age of e-books dawned on […]

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Collection Development: A Centralized Approach

Collection development, the process of gathering and maintaining information resources for libraries has become increasingly complex, with libraries continuing to consider their blend of print volumes to e-books under shrinking budgets and a growing number of acquisition models. Luke Swindler, collection management officer for the University of North Carolina Library, sees collection development at University libraries going in one direction.

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Vanessa Irvin Preaches the Art of Storytelling to Future Librarians

“We are all walking stories, so it’s vital that as librarians, we learn the art of listening to story…” says Irvin, an assistant professor in the library and information science program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. “[We need to be] willing to share our own stories so that we best relate to patrons, communities, and stakeholders.”

NYPL for the Performing Arts Acquires First Hip-Hop Collection

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is home to the archives and papers of such dance notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham. In October, LPA acquired its first hip-hop collection with the archives of Michael Holman, New York dance impresario, filmmaker, musician, journalist, and television producer.

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Aging in the 21st Century

As the vocal baby boom generation gets older, aging itself has become a growing topic of conversation. Libraries—and their raisons d’être—are not immune from this fundamental shift.

Practice Makes Perfect | Collections

Formats proliferate while budgets fluctuate. Patrons want access to public library materials but may never physically enter a library building. Collection development librarians work to ensure that their holdings include the items patrons want at the time they require access. We talked to collection development professionals nationwide to discover their best practices for selecting and maintaining print and electronic materials.

Connecticut Announces First Phase of Statewide Library Ebook Platform

The Connecticut State Library (CSL) is working with non-profit cooperative Library Connection and the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT on the first phase of a new ebook service that will ultimately be available to all public libraries in the state.

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Demand-Driven Acquisition Goes Seamless

As a content workflow consultant, it’s Sharon Palchak’s job to keep turnaways—not being allowed access to an ebook—to a minimum. One way in which she’s able to do this is to help libraries set up their demand-driven acquisition (DDA) program. Although it’s often used in conjunction with other acquisition models, like subscriptions and firm orders, DDA […]

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Library of the Future: Why Data Is King

Like many library collections, the one million ebooks in Grand Valley State University Library’s digital stacks originates from multiple vendors (more than 30)—and every one has their different take on digital rights management. “That’s one thing we really struggle with—particularly with ebooks,” says Jeffrey Daniels, Grand Valley State’s interim associate dean of technology and information […]