April 21, 2018

Archives for May 2009

Back to the Scriptorium: Database Marketplace 2009

Amid budget woes, vendors and librarians find a common purpose Picture medieval monks hunched over their desks in the scriptorium as they labor to copy manuscripts. A 21st-century version of this activity is being repeated daily in the world’s libraries and publishing houses as major digitization projects seek to preserve millions of printed books and […]

ALA Warns Libraries: Google’s Calling, So Here Are Questions

By Norman Oder Libraries should press Google about pricing, privacy, censorship Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Google is approaching libraries ALA wants Google to respond to issues raised by library community Fairness hearing October 7 (For a set of links, go to LibraryJournal.com/GoogleBookSearchSettlement.) Little more than a week after three major […]

Our Annual Report — You Gotta See This!

Here’s something that I am so eager to share with  you. Our 2008 Annual Report. After many years of producing annual reports — concepting, writing, photography, design, press checks — all for a limited run of a few thousand copies — this year my library is doing something I think no one else has done: […]

Academic Librarian Salary Survey Released

By Josh Hadro The survey is the first to be conducted according to a set of newly revised librarian job descriptions. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Average administrative salaries range from $60,809 to $133,339 Average Mid-Level salaries range from $38,379 to $58,675 Survey uses revised job descriptions The Association of College […]

Fine Tuning Higher Education From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA The Lumina Foundation’s Tuning USA project may help fix higher education’s systems of assessment and accountability, writes Steven Bell. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories During the Bush administration, two significant and enduring themes emerged for the higher education industry: assessment and […]

The Vanishing Book Review | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN When it comes to expectations for academic book reviews, says Barbara Fister, the goal posts aren’t just being moved—they’re being blown up. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories I recently put together a simple survey on how librarians choose books for their libraries […]

Marketing and the Social Media Vortex

 I’ve been spending time considering the role of marketing and the social media explosion. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace…almost everyday someone asks me what are we doing in this space and how are we maximizing these tools. We can’t post, make policies and guidelines, update information, link to others….fast enough! In addition to populating our official presences in these […]

Warning of Abuse of Monopoly, Library Groups Ask Court To Closely Monitor Google Settlement

By Norman Oder Google Book Search an advance, but access, privacy, intellectual freedom in jeopardy. Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Don’t oppose settlement Could restructure publishing, change libraries Warning about costs, intellectual freedom, privacy (For a set of links, go to LibraryJournal.com/GoogleBookSearchSettlement.) Three major library groups, in comments (PDF) filed today […]

Sully Further Ups His Hero Status, Appearing in SFPL Ad Campaign

From May 3-16, San Francisco Public Library patrons will be able to return overdue books and materials without penalty. The fine amnesty program’s key spokesperson is Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who earlier this year guided his plane to a safe landing in New York City’s Hudson River, taking four library books with him (initially […]

Publishers & Librarians: Two Cultures, One Goal

Both aim to put books and readers together For two professions so committed to meeting the needs of readers, publishers and librarians have distinct cultures. Put simply, one culture is all about developing and selling books; the other is about sharing them and fostering a culture of reading. But there’s another basic difference, too. Publishers […]