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Archives for June 2013

The Aspen Institute Launches Dialogue On Public Libraries

From the Aspen Institute: The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will begin with a working group gathering in August 2013 convening leaders from the library field, executives from businesses and officials from various levels of government, community development visionaries and education experts to create a common vision […]

Five Questions with Joshua Sosin, a Library-Based Digital Humanities Scholar

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.

Data Curation’s Dirty Little Secret | Peer to Peer Review

When the Research Data Services group I helped inaugurate worked out a response process for data-management-plan assistance requests, we were careful to respect the disciplinary expertise among our members. After all, even in late 2010 it was a truism that the barrier skill for helping researchers manage data was disciplinary expertise. “In practice,” wrote Alma Swan and Sheridan Brown in 2008, “data scientists need a wide range of skills: domain expertise and computing skills are prerequisites…” Data curation’s dirty little secret is that this isn’t always true. It isn’t even often true.

LibraryReads Book Discovery Program To Launch | ALA Annual 2013

This fall a new national “library staff picks list” will debut under the name LibraryReads. All public library staff will be welcome to nominate new adult titles that they have read, loved, and are eager to share with patrons via the website libraryreads.org, which will go live today at noon. The ten most frequently recommended titles will be calculated monthly, and beginning this autumn, the resulting list will be publicized and promoted by librarians in branches as well as in patron newsletters, websites, etc.

What’s Hot: The Latest in Library Products & Furnishings | Library by Design, Spring 2013

ARCHIVAL Wrap it up The Spine Wrap Pamphlet Binder offers durability, efficiency, preservation, an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and reversibility. Your pamphlet can be quickly and easily stapled or sewn in to give it ultimate protection. The pressure-sensitive adhesive strip applied across the back after the stitching is complete conceals and protects the binding structure, giving a finished look […]

Going to ALA? Here’s an Update About Getting Around Chicago This Friday

UPDATE June 27: From ALA The route of the parade and celebration is close to some of the conference hotels and although our shuttle bus routes will stay the same, please anticipate travel delays and plan accordingly. All ALA events will start and end as scheduled. — I currently live just outside of Washington DC. […]

Agreement Reached on Provisions of New Treaty to Ease Access to Books for Visually Impaired Persons

UPDATE June 28: Statement of the Library Copyright Alliance at World Intellectual Property (WIPO) Organization Conference (PDF) Library Copyright Alliance consists of ALA, ARL, and ACRL. From WIPO: Negotiators from WIPO’s member states at the Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh reached agreement in the early morning hours of June 26, 2013, on the substantive provisions of a […]

Learning to Lead in a Cynical World | Leading From the Library

Those seeking more formal leadership roles will inevitably encounter cynicism. We live in cynical times, and there is distrust of those in leadership positions. If you anticipate it and have strategies for coping with it, leaders can learn to turn the cynics into believers.

Adding Transparency to the Ebook Transaction

During September 2011, Overdrive announced that some of the ebooks it provided would be accessible on Kindle devices. This was a big moment in the history of ebooks and libraries. It was something that the library community wanted. However, with the increased access came privacy concerns. Amazon.com would, due to the way the system was […]

My Ideal Professional Conference | Not Dead Yet

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.