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Archives for July 2013

MIT, JSTOR Filings Delay Release of Swartz FOIA Documents

Citing concerns about the privacy of employees and the security of their networks, both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and nonprofit JSTOR have filed motions intervening in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks to obtain Secret Service documents regarding internet activist Aaron Swartz.

Going Where the Jobs Are | Peer to Peer Review

For the future of library education, watch today’s “topics” courses. I’m celebrating this week: after three years of teaching it, my Digital Curation course has at last graduated to the dignity of its very own course number! When I first suggested the course to the formidable Louise Robbins, then director of SLIS, she immediately shot back “Where are the jobs?” I dug up a few, so Louise agreed to let me pilot the course under one of SLIS’s generic “topics” numbers. Topics courses change all the time—that’s what they’re for.

Don’t Let the Book Bugs Bite

In August 2012, bed bugs were found in lounge chairs at Wichita Public Libraries Central Branch, KS. Director Cynthia Berner Harris tackled the issue head-on. Like many library managers dealing with bed bugs, she closed the building for treatment and informed the public about the library’s response. She also offered the public an insider’s view by recording the library employee bed bug training and broadcasting the video on the Wichita City cable channel. Berner Harris says. “One thing that we did differently from some other libraries was the degree to which we talked to the community.”

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

Global information services company Swets this month launched a new service to help academic libraries pay and manage article processing charges (APC) on an institutional scale. The move comes in response to a sharp increase in fee-based open access publishing in the United Kingdom.

U.S. Public Library News Roundup: 15 Stories from 13 States

Here’s a selection of public library news items from around the country. All of the stories were posted online during the past week. Arkansas Fayetteville Public Library Board to Offer $2 Million for City Hospital Property (via Fayettville Flyer) California San Diego: Writing Old Central Library’s Next Chapter (via Voice of San Diego) Georgia Rabun County […]

Learning To Be a Remarkable Leader | Leading from the Library

Who doesn’t want to be a remarkable leader? Such leaders manage to combine powerful thinking and feeling skills. However, getting there is hard. Only about twenty percent of leaders are remarkable. What does it take? One of the long-lasting debates in the field of leadership is whether leaders are born or made. According to Dr. Karol Wasylyshyn (pronounced WA-SA-LISH-IN), a leadership researcher who combines expertise in business and psychology, it’s neither one. She believes that when the forces of education, experience, and behavior come together in the right blend, under the right conditions, a remarkable leader may emerge.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, July 15, 2013 Issue

Tripartite tradition Stop conflating collections with technology (Aaron Schmidt, “Focus on People, Not Tools.) If you really want to get back to “values” then you need to reemphasize the long, rich, historical, three-way relationship of librarians, users/researchers, and collections. It has always been a tripartite relationship, and all the rest is just extra. —Dennis Moser, […]

Media NewsBriefs | August 2013

The latest news from Findaway World and hoopla digital

Missouri: St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace Resigns, No Reason Provided

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Charles Pace, who helped the St. Louis County Library pass its first tax rate increase in decades, has resigned as library director, staff members learned today. A memo gave no reason for the resignation and said it was effective July 12. Pace could not be reached for comment. Kristen Sorth, […]

Metadata Games at Dartmouth University Help Tag College Photo Archives

From The Dartmouth (Student Newspaper): Metadata Games, a set of two video games recently co-designed by digital humanities and film and media studies professor Mary Flanagan, will allow users to help staff members at Rauner Special Collections Library tag and archive thousands of photos when the software is released in summer 2011. The new open-source […]