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Have Libraries Lessened the Importance of Structured Education? 

There was a time when libraries kept their books under lock and key, stored away behind gates, too precious for anyone to touch. Books were only accessible to university professors or, in the case of the Library Company of Philadelphia, benefactors. Books were still so rare that, in order to preserve them, only a limited …

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Digital Humanities updates 

It's a busy summer for folks in the digital humanities. Here's a quick overview of some of the developments in the DH community: dh +lib has released a mini-series called Make It New?, a collection of articles that continue the conversation about collaborations and connections between digital humanities and libraries in response to the Journal …

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Gettysburg College Collects Blogs for Special Collections 

Gettysburg College has acquired a couple of exciting new items of Civil War interest: blogs! Yes, I said, "blogs!" The College's Civil War Institute has started a project to collect and curate these discussions of Civil War memory, which you can read more about here. Blogs and social media have often been cited as potential …

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Just Saying No to For-Profit Academic Publishers 

The scholarly communication system is full of tension these days: libraries stretch budgets to meet the hugely increasing cost of journal subscriptions, academic publishers insist upon the added value of their product opposed to open-access models, and researchers feel pressure to publish in more prestigious, high-impact (and often more costly) journals to meet tenure and …

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Library Ghosts 

Libraries can be scary places.  Perhaps the theoretical underpinnings of the library as an institution is to blame for this (see an earlier post on this subject), or simply the experience of searching for a book all alone in a tall, narrow aisle in the deserted stacks, where any slight noise makes you jump.  Whatever …

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Measuring the Value of a College Library 

This article at the Chronicle of Higher Education takes up the important question of how to determine and measure the value of college libraries. Academic departments have been increasingly asked in recent years to justify themselves by quantitative measures, like how much grant money they take in or how many articles their professors produce. This …

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