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On books, and the death of print 

For years I’ve proudly declared myself a print enthusiast, the kind of person who cringes when hearing the phrase “print is dead,” and yet I have a perhaps morbid (ahem) fascination with the e-book reader debate.  In particular, I find it curious how many New York Times writers publish nervous pieces about their worry over …

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Room for Debate: Are School Librarians Expendable? 

The New York Times "Room for Debate" series often features smart commentary on genuinely interesting issues. This recent edition is no exception: Room for Debate: Are School Librarians Expendable? The authors raise a number of important points: How can we prevent libraries from being undervalued when their true value is so difficult to measure? Can …

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Plattsburgh via Angel Wings: Sharing SUNY LA 

I learn that the theme for SUNY LA 2011, Shared Borders: Collaborating for Success, is inspired partly by its physical locale. Plattsburgh is bordered by a sixth great lake and close to the Canadian border. It’s way up there, the “north country,” as they like to call it. For me, a SUNY LA “first timer,” …

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The San Francisco Public Library In Its Own Words 

Over Memorial Day weekend, I attended a wedding in San Francisco (don't tell New York, but it might be my favorite city!) Even if you've never been there, you've probably heard that San Francisco is a place full of character and eclectic charm. I wish I had had time to visit the San Francisco Public …

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Digital Public Library of America “Beta Sprint” 

Via the always-interesting Chronicle of Higher Education, I present to you the Digital Public Library of America's "Beta Sprint" Program: The Beta Sprint seeks, ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc. – put forth as a written statement, a visual display, code, or a combination of forms – that demonstrate how the DPLA might …

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National Library Week 

Each April, the American Library Association promotes the celebration of National Library Week.  Officially, "it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support." (From ALA) Though we're technically a bit late on the recognition  (it was April 10-16th this year) I thought I'd …

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The Secret Life of Libraries 

I came across this article at The Guardian recently and found it thoroughly delightful. It offers some thoughts and anecdotes about libraries, as their funding comes under attack in Britain as it has in the United States. For instance, did you know that some books were once stored off of the shelves not due to …

Posted 98 months ago by

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Publishing with Libraries 

See my reflections on this conference over on my personal Pressible site... where you can always see my more political views. :)


Reposted from Art As Work. Written by Brian Hughes.

Last week I attended the annual Association of College & Research Libraries conference in Philadelphia. Julia and I presented a poster on Pressible, and how our library is using it to expand the publishing possibilities available to our community. I attended panel and paper sessions on "embedded librarianship, "building lean and mean web project teams," …

Posted 98 months ago by

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Shelf Reading: A Thing of the Past? 

This semester, I've been celebrating the end of each week with an hours-long Friday morning shelf reading session here at the TC library. For the uninitiated, shelf reading is the tedious process of checking each and every book on the shelf, one by one, to verify that they are in order. It's fairly mind-numbing. So, of …

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The Ethics of Deaccession 

Not too long ago, the New York Times ran a story called "Deaccession Can Be Big Issue Even in Small Towns." It discusses the increasingly frequent occurrence that libraries must consider selling historical artifacts in order to make ends meet. Apart from the particular case of deaccessioning that the article focuses on, this practice …

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Books up to here: childhood adventures at the library 

"So how many books are you going to get today, Veronica?" my mother would ask as she opened the door to let me out of the car, my hands digging through my little blue and pink purse searching for the library card I was so proud to have.  "Up to here," I'd reply, placing my …

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Further Notes from Intentional Teacher Immersion 

As I've reported in previous posts, I was in Nashville, TN from Wednesday, November 10th through Sunday, November 14th to participate in an intensive Information Literacy program for instruction librarians with more than 5 years experience, the Intentional Teacher track (as opposed to the Teacher track, which is designed for more or less beginning instruction …

Posted 102 months ago by

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Memoirs of an Immersion 

On Wednesday, November 10th, I was arriving at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee for Immersion '10, "an intensive, 3.5 day program of training and education for instruction librarians," as described by ACRL, the sponsoring organization (a division of the American Library Association).  Scarritt-Bennett is on …

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News from Nashville 

I'm attending an intensive four-day program in Nashville (called an Immersion), sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and focusing on information literacy; I'm in the Intentional Teacher track (there's an Assessment track also meeting here).  It's so intensive that there hasn't really been a chance to take in any of the …

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