Archive for libraries

At the heart of the campus?

Posted in research with tags , on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“Right now a controversy is raging in the United Kingdom, as many readers will know, about the future of public libraries. Libraries, under threat from funding cuts being experienced by local authorities, have become a kind of icon in the struggle to find a new kind of society that maintains decent values and is yet affordable in these straightened times …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 February]

Academic Library Autopsy Report, 2050

Posted in research with tags on 5 January 2011 by Steve

“The academic library has died. Despite early diagnosis, audacious denial in the face of its increasingly severe symptoms led to its deterioration and demise. The academic library died alone, largely neglected and forgotten by a world that once revered it …” (more)

[Brian T Sullivan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 January]

The Library: Three Jeremiads

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 December 2010 by Steve

“When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending …” (more)

[Robert Darnton, New York Review of Books, 2 December]

Bedding down in The Library

Posted in research with tags , on 30 October 2010 by Steve

“Earlier this week I took part in a debate at the British Library – ‘Is the Physical Library a Redundant Resource for 21st century academics’ organised by THE. To put it another way, should we all stay at home/in our studies and call up all the resources we need on our lap tops …” (more)

[A don’s life, 30 October]

Libraries in peril

Posted in research with tags , on 19 May 2010 by Steve

“Recently I was present at a conversation between two university librarians, and it was not an uplifting experience. Coming from very different types of university, both had identical concerns about the future. Libraries, they suggested, were now so expensive that most institutions could no longer afford them …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 May]

Embedded Librarianship

Posted in research with tags on 13 March 2010 by Steve

“There has been a lot of talk about embedded librarianship as of late. I have had the good fortune to hold office hours the past year in Rice’s math department, and thought I would share today a little of that experience …” (more)

[Effervescent Librarian’s Blog, 12 March]

The Tesco University Library?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 November 2009 by Steve

UK“‘The Tesco Library’ doesn’t exactly trip off my tongue very easily. Not that I have anything against Tesco. The ‘Cadbury Schweppes Library’ or even ‘The John Lewis Partnership Library’ wouldn’t sound any better. But I’m sure I could get used to it – if it came with a few million pounds to keep the library as great it has always been. This year has been the first time in 25 years working in Cambridge that I have had a suggestion for a library purchase rejected for the sole reason that it was too expensive. And if a Tesco (vel sim) ‘naming opportunity’ would make sure I got the books I needed, I would be happy …” (more)

[A don’s life, 11 November]

One size won’t fit all in information policy and provision

Posted in research with tags , on 9 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… Academic libraries have long worked to understand the needs of their different communities, as is evidenced by the faculty librarian or subject support model in place in most libraries, increasingly complemented today by the role of research support librarian. It is interesting to see in this report, however, the recommendation that researchers should ‘reconnect’ with information professionals. The model that has worked for so long needs to be updated and made stronger …” (more)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 8 November]

Academic libraries are undergoing a quiet revolution

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 August 2009 by Steve

UK“Thirty years ago, says Professor Jane Core, director of library and learning services at the University of Northumbria, people went into librarianship for a quiet life that had a bit of cachet. If they think that now, however, ‘they may be disappointed,’ she says. ‘Here, our focus is on working with people and with information.’ There’s not much spare time to stick your nose in a book. Applying for a job in a university library because you ‘love reading’ isn’t going to get you very far these days ….” (more)

[Louise Tickle, Guardian, 18 August]

What’s the point of library fines?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 April 2009 by Steve

UK“Cambridge University has just announced a dramatic decrease in the money paid in library fines at the University Library. The amount paid by students, they say, went down from £27,635 in 2006-7, to £20,503 in 2007-8. This is said to be ‘good news’ and the reason is the new automated renewal system: you now get an email telling you that the book is about to become overdue and you can renew it online. You don’t even have to set foot in the library. That still didn’t stop some eager students of the ancient world being caught out …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 17 April]

Why I came to library and information science

Posted in Life with tags on 12 January 2009 by Steve

“My academic career includes degrees in biology and computer science, teaching computer science in two universities, research in a high-tech, R&D firm, teaching in a college of education, and teaching now in a school of library and information science. My dissertation adviser was in philosophy, and the dissertation itself was in mathematical logic and artificial intelligence. I’ve published in a variety of journals, including those in other fields. People have often asked: Is there any rationale for this? Were you just booted from one place to another? I could give a practical account of why I moved to a library and information science school nine years ago, but that wouldn’t explain how I think of the field and what led me to that decision. To do that, I need to start a bit earlier …” (more)

[Chip’s journey, 11 January]