Category Archives: Librarianship

Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL): Additional Thoughts

CAPAL (the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians) held an Open Forum and its first membership meeting Thursday afternoon in Toronto. I’ve written previously about my reservations about CAPAL but I did join and I did participate in these meetings. … Continue reading

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Culture, Values and Change: Observations from Three Consortia in Canada

“Culture, Values and Change: Observations from Three Consortia in Canada” is a chapter I contributed to a new collections of essays published this year by Facet Publishing (a unit of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). My … Continue reading

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Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians: Some Initial Thoughts

There’s an old joke that says if you get more than three librarians together in a room they will form a new library association. We do seem have a lot of these things: Alphabet Soup of Library Associations Active in … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Academic Librarianship

This past September I was invited to give a talk as part of the BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series. As part of the invitation I gave the same talk at Simon Fraser University one day and at the University … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy: What I’ve Been Up To …

I’m terrified. In the best way possible…. For some time I’ve been working on a project about the idea of “post-literacy.” It’s a positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic exploration of the end of literacy (and the rise of some more profound … Continue reading

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OK, Just Read This

Jenica Rogers (@jenica26) is the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She also writes the always interesting Attempting Elegance blog. Recently she posted a series about the nature of librarians entitled: Killing Fear. If … Continue reading

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The National Librarian and Archivist Speaks to the Canadian Library Association. Now What?

“Missed opportunity” is the charitable way to describe Dr. Caron’s keynote address last week to the annual meeting of the Canadian Library Association. More honestly, it was a train wreck. Or maybe it was just the provocation we need to … Continue reading

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Librarians, Crisis, Higher Education: the Real Challenge

One of the blogs I like to follow is the Librarians Committee Blog from the University of Toronto Faculty Association. Always interesting, often instructive, sometimes infuriating. Recently, like many, the authors of this blog have railed against the various abuses … Continue reading

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The Curse of Service

This tweet from Bill Denton made me laugh … and then grimace. First rule of librarianship: You talk about staffing the ref desk. Second rule: you talk about staffing the ref desk. — William Denton (@wdenton) April 4, 2012 As … Continue reading

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Training & Learning

Rochelle Mazar is a very insightful and interesting colleague. Her recent post “Training is Broken” focuses on something many of us have encountered: faculty dislike being “trained.” And as a result a training approach doesn’t work (no matter how often … Continue reading

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