Category Archives: Libraries

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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A Way Forward

It’s been a difficult few weeks for libraries and archives in Canada. Cuts from Library and Archives Canada. Defensive keynote addresses at Canadian Library Association and Association of Canadian Archivists meetings. Blogs and tweets expressing outrage and frustration. Unless we … 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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Library and Archives Canada (A Modest Proposal)

The recent news out of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has been devastating: slashed programs, reduced or eliminated services, moratorium on new acquisitions, distribution of existing collections to other institutions, and other depressing announcements. This is more than a response … Continue reading

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Online Learning (a response to Michael Steeleworthy)

Recently Michael Steeleworthy (currently at Wilfrid Laurier University) posted a manifesto on online instruction. Good for him. This is an area where we in libraries need a healthy debate. Michael invited a dialogue and I can’t resist. For the most … Continue reading

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Sigh. The Student’s View of Librarians

Some interesting (and occasionally depressing) findings from the ERIAL (Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries) project at Illinois Wesleyan, DePaul University, and Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois’s Chicago and Springfield campuses. An overview piece, “What Students Don’t … Continue reading

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Open Access: talkin’ bout a revolution

Recently The Economist (whose parent company made a £58m operating profit last fiscal), ran a story about the recent financial performance of Elsevier: a profit of £724m ($1.1 billion) on revenues of £2 billion—an operating-profit margin of 36%. Apparently it … Continue reading

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E-Books vs Print Books … Blah, blah, blah

I have become quite weary of the e-books vs print books debate. It’s all very emotional; print books feel good, e-books are always with you, print books smell nice, e-books don’t smell, etc. etc. I am always surprised that these … Continue reading

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Librarians (the video): Responding to the TEDxLibrariansTO Challenge

One of the more exciting initiatives recently is the TEDxLibrariansTO event. Kudos to the team that conceived of this and did a sensational job promoting it. Lots of good buzz and enthusiastic interest. Looking forward to attending and commenting on … Continue reading

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