Libraries

Petition for Edwin Mellen Press to Drop Libel Suit

Last week, librarians around the world took notice as Edwin Mellen Press sued a librarian and McMaster University for libel, for an opinion the librarian wrote regarding the quality of the press in the context of collection development. You may notice the perception is shared by Google’s search algorithm as well. If you’re a librarian,… Read more »

Libraries

Will Edwin Mellen Press Sue Google Over Search Algorithm?

If you haven’t heard the news, Edwin Mellen Press is suing a librarian from McMaster University over a blog post (since removed), which criticized the quality of materials the press publishes. You can read more at Insider Higher Ed from the article, “Price of a Bad Review.” Furthermore, the original blog post and notice of… Read more »

Libraries

A Library Is Not…

It’s great to see the responses coming in from yesterday’s post “A Library Is…” However, it all seems so grand and amorphous. A library is a magical wondrous adventure for your imagination and life travels. It’s a church of the mind. A¬†library is a technology for sharing ideas. And, it’s almost as good as a… Read more »

Libraries

A Library Is…

Let’s complete that sentence. My post yesterday, 3D Printers Won’t Kill Your Library,¬†generated a discussion which reinforced this issue of what exactly is a library. Or, put a different way, what does a library mean to different people? If you wish to reply through twitter, I’ll try to expand on this post and add in… Read more »

Libraries

3D Printers Won’t Kill Your Library

Some of the conversations about 3D printers in libraries seem to be more about a disagreement on what librarians do, and what services libraries provide, than on 3D printers. Should your library provide 3D printers? I’m not sure. I don’t work at your library. Each library is different. Each library serves a unique community. Hugh… Read more »

Libraries

Marketing and Market Research for Digital Library Collections

Before you begin a digital project there are a series of questions you should ask. Usually, questions regarding users and marketing are glossed over, but they important and, in my experience, too little effort is spent on them. Who Are Your Users? A catchall as to whom will benefit from a digital collection is: scholars,… Read more »

Libraries

Infographic: The Future of Libraries

Open Site has created a new infographic on the future of libraries. With libraries reporting an increased demand for technology, they are also finding the technology they have is not enough. While this offers a snapshot of trends, how might these trends be extrapolated?

Libraries

Blue Sky Library

I want to shift tone in discussing libraries. Instead of looking at what students and faculty want from a library, or what successful vs unsuccessful libraries look like, I want to step back. If there were no budget issues or politics involved, describe your dream library. See it take shape on the edge of your… Read more »

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The Shadow Library

In talking about libraries this week, one topic that keeps coming up is the cost of journals and access to them. What isn’t discussed is how users navigate these blockades. High quality research doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It’s informed by prior research. When a faculty member, researcher, or student is unable to access information… Read more »