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 »
This week we’ve been talking about academic libraries. We’re trying to define success and surface behaviors that impede success for libraries. Librarians have a loud voice in this conversation, but it’s not the only voice. One comment that came up yesterday was library staff and library administration having a shared vision. What happens when library leadership… Read more »
Yesterday, I started off the discussion with the question, “What does a successful academic library look like?” While there were a lot of people who read the post, no one left any comments. So instead of defining success, which may be harder to do; let’s define the negative and see what takes shape. Of course,… Read more »
I considered a lot of different titles for this post. There are the popular phrases like “re-imagining the library,” “re-envisioning the library,” or “the future of libraries;” but, librarians and library advocates have been throwing those words around for years. Then, there was the edge-of-the-cliff approach. Something like, “take the library off life support,” or… Read more »
Score one for open access. This week a judge ruled that mass digitization counts as fair use. The Author’s Guild brought the suit against the HathiTrust, an online digital library consortium of academic libraries that was partially built from content universities gained from participating in Google’s book scanning project. Read more at InfoDocket.