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Into the future

I wrapped up all the grading today and read lots of discussion posts, news posts, and more. What an amazing experience to see how you all learned so much this semester about libraries and information.  I’ll be looking through the rest of your reflective journals this week and making some additional comments. You’ll want to … Continue reading

Other Reading and Loose Ends

The course ends today so you probably have time on your hands.   If you are looking for something to read or more to learn about our cultural institutions, Gorman is a great librarian to read. He’s been influential within librarianship. Since he’s been around for a while, it’s great for me to see you … Continue reading

Microfilm & "copies on demand"

If you were fascinated by microfilm, you should take a look at Eugene B. Power’s Edition of one : the autobiography of Eugene B. Power founder of University Microfilms (Ann Arbor, MI : University Microfilms International, 1990). In his autobiography, he recounts not only the history of microfilm, but the idea of ‘copies on demand’, … Continue reading

Libraries as Place within our Communities

  Today is the ides of March and I am thinking of my college days when I read Julius Caesar and the other noble Romans. The library at my alma mater has a huge collection of materials where I felt welcome to study and explore the world of books.   The place of libraries in … Continue reading

Don’t let technology rule your life

You all struggled and ruminated over the role of technology in the library and the way it takes over your life. Most of all I think that this issue revolves around how librarians and information scientists interact with technology. Does it rule your life or do you use it as a tool? If you looked … Continue reading

So you want to be an academic librarian?: Part II

Continuing my previous post on what it is really like becoming an academic librarian, today’s post will follow up on the job search process and take you up to the point of starting your first professional job. As I reflected on my last post, I thought of more information that some of you may find … Continue reading

Values & Ethics Redux

We have talked about many of these topics already, particularly in the fourth week of the course when we talked about censorship and collection development. I really wanted to provide some links on the topic, primarily to Ranganathan (1892-1972) and his five laws. If you want to read the original text, it is available at … Continue reading

Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain – Sources of information

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Ah, copyright, that dreaded word and least understood concept. While we’ve all heard of copyright and how it is important, we don’t’ always understand it or consciously think about it. You can go to http://www.copyright.govto find out what it means. The historical section is the most informative. http://www.copyright.gov/historyand puts copyright into … Continue reading

So you want to be an academic librarian?

After talking to Dr. Kahn, and hearing about some of your discussion on my previous post about life as a new librarian, I thought I would add some more insight into academic libraries in particular.  I think that while most are you are at least vaguely familiar with the process of becoming a librarian in … Continue reading