Category Archives: academic libraries

Two good articles from Current Cites

Volume 56, Issue 1 of Current Cites came out just before Christmas (subscribe here). It had two articles that I found particularly interesting; the first an article by Keith Webster of the University of Queensland, discussing the conversion of the … Continue reading

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Today’s reads: Netflix; legal wastes of time; the future of the book

There’s been an interesting debate on the use of Netflix in university libraries. First posted on TameTheWeb, this seemed like a great idea to me: the university can save money, and enable students and staff to access films and other … Continue reading

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The (New) Library of Alexandria

Eight months must count as one of the longer breaks from blogging that hasn’t turned into a permanent break. 2009 has been a fairly tough year and I haven’t felt much like writing, or like I had much to say. So … Continue reading

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The Observer: A bad week for…librarianship

Luckily just a silly article, rather than another statement about the decline of the profession: Homo Britannicus by Professor Chris Stringer, a groundbreaking historical biological work about the origin of humans in Britain, was met with confusion at Manchester University, … Continue reading

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Another roundup

I’m clearing out my Google Reader ‘to read’ list and posting quick links to anything that still looks interesting…some of this is kinda old.  Also playing around with themes on the blog itself, and I upgraded to the latest WordPress, … Continue reading

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An anthropologist in the library

Yesterday I discussed Susan Gibbons’ book on academic libraries and ‘net gen’ students, and briefly mentioned an innovative project run by her library (University of Rochester). The library hired an anthropologist to work with students, to understand exactly what their … Continue reading

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Roundup: teaching, social technologies, and more

Timothy shares his library orientation presentation, made on Google Docs with images from Flickr. Meredith asks if any libraries are assessing their use of social technologies. Annoyed Librarian on deprofessionalisation: “Many librarians want to turn libraries into community centers, but … Continue reading

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