One of our former students will be discussing the opportunities and challenges of pursuing an MLIS degree in mid-career. Event Page.
Interesting study into the impact of social media on education. The article doesn’t go into depth about research methodology, of course, so the results need to be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, but it certainly raises some interesting questions. I have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and FourSquare accounts, as well as this blog, so I’m obviously comfortable with using social media, although I still am very conscious about posting personal information, particularly on Twitter, where you can’t control easily access to your tweets. I’ve always believed in maintaining a line between your professional and personal identity with students, as I think it’s dangerous to get too personal when you have to evaluate people’s work. I was raised in a very formal learning environment where the roles of the participants were very clearly delineated; I actually appreciated that structure, as you knew where you stood. In graduate programs, particularly in a smaller School, the lines between student and faculty can get quite blurry; should we be in a rush to blur those lines any further, I wonder?
Further ruminations about the state of the publishing industry from the Globe. The final paragraph of the article makes mention of public libraries’ fight against some of the restrictive policies on borrowing and sharing ebooks.
As a dedicated ebook reader, I’m finding the debate over ebook pricing both intriguing and alarming. This post continues to raise the question of the quality of access to ebooks in libraries. Will access to ebooks be more restrictive than that to print books? There appears to be the popular assumption that digital items are more accessible because they lack a physical presence and can thus be downloaded easily. This is certainly not the case with the ebook collection in my local public library, where often access is restricted to only one person at a time, at least going by the number of times I have had to place an item on hold. While I can understand that pricing models often restrict libraries’ abilities to provide multiple digital copies, the placement of expiration dates on digital items by publishers is a rather different matter. What will be the impact on library budgets if ebook purchases last for only approximately one year if the HarperCollins model is to be applied?
This video about organizing a set of bookshelves made me laugh; granted, it was made by film makers as a film project, but who hasn’t re-arranged bookshelves in countless ways to try to fit as many items as possible? How many different ways do we try to organize our books: by colour, size, shape, subject, title, anarchy, chaos? In one of my classes, I ask students to describe and explain personal organization systems they have created: Perhaps adding a video component might make a good complement.
I came across this advertisement to celebrate Library Ireland week. It’s not a particularly novel concept, as the domino effect has been done before with books, but it does a good job of blending new and mobile technologies with books.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve frequently come across the topic of the changing nature of academic library collections. While library collections is a topic outside of my normal purview, it does concern one of the committees I’m currently sitting on which has been tasked to search for a new university librarian. A recent OCLC report examines the emergence of a mass-digitized book corpus in the HathiTrust Digital Library and whether it can serve as a substitute for low-use print collections in academic libraries. Rick Anderson presents a thought-provoking presentation of next-generation workflows for libraries: