Well that was new. A person in the interview process for a sales rep for one of our vendors just stopped by to ask a couple questions about salespeople in general as part of the interview process. Huh.
yay!!!!!!!!!! had a professor ask me who he could talk to about OA and was able to say "me." First professor in a while that has asked me about it. He's an editor of a journal and he's got some awesome ideas and I'm going to talk to him more about them.
Meeting with a prof about his first library instruction session led to discussion of what the need actually is, led to him brainstorming about including me as a lab component for the research methods class they are designing for the major. W00t w00t baby!
I don't remember whose idea it is that I'm stealing but sending thanks all the same: rather than an assault of "here's all the stuff the library can do" I'm just sending a "Hi, I'm the library liaison, can I buy you a cup of coffee" to new faculty.
I had a faculty ask a question about this language on an OA journal's page, referring to the different APCs for different kinds of articles: "The APC is different as the length of articles varies between categories and the time required by reviewers, editors, and other technical considerations."
Our faculty wishlist includes: GIS librarian, New Media Librarian, Digital Humanities Librarian, and Research Data Services Librarian.
Are we dreaming the future here? How many of these positions do you have in your libraries? (or, are you finding you have these needs to serve? Are they being served?)
I can tell that I will be building the courseguide for the first ever Public Admin class to request a library session for a very long time tonight! (they have been ignored on the current guide pretty completely :( )
Some of you know that a friend of mine from long ago, Suzy Wolfe, was the victim of a double homicide, along with one of her sisters, at their home in Pittsburgh on Friday. I'm posting here as well because one of their other sisters, Jen Wolfe, is a librarian at the University of Iowa.
So let's say you work in IT at a public library and receive the following question: "Are there affordable software programs available to help streamline class/programs we offer to the public?" Without picking apart how the asker defines affordable (or streamline), is there something that immediately comes to your mind?