Hmm. Going through Penn. libraries, I hit Jersey Shore--and thought maybe I'd been mishearing Billy Joel's Allentown. I assumed he meant they went down to Atlantic City or elsewhere on the New Jersey shoreline for weekends, not to a nearby town. But, after a little checking: Nope, it was "the Jersey shore"...
After the vendor demo of Summon yesterday, I think that Summon is above the competition in the discovery market. However, I now utterly resent the product because of the aggressive and argumentative sales rep.
Do you host web -inars, -casts, conferences, or other virtual discussion thingies? What do you use? Does your library/campus have a platform? Are there good free ones out there? If you have a paid one, would you let an outsider use it for free? (one of the groups I chair has decided to try to hold a virtual discussion, but have no idea how to host
So, are any LSWers testing the waters of patron driven acquisition of e-books? If so, are you wadding or swimming? What parameters did you use for your profile(s). Our pilot profile was post 2008 publication, no obvious textbooks, and from 15 "primary" academic publishers. But, we're getting ready to analyze usage and change things a bit.
Tried to help a student with MRI+, some business/marketing database. Totally flummoxed. Couldn't even really get to where I could see where one would input anything, nor deduce how to navigate around the interface. Feel like a goober.
I need some insight as a new librarian. I know I'm supposed to be working toward getting published, but I don't know where to start. How did you all get started? Was it something that evolved organically or did you decide to write something specifically to pursue publication? I need some inspiration and direction, so whatever insight is great.
a prof just told me that one of her students says she has a $20 app on her iPhone that gives her access to more fulltext journals than she can get through our library. Sounds sketchy to me. Has anybody heard of this? I don't have the name of the app, but the professor is going to ask the student.
Anyone want to do my homework for me? Looking for articles on the value of decluttering library websites (esp. academic library websites). I find bunches mentioning it in passing or taking it for granted; would love something more detailed explaining/illustrating the why of it. (Non-library focused papers won't sufficiently help my cause alas.)
Here's why I don't think the Textbook Rebellion approach http://bit.ly/gj9BXb would work for scholarly journals. The users don't pay for it out of the pocket. It's all free from their perspective. It's a lot different when your credit card bill shows up with $1.000 in textbook purchases. Now you want to get involved.
I leave Philosophy of Librarianship to others with greater minds to work out :) But basically customer service and informed guess work in the face of the future might feature;) Developments in the Legal Field? I think I have an angle on that. Other Big Thoughts? Hmm...
what is this sense of entitlement? When I was a student I had to buy all my textbooks. So you can only check it out for an hour... or a week... why is this not an awesome service the library is providing so you don't have to purchase every textbook for your classes? Why is this something that is annoying and not good enough for you? *rant over*
Creative brains of the LSW! If you could repurpose/redesign an area of your library space for any purpose and any way you wanted, what would you do? Trying to get my thinking-about-creative-uses-for-our-space juices flowing.