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Demonstrating the value of librarianship

About Us | Prelinger Library

Source: About Us | Prelinger Library It is amazing what I have learned this year, and the Prelinger Library is the most pleasing.  I was reviewing items for a publication … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Measures & factors of collection evaluation

As I have been developing a model of collection evaluation – that is, examining the features of specific subsets of our libraries’ collections, usually based on subjects – I have … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Notes from the Library Publishing Forum

It’s been a busy week at UNT – host of two meetings: The Library Publishing Forum and the 7th annual Open Access Symposium.  The dates, and themes, are overlapping – … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Data, data everywhere in the news

Struggling to consider my blog topic this week, the problem being too many stories to choose from, I was struck by how many stories were about data.  Aha…a topic! First, … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Assessing the evolving library collections

Lorcan Dempsey from OCLC® Research recently revisited their 2014 publication on library collections (Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting), emphasizing the “facilitated collection” aspect of their report.  This refers to … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Open Data for LIS Research

This blog is a venue devoted to improving the utility and effectiveness of libraries, librarianship, and librarians through careful study.  This inevitably involves data, a word that has recently become hot, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel Fish

We have less funding for the things that really matter while paying much more to compensate for austerity policies. Source: The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Size of colleges & libraries, circa 1930

My postings to this blog have been much more sporadic over the last few weeks, largely because I have been working on a comprehensive literature review on the subject of…(surprise) … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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