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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 OA Symposium, 2016

As I mentioned previously (actually, about 30 minutes ago in real time), it’s been a busy week in Denton.  The University of North Texas hosted two separate meetings on overlapping … Continue reading

May 22, 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

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

Emerald | Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jaeger, Bertot and Hines

Source: Emerald | Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jaeger, Bertot and Hines Here are some thoughts about the past year and the year to come in librarianship.  I think the … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maintaining relevance in the age of OA

Librarians have been at the center of the Open Access movement, stemming in no small part from the unsustainable rise of journal expenses.  But, as more and more articles articles become … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yet another weeding controversy

Obscure and popular books part of Berkeley library weeding process | Berkeleyside. This article describes yet another controversy over a library director’s attempt to weed the collection.  Going beyond the he-said-she-said … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The problem of the unused book”…still

First, I should explain my absence…I’ve become temporarily disabled by a broken foot.  To those who know my alternate life, no, it was not from playing hockey (although if it … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

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