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Removing barriers to access

I was catching up on library-related news stories and noticed a small trend in the posts that were catching my eyes…access, or rather, barriers to access.  These were mostly regarding … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a 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

Use of the Nation’s Library

The Library of Congress released some basic statistics regarding holdings & usage in 2015, nicely summarized by Gary Price for LJ.  The size of the LoC is well-known – after … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · 1 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

OCLC Research Releases New Report on the Sustainability of Research Data Management by Libraries

OCLC Research Releases New Report on the Sustainability of Research Data Management by Libraries Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket “The new report is titled, “If You Build It, Will They Fund? … 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

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

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