the things we can’t discuss

Being an administrator can be deeply alienating. You’re responsible for people, for money, for a community, for services, for the success of all of those… and you’re the only one. You’re still a part of your professional cohort, but you’re not, really. I’m a librarian, but I’m not, really. I’m…

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small communities

This morning when I dropped my daughter off at daycare, Ms. Amanda said, “I don’t think I’ve seen you in jeans, before.” I smiled, and said I only had meetings with library staff and two faculty who already know me well, so I didn’t have to dress for anyone but…

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A small object lesson about the scholarly communication ecosystem

Yesterday I started following links and ended up at the supplementary material for the article “Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles“, which reminded me that I want to read it in full. And while PNAS has OA content, the thing I want is not yet available. So I wrestled with our…

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Things academic library directors are asked to engage with

Topics on which I have had conversations and/or email communications in the last week: Open access, the state of publishing, and what libraries are doing about it. Textbooks, the cost of textbooks, and the open textbook movement, and what libraries are doing about it. Why ebooks suck and what libraries…

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Airplane blogging

[posted from the free wifi at Vancouver’s international terminal] I’m sitting on a five hour plane flight to Vancouver, which is prelude to a 15 hour flight to Sydney. And I’m working, because while I am a highly productive person when I’m “on”, I’m also an incredible procrastinator, so I’m…

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