specious arguments

Merriam-Webster defines “specious” as “having a false look of truth or genuineness : sophistic <specious reasoning>” The latest communication from the ACS, to many library and chemistry lists, says, in part, Beginning in 2009, for a small increase to the subscription fees it had paid for 8 ACS journals, SUNY…

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questions about library leadership

I’m a member of a SUNY Council of Library Directors task force on leadership, and my fellow task forcers and I had a conference call on Friday to talk about our next steps. The problem statement we all agree on is that we need to nurture library leadership and management…

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More on weeding

As we progress through the weeding project we embarked on this year, our Collection Development Coordinator, Marianne Hebert, sends out a weekly email to our faculty liaisons (one individual from each academic department) telling them that the week’s weeding list is ready for review. A few weeks ago she began…

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Counting books is boring

At SUNYLA this year, someone asked me about collection measures, and I think that’s when I said “I don’t care” and made several people very happy. Even if that’s not when I said it, I still don’t care. I said it again today, when a friend innocently asked a bunch…

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Up to my eyebrows in information

I am up to my eyebrows in information. I know more about these libraries than makes sense to know… unless you’re the Director. (Hey! Look!) Some tidbits: From the Annual Report for 2010-2011: Building use Library staff move through our facilities multiple times each day, counting the number of users…

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