What if we redefined making in libraries?

In my last post about What Ifs, I asked “What If we adopted the maker movement as part of campus movement towards creativity and innovation?” That question has come up in two different venues for me this week, one driven by an administrative opportunity and a second originating with a…

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borrowing energy

Late November and early December is always a hard time in the academic cycle — the semester is almost over, and everyone’s wearing down, but we haven’t hit the frenetic energy of finals week yet. The pile of things you planned to get to “during the fall semester” or “before…

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Following up on the Chemistry issue

I promised everyone, when we made the decision to cease subscribing to an ACS package, that I would follow up, saying, “The libraries have agreed to do a robust analysis of how well or poorly this works out in this year.” So here I am. How’d it go? You’re all…

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on pride and Information Literacy tutorials

When I began serving as Director of Libraries, my supervisor told me that one shift I’d have to become accustomed to was that many of my ‘accomplishments’ would actually be that I had successfully supported the library staff in accomplishing things. As in, stop thinking that I’m someone who does…

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opting in and opting out

I just got an email from the University of Michigan’s School of Information informing me that they have created an account for me, using my name and email address, in their job placement database, because they noticed that I publicly posted a job ad relevant to their students. And now…

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