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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Stop blaming the user

The user is not broken. It pisses some librarians off when I say that, but it’s true, as I intend it. The user is not broken in that our job is to fulfill the user’s needs, and the user’s needs are, while not always well-defined, possible to meet, or understood…

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The joys and pains of breadth

We recently (in the last 2 years) moved in a bigger way toward ebooks, and we are contemplating further new initiatives. Amongst our many challenges as librarians is the struggle to find ebooks in packages that have good user interfaces and good content and good policies and fair pricing. Most…

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Libraries, Overdrive, Amazon, and privacy

Sarah Houghton tells it like it is. Language occasionally NSFW, but completely appropriate. Personally, I’m very wibbly on privacy rights. Jenica The Person believes fiercely in the value of an educated and well-informed populace that has a protected right to access information freely and without coercion or monitoring. Jenica The…

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Yes. That.

This is why we do displays in the library. It’s no secret to my friends that I despise the Twilight books, purveyors of the blankest of blank of female “heroines”. I’m forever pointing to these two tshirts as my talking points: ]   So when I stopped at our banned…

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