Category: faculty

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 wondering, right? In May, I met with the faculty in the Chemistry Department to talk through their experiences. The Libraries’ Collection Development Coordinator, Marianne Hebert, and I came to the meeting with our ILL data, our expenditures data, and questions. A few key takeaways from that discussion, and my responses […] keep reading…

we are not the ones who failed

On Facebook, in comments online, and face-to-face, a few librarians and chemists have expressed sadness, dismay, or concern that we’re canceling our ACS content. The message, uniformly, is “That’s a bad decision. Your users need that content. You need to reconsider.” So here’s the thing. I don’t disagree with two of those three points. It’s a crappy decision. Our users do need that content. But I cannot reconsider. I’m notorious in a small SUNY circle for insistently saying the following: “A good deal that I can’t afford is still a good deal, and I still can’t afford it.” The difference […] keep reading…

Walking away from the American Chemical Society

There’s no gentle introduction to this, so I’ll get right to my point: Librarians, this is a call to action. tl;dr: SUNY Potsdam will not be subscribing to an American Chemical Society online journal package for 2013. We will instead be using a combination of the Royal Society of Chemistry content, ACS single title subscriptions, the ACS backfile, and ScienceDirect from Elsevier** to meet our chemical information needs. We’re doing this because the ACS pricing model is unsustainable for our institution and we were unable to find common ground with the sales team from the ACS. Instead, we explored other […] keep reading…

More on weeding, part 2

We have a series of entries, from several faculty members in several departments, on the faculty feedback form for our weeding project that just say “Please do not remove from the collection. These are classic works [in my field].” The ruthless inner collection manager in me wants to say “I don’t care.” Fortunately for everyone, my ruthless inner collection manager is not actively in charge of this project. Instead, the librarians doing the work are putting them onto the Keep And Discuss Later list, and odds are that we’ll keep them because of the expressed faculty interest. The question I […] keep reading…

Library Day In the Life: #libday8, Day 5

Hi.  It’s Friday. Now that we’re all glowing with joy… Up at 7:30, to work by 9. Justin made me coffee, and I put on a black suit and then took off the suit jacket and replaced it with a black sweater, because, ugh, I don’t want to wear a suit today. Too tired for that much formality. Black heels, dress pants, and sweater, purple shell underneath. Nametag, today. I am more tired than I look. Which is, I guess, good. 9:00: Hi to Angie, sign things, email, check online news, check Facebook and the Twitters and the lot. 9:30: […] keep reading…

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