Keynote from NLS6: Moving Beyond Book Museums

Based on my speaker’s notes and my imperfect adrenaline-fueled memory of that afternoon, and minus some asides that make no sense if you weren’t there (bananas!), this is approximately the speech I gave at NLS6 in February. Enjoy!   Hello. Thank you. I’ve had a wonderful time here this weekend,…

Respecting your customers

I made clear my institution’s stance on the American Chemical Society, and our reasons for it, in this post. I was as fair as I could be, I gave credit where they deserved it, and I discussed how the facts of the matter impacted our campus. I then wrote a…

Killing Fear part 7: Speak.

[Part one is here. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.] So, what our undiscussables? Here’s one. Talking. Speaking where we might be heard is a point of our professional fear. In the past few years I’ve publicly griped about the American Chemical Society (hi, ACS guys! *waves*), Elsevier, EBSCO, Proquest, the…

“I am not a shouty man”

It was true when Sergeant Jackrum said it, and it’s true when I say it. I am not a shouty man. But by all that’s holy, vendors make me shouty. And I am not alone. Harvard is shouting about Big Deal packages and why they, actually, are kind of crappy…

Library Day In The Life: #libday8, Day 3

Slept late again today, a luxury that’s about to end. Shower, hair, makeup, dress (put away laundry), breakfast, pack lunch and dinner (put away dishes), pack a gym bag (create more laundry), and then off to the Post Office to mail a package to one of my aunts in Illinois.…

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