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Yet again someone said to me in a meeting: librarians don’t like web 2.0, they always push back against it. Ok, so this clearly doesn’t describe all of the librarians I hang out with online or any of the ones I work with. My guess is that there are two things that really spawned this.…

New book club, sounds really cool…. but most importantly, the author has an MLS from Simmons!

John Dupuis comments about a review of This Book is Overdue, saying that libraries’ roles in their institutions are not well understood by others in the institution because of inherent insularity in academe – silos, in effect. Drug Monkey basically sees the library as infrastructure. When I say infrastructure, I mean the SL Star (RIP)…

The following is by Susan Fingerman. She and I were discussing all of the media commentary, so when I heard she actually read it, I asked – no, make that begged – for a review. She was kind enough to supply. By now many of you have probably heard about This Book is Overdue: How…

Quick evil empire round-up

I expect D to have a more thorough take (she always does!), but there’s finally a more widespread outcry against Ebsco. A few of us commented about the exclusive rights to magazines and closing access to Ageline. There was also (rightfully) a kerfuffle about deep linking to HBS articles. Now we hear from Meredith Farkas…

There’s a lot of discussion about women in STEM and business and the barriers they face (justifiably so!), but what about men in the “female professions”? Do they face the same glass ceiling? It turns out that there’s a classic paper on this that coined the term, “glass escalator.” It is somewhat classic, so I…

What if we lost them as students?

I’ve only been a college student and grad student at one institution and I have to confess, the library treats students as second class citizens. Particularly technical services. When I mentioned in a sociology class that I am a librarian, a whole bunch of grad students piled on with complaints about interlibrary loan. One guy…

Librarians & Scientists: YMMV

Dorothea Salo reports that the scientists she spoke with at Science Online 2010 did not get why she was there or even why librarians would be interested in science communication. For some reason, I didn’t get that so much, if at all, this year at this venue. Not that I haven’t gotten that in the…

This is a session by Stephanie Willen Brown and Dorothea Salo . They started with a bunch of questions. About half the room was librarians, of the others split between affiliated with an institution and not. Where do you go for full text? Google, Google Scholar. Does that work? Sometimes – if not quick if…

Let me start by quoting an e-mail Dawn Pointer McCleskey sent to the SLA-DC listserv today (I have her permission). This is in reply to an e-mail from a younger member who mentioned how teachers and nurses have reclaimed their place and have formed very active and well-respected communities without giving up their identities. (I…