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A couple colleagues (Joe and Sara) wondered if support for the new name is divided between corporate and academic members. Actually, I’ve heard from folks from research labs (gov’t, private, and corporate) really who really hate the name, too. My take: it’s business researchers vs. science researchers. I think there are more fingers in the…

I’m a librarian dammit

My primary professional society, SLA, has been going through this big “align in 2009″ business. They’ve decided we need a new name because CEOs of corporations don’t understand what librarians do. So here it is: Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionalswhich will go by ASKpro rrrrright. So now people know exactly what we do. Oh I…

Dr. Free-Ride answers the question about what credentials are needed to become a philosopher. It’s interesting to note, actually, that in library schools – places where one goes to study to become a librarian – folks might have a PhD in just about anything. From education to computer science to anything starting with information (systems/studies/science/technology/management)…

More on feedback

In a recent post I mentioned giving real feedback to vendors and people designing systems and services for us. Sue left a comment that the vendor basically acts like she’s alone in this – and they say that to me, too, but we soldier on. (oh, and AIAA says we’re the only ones who have…

This is the first in a series discussing things that librarians do.  Stephanie Willen Brown pointed me to this hilarious video from UT Arlington. Actually, the other librarian’s reference interview isn’t the model of perfection, either, but we’ll talk about that. The purpose of a reference interview is for the librarian to understand the patron’s…

SLA 2009 Preview

SLA is the Special Libraries Association – it’s really my home professional organization.  I often go to basically 3 conferences in my profession: SLA, ASIS&T, and Computers In Libraries.  You come back from SLA and you want to buy something. You come back from ASIS&T and you want to study something or just think about…

It’s, um, fine… I guess

Is that all our vendors hear when they ask us to try out their new interfaces?  A couple of us were kvetching on friendfeed about this.   Lemme tell you a little story.  A little while ago a really important society publisher in the geosciences re-did all of their web pages and they were pretty…

Then I have the job for you. If you are a scientist, but you want to get out of the lab, want to have a little more variety in your life, like helping people and finding information, but still want to use your science degree and be part of the scientific enterprise, then you might…

I believe….

I believe in libraries and librarians. I think it was Dana Roth who posted this quote to a listserv: “To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.” ~Jon Bing,…