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This APS rocks! Here’s the press release from PAMnet: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APS ONLINE JOURNALS AVAILABLE FREE IN U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARIES Ridge, NY, 28 July 2010: The American Physical Society (APS) announces a new public access initiative that will give readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online…

V. brief post. Jonathan Rochkind points out that a lot of libraries are doing mobile sites and things, but he questions if they actually have a reason to think that these services are needed and will be used or if they are just creating these things because they’re cool. Please read his post, and let…

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…

Libraries and librarians connect people to information. That’s what we do. So there’s the information part and there’s the connecting part. Librarians gather, collect, license, and purchase information in the form of books, scrolls, artifacts, journals, web pages. And there’s a lot to selecting what to gather and keep and balancing competing demands to get…

ROTFL (and crying a bit)

This thread is hilarious, yet so true it makes me want to cry.

ASME- the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – has a series of journals that are heavily used by mechanical, aerospace, and even civil engineers. Most engineering schools have these all the way back.  So in the past couple of weeks libraries all over the country have realized that, all of a sudden they don’t have…

(while I’m on a much-needed vacation, I’m re-posting some things from my old blog) This appeared January 5, 2007. On Weeding… Weeding, variously called “pruning”, de-selection, de-accessioning, collection management, is a vital part of maintaining a healthy, vibrant, welcoming library collection. It is the careful, thoughtful removal of items from the collection. Reasons for weeding…

Sometimes so many things come up at the same time it becomes difficult if impossible to ignore. Here’s just a brief list: An oceanographer came to me and asked to see a print copy of an AGU journal article. If you’ve followed me here from elsewhere, then you’ll know my place of work was mandated…

Here are some things academic libraries are doing to cope. The primary caveat is that I have less experience in this area (my research lab is affiliated with a university, but we’re different). I have heard a lot about this from my colleagues in my professional association and online. I would be happy to be…