There are so many conversations going on right now about ebooks that it is hard to keep up. I’ve been thinking about ebooks and ereaders a lot over the past week or so, since attending the Pacific Library Partnership’s Future of Libraries 6.0 conference at the San Francisco Public Library last week. I’m not going to rehash everything that was said at the conference here. If you are interested, the Librarian in Black has a great recap of all the sessions. Continue reading
UPDATE: A member of the Trinity community has clarified the situation there in the comments. It seems the library staff members who are being asked to leave are not librarians. The article itself was unclear, so I do appreciate being set straight!
I just read a troubling news story from the San Antonio News-Express, via ALA JobList on Facebook. Called “New chapter for libraries”, the article identifies a trend in academic libraries toward downsizing staff (at least in the San Antonio area). Apparently Trinity University is offering buyout packages to several of its library employees to leave, and several other area institutions are letting positions go unfilled when staff leave or retire. Trinity’s president, Dennis Ahlburg, links the reduction in staff to a reduced need for librarians with the increase in availability of digitized resources.
I recently stumbled across a program on the Emory University Library’s website that I thought was an excellent idea for academic libraries: the Freshman Class Librarian. The idea behind it is that since many freshmen have yet to declare a major, they don’t have a subject librarian to turn to when they need help. With one librarian for the entire freshman class, they have a familiar face to help them navigate the complex world of the university library. In addition to outreach at orientation, classes, clubs, and dorm meetings, the freshman class librarian at Emory, Liz Cooper, also has a LibGuide specifically to help freshmen learn what the library can offer during their time at Emory. Continue reading
I have recently started volunteering at my local public library, to help pass the time while I look for a full-time librarian position. I’ve been helping out at the technology desk a couple of hours a week, helping patrons with basic computing tasks like saving and printing documents. I have noticed a couple of things during my short time there that I’ve been turning over in my head.