Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's managed through JHU's Entrepreneurial Library Program. Apparently this program also offers an oral history and editing service, plus rent out library facilities for outside events.
Has anyone heard of other similar programs being offered by research libraries?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This is what the authors of Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester did. From having students map out or take pictures documenting their every move throughout the day, this study provides a much clearer picture of the day in the life of today's college student--how they spend their time, what pressures they face, when they actually start working on homework and how they go about it. One part of the study asks students what they want out of the library, and they even ask the students to map their ideal library floor plan, complete with librarian/barista staff in some cases. What happens when reference librarians work the late night shift? How can librarians work with helicopter parents? This is just a sampling, as there is so much good stuff in this study.
Even though I read this over a year ago, I still use examples from it in many of my presentations. This study offers an excellent picture of today's college student and is well worth your time. The complete text is still available online.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
For you in the tl;dr crowd, the basic takeaway message of the article is twofold:
- There are some unique main branch services are being lost because they are collapsing service points and making subject specialists into generalists.
- The average library user doesn't care and usage stats have gone up since the changes have been made.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I hope others will chime in here. . .
Friday, October 31, 2008
One thing that particularly struck me was that the information commons concept isn't just for undergraduates anymore. We've started talking about the concept in terms of faculty, but here we are thinking about the same sort of thing for physicians and other medical professionals. While Janet didn't specifically call the future Medical Campus Library an information commons, many of the desired services and amenities are very commons-like:
- Multiple kinds and styles of collaboration spaces--some pods, some rooms, maybe even some "study huts"
- Open, attractive, inspiring spaces
- Comfortable, movable furniture
- Collections that are largely electronic--at least 90% of it may have moved online
- Multimedia assistance and instruction
- Lounge/food--this is always an important one...where else do you get your diet Coke?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here's the CLIR abstract:
CLIR has since published the collection as a report entitled "No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century." It's available as a PDF (along with many other interesting and relevant publications) at the CLIR website.
How should we be rethinking the research library in a swiftly changing information landscape?
In February 2008, CLIR convened 25 leading librarians,
publishers, faculty members, and information technology specialists to consider this question. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities that libraries are likely to face in the next five to ten years, and how changes in scholarly communication will affect the future library. Essays by eight of the participants—Paul Courant, Andrew Dillon, Rick Luce, Stephen Nichols, Daphnée
Rentfrow, Abby Smith, Kate Wittenberg, and Lee Zia—were circulated to participants in advance and provided background for the conversation. This report contains these background essays as well as a summary of the meeting.