That Moment Right Before You Drop

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Things have been slowly revving up here; this week is fall break, but I have one big assignment to prepare and a few more that are slowly turning over in my head. I’m also working with some of my cohort to prepare a paper for a conference in the spring, and doing some reading about the MarineLives, which I’ll be doing some volunteer transcription for this fall. And did I mention that I’m still updating my portfolio and tweaking my … Read More

Thoughts on Management

It’s easy to learn how to be a good manager. There are laundry lists of ways to behave, attitudes to encourage, and habits to cultivate available in almost any piece of literature that deals with the subject. However, it seems to me as though implementing all of these strategies would be a little bit like juggling geese – difficult to maneuver and quickly overwhelming. But management, like everything else, is a learning process, and though taking this class has given … Read More

Digital Repositories and the Future of Librarianship – An Interview with Ball State’s John Straw

John Straw is the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I contacted him after stumbling onto Ball State’s Digital Media Repository; I was curious about how other institutions handle their digital media preservation, so I asked him to talk with me about what it’s like to manage a large-scale digital collection and what he sees for the future of librarianship. Straw has been in libraries and archives for more than 30 years. He began working … Read More

Tenure for Librarians

The question of tenure is a convoluted one, especially when applied to librarians. “Faculty status,” as it is referred to at some institutions, raises strong opinions in those who are both for an against it. In 1973, the Commission on Academic Tenure in Higher Education published a report on the subject, weighing the pros and cons of academic tenure; they reference a statement from the 1940s by the American Association of University Professors describing the necessity for faculty to have … Read More

Article Review: Leadership

I found these articles interesting, but I also find myself ambivalent about them. Maloney et. al’s article seemed to be very obvious, for lack of a better word; it addressed trends that many librarians already knew about even without an official study, but it was reassuring to me to see that the general atmospheric grumbling about libraries’ cultural inflexibility is represented by widespread data and not simply watercooler talk at one institution. Staninger’s article was also intriguing, though I agree … Read More

Development of Digitization Programs at Small College Libraries

This post was originally written for my library management class, as part of an assignment where we imagined ourselves to be working at particular library and to imagine how that library would deal with challenges related to our areas of interest. I chose to write from the perspective of the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Baruch College of City University New York. The William and Anita Newman Library of Baruch College (a small branch of the public City University of New … Read More

Article Review: Brewster Kahle on Access and Preservation

This blog post was old, but I found the topic intriguing; digital preservation is my particular area of interest, so I’m always curious about the challenges and opportunities that face the digital access movement, and Brewster Kahle is definitely one of the people at the forefront of this area. “Kahle suggests that universal access is within our grasp and suggests that two key elements in its provision are the roles and politics that will undergird the work.” I found it … Read More

Article Review: The Decline of the Humanities

I am a humanities person. When I started college, I was going to be an art history major. Whenever anyone asked what I was studying (they always do), and I said, “Art history,” the response I received was always, “What are you going to do with that?” I could never really answer that question, so I eventually changed majors to something more familiar, if not any more likely to get me a job: Literature and Japanese. It’s not that I … Read More