Academic Libraries

Library as Nursery

Is your library littered with old Easter basket grass, shredded newspapers and animal bones? Good, neither is the NYU's Bobst Library, but the twelfth floor window ledge outside the library where red tailed hawks Bobby & Violet have raised their baby, Pip, is kind of a mess. From the New York Times Hawk Cam, where city dwellers have been anxiously awaiting this proud day.

At 11:55 a.m. on June 23, the 49th day of her life, Pip the red-tailed hawk, reality star of the Hawk Cam, flew the nest.

She took off from her 12th-floor ledge at Bobst Library at New York University, glided across the southeast corner of Washington Square Park and down to the roof of Joseph and Violet Pless Hall, a seven-story building at 82 Washington Square East, perhaps 200 feet away.

“She was graceful,” the Hawk Cam chatroom regular Pon Dove reported from the field. “She just jumped and she just glided, as if she were aiming for that building.”

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After City Closure, Camden NJ To Get a New Library Thanks to Rutgers University

Sometime this fall, Camden's youngest residents will be able to walk among Rutgers-Camden students and faculty on their way to the Camden County's newest branch library according to Philly.com.

Construction has begun on the basement of the Paul Robeson Library to make room for a 5,000-square-foot downtown Camden branch. County and city officials gathered Wednesday to announce details of the partnership with Rutgers-Camden.

Though a price has not been placed on the renovations, the county will pay for them. Camden City residents will join the rest of county library users in paying a library tax of 4 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation starting third quarter.

The previous, much larger downtown Camden branch on Federal Street was shut in February when Mayor Dana Redd decided the city could no longer afford its 100-year-old system while facing a $26.5 million budget deficit.

The county Library Commission voted to absorb Camden's system, making it the 27th municipal participant. However, the county kept open only the Ferry Avenue branch. A small Fairview branch, shut in September, also remained closed. -- Read More

Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million Library of the Future

Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million “Library of the Future”
The answer to your question–the books are tightly packed in bins stacked five stories high beneath your feet–is the reason University of Chicago’s new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is being referred to as the library of the future. An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) involving huge, computer-activated robotic cranes find the book you want, deliver it to the circulation desk, and eventually return it back underground.

Academic Peer-Review Crowd Sourced

Academic Peer-Review…Crowd Sourced

Sympoze: a network of high-quality academic publications that utilizes crowd sourcing for the peer-review process. Crowd sourcing the peer-review process improves a number of problems with the current academic publishing model.

Reduced referee burden
Reduced review time
Speed up finding qualified referees
Eliminate the bad luck of being assigned to a biased or overworked referee
More diverse feedback
Decisions better reflect opinion of the field
Sympoze will also offer…

High-quality peer-reviewed scholarship by experts in the field
Immediate open-access publication (for pieces that pass the review process)
Yearly print volumes for each discipline in traditional book and e-book formats

New Services Are Diluting And Hurting Academic Librarianship

Bike Sharing Comes to the Academic Library

"The problem with offering great coffee, comfy chairs, and bicycle rentals to the library is not that these amenities are unwelcome — indeed, they are appreciated by most patrons. The problem is that they start diluting the brand of the academic library. And a dilution of the academic library brand may make it more difficult to justify hiring, retaining, and compensating highly trained academic staff."

You want to go to the library at 3am Britains the place

You want to go to the library at 3am? Britain's the place

A quarter of UK universities offer round-the-clock opening for flexible study. Matthew Reisz reports. An international survey of universities has revealed a striking difference between the library services offered by British institutions and those in the rest of the world. Although it remains unusual, a far greater proportion of British universities now keep their libraries open 24 hours a day than their counterparts elsewhere, the poll suggests.
[Thanks Ender!]

Zombie Guide to Miller Library

Follow the link to enjoy our finished Zombie Guide to Miller Library! There is also a link on the main menu of the library website. Let us know what you think on our facebook page.

The print version will be available this fall, so get ready for that, as well.

Finishing Strong: Manage The Ending

Finishing Strong: Manage The Ending
When you design your next instruction session or presentation, or in giving thought to how you end reference transactions or consultations, consider giving as much if not more thought to your finish as you do to your beginning. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. But your first impression will likely be less well remembered than the one with which you choose to end. So design and manage that last impression well.

Calibrating Students BS Meters

Calibrating Students' B.S. Meters
Showing students how to read critically and formulate research queries is part of the teaching function of college libraries. But how do you teach students to read critically that which has no text?

That is the challenge Frances May, an adjunct librarian at the University of North Texas, took on when she decided to adapt her library’s orientation program to meet what she sees as a growing demand for “visual literacy” among today’s college students.

Who Will Referee the Referee The ACS As Publisher and Approver

Who Will Referee the Referee? — The ACS As Publisher and “Approver”
"How big a deal is this? The conflict of interest is blatant in the case of Chemical Abstracts and Journal of Chemical Education, and it is somewhat subtler in regard to the “Highly Recommended” journal list, 63% of which is comprised of ACS titles. But in both cases the conflict is real, and seems to have gone largely (though not entirely) without public comment up until now. It may be that ACS is handling these conflicts honorably, but how can we know for certain? At the very least, this issue seems to bear more and wider discussion."

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