Get LISNews via email! Enter Your Email Address:
Check out http://www.agiat-forum.org/
You may already be familiar with The Taiga Forum, it's a community of AULs and ADs challenging the traditional boundaries in libraries. The Taiga Forum meets annually.
So, Taiga Forum Provocative Statements. When they come out, there’s a crowd that shrieks in frustration at them, every single time. Well, now it’s been 5 years since their first batch… How’d they do? The Agiat Forum is going to score them. If they’re both right and wrong in the same statement, they get 0 points. If they knocked it out of the park, they get one point. If they’re so wrong it’s baffling, they get -1.
Total Taiga Score from 2006, out of a possible 15: -1
They fail: Wrong more often than right. So. There’s one woman’s fast pass at this. What do YOU think? How did Taiga do 5 years ago? Do you hate them less? More? Are you ambivalent? Why?
With Latest Donation, N.Y.U. Food Library Joins Big Leagues
Anna Bennett, a senior at New York University, was puzzled about where to find research material for a nine-page paper. “The topic was ‘Write whatever you want about a food group, recipe or ethnic food,’ ” she said. “The first thing that came to mind was Ethiopian food.”
She went online and started an instant-message chat with a librarian deep inside the university’s fortresslike Bobst Library, across West Fourth Street from Washington Square Park: Do you have any cookbooks?
Report from ACRL 2011 in the Chronicle of Higher Ed
By Jennifer Howard
"How do you take the measure of academic libraries and librarians? At the Association of College and Research Libraries conference, which began here Wednesday, presenters took up the problem of how libraries can demonstrate their value to their institutions—and whether conventional attempts to measure return on investment, or "ROI," are any use in that campaign.
Like most of academe, libraries have been feeling increased pressure to justify themselves quantitatively. The bold title of James G. Neal's paper—"Stop the Madness: The Insanity of ROI and the Need for New Qualitative Measures of Academic Library Success"—indicated where its author stands on the issue. ..." Read the rest here
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access
By Jennifer Howard
Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google's vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred. They emphasized that widespread digital access is key to scholars' work, and reiterated their commitment to making as much material available to as many people as possible, whether or not the settlement is revived in some form. And they said they hoped the ruling, by Judge Denny Chin, would galvanize efforts to solve the vexing problem of orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights-holders are unknown or unfindable......Read the rest here.
The Gad Zeevi Team features directed vitality jobs inside The african continent, America, European countries as well as Israel, like the construction as well as exploitation of electrical energy channels regarding nationwide cpa networks, industry within crude gas along with essential oil merchandise, your function associated with gas refineries having a capability associated with One hundred fifty,000 BLD, and a sequence involving More than 200 gasoline stations using grocery stores beneath the Beach manufacturer. Individuals on the community similar to Gad Zeevi are assisting. The world close to us will need your assistance with assisting all the children's residences.
Chile & Haiti catastrophe survivors call for lightening fast support. The Zeevi Gad Group ask for to get local region assistance.
Give support to by way of Google...
College & Research Libraries Goes FULLY Open Access
"In spite of economicuncertainty, I am pleased that ACRL has endorsed full open access in practice for its primary research journal. The intellectual value of open access, I believe, justifies its cost. Now the content of our journal will be freely available online to all around the world. Those of us involved in the production
of College & Research Libraries applaud its move to open access, but we are well aware of the financial challenges we face with our scholarly journal."
Up in Northfield MN, home of Carleton College (my son's alma mater), the students, staff and faculty are mourning the passing of a campus favorite, Toff the cat.
A lovely obit and tribute to his fourteen years is found in Book Tryst.
Toff's late-night study habits resulted in a run-in with campus security on at least one occasion. According to the campus crime blotter, officers responded to a motion detector alarm tripped at the school's library around 3 a.m. The commander's official report outlines the cold, hard facts,"I began a search of the Libe only to locate the suspect on the second floor. Looking into the uncaring, unfeeling eyes of the suspect, I realized that Toff really has an attitude towards Security."
Abdirashid Dahir, a George Mason University senior, says he was arrested by campus police on an abduction charge after a bizarre exchange with a fellow student over a study room at a campus library. It started last Tuesday, when Dahir settled on a study room at GMU’s Fenwick library after a long search; apparently such spaces are in high demand. Dahir realized he’d forgotten his laptop charger and went off to collect it. He returned seven minutes later to find another student in his carrel. Here is what happened next. Read more at:
Project MUSE has been the go-to source for scholarly ejournals in academic libraries for years, and now that go-to source will soon include ebooks from the University Press e-book Consortium. The two recently announced the merger, which will launch on January 1, 2012.
The Valentine's Day webcast featured three ARL libraries—Johns Hopkins, McMaster, and the University of Washington—that have engaged the Balanced Scorecard framework, created by Harvard business professors Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, in their strategy development through an ARL collaborative community based project. Ascendant Strategy Management, a consulting firm specializing in the application of the Balanced Scorecard framework in mission-driven non-profit organizations, will present the Balanced Scorecard theory with in-depth insights from organizations they have worked with in the not-for-profit sector. Ascendant is the consulting firm working with ARL to bring the effective implementation of strategy development with the Balanced Scorecard to libraries.
Workshop presenters include:
* Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
* Ted Jackson, Ascendant Strategy Management
* Winston Tabb and Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
* Betsy Wilson and Steve Hiller, University of Washington
* Jeffrey Trzeciak and Vivian Lewis, McMaster University
The webcast is useful both for those interested in learning more about the Balanced Scorecard and for those who are interested in engaging with ARL and Ascendant in 2011 to develop their strategy using a well-established and proven perspective.