Sunday, May 18, 2014

A battle about the form and function of libraries is not over -- Thoughts from the Secrets of the Stacks

The book that is in context is: 0374261202The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
"Viewing libraries as repositories, he overestimated their  preservation function and underestimated their need to serve a specific community. I find myself sympathetic, if unequally, to both parties in this dispute, wholeheartedly to Baker’s book-loving bellows of rage at the destruction of precious objects but also to the librarian’s desire to create an institution that serves its community. That this battle about the form and function of libraries is not over was made clear when the New York Public Library’s announcement of new construction caused protests from people (like me) who fear sweeping changes to libraries. (Editor’s note: The New York Public Library recent announced that it was abandoning its renovation plan.) Continue reading: "Secrets of the Stacks ... How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time" Phyllis Rose in Book Excerpts...

More food for thought (on A battle about the form and function of libraries from the Secrets of the Stacks):

  • They want a full collection but don’t want to be saddled with books nobody reads.
  • Weeding, to such people, is akin to eugenics and murder. Some people feel the same about books: no book should be removed from a library.
  • On the same shelf:
    • The bad news ... even 25 years after its invention, not everything is available on the Internet; The good news ... 33 reasons why libraries with physical books still matter ... >> HOW TO KEEP A LIBRARY OF (PHYSICAL) BOOKS, Meditations on strategy and life, Ryan Holiday
    • Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries -- A Q&A with Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations with the American Library Association's Washington office. 

    Wednesday, January 01, 2014

    Assessment Skills and the Academic Library Job Market

    Recruiting for Results: Assessment Skills and the Academic Library Job Market By Scott Walter and Megan Oakleaf  (pdf)


    This paper reports the results of an exploratory content analysis of academic library position descriptions posted between 2004-2009 in order to determine the degree to which assessment skills are identified as required or preferred qualification for hire, as well as the degree to which assessment responsibilities are noted as components of the positions. It suggests that, despite the increased call for assessment in academic libraries over the past decade, there is little evidence that we are recruiting new professionals into our libraries with a clearly articulated responsibility for designing, implementing, or reporting the results of assessment activities.
     Also in Proceedings of the 2010 Library Assessment Conference - LibQUAL

    Another library career shelved

    A library career shelved, by Kelly Grinsteinner Editor HIBBING — If one wanted to book some time with the reference and technical services librarian at Hibbing Public Library, they’re out of luck.
    That option is long overdue. The position no longer exists.
     ... “I’ll still have to come in and get my books,” she said. “I do some electronic reading, but I’d say about three-fourths of my reading is still a book.”
    continue reading: Hibbing Daily Tribune

    On the same shelf:
    • Study: 70 Percent Of Consumers Tied To Print, Most eBooks Are Never Read, CBS
    • Libraries get help to improve digital literacy, By Cody Neff Register-Herald Reporter

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    On Arranging Library Books by Color

    Info courtesy:  Suresh D Nair

    This post is about Library Shelf Classification by Color (Colour)

    Colours classify the giant collection in the six-decade-old library

    A simple technique used in small-scale textile shops paved the way for the librarians of Lady Doak College to classify their huge collection of books with ease.

    Inspired by the way shopkeepers mark the prices of products using colourful stickers, the J X Miller Library started a unique method called 'Rainbow Classification'. In this method, the staff paste colourful stickers on the spine of the books making their task easier when it comes to sorting and arranging the books.

    continue reading: 

    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Ebooks for Libraries: Still a Ripoff, BY ANNOYED LIBRARIAN

    Info courtesy: Suresh D Nair

    It’s rare to see informed journalism about libraries and ebooks. Most news articles I see are along the lines of “Libraries are now lending ebooks,” with a brief report of a few libraries that are now, in fact, lending ebooks. That’s neither informative or particularly new. continue reading

    On the same shelf:
    • The Battle of Building Library's Digital Collection, Revisited
    • What are the advantages of e-books over print books
    • Ten of the Best Web 2.0 Tools for Cybrarians, by Cybrarian’s Web!
    • The Canadian Ebook: Market Trends

    • Ebooks in libraries: an overview of the current situation, by Linda Ashcroft Library Management,  2011, Volume 32, Issue 6/7, pp. 398 - 407
    • Follow the Ebook Road: Ebooks in Australian Public Libraries, by Duncan, Ross Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services,  2011, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp. 182 - 193
    • eBooks As a Collection and a Service: Developing a Public Library Instruction Program to Support eBook Use by Brendan O'Connell and Dana Haven Journal of Library Innovation,  2013, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp. 53 - 66
    • eBooks for Libraries and Patrons: Two Years of Experience, by Richard L. Rosy Liber Quarterly : The Journal of European Research Libraries, 09/2002, Volume 12, Issue 2/3, pp. 228 - 233
    • Ebooks and Beyond: The Challenge for Public Libraries by Duncan, Ross Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services,  2010, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 44 - 55
    • Ebooks and the Retailization of Research by Fister, Barbara Library Journal, ISSN 0363-0277, 08/2010, Volume 135, Issue 13, p. 24
    • OverDrive Media Stations Engage eBook and Audiobook Readers Inside the Library Internet Wire, 11/12/2013

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Library book selection then (1925), now (2013),... in principle it remains unchanged...

    • The theory of book selection for public libraries Lionel Roy McColvin (it was based on based on demand and value) (1925)
      Lionel McColvin's classic The Theory of Book Selection for Public Libraries (1925) begins with thefollowing words:
      "Book selection is the first task of librarianship. It precedes all other processes--cataloguing, classification, or administration--and it is the most important. No matter how thorough and efficient the rest of the work may be, the ultimate value of a library depends upon the way in which the stock has been selected." (McColvin 1925, p. 9).
      McColvin starts with the need to have available the materials that will be in demand, not only because of the practical need to have in stock what users ask for, but also because there will be no benefit derived from acquisitions that are not used. No demand means no use and, therefore, no benefit, McColvin argues. But he also argues that a passive adapting of collections to demand would betray the mission of the library.
      "If, however, we consider the library as a social force with the power to direct to some extent man's demand, (or, to use the usual expression, if we consider the library as an educationalforce) we will not be content to leave demand our only consideration." (p. 37, emphasis in original).
      In brief, McColvin provides a frame with two dimensions--Demand and Value--which correspond to the dispensing and advisory roles of collections noted above. (source)
    *More quotes by McColvin are in (p. 261):

    Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations by Mohamed Taher and and L.S. Ramaiah. More quotations are here @ Library & Information Science Quotations or here: