Monthly Archives: September 2012

Upcoming Posts

For reason of space & the advent of e-books “Binding materials are chosen for strength and durability.” Library collection development rationale: there is only use. Not publishing in e-book format Non-US libraries: tell me how they work Reading long-ago published … Continue reading

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Librarians as Library Users

Warning: this post has only questions and no answers. End of warning. (Should this warning be attached to more posts? Is the vacuous “may” called for, e.g. “this post may have only questions and no answers”?) How do you think … Continue reading

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A Meeting of Minds

Grading, like reading, like teaching, like refereeing, is a meeting of the minds. The reader/grader brings his training, judgement, and more loosely his imagination to his engagement with the text. The writer/gradee, in turn, crafts writings that accurately reflects that … Continue reading

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Leisure Reading

I’m currently reading Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence. Before that, I read David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous. Before that, I read Lesley Ellen Harris’s Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians. None of these things I read because either school or work required it. … Continue reading

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Innovations in Publishing

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is the director of Scholarly Communications at the Modern Language Association*, and her newest book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, advances the thesis that scholarly publishing is in a crisis and “technological changes — … Continue reading

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Fun and Cool Facts

For all of you who are interested in self-publishing, either as a personal endeavor or out of academic interest, did you know that a not-insignificant cost for self-publishing comes from purchasing ISBNs for your books? An ISNB, as the ISBN … Continue reading

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A Proper Substitution?

Lee C. Bollinger, the president of Columbia University and a participant in the decision process to award the Pulitzer prizes in journalism every year, had this to say about journalism schools in his book Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A New Press … Continue reading

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