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Katina Strauch 0
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From Your (frantic) Editor:
Ftic-ness. Time to develop new budgets,
all semester has begun with all its
franorient new faculty, finish annual reports,
that sort of thing. And to top it all off — my
daughter Ileana is getting married in 42 days!
Talk about questions, decisions, phone calls,
and bills, bills, bills!
I was excited to have this issue to take my
mind off all this frantic stuff. Edited by the
magnificent Jesse holden, this issue deals
with discovery which is all about search and
find. Follow Scott R. Anderson, Sam brooks,
Eddie Neuwirth and h arrison Cain, and
v irginia bacon and ginny boyer as they help
us explore the new information ecosystem that
discovery has created.
Our Special Report is by David Parker
about Content, Services, Solutions and Space,
Letters to the Editor
Blurring Lines in the University, bill hannay
weighs in on Apple and Google and eBooks.
bob holley defends Wikipedia and Google,
Leila Salisbury and Alex holzman report on
the recent AAUP meeting, Joe badics tells
us about a year of PDA, Winifred Metz
focuses on foreign feature films, and
Myer Kutz takes an intimate look
at sci-tech book publishing.
We have Ron burns informing
us about usage statistics, Allen
McKiel and Jim Dooley about
data curation, Mark herring
about freedom, and Tom
Leonhardt about bookstores.
Our interviews are with Dr.
Avram bar-Cohen, Liz
Chapman, Leslie Mackenzie, and
Peter Binfield. The Op-Ed is by John Dove
and poses the question “if filter failure is the
problem, then what is filter success?”
We are trying a little something new with
our Luminaries column, this issue, p.38. Todd
Carpenter, Jenica P. Rogers,
Courtney Young, and Rachel f leming (the
editor of future luminaries columns)
comment on something in our
environments — this time it’s Twitter!
Time to go to try on dresses for the wedding. My daughter tells me I need 5 outfits! Is she getting married 5 times?
Oh well. Happy fall and see y’all in November.
Love, Yr. Ed.
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I’ve become a great fan of the Charleston
Conference because this conference often is
uncomfortable for all the groups
in the audience including
librarians. For example, one speaker
cautioned libraries that they might
not get to keep the savings from
the success of open access because
these savings would be used to pay
I’ve come to dislike
conferences where all the sessions tell
the librarian audience how great
they are, what great work they are doing, and
how they shouldn’t worry about the future
of libraries. I would suggest, for example,
that inviting a university president who cut
libraries and explained why this
step was taken is much more
useful than inviting one who
loves libraries. I’m of the
opinion that librarians
would learn a lot more
from the first speaker
than the second.
Conferences on how
great librarians are,
complete with a symbolic
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Against the Grain / September 2013
singing of Kumbaya at the end, are great for
feeling good but don’t lead to much learning.
Hearing from the “enemy” is often one of
the best ways to learn how to do better or,
at a minimum, to understand an alternative
Robert P. holley
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48202 <> School of Library & Information Science
Regenstein Library. NERL was founded by
Ann okerson at Yale University in 1996, as
a consortium of research libraries that
licenses high cost online products on behalf of its
membership. Earlier this year NERL entered
into a strategic partnership with the Center for
Research Libraries (CRL), to afford North
American research libraries greater leverage
in acquiring and subscribing to key electronic
resources, and to shape the terms of access
to those resources. On July 1, NERL began
operating as a cooperative program under the
organizational umbrella of CRL in Chicago.
November 2013 Dec. 2013-Jan . 2014 February 2014 This is a great issue of ATG guest edited by the awesome Jesse holden. There are a lot of great papers but the one which caught my eye the most was the one by Scott Anderson about mental models. I liked the shopping analogy and the idea that the unique shopping experience in general merchandise stores may be accomplished in libraries by discovery services .