Has your library started collecting self published titles? (Or do you know someone or someplace that does?) Email firstname.lastname@example.org! Library Journal wants to talk to you, but not in a creepy way.
FRIENDLY REMINDER. If you are someone who does this, or know folks who do, HIT US UP.
I don’t have anything to offer, but maybe others do…
1. Undergraduate students are not you at that age.
2. Every college/university has its own way of treating librarians.
3. For most students, asking librarian for help is a last resort.
10. You will spend more time in meetings than you can imagine.
I knew they had video content, but not music. Awesome. :)
Some think of the Internet Archive as just the Wayback Machine, but we have other great collections. Our music collection is worth listening to and made some jumps recently:
Our live music collection now has over 100,000 concerts from over 5,000 bands (including an almost complete collection of Grateful Dead concerts)
Here’s my opinion. People, read what you want. Let others read what they want. And if a book is popular enough, we will have it at the library so that people have access to it, no matter what it is about. We don’t care; we just want people to have access to the books they want to read. So, why should you care? We are buying for the entire community, not just one angry person. Mind your own business.
I’ve been watching the situation with this book unfold from the sidelines (my lib is a subject-specific science library, so fiction in general is out of scope). This post has some great arguments, but I especially like the part I quoted above since it applies to any situation where someone complains about an item held by the library.
The digital branch allows patrons to view and explore digital content using their hands and eyes the same way they might explore a traditional collection, with added functionality like immediate access to staff recommendations, most popular titles, and new content. Digital branch technology and features will change and improve as Douglas County Libraries’ eContent collection grows and patron use of digital content evolves.
I like the sound of this, especially that the library owns the ebooks outright (my library does that with the electronic reference works we get from Gale, for instance).
There is often talk about the loss of serendipity due to libraries moving more to closed stacks but I’m starting to disagree. It’s not about losing what’s in the stacks– it’s about greater access to content that is linked together more effectively. We’re in the growing pains stage right now, but imagine what it could become. It could be another new information revolution. This isn’t about just migrating print to a digital platform, but building an integrated and immersive experience. Building personal collections that talk with each other and then add more to that collection.
If discovery and serendipity are really the desired outcomes then you should prefer access to such an interlinked digital knowledge universe. This would ensure that you stumble upon books and other content from other disciplines– not just the ones at eye level the next shelf over.
Circulation/User - PhD Granting Universities
Oh, look, it’s actually Thursday now! :) It’s also the last day I have this week to really get stuff done—tomorrow I’m only working a half-day and have a ref desk shift and an all-hands meeting, so I won’t have much time to focus.
And that’s it for me today.
At SUNYLA this year, someone asked me about collection measures, and I think that’s when I said “I don’t care” and made several people very happy. Even if that’s not when I said it, I still don’t care.
I said it again today, when a friend innocently asked a bunch of us what our staff FTE and collection size are. I answered the FTE question (22), but … I still don’t care about the size of our collection. Here’s why.
Collection sizes are measuring sticks that tell you something about the relative wealth of an institution over time. They also used to be the way to assess the value an institution put on information resources, a way to assess the volume of information available to its community, and a way to justifiably say “my library is among the top 10 libraries for research into the origins of space monkeys”.
But here are my objections:
- Collection counts are print-era measures, and I don’t run a print-era library.
- Collection counts are input measures, and I’m more interested in output successes.
- Collection counts are an irresponsible way to evaluate the health of a collection.