Categories
Uncategorized

We reaffirm

“We would like to reaffirm our commitment to long-standing library traditions and values, which include the promotion of intellectual freedom, the protection of information from loss or erasure, and the mindful and critical use of information.” Source: LMU Library News

Categories
Uncategorized

I swear it’s for work

Obviously, academics read professional literature at work. It isn’t so obvious for academic librarians. Even less so for academic librarians without a tenure track. At MPOW, librarians are eligible for promotion under a process that mimics tenure in everything but name and includes “conducting research [and] developing creative projects”. So it seems only reasonable to […]

Categories
Uncategorized

New to me at least

I will say that one of the most difficult aspects of this new job is the constant task shifting. Whereas before I was single-tasking most of the day, now I shift repeatedly between preparing instruction sessions, working the reference desk, collection development, locating possible furniture purchases, preparing research proposals, exporting/importing statistical data, creating subject guides, […]

Categories
Uncategorized

Library Attack takes on librarian tenure

I do think this gets more to the heart of the issue. It’s not a question of “should librarians have tenure” but “what does the need for librarian tenure say about your institutional culture.” Source: Librarians as faculty? It’s a red herring

Categories
Uncategorized

Faculty status and librarians

From the AAUP, Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians (Jan. 11, 2013): “As the primary means through which students and faculty gain access to the storehouse of organized knowledge, the college and university library performs a unique and indispensable function in the educational process. This function will grow in importance as […]

Categories
Uncategorized

Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries by D.C. Mack and C. Gibson, eds. (Review)

It is not often that one encounters a collection of essays so thoroughly aligned in their approach and perspective as to merit reading the collection from cover to cover; yet such is the nature of this recently published collection in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series (no. 66). Edited by Daniel C. Mack, Head of the […]