I believe that it is a good publicity of a library to post constantly changing and relevant information on its website. One of the things I have been dreaming about for our library are short instructional videos. About a year ago I came up with the title and the opening page. Here is the first episode on a basic library topic – our new upgraded to responsive interface library catalogue. Please view and share your thoughts:
As usually at the beginning of the season when the papers are starting to be due, our students are complaining about the Read Beast (a.k.a. McGill Guide to Canadian Legal Citation) and in panic claim that most of what they need to cite does not have any examples in the little read confusing book.
In an attempt to tame the read beast somehow, I came up with this Quick ‘n Easy guide to Canadian Legal Citation . Perhaps someone here will find it useful too….
The PEW Institute has just released a very encouraging report on the library habits and expectations of the 18-25 years old group. Some may find it useful for strategic planning and discussions with stakeholders. You can access the summary here and the full report in PDF format from the menu on the left hand side.
I’ve just re-read the top 10 trends for academic libraries identified by the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee and published in: June 2012 College & Research Libraries News vol. 73 no. 6 311-320.
This document is the framework for the just released 2013 ACRL Environmental Scan. It is interesting to compare these two to see how the focus is changing.
For those who missed it or don’t have access to the archives of ACRL News, I’ve summarized below the top trends from the report (Please note that these top trends are not listed in order of importance but alphabetically):
The ACRL asks the community for feedback and provides a venue to get involved and contribute to the ongoing discussion on the trends in academic libraries by participating in OnPoint Discussion at: www.ala.org/acrl/conferences/onpoint.
There is an interesting discussion going on right now on big data and how it is used in academia. I found Dave Feinleib’s of Forbers magazine visualization of landscape of Big Data an interesting point of reference from the technological side of the spectrum.
In the other hand, John Sunyer’s lengthy review, “Big data meets the Bard”, in the Financial Times for 15 June, http://tinyurl.com/mzrjwll presents the point of view of acadmics who are proponents of using digital data in humanities. It is based on Sunyer’s interviews with Franco Moretti, Matt Jockers and Melissa Terras. Franco Moretti is perhaps the most known for his push to digitize and use digital texts in humanities. I hope some of it may be useful as an argument for Open Access at your universities.
The latest issue of Times Higher Education contains an opinion piece entitled
“Green open access can work for Humanities” by Gabriel Egan, director of the
Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University, arguing that “the move to open access is desirable and inevitable for the arts as well as the sciences”. By “the arts” he means, in accord with the British usage, what most of us would call “the humanities”, in general. You can access it here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/green-open-access-can-work-for-the-humanities/2004323.article
This is not an unusually radical or visionary in formulation article, but a very strong and well argued plea, and one whose appearance academic librarians might want to take note of.