this is how we do it.

I'm having one of those weeks that help me realize that true meaning of "library community," which at Berkeley is characteristically fierce. To make a long story somewhat short: due to system-wide funding issues this year (20% across-the-board budget cut in our case), almost all campus libraries have been forced to close on Saturdays, as... Continue Reading →

done and done.

I'm lousy with anticipation, so I am extremely relieved to write that a giant piece of my workload/ brain energy has been officially lifted as of today. ACRL just released Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University, a book-length research report I've been working on for quite some time. The... Continue Reading →

full circle.

While my love for librarianship is pretty much unconditional,  today I am feeling it with particular ferocity for two reasons (and this post makes me realize that it's been ages since I wrote anything about public services, tsk). I just had one of those experiences where I ran into a student that I had helped... Continue Reading →

library rituals.

It's finals week at Berkeley. When I took this picture there were literally two seats open out of several hundred in Doe Library's main reading room. Go team. Not to sound cruel or anything, but collective academic suffering of this magnitude always reminds me how much I love being a librarian. This is probably because... Continue Reading →

manners v. hospitality.

Within five minutes of meeting me you're likely to discover my three main characteristics - I'm a librarian, I come from a long line of wonderfully stereotypical Texans, and I love food. The combination of these traits means that I am hyper-aware of both manners and hospitality. It may come as news to some, but... Continue Reading →

card goes in, book comes out.

I'm always interested in news about developing kiosk/remote/ library service models - particularly ones that seem like they will actually work - so I was happy to hear that a Contra Costa County Library BART station book lending machine is now operational. The program is known as Library-a-Go-Go, and you can read a press release... Continue Reading →

cil2008: what do users do in their native habitats?

pascal lupien, randy oldham: university of guelph large technology/library use survey, 14% reponse rate at an approx. 20,000 student university. results surprising in some areas. discussion points: student culture is reluctant to mix personal and academic computing uptake on online social networks for academic use has been slow, but will likely increase investment for building... Continue Reading →

definitely worth noting.

In case you don't keep up with the ever-useful Distant Librarian, you missed a writeup today that is guaranteed to warm the heart of anyone interested in library technology integration and user engagement. It highlights a post on ruk: peter rukavina's weblog, maintained by a nonlibrarian "superpatron" who regularly creates or brainstorms the types of... Continue Reading →

100% hazer

As a place where many students spend endless hours procrastinating, the library is often used as a vehicle for the quiet perpetuation of drama and intrigue. As such, I regularly find things of cryptic and anonymous interest on the ground. In the spirit of one of my favorite magazines/websites, I submit the following creative use... Continue Reading →

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