Pull quote: “It’s like Google Scholar is deliberately putting in non– or quasischolarly material just to make us have to evaluate the information more. Instead of filtering out the nonscholarly stuff littering the Internet, which is what I thought Google Scholar was supposed to do, it clutters up the results with dubious sources based on a questionable search algorithm. The best I can figure is that if a source on the Internet is in Google Books, is in PDF format, or has any citations, Scholar seems to consider it scholarly.”
Pull quote” My humble suggestion is that, when our values come into conflict, we balance our obligations by considering four things:
- Is my decision consistent with my professional role within the community (or communities)?
- Is my decision consistent with my expertise?
- Does my decision respect the autonomy of the patron?
- Am I willing to accept the practical consequences of my decision?”
Pull quote: “Ms. Grebowicz is in a good position to try something different. She has tenure, and she’s published traditional monographs. Still, she expects that many of her colleagues ‘will react with horror’ to the shorter book. ‘Longer books have greater credibility,’ she says, even though few of them find an audience.”
Pull quote: “Kelly Allen and Chris Grawl, plan to crowdfund the purchase of a decommissioned bookmobile and turn it into something pretty amazing: a traveling library that operates on a rent-barter-donate basis and also hires itself out to local libraries and other institutions for events and programs.”
Pull quote: “Librarians and staff hosted the drive for two hours each day at three locations around campus: the Library, the Graduate Life Center, and the Fralin Life Science Institute. They gave away buttons and snacks—and with laptops in hand — they helped interested scholars register for repository accounts.”
Pull quote: “Every time you take a screenshot with a keyboard shortcut, Puush automatically uploads the file to the Puush servers, and you’re given a quick link URL. The same goes for files. Drag a file to the Puush icon, and it’s uploaded right away.”
Pull quote: “The bibliographic data, as I’ve said before, often already exists on the Web and we may not be helping things by adding many more duplicate copies of that data. But what we have in libraries that no one else has is library holdings data. We know where Web users can find ‘stuff’ in their local community.”