Chris Bourg, “What kinds of experts are important to Faculty?” Feral Librarian

Pull quote: “My big take-aways are that we ought to be hiring or developing humanities and social science librarians with strong scholarly and technical expertise; which for the social scientists ought to include strong statistical and methodological training.”

Chris Bourg, “What kinds of experts are important to Faculty?” Feral Librarian

Whitney Hess, Improving the human experience one day at a time,” Pleasure and Pain

Pull quote: “There are in fact skills that every user experience designer must exhibit, regardless of sector, seniority, or specialization:

  • A proficiency in building empathy for customer needs
  • An aptitude for communicating with colleagues across organizational functions
  • The initiative to investigate a problem and generate a multitude of solutions for it
  • An eye for intuitiveness and simplicity Knowledge of the features, benefits, and weaknesses of a vast array of programming languages and technology platforms
  • Diplomacy
  • Patience
  • Humility”

Whitney Hess, Improving the human experience one day at a time,” Pleasure and Pain

Karen Coyle, “Book people v. article people,” Coyle’s InFormation:

Pull quote: “If we want ‘equal access to information,’ as we often claim we librarians do, then we need to do something about journal article pricing. I’d be quite willing to pay $2-$4 for an article, but the $30-$40 price range is ridiculous. I’m sure that these journal companies sell very few, if any, full-price articles. As we’ve seen with other media, when the price is right, it becomes as convenient to pay the price as it is to bother to pirate the materials (which in my case means borrowing someone’s academic identity). Surely selling zero articles at $39.95 isn’t better than selling a handful of articles at $2 each.”

Karen Coyle, “Book people v. article people,” Coyle’s InFormation:

Nancy Sims, “What is the government’s interest in copyright? Not that of the public,” Copyright Librarian

Pull quote: “For the government to even consider intervening in this case signals (incredibly much more intensely than I have thought in my most cynical moments) that they do not think there are any valid interests in copyright other than that of business entities engaging in commercial, market activities.”

Nancy Sims, “What is the government’s interest in copyright? Not that of the public,” Copyright Librarian

Scott Jaschik, “Library supporters worry U.S. may back publishers in copyright case,” Inside Higher Ed

Pull quote: “Jonathan Band, a Washington lawyer who is an expert on copyright law, said via e-mail that his ‘suspicion is that the Copyright Office has asked DOJ to file an amicus brief in support of the publishers. Hopefully other agencies, e.g., the Department of Education, will weigh in and advise the DOJ that supporting the publishers would be a bad idea from a political, public policy, and substantive legal point of view.’”

Scott Jaschik, “Library supporters worry U.S. may back publishers in copyright case,” Inside Higher Ed

Colleen Greene, “Redesigning Our Academic Library Website With OmniUpdate and Springshare,” Colleen Greene

Pull quote: “Despite the use of OU Campus being a mandate from above, my library web team has been generally pleased with the product. As a web developer and systems administrator, I am thrilled with the quality and responsiveness of their customer service and technical support. As a library web developer, however, I have to admit that OU Campus does not fully meet the design and usability needs and expectations of library websites. IMHO, this is because libraries have been using, customizing, and raising the bar on CMSs far longer than higher education institutions — this is just the nature of our innovative and curiosity-driven profession.”

Colleen Greene, “Redesigning Our Academic Library Website With OmniUpdate and Springshare,” Colleen Greene