Pull quote: “[T]oday we are announcing that we will pay the open access fees for all articles by Google researchers that are published in ACM journals. IEEE also has an open access option for some of its publications, and we also pay the open access fee for them and for publications in like organizations.”
Pull quote: “I’m starting to see that getting students involved in co-designing services is the next logical step on from usability testing. So instead of a process where you design a system and then test it on users, you involve them from the start, by asking them what they need, maybe then getting them to feedback on solution designs and specifications and then going through the design process of prototyping, testing and iterating, by getting them to look at every stage.”
Pull quote: “We will not survive by focusing on what we think our patrons need and ought to want, in preference to what our patrons say and believe they need and want. We will not survive by trying to convince them to want what we provide, instead of by coming up with provisions that excite and delight them. We need to change. We need to provide new and different services. We need to preserve some services, but significantly change the manner in which they are delivered.”
Pull quote: “We may feel we’re in a difficult position, with so little time in the classroom, with so little power on campus to influence change. But the fact is libraries are a powerful cultural symbol and librarians have more social capital than we might think. Most faculty care about these issues, too, and would love to have the chance to engage them with other faculty. We’ve made huge strides making our libraries sites for student learning; why not also make it a salon for faculty conversation, for discussions about learning, for articulating what it is that we do and why it matters?”
Pull quote: “We have put far too much emphasis on proof of productivity using blunt-force numbers. Number of publications and impact factors of journals, like robo-graders, are easier to administer at scale than actually, you know, assess stuff honestly. So long as we can measure how many papers a person has generated, no need to read them, and with a special sauce that gives us a prestige factor, no need to make any distinctions at all. Just run the numbers.”
Talks about using tool from Google that helps you tag items for Schema markup.
Pull quote: “The likely benefits are two-fold. One is that Google and other search engines can display more full-featured and accurate descriptions of individual search results that have such markup. Another is that search engines may give results that have such markup more “juice” in results ranking. In other words, it is very likely to be worth the little effort it might take to embed this markup in your pages.”
Pull quote: “When I see a shiny new thing, I ask myself, ‘How will this further the library’s goals?’ If I struggle to find an answer, I know it’s not worth pursuing.”