Matt Thompson, “An anthropologist among the librarians,” Savage Minds

Pull quote: “But in information science the professional focus of the discipline actually runs in the opposite direction, giving it an almost ‘blue collar’ culture. The whole raison d’etre of the big name prof at the impressive school is to produce work that will help the librarian at your kid’s elementary school. From day one the Masters program is giving the nextgen librarians specific and helpful instruction on dealing with the public’s information needs. When the applied focus comes first it can never be a second class citizen.”

Matt Thompson, “An anthropologist among the librarians,” Savage Minds

Stephen Dubner. “Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?” Freakonomics Podcast

Pull quote from scholar Hoyt Bleakley: “I’m a big fan of the libraries that are run as open stacks where you can kind of walk up to the books and you can look at them and pull them out, and you can smell them and everything. You know you get up close and personal with them because a lot of stuff, good stuff, happens by accident. And in this case, I’ve done a lot of work looking at the economic history of the southern U.S., which has put me in that part of the library and I’ve seen references to the lottery system of Georgia, which for a while I just thought, well what could this be, this is some sideshow, I don’t know what that is. But I was walking past the Georgia section at the University of Chicago library at some point and see this title that says “The Cherokee Land Lottery,” big, thick book, walking past it. You know how this is, your brain, it takes a second for you brain to tell you legs to stop moving. And so I finally, a couple stacks down I turned around and said I got to go look at this book. I pulled this book out and there are a series of these books about the lotteries that describe the participants’ names, actual winners, what they won, that sort of thing. And at that point, you know, I was stunned.”

Stephen Dubner. “Would a Big Bucket of Cash Really Change Your Life?” Freakonomics Podcast

Jim Michalko, “OCLC Control Numbers – Lots of them; all public domain,” hanging together

Pull quote: “Recently we recommended that OCLC declare OCLC Control Numbers (OCN) as dedicated to the public domain. We wanted to make it clear to the community of users that they could share and use the number for any purpose and without any restrictions. Making that declaration would be consistent with our application of an open license for our own releases of data for re-use and would end the needless elimination of the number from bibliographic datasets that are at the foundation of the library and community interactions.”

Jim Michalko, “OCLC Control Numbers – Lots of them; all public domain,” hanging together

Kevin Smith, “An odd anouncement,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Pull quote: “One of the most disturbing things about the original announcement is Wiley’s reference to “publishers’ IP.” Wiley, of course, created almost none of the content they sell; they own that IP only because it has been transferred to them. If we could put an end to that uneven and unnecessary giveaway, this constant game of paying more for less would have to stop.”

Kevin Smith, “An odd anouncement,” Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Ray Lyons, “Quadruple Your Statistical Knowledge In One Easy Lesson,” Lib(rary) Performance

Pull quote: “Library organizations violate this rule every time they post a link to an online survey on their website. Inviting anyone and everyone to respond, they end up with the biased self-selected sample described already. Then, as in the prior example, they report survey findings to users and constituents as if these were accurate. But they are not. Because this practice is so common, it has become respectable. Nevertheless, the promotion of misinformation is unethical and—unless you work in advertising, marketing, public relations, law, or politics—professionally irresponsible.”

Ray Lyons, “Quadruple Your Statistical Knowledge In One Easy Lesson,” Lib(rary) Performance

Barbara Fister, “The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library,” Inside Higher Ed

Pull quote: “It sure would be nice if we actually were preparing students with skills and habits that served them after graduation rather than teaching them arcane processes before we usher them through the gates of our walled gardens, waving cheering before we lock the doors behind them.”

Barbara Fister, “The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library,” Inside Higher Ed