Jenica Rogers, “Another day, another bad deal,” Attempting Elegance

Pull quote: “I cannot continue signing onto deals that are unclear. I cannot continue agreeing to egregious terms and conditions, to nondisclosure agreements, and to crushing price increases justified only by corporate profit goals. I cannot continue drinking snake oil, and I cannot continue smiling through the pain. I’m done. And so is my library, for every choice in which I have the agency to make smarter, more thoughtful decisions than we’ve chosen to make in the past. So yes, we told the publishers through word, deed, and dollar that this was okay, for a very long time. But for me, that stops now. I’m going to be telling them it’s not okay. It’s not business as usual. It shouldn’t be. It can’t be. And it won’t be.”

Jenica Rogers, “Another day, another bad deal,” Attempting Elegance

Karen Smith-Yoshimura, “Does technical services still have a distinct role?” hangingtogether.org

Pull quote: “In general, we are seeing an emerging trend towards more fluid structures that allows staff to adapt to new workflows rather than organized around traditional functions.”

Karen Smith-Yoshimura, “Does technical services still have a distinct role?” hangingtogether.org

Mark Sample, “Disembargo: An Open Access Dissertation, One Letter at a Time,” ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pull quote: “Disembargo is an open access dissertation (my own), emerging from a self-imposed six-year embargo, one letter at a time. Every ten minutes Disembargo releases a single character—a letter, number, or space—from my final dissertation manuscript. This character is published under a Creative Commons license, and it joins the previously released characters of my dissertation.”

Mark Sample, “Disembargo: An Open Access Dissertation, One Letter at a Time,” ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jacob Berg, “Your Special Collections Won’t Save You,” BeerBrarian

Pull quote: “What I’m particularly concerned about here is that, per usual, discussions of what R1 institutions should do are driving discourse in academic librarianship. Why is this? The far majority of academic librarians don’t work at an institution with multiple Associate University Librarians, yet those places seem to dominate the conversation around what academic libraries should be doing.”

Jacob Berg, “Your Special Collections Won’t Save You,” BeerBrarian

Robinson Meyer, “#WikipediaProblems: How Do You Classify Everything?, ” The Atlantic

Pull quote: “Right now, though, there is no macro-organizational system being used by Wikidata. Data goes in, linked, complex, alive — but not sorted.”

Robinson Meyer, “#WikipediaProblems: How Do You Classify Everything?, ” The Atlantic

Mostly library stuff but with an occasional cat: Cultural change in the library -?

dabrowskia:

Hey Tumblarians, I need your help.

Our library is the only library serving a campus of 11,000 students and 300+ staff. It is a 2-story concrete open-concept structure designed, it would seem, to promote collaboration and conversation. However, with no other place for quiet study on campus, the…

Mostly library stuff but with an occasional cat: Cultural change in the library -?