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Current Cites for Sept. 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/1/19 (12:04am)

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Current Cites for Sept. 2019 is out! You can find the issue here...

Usability studies on the effectiveness of library research guides are popping up all over the place. The one I recommended appeared in the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries. Naturally in the meantime another example popped up -- this one in the latest issue of Journal of Web Librarianship. Hot topic!

First Saturday of the New School Year 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/14/19 (6:35pm)

1st Saturday of the school year with colleague Jim from the West Desk. Note: folder was carrying all the articles I've been going through for a research project.

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Thinking About Customer Service

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 9/1/19 (8:42pm)

Interesting discussion regarding 'customer service principles' on the ALA Members Listserv. A number of responses include policy guides -- one with the promising title 'Get to Yes'; there are also a few personal lists, as well as this funny video clip.

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Current Cites for Aug. 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/31/19 (4:43pm)

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Current Cites for Aug. 2019 is out! You can find the issue here...

Being the beginning of the academic year, I thought it'd be appropriate to write about an article on the future of academic libraries.

Do Not Climb on Brick Walls

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/18/19 (12:04am)

Interesting sign on the entry to the Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building on the fair grounds in Springfield.

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Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/18/19 (1:03am)

Interesting announcement via the ALA Members listserv:

Today, the American Library Association released the Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

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Remembering the Spectator - Issue no. 105 (6/30/1711)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/9/19 (4:50pm)

Talking to a student last week, I tried to remember the quote (and the source of the quote): "I spell like a gentleman and not like a ..." Finally found it: [LINK].

P.S. Initial Google search (with auto-correct) came up with, "I smell like a gentleman..." Ah, no.

Class List from My 2nd Year in College

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/16/19 (10:10pm)

Spring Quarter (from an old letter):

  1. Shakespeare
  2. Latin 102
  3. Populism & Progressivism in America
  4. French Literature 201
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‘Publish & Read’ Contract

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/19/19 (5:14am)

Courtesy of Gary Price's InfoDocket, we learn of the agreement between publisher Wiley Global and "all German publicly and privately funded academic institutions" -- for the purpose of delivering "the benefits of open access to authors" (faqs here). Good move.

Update: Interesting development: UC decides to tell publisher Elsevier where to go (link).

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