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Archive for June, 2013

Management

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 27, 2013

Why would managers not want to point the way? Why won’t management include the staff into plans? Why wouldn’t management want to hear dialogue from “those in the trenches?”

The best managers I have known, and I have known quite a few, always patiently explained the new territory. They tried to get everyone on board with the new directions. They listened to concerns and issues. They were not afraid of questions, challenges, etc. They embraced them, knowing full well that once almost everybody got on board, the new direction would snowball into a new era.

What does this have to do with digital libraries? Really a lot! Managers are always part of the picture. They have various titles, but they control what is valued. If something is not valued it is is usually trashed! This applies to all resources. The most valuable resource are the people who do the work. Staff may seem to be expendable, but replacing people is never easy.

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End of June

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 24, 2013

It is time to blog more, now that it is the End of June. June is a month of weddings and anniversaries. That is enough to make me want to write. Not because of the romance, but because I want to write from the heart.

How to preserve so much information? How to keep it in a viewable format? How to know what is important and what can be let go? These decisions are so arbitrary, yet they must be made. No one else wants to preserve anything unless there is money to be made. It’s all about the “bottom line.”

It makes me think about an aggregating database vendor. The publisher pulled their resources, so the vendor put a positive spin on it. They went out and collected obscure titles so that their “count of resources” would not drop. Yes, they were peer reviewed, but who were those peers? Misleading to say the least. So the decisions were made based on profit not quality.

Yes, I know peer reviewed, but they were not quality.

I disagree with that approach! I think that it is unfortunate that publishers, not those in the field are making those choices.

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Job interview

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 22, 2013

Interviewed for another job yesterday. They wanted experience in an area I don’t have, I have experience in an area they don’t have. Not expecting much out of it, but it would be nice if they actually were serious about me for the job.

I think I could bring a lot to the job for them. Wonder if they see it that way!

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The state of the library?

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on June 19, 2013

Libraries as a place.

Libraries are ubiquitous.

It’s all online.

We need to save things because everyone else is throwing things away.

All true!! All not true!! That is the problem with libraries. We don’t know what we are doing or where we are going. We have lots of good ideas, but does anybody really care? Oh maybe a few, but for now let’s all play on the Internet!!

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