All-purpose librarian: when does it become exploitative?

In a recent College & Research Library News article, Cori Wilhem discusses the benefits and, at times, necessity of cross-training in academic libraries.  She concludes: Cross-training saves money while helping employees build their skill sets, and creates cohesion and collaboration between otherwise separate departments. In an outward-facing library, it is often necessary for the front… Read More All-purpose librarian: when does it become exploitative?

Free books; or how to make 700 books disappear in 24 hours

As with many small libraries, one of our most persistent and haunting issues is dwindling space.  We recently realized that our backlog of donations was practically insurmountable and that we valued the space they were taking up more than the books themselves.  So, with a more critical eye than when the donations were first sorted, we… Read More Free books; or how to make 700 books disappear in 24 hours

Pay before flipping the switch? JSTOR vs. Ebsco

We’re in the fortunate position to be expanding both our JSTOR and Ebsco holdings. After getting quotes a while back, last week I reached out to each vendor to begin the process of upgrading/adding to our collections. Full disclosure, this is the first time I had been in the position of personally handling expanding electronic… Read More Pay before flipping the switch? JSTOR vs. Ebsco

To “hi” or not to “hi”: how should we engage our patrons?

To what extent should we engage our patrons?  This is a questions I think about often because in a library as small as mine, the level of engagement with each patron is often an unavoidable conscious decision.  What I mean by that is I notice every patron that comes into the library, and they notice… Read More To “hi” or not to “hi”: how should we engage our patrons?