In Which Seemingly Unrelated Things Come Together

Brian Mathews, the Ubiquitous Librarian at the Chronicle, recently blogged about his friend Tara and her role in “forensic bibliographic reconstruction” in interlibrary loan.  A number of commenters were fascinated by this peek behind the ILL curtain.  From the Davidson library, I offer another:  That article you got on “interlibrary loan” may not have come from another library at all.  Joe Gutekanst and Jason Radcliffe are finding 100-150 items a week on the open web.  It’s happened to me; I … [Read more...]

Higher Ed at Altitude: Notes from LOEX 2015

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies - The Clouds, 1920–1926, Musée de l'Orangerie

Cara Evanson and I attended the LOEX Conference last week in Denver, Colorado. LOEX is a conference focused on library instruction and information literacy. As always, the conference was excellent and we had trouble choosing which sessions to attend! Fortunately, with two of us attending this year, we were able to divide and conquer. We attended sessions on topics such as using primary source materials in instruction, advice from teachers turned librarians for improving instruction, and graphic … [Read more...]

Alternative Spring “Break”: Subscriptions Review


In the spring, a librarian's fancy turns to ... serials? Well, yes, especially this spring! In the library, we lock in next year's subscriptions many months in advance in order to take advantage of discounts and get a head start on paperwork (and the electronic equivalent). This means that the library and the faculty are now carefully evaluating a large percentage of our journal, magazine, newspaper, and database subscriptions and planning for 2016. We undertake comprehensive subscription … [Read more...]

Library Connectedness at the 2015 ILLiad International Conference

Conference presenters Caitlin and Kerry ready to lead a session on St. Paddy’s Day

I attended the ILLiad International Conference in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The conference is an annual event that is becoming increasingly international. Interlibrary Loan practitioners came from all over the U.S. as well as the U.K., Israel, Thailand, and other countries.  There was even a session on “Resource Sharing in the Japanese Libraries.”  ILL at Davidson is obtaining and supplying material to international libraries at an increasing rate as these libraries find that we have … [Read more...]

Heart of the Campus: The Library as Place

V0014204 Bodleian Library, Oxford: interior showing study desks. Line

In an age of virtual libraries, merged organizations, anytime, anywhere, 24/7 access to online resources, and even “bookless libraries,” it’s perhaps unfashionable to talk about the library as place. In the past decade, academic libraries have undergone dramatic changes; the library of 2015 is not the library of 2005, and that’s a good thing. The size of our collection, like the size of nearly every liberal arts college library, has grown exponentially with the release of new digital … [Read more...]