Assessing My Summer

So the summer is over, the students are back, and I’ve survived the arrival of a new group of freshman advisees on campus.  It is time to start up the Little Reflections blog for the year and for me to assess how the summer went professionally.   In looking back, I realize that this was a summer of assessment, or more correctly library assessment dominated my summer.      Three specific events or projects come to mind.  First, I had the great opportunity to present along with some colleagues … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning & Summer Changes

Piles and piles of vinyl

Students who frequent the music library noticed some shelves being emptied over the past spring semester, and coincidentally became quite interested in vinyl… Beginning in February, cart after cart of LPs were pulled by the music library student assistants and brought into my office where they underwent close inspection, careful sorting, and thorough stamping. As some were sad to learn, those LPs that made it to the stamping stage were going away for good. The music library had a collection … [Read more...]

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...]