Alternative Spring “Break”: Subscriptions Review

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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...]

ACRL Conference

Last week I attended the conference of the major professional society for academic librarians, the Association of College and Research Libraries.  I’ve been to every one of their conferences, which are usually held every other year, since 1986.  While there, I ran into a Davidson alum, Tammy Ivins, who was thoroughly enjoying the conference and finding much of relevance to her work. As someone who’s been in the profession much longer, though, I’m sorry to say I was rather disappointed.  I … [Read more...]

Fare Thee Well RefWorks, Hello Zotero

A U-Haul Truck Ready for a Move

Let’s say you are over at Summit getting some coffee, and, as you are about to order, the barista announces a special offer: all light roast coffee is free, for the rest of the year, and for a matter of the fact, forever. Now, you happen to be a strictly dark roast enthusiast, and switching to a light-roast blend seems like it would be a bit of a transition. On the other hand, the potential of free coffee is appealing. Would you take the deal? In a sense, we at the library have found … [Read more...]