Pick of the week – ATF 26 April 2010

Why Human Beings Love Lists Idea Champions  •  April 10, 2010 16 reasons to skim this article. Check any magazine on the newsstand and there’s likely to be a “top 10 something-or-other” article on the cover. Why? Because lists make us feel safe. They’re a familiar format, they help us cope with information overload, they make us …

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What can we stop doing?

In an era of increased expectations, we all feel pressure to do more. Institutions are continually offering new services, or expanding existing services. At the same time, budgets are shrinking, and few institutions see a prospect for increased funding allocations in the future. As we introduce new services, and rethink operations, surely there must be …

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Research dissemination and ‘the archive’

Ithaka S+R recently published its Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies. It considers the way faculty views of the library are changing, and analyses library roles into three key functions: “The library is a starting point or ‘gateway’ for locating information for my research” (which we refer to as the gateway function). “The library pays for resources …

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Pick of the week – ATF 20 April 2010

@ at MoMA Inside/Out (MoMA)  •  March 22, 2010 History lesson. The “@” is ubiquitous in today’s digital environment, but did you ever wonder about its origins? Read on for a quick history of where the symbol came from, how it was selected for use in e-mail addresses and how it’s viewed in other countries. I enjoyed …

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Archivists: Be bold and do your job

On Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking to a large auditorium full of lawyers, law students, archivists, and librarians at Columbia University’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts. The event, “Digital Archives: Navigating the Legal Shoals“, followed on the heels of our event, Undue Diligence: Seeking Low-risk Strategies for Making Collections of …

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Pick of the week – ATF 2 April 2010

Interesting that a magazine like Forbes would even have this issue on their radar. Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google Forbes  •  March 22, 2010 The human touch. As school budgets are squeezed, librarian positions are disappearing, but author Mark Moran warns that students need professional mediation to make sense of search results. He warns of …

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