Questioning the Need for Multiple Online Platforms

Planning to visit a museum over the holidays? You aren’t alone. By digitizing their collections, museums have made it easier than ever for audiences of all types—art lovers, “culture snackers,” […] Read More »

Balancing Metadata Imperatives with User Needs

Schemas. Standards. Controlled vocabularies. Dublin Core. PRISM. TEI. The language and tools of metadata are familiar to Stephanie Routhier Perry, who uses descriptive and technical metadata to manage access to […] Read More »

‘We Are So Passionate about Networking’

What became a research paper about networking that was presented at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference by two librarians who had never met each other began as a back-and-forth diatribe […] Read More »

Take Your Library to Your Users

Notwithstanding the ubiquity of information-on-demand technologies such as smartphones and tablets, some people (especially families with young children) still consider the library a destination, not just a resource. They may […] Read More »

‘The Main Thing is That You’re Always Learning’

Denise Chochrek seems to be constantly in motion, even when she’s not riding her recumbent bicycle to support multiple sclerosis research or tooling around with her husband on his motorcycle. […] Read More »

Creating a Framework for a Digitization Strategy

A popular battle cry among some Internet enthusiasts is “information wants to be free.” But what if information could be better than free—more valuable to people who want to find […] Read More »

Connect Your Clients with Their ‘Academic Discourse’

Many special librarians use social media to connect with friends, colleagues, and potential employers, but how many use these tools to help their clients link to research and researchers in […] Read More »

‘To Me, the World of a Librarian Was Fascinating’

What’s the difference between a soil scientist and a librarian? In the case of John Cruickshank, the difference was one conversation—a conversation that caused a “profound change” in his view […] Read More »

Improve Information Visibility by Getting to Know Your Users

Want to make your information—and, by extension, yourself and your library or info center—more visible and valuable? Of course you do. But the key to information visibility doesn’t lie in […] Read More »

Strategic Planning: Taking a Team Approach

Being a team leader requires stepping up, but it also means knowing when to step aside. That’s one of the key messages in Bill Sedgwick and Esther Ewing’s article, “Information […] Read More »

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