Neat reads round-up

I almost never get through reading an entire blog post or article online. My eyeballs start out really disciplined. The they slowly begin to scan words… and the paragraphs…
And then I just get distracted and somehow end up on Etsy, cruising for crafts (hey, how’d that happen?).

So when I find a link where I actually read to the last line, I feel like it speaks volumes about the interestingness of the article, and the author!
Here are a few links from this past week that I actually read to the very end:

Michael Stephens: Office Hours: Can We Handle the Truth?

Just a very brief overview about how what we’re doing is broken. And then a few tips on how we can fix it. No biggie! Just moving some mountains, nothing to see here, folks.

Kim Stymest: On Being a Ninja

You be careful out there — librarians have death stars and they’re not afraid to use them. If there is one small thing that librarians can do to improve library instruction, it would be to stop making crappy slides and start being a PowerPoint ninja.

Zachary Osbourne: “less sane” core library services

This is a story about how Zach Osbourne went to the OLA Superconference and attended an amazing session, and then blogged about it. But you know from his closing sentence (“Beyond thinking differently, let’s start making changes to meet our users’ needs and put an end to the “less sane” services that, although we’ve gotten very good at doing, simply aren’t realistic or sustainable”), that the story’s a lot more complicated than that.

John Dupuis: A stealth librarianship manifesto

“The jobs of faculty comprise research, teaching and service. We [academic librarians] must stealthfully insinuate ourselves in those areas. We must make our laser-like core focus our patrons.” And here is how.

What all these have in common is the assertion that what we’re doing right now — particularly in academic libraries — is not working. Luckily though, there’s hope! Each article has it’s own little suggestion for changes and improvements that will ensure a sustainable model of success for the lie-berry within academia. Happy reading.


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