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The Ubiquitous Librarian: Just don’t call it a Commons: Building the learning boutique model
This is a great discussion about the idea of the “commons,” which has caught on in libraries in the last several years. But Matthews points out that for one, a commons has no value-added services. A library’s commons does, by virtue of its location. And secondly, many libraries have interpreted the commons as an area with tons of desktop computers, which means we’re still focusing on the stuff, and in a way that’s not going to really enable us to rapidly change and evolve as technology changes. If suddenly all your students want to use are laptops and tablets, you are going to wind up with a lot of desk space going unused because it’s taken up with workstations.

Library Journal: JSTOR Announces Free Access to 500K Public Domain Journal Articles
According to LJ, this is about 6% of their total articles. It all predates 1923, and much of it was probably available to most historians affiliated with an academic institution, so this is really a boon for armchair researchers.

Simmons Chapter Wins ASIS&T 2011 Student Chapter of the Year
I was very pleased to learn today that the Simmons GSLIS student chapter of ASIS&T is the recipient of the 2011 Student Chapter of the Year Award. Again! The chapter last won the award in 2007, and I am proud to say I was an officer at that time. Nice work!

 

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