What's interesting today

No articles today but a couple of interesting things did come across my radar otherwise:

ProQuest has opened up their new Vogue Archive for free access through tomorrow. It goes back to 1892 and includes advertisements and everything. There’s some very cool stuff and I wish I’d heard about this sooner. Click here to check it out.

No link for this (it’s from a listserv), but today I encountered a great idea for signage by whatever you call your desk where the reference librarians sit (Reference Desk, Information Desk, Research Help Desk, Ask Here, etc etc). Someone described the type of signage they have up, which includes a whiteboard where they can post useful temporary updates, like if the campus network is down, or printers are broken. I thought this was a very cool idea. If you’re worried about it being blank, you can always use it to display something like “Today’s Hours” or the name of the librarian on duty, or a useful tip for that project everyone in a 200-level English class is working on.

And, uh, here’s what was interesting on January 30, according to the date of this draft I just found.

Temple University: Temple faculty experiment with alt-textbooks
Steven Bell mentioned this program when he spoke at the ACRL MD program this fall, and I’m glad to see it was successful. I hope that more faculty at more institutions consider giving this a shot.

New York Times: It’s Not Me, It’s You
An interesting story about how adults end friendships. We seem to do about as well ending these types of relationships as we do ending romantic ones. This article doesn’t really talk about it, but I think that social networking has added a whole new dimension to this. Personally I feel like my Facebook account is less and less a place for me to really talk about what’s going on in my life, and it seems like that’s the case for many of my friends as well – and this is mainly due to the huge number of acquaintances that I’ve added over the last few years.

Forbes: Elsevier’s Publishing Model Might Be About to Go Up in Smoke
The latest in the “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore” movement against academic journal bundling and extravagant price increases.

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