Friday, December 28, 2007
(You may have to register to read the story.) The Director, Mr. West, received compensation in 2004 of $292,000 for the year. A quote from him tells much: ""I am grateful," West said, "for at least the past year to have been the highest-paid director of a museum in the Smithsonian. Even at that status I have yet to earn even two-thirds of what I earned as a private attorney in my last year" in private practice."
(I personally heard a similar quote from a new public library director that was trained in the realty field, when she was commenting on what her city paid her to direct a library and what she had 'given up' in commissions that year.) Different professions, different pay, folks. But I can imagine the discussion at some future committee meeting when they are considering replacing the retiring academic librarian with someone from another profession, say a physician or lawyer. That discussion will no doubt include some comments on what the new person will be giving up in income to take the directorship position, and I bet the salary will be increased to 'compensate'. Heh - too bad they can't start increasing salaries right now to better match other professions. After all, look at what the library directors 'gave up' by choosing library science instead of law or medicine or realty or used car sales...
The Washington Post article was found thanks to an entry in BoingBoing.
Friday, December 21, 2007
A link to the press release, which gives some great numbers on how the 84 North American college libraries responded to the survey questions: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20071221005296&newsLang=en
(I would really love to know which library said they have 200 staff entering data on their website...)
The report is available for $85, or a pdf for $92.50. Direct link to the report page at Research and Markets site: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c78165
Dr. Bundy is President of Friends of Libraries Australia. Thanks to the Internet, his words have the power to support access to modern public libraries everywhere!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Interested in a dynamic career in library and information science (LIS) education, research, or executive level administration?
The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for students beginning doctoral studies in the Fall of 2008. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2008. More information and application materials can be found at www.ala.org/spectrumphd
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The University of Pittsburgh and the American Library Association were pleased to announce in 2006 the creation of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity among our profession's next generation of LIS leaders.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship provides full tuition and annual stipends of $20,000 to Fellows for the first two years of study.
Partnering programs provide full tuition and stipends to their Spectrum Fellows for all remaining years of study. Six inaugural Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships were awarded in 2007. We are pleased to announce that Fellowships are available for individuals beginning doctoral studies in the Fall of 2008. To underscore the fellowship program's emphasis on leadership, all Spectrum Doctoral Fellows will attend the expense-paid E.J. Josey Doctoral Leadership Institute held in conjunction with the 2009 annual meeting of ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and named for the University of Pittsburgh Professor Emeritus acknowledged as one of the LIS profession's leading diversity advocates.
To be eligible for a Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship:
* Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
* Applicants should be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander heritage.
* Applicants must exhibit intellectual curiosity, interest in the LIS field and its sub-fields (i.e., archival science; academic, school, or other types of librarianship, medical informatics; etc.), evidence of academic excellence, effectiveness as a communicator, the ability to excel as a scholar or executive administrator in the LIS field, and a strong commitment to diversity.
* Applicants need not have received a Spectrum master's-level scholarship to be eligible, but must meet the requirements of each participating program to which they are applying.
* Applicants must be admitted to one or more of the ten participating PhD programs by February 1, 2008.
The ten participating programs are University of Pittsburgh, University of Arizona*, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Michigan*, Rutgers University*, Simmons College*, Syracuse University*, University of Tennessee at Knoxville*, University of Texas at Austin*, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Remember - these have only limited or snippet previews, or even none at all, but there should still be enough chuckles in there to lighten your load.
12/28/07 Followup: I have to admit posting this link as a teaser - it is actually a better link for you to use when demonstrating why your library is still the place to come instead of folks counting on Google Books for their reading sources. In the Business and Professional Humor section of Google Books, there were no full-text books available. Only limited or snippet previews, or none at all.
The Pew Internet Project released a new report today on Teens and Social
Media. The report is available at
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
One possibility for our library's excellent consumer health service (http://www.unmc.edu/library/consumer ) to go mobile would be to tag on with the medical uses that are developing for cell phones. Here is an example in a story about a Canadian company joining up with a Korean cell phone company to turn cell phones into health monitors (as seen on iHealthBeat today):
Cell Phone Latest Tool in Health-Care Arsenal http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=2e4ad7f7-5c13-4a11-b87b-2f24c9e47a84&k=16423
Cell phone users would have their health monitored and easy access to consumer health information as well.
Another would be to develop a method for people to text their questions to us, similar to what Google has done for its mobile service: http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sms/
We would need to make sure our replies are usable and readable on those tiny screens...
And if your library already has issued you a cell phone, start using Jott to send ILL reminders, program announcements, and reserve book notices to folks who would rather get a voice mail than an email: Jott http://www.jott.com/ .
(as seen on the TechLearning blog - "My Father Never Went This Way" http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/12/my_father_never_went_this_way.php).
Monday, December 17, 2007
It is an automated dialing site that allows one person to target an entire committee over the phone. I haven't tried it yet, but it appears to be a great help in contacting committee members to discuss issues. I like the slogan on the connect button, "Put me in touch with democracy!"
As seen on BoingBoing today: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/17/committeecaller-phon.html
Concerned Library Users Protest Closure http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/display.var.1908783.0.concerned_library_users_protest_closure.php
Dozens Protest Over Library Plans
Waving a Placard to Sae [sic] Our Library
Protesters Spreading Their Net
A link to ASUS June 5, 2007 press release on the Eee, located at HardwareZone:
Are there any academic librarians using the Eee or other ultralight notebooks in their public access or instruction areas? I would like to talk with you if you are - thartman (at) unmc.edu.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Digital Library Project Surpasses Initial Goal of 1 Million Books - http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Business/Headlines/bizBIZ03121307.htm
The Universal Digital Library (http://ulib.org) also made Website of the Week at Voice of America - http://www.voanews.com/english/Science/2007-12-07-voa30.cfm
The Montana State Library is transitioning to a digital library format. More in this story: Library Delays Digital Switch - http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/12/13/news/state/48-digitalswitch.txt
EU [European Union] Looks to Create Digital Library - http://www.thebookseller.com/news/49531-eu-looks-to-create-digital-library.html
Monday, December 10, 2007
"In Digital Age, Libraries Turn A Page On Services They Offer"
"Can the Library Remain Relevant In A Digital Age?"
"Guest Commentary: Public Libraries Provide Lifeline to Government"
The article states that only 278 of the 868 test-takers passed the exam.