Monthly Archives: November 2010

Intellectual Freedom in Practice

The post about intellectual freedom and equal access got me thinking of a couple of times I’ve actually personally dealt with this issue. Once, when I was working at a library at Adams County, a patron wanted to have the … Continue reading

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What’s a face book?

Working in a public library for the past three years, I have seen and heard a lot of interesting things. The most fascinating thing for me though, has to be how willing our library patrons are to exposing themselves and … Continue reading

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Social Responsibilities of Archivists

I don’t think anyone here would argue with the statement that the main responsibilities of archivists are preservation and access. But is that all? Are archivists mere custodians, as Sir Hilary Jenkins said? Or do they have a greater responsibility … Continue reading

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Self-Service Holds: Privacy versus Efficiency?

We live in an era in which convenience is of utmost value to most people. Almost everyone feels crunched for time in their daily lives, so anything that allows people to save a few minutes is lauded. Libraries have caught … Continue reading

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Access to One, Access to All

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my politics with respect to the ALA’s position on intellectual freedom and access. I am a left of left liberal, a champion of the working class, a bleeding-heart, tree hugging “everybody get … Continue reading

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No Reader Left Behind: eBook Extremes

NPR aired a story last year about a boarding school in Massachusetts that decided to rebuild its library as a fully digital environment. That is, Cushing Academy no longer has any physical books. The stacks are gone, and students instead … Continue reading

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Advantages of the Soft Profession

It sometimes seems that since the beginning of library science, librarians have been striving to become full professionals and stand alongside doctors, lawyers, clergy, and others. ¬†While it is important to distinguish a librarian as a professional, it is perhaps … Continue reading

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