• Archive for July, 2012

    • Dynamic Duo: The Web Developer and the Public Services Librarian

      July 25, 2012 | 1 comment

      When I undertook my first library website redesign a few years ago, I stumbled upon an ongoing culture clash in web-based industries between the developer and the designer. Developers are programmers – they have coding skills and speak languages like PHP, jQuery, and AJAX. For them, Cake isn’t something you eat – it’s a development […]

    • The Ebook Cargo Cult

      July 11, 2012 | 24 comments

      Libraries created the present crisis in scholarly publishing, and we are creating a similar crisis now with our approach to ebooks. We created the crisis in scholarly publishing by ceding control of an intrinsic library function, abstracting and indexing, a decision with inevitable consequences. Consequences like the present need to boycott Elsevier for its predatory […]

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