In celebration of Jean Coates upon the Occasion of her Retirement

This week we say goodbye to Jean Coates, who will retire on May 27 after 22 years at Davidson, 21 of them in the library.  Jean started as a staff member in circulation and interlibrary loan, earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree while working full-time, and moved up the ladder, finishing her career as Assistant Director for Access and Acquisitions.  Known for her dedication to going above and beyond to serve faculty and students, Jean will now spend lots of quality time … [Read more...]

Two Years of 24/7

It’s hard for me to believe, but the library has just completed its second year of 24/7.  The good news is that there has been very little property crime and no assaults.  Students love having the library available any time they want it, and the gate count (number of people entering the library) shows it:   The two big jumps reflect the renovation of the main floor to bring in the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2011 and 24/7 opening starting in 2014. My assessment:  24/7 … [Read more...]

Davidson Hosts College Library Director Mentoring Program Seminar

Over Spring Break, Davidson’s library hosted the annual seminar of the College Library Director Mentoring Program.  This program, meant to provide new college library directors with mentors and a cohort, brought 17 new directors and three seminar leaders to campus.  I also serve as a seminar leader.  The curriculum over two-and-a-half days was intense, focusing on leadership development and big-picture thinking but also meeting participants’ needs for nitty-gritty management advice, too. The … [Read more...]

Sniff…cough…the blog bug strikes!

The same nasty virus that is making many of us cough and sneeze has incapacitated the blog writer this week.  Look for a new blog post, written by a healthy member of the staff, on Wednesday. … [Read more...]

Library Publishing Initiatives

I’m grateful to Roger Schonfeld at the Scholarly Kitchen for his synopsis of a study conducted by Ithaka S+R and the Harvard University Library about the organization of scholarly communication at ten major research university libraries. His typology is helping me find some clarity on something I’ve been struggling with lately: libraries as open access publishers. What’s troubling me is the how, not the what. Scholarly publishing in its current form is on an unsustainable path; it must change or … [Read more...]