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...]

Fine Foods Program

YES “VIRGINIA” THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS! For over 25 years the Library has been collecting non-perishable food items for the less fortunate in our area through the FINE FOODS PROGRAM. For every non-perishable food item that is donated, we will waive up to $1.00 in Library fines. Please feel free to donate to FINE FOODS even if you do not have Library fines. Please bring all items to the Information Desk of the E.H. Little library. All items collected will be delivered to local food pantries on … [Read more...]

Discovering Worldcat Discovery

As we enter the heart of the fall semester users of the E.H. Little Library’s resources may have noticed we changed our our catalog/discovery system over the summer.  Where we previously used Worldcat Local as an access point we now use Worldcat Discovery a new system provided by the same vendor (OCLC). This same change is reflected in the search box on our library home page which now also points to Worldcat Discovery.   So why change the interface that we have had … [Read more...]

Browsing as Problem

I have long been fond of a 2010 article in American Libraries by Donald Barclay entitled “The Myth of Browsing.” Writing in reaction to faculty opposition to offsite storage of books and journals, Barclay pointed out that open stacks date back only to about 1940. He reminded readers that browsers are perusing whatever small segment of the information universe is owned by their library, that books can be shelved in only one place even if they cover many topics or perspectives, and that the most … [Read more...]

Constitution Week

On September 17, 1787, delegates gathered for a final time to sign the document they had created after four months of secret meetings, the Constitution.  Much later, in 1956 Congress established Constitution Week to encourage all Americans to learn more about this historical document and the laws and values it imparts on our government and society. In the spirit of Constitution Week, the E.H. Little Library encourages students, faculty, staff, and visitors to explore the government documents … [Read more...]