CARIBBEANA 2015

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Jason – The Content Librarian

Innovative Libraries

            Imitating and Stealing in Library Innovation

In his article, Jason has emphasised a lot on imitating and copying in library innovation, versus that of stealing someone else’s idea whole sale and expecting the same results.  Based on what Jason has shared, I believe he was making the point to say don’t imitate or steal, unless you are willing to incorporate the ideas of another library’s innovation and fitting it into your own strategic goal, and overall direction of your library.

Looking at the success of another library doesn’t necessarily mean that copying the whole idea will allow you to enjoy the same success. Since most times we are too often led to believe, that “copying something is easier than creating it.” Which, in most cases we do not understand the connecting dots behind the overall success, and according to Jeff “The copier doesn’t know…

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The Book vs The Tablet

Perhaps the age-old question will never be resolved. Maybe it is a matter of preference or convenience to the user. For me though, books have a type of magic that you can not  get from technology plus the glare hurts your eyes. So while other schools of thought boast of a paperless society in the near future, it is clear that the library and all its tangible resources are here to stay! 

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Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Academic Libraries

Mr. Library Dude

Weeding – withdrawing books from the library’s collection – is one those dreaded librarian tasks. It usually sits on the back burner – other projects are often more pressing, or it’s simply being avoided. However, it’s an important task and one that can be fraught with controversy.

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Public libraries which frequently need to refresh their collections to offer bestsellers often pop up in the news when it comes to weeding books – mostly for not doing the job well – see Urbana Free Library in Illinois, Fairfax County Libraries in Virginia, and Davenport Public Library in Iowa.

For academic libraries, the process seems to be a taboo subject. News about book weeding occasionally bubbles to the surface (see Emporia State University in Kansas, the University of North Dakota law libraryNicholls State University in Louisiana, and the University of New South Wales in Australia). After all, the library is…

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Library Exploration

I went on an adventure a few days ago. I have always heard about the Alma Jordan Library at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine while taking a Spanish Class at the Centre for Language Learning and therefore decided to have a look inside. IMG_2944[1]What I found was divine! This is the first library that I have seen separated by floors. Every floor holds subject areas for the various faculties classified by the Library of Congress Classification System. As you face the elevator, there is a map that describes every subject available and the class that is on a particular floor. The first floor is Engineering, the second is Natural Science while the third and fourth are Humanities and Social Sciences respectively and they all offer a variety of materials such as books and serials.  Also, on the second floor is the West Indiana and Special Collections Division which is equally unique but you would have to look out for my mini tour in another post! For now I will leave you with a few images of my little adventure. Hasta Luego!IMG_2976[1]  IMG_3048[1]