Academic Libraries

Serving Sci-Tech Library Users with Disabilities

From the most recent issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:

Service to library users with disabilities has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and presentations, but it is useful to consider this issue specifically in the context of science libraries for several reasons. In the United States we acknowledge an established need for scientists, but have long overlooked the pool of scientific interest and talent among individuals with disabilities. Sci-tech librarians can play a significant role in the encouragement of scientific talent among library users with disabilities by making the library environment accessible and ensuring as much as possible the independent access to information that is so critical to scientific endeavor. Some of the specific ways librarians in sci-tech libraries can contribute to an accessible electronic library environment include developing basic familiarity with relevant assistive technologies, creating accessible web pages, monitoring accessibility of electronic databases purchased for the library, and by preparing accessible bibliographic instructional activities.

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Quirky Yes, Al Qaeda No

James Nimmo passed along This Houston Press story on two agents dispatched to sniff out supposed anti-American activity at the tiny Art Car Museum last week.

Agents said they were following up on complaints they received about anti-American activity at the museum.
After spending about an hour touring and taking notes, the agents helped themselves to free museum literature and said good-bye.
Museum docent Donna Huanca was reportedly \"freaked out\"

Taliban Took an Ax to Antiquities

Hermit :-( writes \"The LAtimes has an article describing how \"More than 2,750 items in Afghan National Museum were destroyed in [the Taliban] regime\'s war on art, experts say.\" First they came for the music, then the films, then the television... then the ancient artifacts of their heritage... \"A [printed] tourist guide to the National Museum, printed by the Afghan government in 1974, is now [Afghan historian] Mohebzadah\'s pocket guide to all that has been lost. Most of the items listed in its glossy pages are gone, he said.\" A deeply bitter irony is that the Afghan and European efforts to catalog the artifacts, \"those very catalogs--its photographs now littering the museum compound--helped the Taliban search for things to destroy as the regime became more isolated and more extreme.\" \"

The battle of the book: the research library today

The New Criterion has an Interesting Story on the \"war\" between Books and Computers
The author, Eric Ormsby, says that each format has come to stand for something in the minds of its adherents: if not a style, then a stance.
The full story isn\'t online.

\"The zealous computer fanatic sees the book lover as troglodytic; the staunch book lover regards the computer fanatic as barbaric. As you might suspect, both sides are right and both sides are wrong.\"

Hanging Out at the Bodleian

In a National Post article, Julia McKinnell, a summer student at Oxford, describes the joys of being in the Bodleian Library.

She reports having to \"swear before a man in a gown that I wouldn\'t \"kindle fire therein\" or \"undertake to injure objects.\" After taking this solemn oath, she requests a few books for the fun of it.
You can read the whole article here. -- Read More

Online Academic Libraries Colloquy Tomorrow

\"Are College Libraries Too Empty?\"

The Chronicle of Higher Education will be holding an online colloquy on this subject tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. The guests will be Council on Library and Information Resources president Deanna B. Marcum and Association of College and Research Libraries president Mary Reichel.

Click here to submit a question to be answered during the online session.

Library Kids Art Display is Wall-to-Wall

In an effort to promote art and libraries, the Natrona County Public Library in Casper, WY, in partnership with schools recently placed some 12,000 works of art, created by kids, on display in the library. The article includes tips for others who may be interested in such a project. More from Today\'s Librarian.

Special Librarian Job Board

Adam Wright has set up a Special Librarian Job Board, a free resource for libraries and librarians.
If you\'re a special library in need of a librarian, or a special librarian in need of a library, check it out.So far, not many jobs, but keep in mind it\'s just getting started.

U of T\'s porn test

Bob Cox sent along This Story from The Toronto Star on the largest collections of modern pornography in Canada now being cataloged at the University of Toronto, \"behind a door marked Do Not Enter — Alarmed Directly To The Toronto Police Service\".

Its acquisition makes U of T the first Canadian institution to own such materials, though the academic study of smut is well advanced in many places of higher learning in the United States.

\"Some of it is from Italy and goes back to the earliest days of filmmaking — there\'s one that I\'m guessing is from 1910 or 1915 because it\'s very jerky,\" says the professor. \"Oh, I guess I shouldn\'t use that word.\"

Caffeinating Library Gate Count

Hermit;-) adds some more on the empty library problem\"The Chronicle has an article lamenting student\'s decreasing attendance at libraries and voicing the familiar debate \"about what the rise of databases and the decline of reading rooms means for academics.\"
It mentions some of the things directors are doing to draw patrons back into the brick and mortar including using \"sofas-and-lattes\". The colloquy section asks the question \"Should college libraries try to attract more students by opening coffee bars and cafes?\"
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time is a \"live, online discussion\": \"Are College Libraries Too Empty?\" w/ the presidents of the ACRL & CLIR\"

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