The Deep End of the Library

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Search Engine

This cartoon came to my attention via Centered Librarian. On the one hand, there is nothing wrong with updating names. A ‘computer’ used to mean a person who did calculations for a living. On the other hand, a search engine (in the current sense of the term) is something radically different from a librarian. A search [Read More...]

Cathedrals for Today

I have been in a couple of libraries recently, and have been struck over and over again by the idea that they ought to be renamed “cathedrals of learning.” They are a kind of sacred space, which accomplish something not just by providing particular services or materials, but by being a quiet place set apart [Read More...]

How Many Librarians Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

I thought this was clever, and something that my friends and colleagues who are librarians would appreciate. If this is a really old joke in library circles, please do let me know!   [Read more...]


I recently had the privilege to be an invited panelist at a PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) strategic planning meeting. For post-dinner entertainment, they had a video contest, with the various libraries in the network entering submissions. The dean of the Butler University libraries, Julie Miller, submitted my “Viva La Library” video as our [Read More...]

A Christmas Carrel

Joseph Kelly shared this lovely bit of seasonal library creativity on Facebook, which he and his library colleagues Haley Curtis Moss and Chris Wells created.   [Read more...]

Beyond Library Walls

Today’s Indianapolis Star includes an article by Stephanie Wang on academic libraries’ move in the direction of focusing on digital resources. The article mentions me, as I spoke with Ms. Wang on the phone the other day. She had heard from our dean of libraries, whom she also interviewed for the article she was working [Read More...]