Thoughts on… Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is embroiled in a conflict between traditional subscriber-focused models and the world of Open Access. As this involves the access and dissemination of information, librarians must be versed in at least the basics of the history, current proceedings, and potential future of the scholarly publishing world.   A Call to Arms for Open Access …

Resource Review: Librarians and scholars: Partners in digital humanities

This article by librarians at the University of Michigan is essentially a case study of how the university library has served as a resource for digital humanities projects across the institution. While digital humanities is an extremely large topic to try to encapsulate, this article clearly states how it is defining “digital humanities,” before listing key elements that the authors believe are vital to libraries that intend to support digital humanities...

How Medical Libraries Cope with COVID-19

In late 2019, the world was drastically changed by the emergence of Coronavirus Disease 2019, also called COVID-19. This worldwide pandemic has affected people from every walk of life, and the search for a vaccine continues into late 2020. COVID-19 has forced libraries to rethink how they deliver information and connect with their patrons. Many…

A Collection of Various Professional Resources

As an LIS student and future librarian, it is vital to know how to find current professional resources for professional development, as well as networking. These resources are also a useful way to stay abreast of current topics and trends in librarianship. Having a strong collection of professional resources is a great way to set…

Thoughts on… “The Librarian’s Duty of Care”

Of the discussions we've had so far in LS 501: Information in Communities, I am most fascinated by the topic of professionalism. While it has many facets, it always seems to bring up far more questions than answers. However, its ambiguous nature can draw us into deep discussions on the nature of librarianship, which is what Ferguson and Weckert's article aims to accomplish...