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Friday 28 September 2012

Links of interest - 28th Sept

Linkspam! I won't even attempt to arrange these into some kind of thematic grouping this time, just throw them all at you:

Running the Library Race "draws a parallel between fatigued runners and overworked librarians, proposing that libraries need to pace work more effectively to avoid burnout. Through an exploration of cognitive science, organizational psychology, and practical examples, guest author Erica Jesonis offers considerations for improving productivity and reducing stress within our fast-paced library culture".

LIANZA 2012 was held this week and the conference proceedings are now online.

Aaron Tay rounds up 6 presentations/posts on librarianship that impressed me.

Elyssa Kroski has put together a list of 100+ law librarians on Twitter.

Jessica Olin writes about how she handles reference on chat - including a question on "Who would win in a fight? A bear or a tiger?" - in Chat reference is a weird beastie.

Meredith Farkas writes on Living our values, pulling together thoughts on a variety of events in the general "ownership vs [increasingly-expensive-]access" debate.

Speaking of which, I've particularly been following the saga since Jenica Rogers from SUNY Potsdam posted about her library's decision to cancel subscriptions to ACS journals - not an easy decision for either the library or the faculty, but she's been communicating transparently with the faculty about all the issues for some years so has been getting their full support both on the decision and on the backlash from ACS against the attention and support her post has been getting from librarians and chemists alike - ChemBark (with all the comments) has a good summary of a large part of it from a chemist's point of view, as does Walt Crawford from a librarian-ly point of view; and Catherine Pellegrino focuses on how other libraries and chemistry departments should step forward and stand with SUNY Potsdam on this.