“Conservatives of all people should be appalled by the disdain shown for tradition, the life of the mind, and the past itself exhibited by Bevin and his fellow Kentucky Republicans. As I write this, among the many volumes forthcoming from the University of Kentucky Press is a 300-page collection of the letters of Russell Kirk, precisely the sort of project that would be ruinous for any mainstream publisher to undertake no matter how many units the latest Kardashian sisters cookbook shifts.”
Does your institution have an institutional repository? If not, should you? Routledge has made some great new scholarship on institutional and subject repositories freely available until September 30, 2016. These articles provide a great look at many of the issues (practical and otherwise) surrounding institutional repositories in higher education.
A nice post by Kathleen Fitzpatrick talking about academic style, citations, and the newest edition of the MLA Handbook.
One of the many ways that libraries help to preserve the memories, documents, and other artifacts that sustain human communities is through preservation. In an increasingly digital world, issues of digital preservation are vital. Here’s one way that several universities are working together to help preserve our collective heritage.
A group of colleges and universities are exploring ways to share expertise and services through a Digital Liberal Arts Exchange (DLAX). The DLAX is currently seeking participants.
Image credit to M C Morgan (flickr.com/photos/mcmorgan/6980770408)
Under new direction, the Libraries and the Press are revisiting their own missions and core values, and have converged in part around the principle of adaptability. Namely, both organizations share the aims to actively engage in the changing technologies, practices and policies around creating and sharing information; embrace an entrepreneurial ethos that welcomes thoughtful risk taking and is not afraid to learn from failures; and adapt continually to the changing needs of the communities they serve…Read the rest.
In any profession, as in life, rejection will come. How we handle rejection is important, and Quetzalli Barrientos shares some great thoughts on how to handle professional rejection on a reject ACRLlog post.
Here’s a snippet:
“Rejection comes in many forms, but the rejection that I am talking about is the type you get in this profession. Rejection of a proposal, job-position, book chapter, grant, or article. As a first-year academic librarian, the first year (so far) has been great, stressful, and eye-opening. I would not trade this for the world, but that also means accepting what comes with it.” Read the rest here.