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The Government Shutdown and Libraries

The Government Shutdown and Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Source: http://j.mp/19leWtz Because the US Congress failed to pass an appropriations bill on September 30, government offices and services that are deemed nonessential have shut down. Ars Technica has a chart of which federal websites are available and which aren’t, while Quartz.com explains the seeming arbitrariness of the website shutdowns. Here’s a snapshot of how the library community is affected until the budget situation is resolved
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Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine

Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
You're all alone—with thousands of other information professionals—pursuing a library job in a down economy. If not for sheer stubbornness and hard-won self-respect, you might consider a career in the fast food industry.
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"David Connolly, who compiles ALA’s JobLIST, a resource for career advice and job search information. The market is back to pre-2008, he said. “We may be treading water, but at least, it’s not getting worse.” In fact, according to Connolly, experienced librarians can anticipate a relatively strong job market because the first wave of baby boomers is retiring from such top-level library positions as director and department head. This trend should peak between 2015 and 2019. “There will be a trickle-down effect favoring promotions,” said Connolly, “although some libraries are not filling entry-level positions due to budgetary problems.”

So the advice for job searchers is compromise—in salary, work environment, and/or geographic location. For instance, consider academic library positions in the Midwest, where there is less competition because of fewer sought-after locations and subject-expert applicants."

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The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This column is the first in a two-part series about libraries and their role in the marketing and readership of books. This first part addresses the present conflict.

Do libraries increase book sales or cannibalize them? This is the issue at the heart of the struggle between libraries represented by the American Library Association (whose president is Maureen Sullivan) and the Big Six publishers.
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Very informative!

 

He looks at 1. The Issue 

                  2. The Library Perspective

                  3. The Publisher Perspective

                  4. Where the Big 6 Publishers stand today

                  5. Evaluation of the arguments

                  

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