The interwebs are smiling brightly today, particularly on a few of my very favorite topics: fair use, sensemaking, workflow analysis, and project management.
First up, Brett Bonfield of ITLWLP http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2012/the-ebook-cargo-cult/ . Fear not the seemingly tired topics of ‘scholarly publishing crisis, e-books, and library core values’ upon which this particular post expounds. Bonfield gives a most clear, well paced, and relevant discussion, outlining the currently available and ideal purchase/license models in a nifty table and a brief discussion of each. Local highlight: the State Library of Kansas helped establish the Portability Model. I do so appreciate well written, and very practical reminders of how we can and do preserve library core principles of fair use and first sale.
I also find Roy Tennant to be an excellent bibliographer of articles both timely and relevant to my work. A couple from his recent Current Cites update seemed very relevant to things I’ve been presently working on (and to my libraries’ larger strategic directions) – workflow analysis and the next generation ILS (Breeding, 2012) and use of project management in libraries (Horwath, 2012). See more at: http://currentcites.org/2012/cc12.23.6.html
Finally, how lovely to find sensemaking in the most unexpected places. Another of my more personal (than professional) favorite blogs, Glennon Melton (of Don’t Carpe Diem fame), explores a third option when faced with difficult communications. Right! In her concluding statement…
If she’d never written, or if I’d have fought her back, or ignored her – I’d never have explored my desperate need and insistence upon laughter. I wouldn’t have understood myself the way I do now.
And we wouldn’t understand each other. A crack would remain where now stands a bridge.
…(especially that last line) she alludes to Dervin’s sensemaking while offering an approach for care-full truth-seeking in every encounter.