Why Reference and Instruction Librarians Hate Federated Searching and NextGen Catalogs

Confession: this presentation is therapy for me. In the past six years, I have implemented federated search twice in academic libraries more or less on my own. I also have spent much of 2009 chairing and serving on a NextGen catalog product selection and implementation committee; we went live with WorldCat Local this fall semester. Discovery products such as these are often billed by vendors as the Holy Grail in the age of Google and Amazon.

Why Amazon and Google are not the Competition

Are we trying to make NextGen Catalogs into something that they don't really need to be? We constantly hear at conferences and in other professional venues that Amazon.com and Google are "the competition." Are they, really? With the exception of sales of donated materials, we're not trying to sell books. And libraries are not just books, but space, computer and internet access, services, etc. Right? Ironic that internet access--the very thing that was supposed to be our undoing--has become one of the top reasons for library use.

Resistance is Futile: The Accidental Librarian

I was going to be an English professor. I had known this since I was a freshman in high school. I laid my path accordingly, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in English, and I then plotted a graduate career with the end goal of a PhD in English Literature. Several years later, however, I found myself in the English MA program at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, depressed by the prospect of spending at least five more years living in self-induced poverty to complete a dissertation, only to enter a miserable job market.

Ten Tips for Nailing your Academic Library Interview

Ah, the academic interview: a grueling day-long marathon of showcasing yourself and your accomplishments to people you've likely never met before. I've had three academic interviews in the past five years, two of them successful, so I like to think I know what I'm talking about here. These Top Ten Tips are things that I've done or see others do that have made a positive impact. If you're prepared, the interview process can be an enjoyable, rather than nerve-racking, experience. Even if you're not offered the job, this is your chance to make a lasting impression on a group of your peers.

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