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  • Online searching Medline – went to Washington DC and trained for 6 months. Search online – current file, 1-2 years Backfiles – segements came thru the mail Used by physcians graduate students, not undergrads I learned how to be a librarian Online Systems Medline BRS
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts' Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) compact disk database provide worldwide information on freshwater and marine environments on two disks spanning 1982 to present (with semiannual updates BRS After Dark Online search center –batch searches CD-ROM – vendor interface –chose the interface could see what the patron was thinking – They did not understand nearly as much as we thought They were operating on good enough Email – Planning for new library – integrate computers Ejournals – in addition to, bonus.
  • Opened in 1991- Current periodicals – whole separate room Computing whole separate room Noise – cdroms, building databases Gopher –Info Slug My big lesson in this library – give it up that a manager/supervisor is expert at all things. 100 p, cs.. Microfiche catalog, OPAC Melvyl – 9 campuses, Medline tapes First experience with what I will call a turn-key library CD Roms Scholarly Communication crisis – late 80’s early 90 ‘s Librarians are acutely aware of the dynamics in the market for academic journals. ARL has reported that between 1986 and 1997, the cost of scholarly journals increased an extraordinary 169%. 1 Over that same period, the cost of monographs increased by 64 percent. These dramatic increases do not have parallels elsewhere in the academy or the economy generally. For example, the consumer price index increased 46 percent during this same period. Even the price of health care increased by only 84%. The increase in the cost of journals is more than three times the rate of inflation and nearly twice the rate of growth in health care costs. These price trends for publications combine with the continuing growth in new knowledge and the creation of new formats for information that require investments added investments. The Washington Post recently described this as a vast uncharted ocean of information with 50,000 books published every year in America and over 400,000 journals published annually around the world 2 . Scholars joined librarians, statements about the cost of journals, elsevier pricing Recognition of the process - Web hit the scence – 1993 Mosaic, Netscape open source software. Web 1.0 – transition of format, communication revolution.
  • 2004-2009 2004- have no idea what to plan for – Integrate computing – lap tops instead of desk tops Collaboration – to heck with worrying about noise Build to relationships 2005/6 – darkest times for me 2009 – life is grand My big lesson –can no longer even see on my own – Relationships- the key is the relationships Web 2.0 – open society, revolution in the actual process –
  • Everything old is new again – Librarians got lost – began define ourselves in relation to books and journals and searching And we are supposed to be about finding and evaluating information-and we are the contextualizers. format agnostic - It’s the content stupid what works the easiest and fastest
  • Thehistories

    1. 1. VW’s Histories And the lessons learned along the way
    2. 2. First History: the personal one <ul><li>First Library Job; student worker in Acquisitions at Wake Forest </li></ul>
    3. 3. OHIO STATE <ul><li>LCS – Library Control System </li></ul><ul><li>-Homegrown system. </li></ul>
    4. 7. Ohio State Health Sci Lib The Randtriever
    5. 8. Ohio College Library Center http://www.media-visions.com/itv-qube.html The Source Library school
    6. 9. Library School <ul><li>Kent State Extension Program </li></ul><ul><li>Research Project - </li></ul>
    7. 10. Back to Ohio State and the HSL 1980-1983
    8. 11. Biological Sciences Library 1983-1988 ).
    9. 12. University of California, Santa Cruz
    10. 13. Furman University
    11. 14. History 2 – The library history <ul><li>70,80s – Collection becomes emergent. Ohio State </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selection of collection by faculty but transition to librarians –part of the professionalization of librarians. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection becomes an emergent entity – more than the sum of its parts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are very different –everything designed for a particular organization. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branches, subject specialists, instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excitement about technology, rapid rapid change, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications Revolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major problems were starting to show – scholarly communication, space issues. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 15. 80.90s –The Turn-Key Library –Web 1.0 <ul><li>OCLC – share the costs of cataloging – catalog cards looking alike. </li></ul><ul><li>OPACs – several vendors, catalogs looking alike. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use. Easy to maintain, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendors make a lot of decisions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collections start looking the same -Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Closing, consolidation of branches. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of subject specialists, user focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Packages, publishers are making a lot of decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancellations, low budgets, consortia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Chaos ”is beginning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians losing “control” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Losing mastery </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 16. 90,00’s “Chaotic” Structure Emerges –Open Society –Library 2.0 <ul><li>Transition to digital format almost complete </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians are greatly untethered from building problems –subject specialist can work in different building, in user offices and take library with them </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specialist model now being used to organize librarians in Main Libraries – diffuse librarian, enmeshed librarian. Branch subject specialists without the branch. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus back on user </li></ul><ul><li>Format agnostism turns into whatever format works for content – or choices of format for same content. </li></ul>
    14. 17. 00,10’s – That’s for you to tell me! ……And I can’t wait to see.

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