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Stratification and losing faculty status By Meredith Farkas | March 25, 2013 I was surprised when I read a couple of weeks ago that the University of Virginia was taking faculty status away from its librarians . Even more surprising was the fact that it was at the behest of the University Librarian (it seems like these challenges come, more often, from outside of the library).
Today's Link for March 31, 2013: Entire library journal editorial board resigns, citing 'crisis of conscience' after death of Aaron Swartz [The Verge] What is this? The Library Link of the Day provides you a daily link for keeping up to date with the library profession. Destinations include the latest library news, good reads on the web, and other valuable resources that a library knowledge worker should know about.
Anyone who has travelled by air recently should be quite familiar with the concept of security theater ; the complex set of TSA rituals designed to make us feel more safe (or at least to make the TSA feel like they are making us feel safe) while not actually addressing any of the real safety issues. Is your library guilty of this as well? How many of the library policies and procedures that we adopt are created for the actual advancement of our mission, and how many exist simply as policy theater? The biggest problem with security theater is that often the most basic safety measures that are most susceptible to theatrics.
Here's a compilation of "ask a librarian" services in 12 of 50 states, and as many countries as I could find. Whenever possible, these will have a (verified) note by them, signifying that I was able to ask and receive an answer to a reference question. This is a work in progress. United States. Library of Congress Ask A Librarian (Library of Congress) . Organized by reading room; several have chat based help available, others are via email or phone.