Weekly Round-Up

Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!


This week, I watched a really informative webinar on LexisNexis database searching. I’m taking Online Searching this semester, and since one class can’t cover ALL the databases, it was nice to get some specialized training on this one. Try this list compiled by the Georgia Public Library Service to see more free webinars coming up this month.


I just came across this post about Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources. (Thanks, Val.) How can libraries help users access journals, etc., when they’ve begun their search on the open web? It appears no one has a solution, but people are working on it!

And here’s another problem with no solution: name changes in academia. This post, which addresses specifically the issues that someone in academia transitioning genders might encounter when changing his or her or their name, suggests that academic librarians could have a role in developing a solution. I’m not sure, but it’s definitely something to chew on!


This week the MLA—that’s the Modern Language Association variety, not the Music Librarians Associationupdated their Tool Kit on Academic Freedom. (That link goes to their own news article about it for context, so here’s the a link directly to the Tool Kit itself.)

Today and tomorrow (April 10th & 11th) there will be a student-led Symposium on LIS Education held both online and in Champaign, Illinois. Hack Library School alums Brianna Marshall, Annie Pho, and Micah Vandegrift will all present there (full disclosure: I will, too), as will Emily Weak of Hiring Librarians. The Symposium has a Twitter account, is planning to use the #LISed15 hashtag, and will have portions of the proceedings online, so you can participate from wherever you happen to be.

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