Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Librarians or Baristas?

"Librarians or Baristas?" Inside Higher Ed / Matthew Reisz.
America: Inside Higher Ed Online, November 26th 2012.

"Large bright badges offering help to customers may have become a common sight in coffee shops.

But the wearing of them by librarians at the University of Oxford has been seen as the latest insult in a row over changes taking place among the dreaming spires' famous research collections.
Anger has been growing in the past few months over developments at the Bodleian Libraries that have led to vast humanities collections being rehoused, including the History Faculty Library being incorporated into the main collections. Matters came to a head last week with a discussion in Congregation -- Oxford's academic "parliament" -- about "the libraries and their future."