Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Learn Your Library|| |
| Things You Do Not Know About Your Library|
(Rather, things I didn't know about the libraries)
- A monograph is really a book.
- What we call as journals, the librarians refer to as titles.
- Books are sold upon their publication, whereas the periodicals are sold
before their publication.
- Most libraries have bigger annual budgets for periodicals than for books.
- Libraries pay a different (typically higher) price for aquisitions
than individuals and departments would, for the same item.
- The library business is dominated by a few large and influential
companies (no wonder startups like ebrary
have a hard time competing).
- The best way to support a library is to use it (Library visitations are on a
sharp decline all over the world).
- The librarians (altruists), are in a constant battle with the publishers
(capitalists) to represent the best interests of the the knowledge-seekers.
- The shopping list of libraries (this is especially true of corporate libraries)
is a closely guarded secret, because it reveals the focus of research
activity in the organization
Update Jan 13, 2003 -- Karen Gorss Benko, a catalog librarian writes that Video and Sound recordings are also referred to as monographs. Thank you Karen!
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, January 25, 2002|
Last Modified: 3/30/2003
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