I’m in San Francisco today participating in day two of the quarterly Council of Library Directors (COLD) meeting. We’re meeting at the new J. Paul Leonard Library at SF State University, which opened a year ago. A number of you have had a chance to visit it. This time of the year it’s jammed with students and it’s been a great occasion to exchange ideas with other library directors about new kinds of spaces and services we’re each developing.
This leads to my 3×3 for this week:
I’ve been reading and writing for our librarians’ RPT files. Jeanine and Katherine are both up for tenure this year! But right now none of our librarians is tenured, so all their peer review committees have been composed of non-library faculty from the colleges. This has been really interesting for all of us, and is great input for our thinking about what the “Teacher-Scholar Model” at Cal Poly means for librarians. How are library faculty the same as college faculty? How are they different? The Library Faculty Council and library managers are working on this together, in response to the Provost’s request that every department & college review their RPT criteria this year.
I’m excited about our upcoming big spring exhibit! It’s called “Links to the Land: Ranching the Central Coast,” and it is slated to open the week of April 29. It will feature materials from our own Special Collections and University Archives: papers of local ranching families, lithographs and photographs of the ranch lands in our region, records of environmental stewards of the land, photographs of the farm workers, and records and stories of our farmers markets. Many are involved, with Cate Trujillo leading the effort.
I’m thinking about copyright. I picked up a great little book on Link+, but I may buy it! It’s called “Originaility, Imitation, and Plagiarism,” and the first chapter (by copyright expert, Jessica Litman) is about how the metaphor we use to talk about copyright has changed from copyright as a bargain between authors and the public, to copyright as a property that the owner is entitled to control. How we think about copyright (as a society) makes a big difference to what libraries can do, and what it costs. (Interlibrary services folks know what I’m talking about!).
Have a great weekend!