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Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Poor Folk / The Gambler, translated by CJ Hogarth. London: Everyman, 1962. Since it’s the new year, I thought it would be a good plan to commit to writing a post for each book I finish this year. I’m a chronic leaver of books unfinished, but over the...

To link oneself with one’s users, one must act in accordance with the needs and wishes of one’s users. All work done for the users must start from their needs and not from the desire of any individual, however well-intentioned. It often happens that objectively users need a certain change,...

This Friday, I was interviewed along with University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies professor Michael McNally on the CJSR radio show “Shout for Libraries”. We were interviewed by Celine Gareau-Brennan and Lorisia Macleod, two SLIS students. We began by discussing the age-old question of library neutrality. Neither...

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the criticism that librarians tend not to look outside their own field for inspiration, best practices, cautionary tales, etc. This problem isn’t specific to librarianship, of course, but given our culture of “permanent crisis”, looking beyond our disciplinary borders (such as they are)...