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Academic Reference Librarian problems

  1. The MLA Bibliography database is a sack of crap. Yes, there's lots of valuable material in there, but ugh.

  2. Natural language vs. boolean arguments

  3. Staplers.

  4. DNS problems are the new lost reference book.

  5. Even if print is dead, modern copyright requires us to deal with the corpses for life of the author plus 70 years.

  6. PDF without OCR.

  7. Microsoft Word Formatting.

  8. Shared printing.

  9. I don't care what your professor said, JSTOR is not the best source for everything. (Nor is ScienceDirect.)

  10. Elsiever and Springer are The Great Evils.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
add Taylor & Francis to 10.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
LOL. You beat me to it! Oh, and Cambridge University Press - for now on, all our ebooks will be $125, regardless of the print price. OH REALLY?
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I disagree with 1.

But I totally agree with 9. I pretty much refuse to send students there to search it (luckily, in between our other databases and cross linking, its redundant). The search capabilities of it are awful.

10: Add Taylor and Francis to that list.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
"Even if print is dead, modern copyright requires us to deal with the corpses for life of the author plus 70 years."

so. much. this.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Elsevier can bite my shiny metal ass.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
Staplers. STAPLERS.

One day we will find the massive black hole of stolen staplers.

Until then I'm going to sit here quietly and fume.

Apr. 24th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ours jam even more than they disappear.
When people ask, I tell them that yes, I did learn that trick of dropping the stapler sideways on a concrete floor to unstick it, in library school.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Staplers AND hole punches.

And pencils: No, dear student, because you didn't bring a pen in to college (FE not HE) today we can't just give you one to use. You can go downstairs and BUY one in the shop, or you can borrow one to use IN the room, but not take it away. Yes, it is a bit manky - we don't share out the nice ones! :P

Add to #5 (for me), Including you for whom Print is not dead - please stop printing out everything (well other that you who I know has a disability which means she needs to have the print version), and then whining because you don't have any budget for printing any more!
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
We buy golf pencils. They suck, but they are like 4 cents a piece and a box lasts months. Of course, I find them all over the place at home then.
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
But the ones who come to beg envelopes and manila folders? Or STEAL THE SCISSORS? The ones with the broken tip? Dewey WEPT, is a all I can say.
Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I feel like Jstor is the emperor's new clothes. I have NEVER found anything in there, and yet, we list it among our top four most useful databases. Sure, it full text, but full text of garbage!
Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
I guess I've never had a problem finding great articles worthy of information in JSTOR...

But that aside, I have found information in lots of other databases as well.
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
Coverage and content in JSTOR varies wildly by subject area, but up to recently there was a 5-year embargo period on everything.

So, while I found plenty of good stuff for myself (medieval studies is my personal interest), I could cheerfully strangle every professor who advocated JSTOR to their students for non-history social sciences, modern literature, etc. Now that Google Scholar searches it, I advocate that people search that instead of searching JSTOR directly, as their search algorithm is so much better and it covers JSTOR as well...
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
As our director sometimes says, "I have a master's degree so that I can fix broken staplers."
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Man, I totally agree about JSTOR. Great content, terrible searching. I vastly prefer Google Scholar Search to search JSTOR content. And there's a prof here who is always telling me to search JSTOR. Like he knows anything about research (his RAs and I do all of it).
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