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kate has written 194 posts for Loose Cannon Librarian

I’m just a nonprofiteer in a for-profit world

In September, I signed a contract to write a book about ebooks by the end of this year. It’s a short timeline and a constantly changing subject, two issues that complement each other in a way (and are making me slowly insane in another). My interest is less in a comprehensive look at the marketplace […]

On behalf of the Merely Curious

Whenever the issue of ebooks arises, I end up telling people about the first ebook I ever saw. I have doubtless blogged about this before and blathered on about this to most of you, but I’m going to tell you again. It was 1991 or 1992 (or thereabouts) and a teacher showed me a Hypercard […]

A rant about training (in which I shamelessly ask for training advice!)

“This is why we can’t have nice things!” has been my favorite thing to harrumph lately. Said to my dog, it has a literal meaning (oh, the shedding and the slobber). Said apropos of nothing out loud in my (shared) office, it usually means I’ve read something about libraries that makes me want to scream […]

Happy links!

I am so excited about these links that I think they’re worth a real post. First, the self-promotion. We’re For You, Not Against You: A Librarian’s Take On E-book Lending is this week’s Soapbox column in Publisher’s Weekly. As you might have guessed, I am said librarian, as those of you who know me can […]

and another thing…

I had a lovely chat with the excellent Linda Braun (I just typoed that as “Linda Brain” which works, too) yesterday and talking with Linda about these issues helped me more clearly articulate some things that have been nagging at me in all of the ebook hullabaloo. (As a side note, Linda and I are […]

On Libraries

“As one surveys the mighty array of sages, saints, historians, scientists, poets and philosophers whose treasures we will never be able to admire — still less enjoy — the brief tenure of our existence here dominates mind and spirit.” I have a new post at ALA TechSource about learning, collies, and technology.

On Boycotts and Readers’ Rights

Today on Twitter, LizB asked for a link to a post explaining the HarperCollins boycott, ALA bill of rights, readers rights, etc. and how this is different from other “don’t buys.” I don’t know if she found it, but I told her I’d give it a whirl. Here goes. Initially, I was put off by […]

Really, HarperCollins?

My dog turns nine this year. He’s my library dog – I started library school shortly after Cooper came bounding into my tiny apartment, hellbent on stealing my roommate’s bras. My puppy’s graying muzzle made me realize that I’m not a new librarian anymore. So forgive me this little trip down memory lane. Lo these […]

Simplify, Simplify (or I rant about my garbage)

I’m from a very small town. At one time, there was a town dump, which was exactly what it sounds like – a very large pile of the town’s garbage. Sometime in the ‘90s, it became a “transfer station,” but everyone still calls it “The Dump.” The first time I drove a car, I drove […]

My slides from Conferencepalooza 2010

The downside of using very picturey slides is that I don’t think they can stand online on their own, which means that “post slides” slips (and slides ) further down my “to do” list every day. I was fortunate to give several presentations about my slice of Bibliomation’s Evergreen project at Computers in Libraries, Connecticut […]