Archive for April, 2007

How to Talk to Legislators

Ever wonder how legislators get persuaded to open the public purse?

An interesting podcast from the California Library Association entitled Demystifying Grassroots Lobbying can be heard here. The first few minutes are slow going but it picks up to be more interesting.

The California Library Assocation is providing the podcast, produced by InfoPeople.


Top 10 Assumptions for the Future of Academic and Research Libraries

ACRL has put out an interview between Pamela Snelson, president of the ACRL and college librarian at Franklin and Marshall College, and James L. Mullins, chair of the ACRL Research Committee and dean of libraries at Purdue University. You can go to the website at
here or just listen to the (relatively short) PODCAST here(recommended).

Of course, IRs are mentioned–and with this how librarians must begin viewing themselves as part of the research process.

John Potter
ITT Technical Institute/Grand Rapids

How to Guest Blog

This is a sample post for the MALC spring conference to show how to guest blog. The steps are as follows:

1) select a username and password at Be sure to check the box saying “Just gimme a username”

2) email me at and let me know that you have registered with wordpress

3)after I email you that you’ve been permanently registered as a blog contributor, you may post by clicking on the “New Post” tab in the upper left hand corner (note: if you do not see this tab, roll your cursor over the top left corner).

4) Make sure you give (or create) a category at right for your post. You can create additional blog posts by simply putting in your username and password at

John Potter, ITT Technical Institute/Grand Rapids

MLA’s Academic Library Day

Tommorow is the last day to register for MLA’s Academic Library Day 2007 ($65) on May 4, to be held at Lansing Community College. You can register through MLA here.

Librarians that do not currently work with institutional repositories should still attend– institutional repositories are becoming an ever more important resource to showcase faculty scholarship and promote long-term accessbility to research. More importantly, institutional repositories are open access– meaning that they have the potential to dramatically advance academic research (unlike proprietary databases that limit access to subscribers). And they’re not meant for only large research universities anymore.

The workshop will feature an overview of institutional repositories by John Rathje (Director/Application Support & Development Central Michigan University), presentation by Jim Ottaviani (Coordinator of the UofM Deep Blue Project), Ruth Dukelow speaking about copyright issues, and two institutional repository case studies (Wayne State/Cynthia Krolikowski. Shawn McCann; Ferris State University/Fran Rosen).

Finally, I’ll be giving a summary of survey responses from institutional repository staff about their content recruitment strategies (how IR staffers compel faculty to deposit research data, preprints, etc.-whether by presentations, mandate, pilot projects, etc). In particular, I’ll show how certain content recruitment strategies wax and wane over time (with some ideas as to why).

For an in-depth overview, consider getting Richard Jones, et al.
The Institutional Repostory (2006)

John Potter, ITT Technical Institute/Grand Rapids

Funding for Libraries

From Walt Lessun (Library Director, Gogebic Community College),  

Greeting from Michigan’s Central Time Zone. Not now (term paper crunch time,finals ad inf.) but sometime in the future I’d like to work with folks in Michigan who serve poor, rural areas more than an hour’s drive from large university libraries to join a national effort to get a federally funded floor to support community college library services. Bart Stupack and Dave Obey are now in the majority so there might be some hope assuming I can convince Congresspersons representing rural districts to join with them in funding the lip service paid to us. Outside of MALC, I hope to interest the tribal colleges in at least endorsing the effort.
Call me Don Quixote

Blog Postings

Sent out a blog link to all MALC listserv readers– and received one response to a blanket invite to post.  The blog is for all MALC members –  so post away and don’t be shy.  At least I can say my site meter rose dramatically today (40 hits within an hour)– you lurkers know who you are.

The MALC Wiki is Up

You can visit the MALC wiki at  Hopefully the wiki will prove useful and not be forgotten about.

All Taskforce Reports are here:

Annual Conference

I’m looking forward to the MALC Spring Conference on April 27 at Ferris State.  Alot of planning has gone into this — hope those that can come will (success builds upon success!). 

Coffee and registration is between 9:30 and 10. In the morning we will be hearing about the progress of several taskforce reports (MALC is more than a social club).  We will also discuss possible 2008 goals for the organization.  In the afternoon I’ll be able to tour Ferris State’s new library — pictured here at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Users, please notice Comments link at top.  You can see previous comments about this post or post your own. Finally, graphics can be posted– but users must be careful about copyright (I’m not sure how fair use plays into a non-profit blog.  Maybe someone can ask Ruth Dukelow).

John Potter
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