Monday, January 23, 2006

Confessions of a Stack Rat

Dan Filler, writing in Concurring Opinions: Confessions of a Stack Rat:

I've been thinking a lot, recently, about the purposes of law libraries. In part that's because of Dave Hoffman's insightful post about these institutions. The bigger reason is that I'm on the library director search committee for one of the two law schools Dave mentions: the nascent Drexel University College of Law. (Reading between the lines: I will be joining Drexel Law this fall as an inaugural faculty member.) In this context, I've confronted an issue that is front and center for librarians - the rise of the digital collection....
I will do my duty in hiring a new library director who lives in the present, complies with ABA and AALS guidelines, and services the research needs of students, faculty, and lawyers. But I hope our new librarian won't be insulted if, once in a while, I wander off to one of those grand old libraries (will they soon call them book museums?) Drexel is only two or three blocks from the Amtrak station, and from there Providence is a straight shot. I'm not sure I need to browse Somer's newer oeuvre, such as Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away, but a few quiet moments in the H.P. Lovecraft collection might do this boy good.
(Hat tip to Joe at Law Librarian Blog.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the 'stack rat' should confess to his wife that he's having an extra-marital affair?