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On charging lots of money for things

Given this, how much do you think Sarah Johnson and I could charge for Beyond the Job? Sure, it’s not as comprehensive or fancy-pants EBSCO-ish, so what… maybe $500/year? Hmmmmm….

Spend, Baby, Spend!

It fascinates me that after years of doom-and-gloom articles about how bad Americans are at saving, now we see articles like “Hard-Hit Families Finally Start Saving, Aggravating Nation’s Economic Woes.”

Ah. It’s the savers’ fault. That clarifies things…

Yes, I read the whole article; I get it — and think “the paradox of thrift” is one of my new favorite phrases… So, perhaps this can be my excuse to go buy something extravagant. “I’m just helping the economy, honest!”

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

I’ve had Brian Kenney’s An Open and Shut Case sitting around in a browser tab for days now, and its appearance today on LISNews prompts me to finally post about it. In a nutshell, he writes:

This is all, of course, very ironic. After all, librarians are the most vocal advocates for open access to journal content—except, apparently, when it’s their own publications. I suspect this is because of ALA’s outdated, carrot-on-the-end-of-the-stick, publishing model: keep the publications locked away as the supreme benefit of membership.

Well, yeah. For how many of you reading this right now has American Libraries been the swing vote in your decision to retain membership in ALA? OK, maybe a bad example… but, what divisions or roundtables have you joined largely for their literature? I’m surely guilty of this: I joined LAMA for a while mainly because I liked reading Library Administration & Management so much, but, no more.

The real question here becomes: What can associations offer us so that their publications become a bonus, rather than a sine qua non?

(Psst — want some free LIS-related reading material? Check out today’s Info Career Trends for a bunch of articles on nontraditional careers.)

Librarians saving $

So if you’re saving up for one of those expensive conferences, here are some thingses for you to do today:

1) Sign up for a speedy rewards card (Speedway) and for a limited time it will come preloaded with enough points for a $10 gift card. I like free gas, don’t  you? Even if $10 doesn’t go very far right now…

2) Now, combine that free gas w/ some free coffee. Here are some printable coupons for $1 off large drinks at Caribou Coffee this week. While you’re at it, register a Caribou gift card of $5 or more, and get $4 more loaded onto it for free.

3) Now that you’re caffeinated, clog your arteries by entering the TGI Friday’s “awesome BBQ” sweepstakes and get a printable coupon for $3 off any TGIF frozen snack. You can print it out as many times as you want, and it doesn’t expire til 12/31. That’s a lot of bad potato skins…

Enjoy!