Author Archives: Pam Fanelli

Patron-Driven Library

Patron Driven LibraryAmong the many acronyms bobbing about in the alphabet soup of librarian-speak, “PDA” has experienced some of the most dramatic definition changes over the past decade. It is no longer just code for students canoodling in the stacks (Public Displays of Affection) or a term for the pocket computers made obsolete by smartphones (Personal Digital Assistants).

PDA stands for Patron-Driven Acquisition, and is also sometimes referred to as DDA (Demand-Driven Acquisition). This is an ebook purchasing model in which patron demand determines which books are purchased for the library. Continue reading

Journal Review: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

tufts-healthDiet and exercise are key components to staying healthy. Unfortunately, health science is often stunningly complex and poorly communicated to the general public.  Contradictory news reports, talk shows, diet books, and pseudoscientific advertising make it difficult for the health-conscious layperson to find reliable information about diet and exercise. If you are lucky enough to have access to quality peer-reviewed journals, like the many we have at Bellevue University, you might have a solution.  However, scientific articles can be difficult and time-consuming for the average person to interpret.  Continue reading

Sisters In Law Book Review

Sisters in lawSisters In Law is a thorough and fascinating book about Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the first two women justices appointed to the Supreme Court.  Author Linda Hirshman chronologically relates the personal journeys of each justice from their childhoods, through their political and legal careers, and onward to their seats on the bench of the highest court in the land.  Readers get a well-developed sense of the women’s characters from alternating stories of the private triumphs and tragedies that intersected the narrative of their public lives.  Continue reading

Growth and Transformation in Catalog Subject Terms

Hello, I’m Pam Fanelli and I am happy to introduce myself as the new Technical Services Librarian at Bellevue University Library. With National Library Week recently behind us, I am still dwelling on the celebration’s unifying theme of “Libraries Transform.” This year so far has been particularly transformational for me, as I left my adopted home state of Wyoming for a fresh start here at Bellevue University. Continue reading