Alison J. Harris



Quiet, Please – Serving Special Populations

From just the first few sentences, “A Home to the Homeless” resonates with me due to my experiences working in public libraries in Hillsborough County, particularly the main branch in downtown Tampa. The article really highlights a lot of the issues I’ve seen firsthand, such as trying to provide a welcoming place for the homeless while still enforcing policies that….

November 18, 2014 , Comment

Digital Libraries & Net Neutrality

One of the most pressing issues I’ve encountered learning about digital libraries and the dissemination of scholarly information is net neutrality. According to ALA, net neutrality is: The concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to – or to provide – the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer….

November 2, 2014 , Comment

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Although I’ve resided in the Tampa Bay area for over a decade, this year was the first time I attended the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. The atmosphere seemed warm and inviting for members of the public and there was a large crowd present. Once I arrived, I perused some of the exhibitor booths in the Book Market area….

October 28, 2014 , Comment

Open Access in Digital Librarianship

Reading about and discussing digital scholarship in my Digital Libraries course, I’ve learned a lot about the concept of open access. According to the JISC Committee for Support of Research, open access research literature is: composed of free, online copies of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers as well as technical reports, theses and working papers Typically, there are no….

October 10, 2014 , Comment

Learning Koha ILS

Initially released over ten years ago, Koha is an open source Integrated Library System (ILS) currently used world-wide by public, school and special libraries and distributed under the Free Software General Public License (GPL). For my course in Information Management Systems, I completed a project that focused on gaining a familiarization of the web-based client and customer interface of Koha…..

July 14, 2014 Comment