2006-01-06T16:00:20.436-05:00I'm going to officially call it, folks. This blog will be on standby for a while due to an amazing amount of work and personal duties that are piling up higher and higher.
2005-12-15T10:10:54.986-05:00Family Man Librarian notes in Inner circles in library blogland that perhaps the Library 2.0 rallying cry isn't quite justified.
But I am cautious about the way Library 2.0 is pitched or hailed as A "movement" or "rallying cry" as many seem to do, seemingly without critical evaluation or assessment. More...I am reminded that Passionate Users Talk Different. Does this mean that the A-list Library Bloggers are more
Perhaps those promoting the Library 2.0 concept their weblogs they are just more "plugged-in" or more in tune with the needs of thier computer-savvy patrons.
Among other things, a shared vocabulary helps experts and professionals get a message across more quickly. But it also helps build their passion. More...
With extensive input from hundreds of librarians and OCLC staff, the OCLC Market Research team developed a project and commissioned Harris Interactive Inc. to survey a representative sample of information consumers. In June of 2005, we collected over 3,300 responses from information consumers in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Order the print version (purchase) or see the online version (free) here: http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm
2005-12-06T09:18:42.390-05:00Raleigh Muns, Reference Librarian, University of Missouri-St. Louis, writes the student newspaper as "The Rogue Librarian." A recent Op-Ed piece, Sex and violence in the libraries (mostly sex) speaks of censorship and classical literature:
Most people are unaware that the majority of libraries are secretly seething with works chock full o' sex and violence goodness. Those who seek to remove such literature from our libraries typically pick on obvious choices. For instance, the magazine Playboy used to be a staple of large city public libraries but is rarely found in them today.
Willy Shakespeare is rather well known for injecting baudiness into his writings. Unfortunately, his sexiest work, the poem "Venus and Adonis," is seldom read.
The Woodruff Library Staff wish to inform your that, unless the edicts of the Dewey Decimal System are adhered to with absolute rigor, certain adverse consequences might occur.And they aren't kidding! Makes me wonder what the Woodruff Library staff would do to thieves and careless borrowers...
2005-12-05T11:41:51.020-05:00Mired in Digitization Doubt? Check out Digi-Wik!
In the summer of 2005 I needed to put together a paper on digitizing audio and video for my library: what our needs were, what formats we might use for digitizing and storing multimedia, and what we might need in the future. Gathering this information was more difficult than it should have been.Via xRefer
2005-11-04T09:46:44.600-05:00Congratulations on your "A" in the blogging course, Stephenie! I'm proud to present The Eclectic Book Club Blog, a new and very active blog for a reader's group in North Alabama. GREAT JOB!
2005-11-04T09:34:02.273-05:00Des Moines Register staff Writer Mike Kilen's thoughtful article on on the downtown Des Moines Public Library staff is really worth a read. While he showers praise on the staff for the recent rescue of a kidnapped child, he also seems to begrudgingly admit that public reference librarians are still a vital resource in the information age:
These are tough folks. Forget the shushing, bifocals-and-support-hose librarian. They don't like that image. Librarians are people who endure fickle budget decisions, the Patriot Act, the ever-changing information age and still have time for random arrests. They may be the most unusual public servant left in our time. More...Posted on the APLS listserve. Thanks, Pooky!
2005-11-04T09:34:59.256-05:00(image) Obviously I haven't been posting in the last few weeks nor have I had time to check my Bloglines feeds. This morning the notifier is nagging at me, but I'm afraid I'll just have to mark those as read.
2005-10-28T09:03:43.780-04:00You are invited to the unveiling of the Cerritos Library's clioinstitute NEW thought-provoking blog—with an emphasis on creativity, learning, innovation, and organizational change. We hope you will find our entries useful, and we urge you to share your own experiences and thoughts to help us create a blog consistently full of fresh and intriguing content. Join us at http://www.clioinstitute.info/blog for fresh ideas from the library world and beyond. Background The Cerritos Library established the clioinstitute in 2002 as its learning arm with the purpose of sponsoring thought-provoking events to help libraries creatively pioneer new approaches to lifelong learning. The clioinstitute was first featured online as part of the Cerritos Library's online tutorial—to assist, inspire and support those who wish to emphasize the role of the public library as a "learning organization" either by building a new "Experience Library" or reinventing elements of an existing library. http://cml.ci.cerritos.ca.us/ clioinstitute events Better Together: Creating Partnerships for Community Learning Conference, April 2006* http://btconference.info Aimed at California public library teams, the purposes of the event are to: • create and enhance partnerships with museums, public broadcasters, governmental and other community organizations • tap into more resources and increase audiences • increase the learning assets and opportunities available to local communities Get Real! Helping Libraries Survive and Thrive in Turbulent Times Conference, September 2004* http://infopeople.org/partners/getreal/index.html Aimed at California public library trustees, commissioners and system advisory board members, the purposes of the event were to: • give an update on trends that affect how libraries connects with their communities • increase effectiveness as planners, policy-makers and spokespersons • explore how other types of organizations meet - and exceed - the community's expectations Reenergize Your Library’s Service Environment Workshop, March 2004 http://infopeople.org/WS/workshop/Workshop/155 Aimed at anyone wishing to reenergize a library service environment, the purposes of the event were to: • explore the FISH! Philosophy • practice using playstorming techniques • rethink local library customer service using the Cerritos Library WOW Customer Service Model and FISH! Imagine it, Explore it, Create it! Conference, May 2003* http://infopeople.org/partners/imagineit/index.html Aimed at California public library teams, the purposes of the event were to: • imagine new possibilities • explore how to retool current services • create unique experiences tailored to local communities clioinstitute is sponsored by the Cerritos Public Library, Cerritos, California *Funding assistance for these events has been provided by the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. &nbs[...]
2005-10-20T09:54:35.826-04:00A fantastic look at what libraries are doing with blogs as learning examples, The Free Range Librarian, K.G. Schneider, has posted her recent conference presentation "virtual handout" on blogging and RSS tools. Check out Blogs: Not Just Another Ugly Neologism
2005-10-20T09:25:35.093-04:00How can your resume stand alone from the rest? How to Write a Resume.org has published these seven tricks for getting an interview. Depending on your target, though, I'd say a few of these are way over the top...
2005-10-18T13:44:16.740-04:00Many of our public libraries and schools get their Internet access with FCC administered E-Rate funds, but a new report by The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations calls the program full of "weakness and abuse" and calls for an overhaul of the program.
2005-10-11T09:13:01.930-04:00Says David Battino, editor of O’Reilly’s Digital Audio site, and co-author of The Art of Digital Music.
In addition to the expected books and magazines, my local library has a surprisingly good collection of CDs and DVDs. Because the discs are in such great demand, though, finding ones I wanted to try had been an exercise in serendipity.
Then I discovered that by entering my library card number and PIN on the library’s site, I could search for and reserve materials from the entire county library system. The items I request are shipped to my local library, which sends me an e-mail when they arrive. I then have a week to pick them up. It’s like getting NetFlix or Amazon for free, although you have to return the materials after three weeks. (Actually, in many cases, you can renew the materials online as well, so you get more time.) Read more...