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Library Supporter

An Open Weblog Dedicated to Library Support Staff.

Updated: 2016-06-03T20:49:41.267-04:00


I've moved!


Please find me at TheMLxperience.

Thank you!

Happy Hiatus!


I'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.

Here's hoping you have a safe and productive New Year! :)


Ambient Findability (Slashdot)


norburym writes "Peter Morville is an information architect, an advocate of expanding the boundaries of librarianship in an Internet age and the voice of ambient findability. In this new book from O'Reilly, Morville expands on a theme he's been discussing for several years: we live in an age where computers and the Internet are changing how we access information. Digital networks are available

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The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds an annual business meeting known as the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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ALA to announce children, teen book award winners; discuss library trends at San Antonio conference (ALA)


(CHICAGO) More than 12,000 librarians, publishers and guests from around the world will converge on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio January 20-25 for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

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ALA president sponsors forum on education for librarianship (ALA)


(CHICAGO) American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman invites library practitioners, educators and students to participate in a half-day forum to explore the big issues in library education as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, January 20 - 25. The program begins at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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Teacher wins provincial honour (


A long history of outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship in Ontario is just one of the many reasons why Pat Elliott, a resource teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board, has been selected as the province's Teacher-Librarian of the Year.

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Putting 2.0 and 2.0 Together


Family 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 passionate knowledgeableable about the Library 2.0 concept? Not necessarily.

Among other things, a shared vocabulary helps experts and professionals get a message across more quickly. But it also helps build their passion. 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.


Enthusiastic response to ACRLog (ALA)


CHICAGO - Response to the Association of College and Research Libraries' ACRLog has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. In its first week, over 10,000 visits were made to ACRLog. Posts found there were read close to 20,000 times.

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Physicians find librarians vital (Dallas Morning News)


More than one doctor has described a resourceful medical librarian as a best friend.

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New OCLC Report on Perceptions of Libraries


Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005) summarizes findings of an international study on information-seeking habits and preferences.

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:


FG Establishes Virtual Libraries in Polytechnics and Monotechnics (


THE federal government has taken a giant step in addressing the chronic dearth of books and journals in the nation's polytechnics, monotechnics and specialized institutions by establishing virtual libraries in that sector.

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Lascivious Outreach in St. Louis


Raleigh 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.

Now that's the way to bring 'em to the library!


Library Staff Notice is cautionary, scary tale



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...

If you dig horror movies check out the five minute film at Google Video. Brought to you by


A Great Use of the Wiki Format


Mired 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.
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Professor Harry Bruce named dean of Information School (UW News)


A faculty member since 1998, Bruce has been appointed to be dean of the school effective Jan. 1

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U.S. Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joins Hogan & Hartson's Denver (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)


DENVER----Nov. 30, 2005--Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. announced today that Rebecca W. Watson, assistant secretary for lands and mineral management at the U.S. Department of the Interior , has joined the firm's environmental and energy practices as a partner in the Denver office.

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A Staff Training Success!


Congratulations 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!

~ Marianne

Shattering Stereotypes at the Speed of "Shush"


Des 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!

Blogging from the Back Burner


(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.

I'm chair of our United Way campaign and our kick-off was this month - still have reports to refine and data to check before I can turn everything in. I've also done the Defending Public Access workshop for the staff several times in the last few weeks. After today I'm off for a few days of much-needed vacation but will try to get back to regular posting later next week.

An Exciting New Blog for Library Learning


You 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 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. clioinstitute events Better Together: Creating Partnerships for Community Learning Conference, April 2006* 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* 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 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* 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[...]

Learning to Blog


A 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

Also, Michael Stevens at Tame the Web has shared his Dominican University's LIS class assignment which includes creating a blog and then making 5 blog posts about libraries, technology and the Web. Wow.

CC: I Am So Gonna Blog This (If Only I Could)

Getting an Interview the Sneaky Way


How can your resume stand alone from the rest? How to Write a 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...
  1. Use different colored paper for your resumes.
  2. Use different sized paper.
  3. Have an inside contact.
  4. Send a Certified Letter.
  5. Send your resume with a gift.
  6. Deliver the resume in person.
  7. Do the "PostIt" trick - pretend it's already been seen (and liked) by an insider.
See the full version here.

This article was found in my inbox, which never ceases to educate and entertain. :)

E-Rate Program Criticized by House Oversights & Investigations


Many 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.
Via Yahoo! News Asia.

"Man, are public libraries a fantastic resource!"


Says 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...