Tuesday, August 30, 2005

DocuPen http://www.planon.com/docupen.php - could a library use this to scan items at the shelf and email the images for ILL? Would the images that this pen produces replace the need to haul carts of bound journals around to the photocopy room for the "pull and photocopy service", and enable libraries to just email the documents (as our patrons so plainly prefer!)?
Free countdown clocks to use in your presentations, thanks to Matt Fuller: http://www.mattjfuller.com/home/timers.html . The clocks are AVI files, and can be inserted in both PowerPoint and Keynote presentations. Let your audience know without a doubt when break is over!
Slashdot articles on libraries: 1) using DRM to "expire" audio books: http://slashdot.org/articles/05/08/30/0016241.shtml?tid=188&tid=126 ; 2) [what] new tech should libraries try next? http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/24/2258245&tid=192&tid=126&tid=4 . Don't miss the comments posted to both of these stories! If you are wondering what your patrons want or are thinking, this may help you get an idea.

Monday, August 29, 2005

"Do you think you are a master at locating what you need on the Internet?
To find out take the IMSA Search Challenge on the new edition of the
IMSA 21st Century Information Fluency (21CIF) Web site (http://21cif.imsa.edu). This is
only one of the new free tools and resources to help you find, evaluate and use digital
information effectively, efficiently and ethically." -as seen on the Infoliteracy discussion list, 26 Aug 05

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Another good blog, TeacherLibrarian, posted an entry yesterday about the library at UT Texas moving out the books in favor of creating a gathering place: http://teacherlibrarian.blogspot.com/ . Direct link to the story about the library: http://teacherlibrarian.blogspot.com/2005/08/no-more-books-no-more-library.html .

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Shifted Librarian, a great blog, lists 20 Technology Skills Every Librarian Should Have http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2005/07/21/20_technology_skills_every_librarian_should_have.html .

If you are involved with any CE events for your librarian organizations, you may want to check this list out for ideas on what classes to have on hand! Even better, this list could give you ideas on your next marketing strategy, to let others know in your workplace what they can count on from the library.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

New business event repository that offers automatic indexing service: Copper Eye Looks Into a New Repository http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=11674 . This type of service would add a whole new layer to an online catalog - just send in the files of the new ebooks and ejournals that are entered into a library, and give improved searching ability to users hunting for topics. This would also work for research centers on campuses, enabling researchers to check and see who might be on campus to collaborate with, or is in unknown competition with, before the next grant application is written.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Wiki for Library Success! "Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki" http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Main_Page . Please take a look at this resource and consider sharing your own expert knowledge.
Do you know the next Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award winner?
Nominations due December 2, 2005. Academic/Research Librarian of the Year recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.
This award recognizes and honors achievement in such areas as:
* Service to the organized profession through ACRL and related organizations
* Significant and influential research on academic or research library
* Publication of a body of scholarly and/or theoretical writing contributing
to academic or research library development
* Planning and implementing a library program of such exemplary quality that
it has served as a model for others
Award: $3,000 and a plaque sponsored by YBP Library Services
Send nominations to:
Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award ACRL, 50 E. Huron Street,
Chicago, IL 60611
See details in the Awards Section of the ACRL Web site: www.ala.org/acrl
The National Library of Medicine just updated the Fact Sheet for Telemedicine, located here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/telemedicine.html .

Tuesday, August 09, 2005