Friday, December 28, 2007
(You may have to register to read the story.) The Director, Mr. West, received compensation in 2004 of $292,000 for the year. A quote from him tells much: ""I am grateful," West said, "for at least the past year to have been the highest-paid director of a museum in the Smithsonian. Even at that status I have yet to earn even two-thirds of what I earned as a private attorney in my last year" in private practice."
(I personally heard a similar quote from a new public library director that was trained in the realty field, when she was commenting on what her city paid her to direct a library and what she had 'given up' in commissions that year.) Different professions, different pay, folks. But I can imagine the discussion at some future committee meeting when they are considering replacing the retiring academic librarian with someone from another profession, say a physician or lawyer. That discussion will no doubt include some comments on what the new person will be giving up in income to take the directorship position, and I bet the salary will be increased to 'compensate'. Heh - too bad they can't start increasing salaries right now to better match other professions. After all, look at what the library directors 'gave up' by choosing library science instead of law or medicine or realty or used car sales...
The Washington Post article was found thanks to an entry in BoingBoing.
Friday, December 21, 2007
A link to the press release, which gives some great numbers on how the 84 North American college libraries responded to the survey questions: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20071221005296&newsLang=en
(I would really love to know which library said they have 200 staff entering data on their website...)
The report is available for $85, or a pdf for $92.50. Direct link to the report page at Research and Markets site: http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c78165
Dr. Bundy is President of Friends of Libraries Australia. Thanks to the Internet, his words have the power to support access to modern public libraries everywhere!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Interested in a dynamic career in library and information science (LIS) education, research, or executive level administration?
The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for students beginning doctoral studies in the Fall of 2008. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2008. More information and application materials can be found at www.ala.org/spectrumphd
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The University of Pittsburgh and the American Library Association were pleased to announce in 2006 the creation of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity among our profession's next generation of LIS leaders.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship provides full tuition and annual stipends of $20,000 to Fellows for the first two years of study.
Partnering programs provide full tuition and stipends to their Spectrum Fellows for all remaining years of study. Six inaugural Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships were awarded in 2007. We are pleased to announce that Fellowships are available for individuals beginning doctoral studies in the Fall of 2008. To underscore the fellowship program's emphasis on leadership, all Spectrum Doctoral Fellows will attend the expense-paid E.J. Josey Doctoral Leadership Institute held in conjunction with the 2009 annual meeting of ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and named for the University of Pittsburgh Professor Emeritus acknowledged as one of the LIS profession's leading diversity advocates.
To be eligible for a Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship:
* Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
* Applicants should be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander heritage.
* Applicants must exhibit intellectual curiosity, interest in the LIS field and its sub-fields (i.e., archival science; academic, school, or other types of librarianship, medical informatics; etc.), evidence of academic excellence, effectiveness as a communicator, the ability to excel as a scholar or executive administrator in the LIS field, and a strong commitment to diversity.
* Applicants need not have received a Spectrum master's-level scholarship to be eligible, but must meet the requirements of each participating program to which they are applying.
* Applicants must be admitted to one or more of the ten participating PhD programs by February 1, 2008.
The ten participating programs are University of Pittsburgh, University of Arizona*, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Michigan*, Rutgers University*, Simmons College*, Syracuse University*, University of Tennessee at Knoxville*, University of Texas at Austin*, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Remember - these have only limited or snippet previews, or even none at all, but there should still be enough chuckles in there to lighten your load.
12/28/07 Followup: I have to admit posting this link as a teaser - it is actually a better link for you to use when demonstrating why your library is still the place to come instead of folks counting on Google Books for their reading sources. In the Business and Professional Humor section of Google Books, there were no full-text books available. Only limited or snippet previews, or none at all.
The Pew Internet Project released a new report today on Teens and Social
Media. The report is available at
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
One possibility for our library's excellent consumer health service (http://www.unmc.edu/library/consumer ) to go mobile would be to tag on with the medical uses that are developing for cell phones. Here is an example in a story about a Canadian company joining up with a Korean cell phone company to turn cell phones into health monitors (as seen on iHealthBeat today):
Cell Phone Latest Tool in Health-Care Arsenal http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=2e4ad7f7-5c13-4a11-b87b-2f24c9e47a84&k=16423
Cell phone users would have their health monitored and easy access to consumer health information as well.
Another would be to develop a method for people to text their questions to us, similar to what Google has done for its mobile service: http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sms/
We would need to make sure our replies are usable and readable on those tiny screens...
And if your library already has issued you a cell phone, start using Jott to send ILL reminders, program announcements, and reserve book notices to folks who would rather get a voice mail than an email: Jott http://www.jott.com/ .
(as seen on the TechLearning blog - "My Father Never Went This Way" http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2007/12/my_father_never_went_this_way.php).
Monday, December 17, 2007
It is an automated dialing site that allows one person to target an entire committee over the phone. I haven't tried it yet, but it appears to be a great help in contacting committee members to discuss issues. I like the slogan on the connect button, "Put me in touch with democracy!"
As seen on BoingBoing today: http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/17/committeecaller-phon.html
Concerned Library Users Protest Closure http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/headlines/display.var.1908783.0.concerned_library_users_protest_closure.php
Dozens Protest Over Library Plans
Waving a Placard to Sae [sic] Our Library
Protesters Spreading Their Net
A link to ASUS June 5, 2007 press release on the Eee, located at HardwareZone:
Are there any academic librarians using the Eee or other ultralight notebooks in their public access or instruction areas? I would like to talk with you if you are - thartman (at) unmc.edu.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Digital Library Project Surpasses Initial Goal of 1 Million Books - http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Business/Headlines/bizBIZ03121307.htm
The Universal Digital Library (http://ulib.org) also made Website of the Week at Voice of America - http://www.voanews.com/english/Science/2007-12-07-voa30.cfm
The Montana State Library is transitioning to a digital library format. More in this story: Library Delays Digital Switch - http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/12/13/news/state/48-digitalswitch.txt
EU [European Union] Looks to Create Digital Library - http://www.thebookseller.com/news/49531-eu-looks-to-create-digital-library.html
Monday, December 10, 2007
"In Digital Age, Libraries Turn A Page On Services They Offer"
"Can the Library Remain Relevant In A Digital Age?"
"Guest Commentary: Public Libraries Provide Lifeline to Government"
The article states that only 278 of the 868 test-takers passed the exam.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
For-profit libraries a sad story
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
From the article: "...responses from those of you who are older and have been in the field longer show deep concern and frustration about your chances to implement change, technological or otherwise. You use words like “glacial,” “traditional,” “fearful,” and “pointless” to describe the bureaucracies in which you operate. The resistance to change that younger librarians point to reflects a misplaced complacency among administrators and managers who’ve been at it for a while."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Take a look at the great subject portals they have created: http://www.wits.ac.za/Library/elecres/subjectguides.htm.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Ms. Long says she will be interviewing people about their thoughts on libraries over the next few months. Her first interview, with Mary Ghikas (senior associate director of the American Library Association) can be heard in its entirety here:
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Where I originally saw the report mentioned:
Read these and send the links to your administrators! Quoting the Outsell Insights article:
"In light of Outsell's newest ROI data, it seems penny-wise and pound-foolish for enterprises to eliminate library budgets in a time of increased information challenges." Amen to that.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
My question: if it is so much cheaper to outsource the library and the service remains the same or better, why doesn't everyone do it to all county/city services? Why would a county/city even consider keeping on the cost of a fire department, police department, streets department, etc., if they could outsource it for cheaper and get the same or better service? (And pardon my ignorance if this is actually what all counties ARE considering! I might be just catching up to the world on this topic.) From the newspaper story, it appears that the library bids that were submitted met the objectives specified by the county as far as services go. The librarian that was leading the effort to reopen the libraries has left or is leaving for a new job, so no librarian has reviewed the bids (as far as I know). Will libraries of all kinds more likely to be outsourced in the future, much like the military base libraries did in the 80's and 90's (and are still doing)? What exactly makes up the difference in cost between a library that is run by an organization like LSSI, and one that is run by a local government or even an academic unit? Does one cover more human resource-type costs and the other not? For example, does one cover retirement and health insurance, and the other not? Did the Jackson County library system really have so much sloppiness in their budget that LSSI is able to come in and offer the same level of service for 30 percent cheaper cost, with only a 3 percent inflation rate over the next few years? If so, where does that put all the other county and city library budgets? From what I have seen in the Midwest, there usually isn't too much to cut in any library budget, particularly when facing staggering increases in electronic information resources and human resource-related costs.
If LSSI is offering a cost-effective management service for libraries, and hires professional librarians to run things, I say more power to them. Let them get in there and show folks how it should be done! From their Open Jobs list http://lssi.com/OpenJobs.cfm, it looks like they are doing well and looking to hire. If LSSI's mission is to truly offer same or better service, a library director could experience better communication for new library programs with their higher-ups, since LSSI would more likely understand library operation needs and innovations than a city council or county board. I haven't seen a Special Interest Group in library associations for 'contracted-out libraries', but if you are a director or librarian in a contract library, I would really like to hear from you about your experiences! Just email teresa.hartman (at) gmail.com and let me know how things run in your world, and if you think this is the way everyone in the library world is going to be going.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Libraries Live On: http://www.candgnews.com/Homepage-Articles/2007/8-8-07/XF-LIBRARY.asp
The future of libraries: http://blog.iwr.co.uk/2007/08/the-future-of-l.html
Bids on table for library operations: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070806/NEWS/708060326
Check out the list of tools, and see how many you already use - and how many you want to try out!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Direct link to the BBC story: Venezuela's four-legged mobile libraries
Additional story on the O'Reilly Radar: Books to Villages, Libraries on Mules http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/08/books_to_villag.html
Friday, August 03, 2007
-Social Computing Magazine http://socialcomputingmagazine.com/
interesting article for my fellow librarians who have secret dreams of getting their library worldwide notice: How to use social bookmarking to take over the world (includes link to Part One of this article in first paragraph) http://socialcomputingmagazine.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=315
-Quickeo - private file sharing-video, photo, mp3, etc. (PDF articles, anyone?) http://www.quickeo.com/
-New MindTouch service-oriented wiki http://wiki.opengarden.org/Deki_Wiki/Release/Hayes
-Open Library launches with library as wiki service http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=37019
-The wiki workplace: how web 2.0 changes everything (webcast from CIO magazine) http://www.cio.com/webcast/124960/The_Wiki_Workplace_How_Web_._Changes_Everything
-15 productive uses for a wiki http://webworkerdaily.com/2007/07/13/15-productive-uses-for-a-wiki/
-conference currently taking place in Taipei: Wikimania 2007 http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/in-taipei-wikipedians-talk-of-fundraising-and-wikiwars/
-learned about one Omaha librarian's blog: Information Warfare http://informationwarfarelinks.blogspot.com/
-the Nebraska Library Commission (our state library organization) blog http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/blogs/NLC/
-and their list of feeds http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/feeds/feeds.asp is an example of how feeds can be promoted on a library website
-two feed readers to consider: Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/, and Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader.
-use Feed Digest http://feeddigest.com/ to put feed content on a blog or to create an RSS feed for your many patrons' subject interests.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Virginia counties target illegal immigrants; libraries may be put in a bind
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
"If all of this is daunting, keep in mind these three things. First, some of the most successful restaurants started out as small catering businesses. Second, whether you are going for a change of law or a contract with a practice or managed care company, it pays to be a good negotiator. Third, if a service is good and needed, usually there is a way to make a business out of it."
This is from the article, "In search of independent NP practice", written by Carolyn Buppert, CRNP, JD, in the journal: Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2007;3(6):374-376.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A Vanishing Breed? In the Information Age, the Role of Libraries Is Debated
Check out all of the comments at the end of the article - they are a great illustration of how our patrons and non-patrons view library services.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
More information about their awards and how to apply can be found here:
While looking for more information on the Quantum2 InfoStars award, I found this list of competency tutorials: http://quantum.dialog.com/about/framework/rate_yourself/ . The list includes:
- Environmental Analysis
- Knowledge Culture Vision
- Perception Analysis
- Relationship Management
- Management Buy-In
- Needs Assessment
- Service Definition
- Performance Measurement
Thursday, June 28, 2007
EBM Librarian Wiki http://ebmlibrarian.wetpaint.com/
University of British Columbia Health Library Wiki http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php?title=Main_Page
North Carolina EBM Center for Excellence http://library.ncahec.net/ebm/pages/index.htm
Article: Expert synthesis of the literature to support critical care decision making
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Essex libraries embrace RFID
Librarie lend growing support to self service
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The company that is behind this - Overdrive. You can check to see if there is a library offering this service in your area here: http://search.overdrive.com/
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Looking at the NXP Semiconductors website, I found these articles on the same subject:
no date - Complete inventory management for libraries http://www.nxp.com/news/identification/articles/articles/a13/index.html
from 2002 - Smart libraries, the smarter way to learn http://www.nxp.com/news/identification/articles/success/s47/index.html
from 2005 - ICODE sees steady growth in library market http://www.nxp.com/news/identification/articles/otm71/library/index.html
from 2006 - The silent revolution: RFID in libraries http://www.nxp.com/news/identification/articles/otm81/library/index.html
from 2006 - Libraries around the world are becoming smarter with Phillips RFID chips http://www.nxp.com/news/content/file_1248.html
No word on if the libraries have professional librarians on duty. They also do not specify the libraries' size. It would be cool if they saved space and used the technology that Mexico is using to create their network of books-on-demand libraries: The world's first network of books on demand libraries http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/6/prweb532438.htm .
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Awards of $6,000 for summer research Grant Title: NEH Summer Stipend Organization: National Endowment for the Humanities Eligibility: Educators Value: 80 awards of up to $6,000 each Deadline: October 2, 2007
Summer stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Summer stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Applicants may be faculty or staff members of colleges, universities, or primary or secondary schools, or they may be independent scholars or writers. This program is intended for the period of summer 2008.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
If you are interested in keeping up with current news about libraries, librarians, library education, try searching Google News for those terms.
Quote from adult service coordinator: "Nowadays, people are used to going to a bookstore to browse, so we're trying to create the same atmosphere.... I know Dewey fans are out there. But we haven't changed a lot in so long, and I think we're in a fight for our own survival."
Thursday, May 24, 2007
One of the great suggestions: make an entry for your library in Wikipedia. Users often don't start at the library itself, so put out sign posts where they are looking.
Screencast entry at Wikipedia
Replay Screencast (software)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thanks to Dorothy Knee, McGoogan Library, for sending this link.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
http://euobserver.com/9/23894. From the story: "An EU expert group on digital libraries has agreed to a basic model for handling copyrights for digitalised cultural publications in libraries." Libraries would be responsible for collecting payments for copyright holders, estimated to be 1 Euro per item used (similar to the iTunes payment model).
Another story covering this topic: Report addresses copyright issues linked to digital preservation http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=27530.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
After using sites such as this successfully before the dot-com bust, I thought most of the sites had gone to a membership business model (such as .Mac, and others). Glad to see that free online storage still thrives.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thomson Gale has announced a new online community for libraries:
Thomson Gale has also announced a $10,000 contest for "I Love My Library" videos - for rules, go to: http://www.gale.com/librareo.
And Thomson Gale has an open house for all of its databases this week:
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Reading the comments in the press release, such as "DWT provides powerful federated search solutions that help users save time and improve results by intelligently
and securely accessing internal, subscription and web databases and sources
through one search page.", makes one wonder - in the future, will our users only have a gateway and digital access with no librarians? What are the long-term prospects of digital libraries as well as those with human searchers/aggregators?
If there are any library/information science students writing about the future of libraries, please get in touch with me and I will share your thoughts on this blog!
Other examples of digital gateways:
Iraqi Virtual Science Library https://www.ivsl.org/
National Science Digital Library http://nsdl.org/browse/index.php?GEM_cat=2&verb=Search&q=Health&s=0&n=10
Some that didn't make it:
Virtual Naval Hospital http://www.vnh.org/
Virtual Hospital/Virtual Children's Hospital http://www.vh.org/ (but may be mirrored here? http://lib.cpums.edu.cn/jiepou/tupu/atlas/www.vh.org/)
EPA Digital Library of Environmental Quality http://www.epa.gov/ceisweb1/ceishome/digitallib/
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
News story: http://www.managinginformation.com/news/content_show_full.php?id=5616
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
XPS Overview (Microsoft) http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/default.mspx
Adobe-Why PDF? http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/adobepdf.html
XML Paper Specification (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification
Adobe PDF vs. Microsoft XPS (Digital Inspiration blog) http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/01/adobe-pdf-vs-microsoft-xps-xml-paper.html
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I saw this story in the Lansing State Journal online edition: Second Life brings virtual, real life together. http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070308/NEWS03/703080351/1004/news03.
They also had a virtual party to celebrate their new eLibrary gateway: http://www.mlcnet.org/cms/sitem.cfm/news__announcements/mel_remix/.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
They released a report in February 2007 on Web 2.0 and Education. You can read the most recent TechWatch reports online.
JISC also sponsors a conference that might be of interest to anyone involved with information and communication technologies in their institution.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The Anatomy of Second Life
Many professional library associations have generated surveys to figure out what their members want from a professional organization. The purpose of our survey is to query librarians directly, regardless of what association they might belong to, in an effort to determine how library associations in general are meeting the needs and expectations of their members.
The survey is confidential and takes only 10 minutes to complete. The results will be reported during a poster session at the upcoming Medical Library Association conference in Philadelphia.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the results, please contact us directly. Thank you!
Megan von Isenburg, MSLS
Rebecca Pernell, MSLS
Dan Kipnis, MSI
Research journals could do the same thing.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Do your library resources have such a function yet? Are you exploring the possiblities? I would love to learn from any library investigating this level of service!
Your library or organization should consider maximizing Web 2.0 technology to reach the social-networking users.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Thanks to Dorothy Knee for the link!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
There is a value-added analysis calculator on the page that could work for many types of services, including library service - here is a
direct link to the template
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
My company is starting a new contest this year to award interesting library
promotional work. We're calling it the InfoTubey Awards! ;-)
We’re looking for videos that librarians have created and posted to YouTube.
Each production must demonstrate creativity, humor, and sincerity in
marketing a library, promoting library services, or enhancing a library's
value. Videos cannot be more than 5 minutes long.
The deadline is Feb. 14. All submissions will be judged by a panel of
distinguished information professionals, who will contact winners in March.
Five InfoTubey Award winners will each receive one free 3-day
conference pass to the Computers in Libraries 2007 conference (a $449
value). Awards will be presented at a gala event during the CIL conference
on April 17 near Washington, D.C.
The entry form is at https://secure.infotoday.com/InfoTubies/Submit.asp.
You can direct your questions to InfoTubies@infotoday.com.
C'mon, show us what you've done! And feel free to pass this on to your
colleagues (unless you're afraid they'll beat you!).
editor in chief, Computers in Libraries magazine
editor, Marketing Library Services newsletter
Information Today, Inc.
143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055 USA
609/ 654-6266, www.infotoday.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
EPA librarians told: Shush! http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/environment/archives/110714.asp .
Noted in the LA Times article that is linked to the blog entry:
"An EPA study in 2004 concluded that the libraries saved millions of dollars a year by performing time-consuming research for agency staff members. "
Friday, January 19, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Un-Bound: Advanced Book Publishing in a Digital World
From the invitation: "Please join us for a day examining how the book business has changed and how it will continue to evolve. Hear from thought leaders and industry veterans who are taking advantage of our increasingly digital world - from blogs and social networks to print-on-demand and online access."
Thursday, January 11, 2007
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/011007-acunetix-free-scan.html?nlhtsec=0108securityalert4&company=SonicWall . The company Acunetix is offering a free web site security scan and reporting service. Use this link to apply: http://www.acunetix.com/site-audit/us-universities.htm.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The Powerset CEO was on CNBC this morning, talking about the new search engine they expect to launch late 2007. The Digital Markets blog at ZDNet posted a message on this topic: http://blogs.zdnet.com/micro-markets/?p=825 . Powerset claims that they are developing a search engine that 'breaks the confines of keyword search'. It is not apparent at this time if they can do better than a good librarian.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Medical librarian is featured health profession
Now featured on the Health Professions Network's Web site
is the medical librarian profession:
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
news_05676_Drivers_Can_Now_Go_Surfing_With_New_Internet_Service.html. Since more than one user can access the Wi-Fi within a 30 meter area, your next outreach training class could take place under the trees and sky, instead of a computer training room.