Tuesday, December 30, 2008
from Vineland, NJ, comes a story about an "adopt a shelf" volunteer program. Volunteers are being sought to do shelf-reading once a week:
If you could get the leaders that are responsible for your library's budget involved, maybe they would see the value on the shelves and overhear the good work that the librarians do every day. Maybe you could take it one step further - name a range of shelves for each of your leaders, and highlight the contents in your next newsletter. Example: "On the Mayor's shelf this week, we have added ... to the already stellar collection of ..."
Feed that pride of ownership, folks!
From USAToday - http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/12/philly-to-close.html
From AP - http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ilv_H8ecm3B1EC1nnfnvLVpBqmcAD95CVKH00
No matter what type of library you work in or use - is your library next?
Monday, December 29, 2008
For the sixth consecutive year, CyberAlert, Inc. (www.cyberalert.com) the online media monitoring company, will award a minimum of 15 public relations grants to not-for-profit organizations. Each grant consists of one full year of free news monitoring / press clipping services, ranging in value from $2,700 to $3,900. In the previous five years, CyberAlert has awarded 102 grants to not-for-profit organizations, including 29 grants in 2008, with a aggregated value of over $275,000. Here's the list of 2008 grant recipients.
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CyberAlert also offers a 14-day f.r.e.e. trial of its media monitoring services to public relations, marketing and other communications professionals in corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. You can access the trial through an easy-to-complete secure online form at https://secure.cyberalert.com/ftorder_mmn.html. No credit card information is required or requested.
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Friday, November 21, 2008
ITART - Information Technology and Access Round Table
I saw this mentioned on a new discussion list for librarians: DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB.
You can check out the archives and join the list at this page: https://list.nih.gov/archives/disastr-outreach-lib.html
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Librarians set to be NHS cure: Librarians have been put at the heart of an evidence-based NHS
by Laura Smith
This is the link to the March report the article above refers to:
I sent both links to Carla Funk, Executive Director of the Medical Library Association, who quickly responded with the following good news about all of the advocacy efforts conducted by the Association (reprinted here with permission):
" MLA is working on advocacy for our members and their roles, most notably right now through the Vital Pathways Project http://www.mlanet.org/
I am going to pass these documents on to the Vital Pathways group as additional resource documents for their work. Thanks again.
Carla J. Funk, MLS, MBA, CAE
Medical Library Association"
Many thanks to Ms. Funk and all of the medical librarian professionals who are working hard to remind and inform others about the worth of librarians and libraries!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
From the site:
"Librarians in our nation’s 123,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day. Now is your chance to tell us why we should shine the spotlight on a librarian at your public, school, college, community college or university library. Nominate your librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!
Up to ten librarians will be honored. Each will receive $5,000 and be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times at TheTimesCenter in December 2008."
Now THIS is one event that I hope they get Oprah to visit! Deadline for nominations is October 15, so hurry. If you don't nominate that deserving librarian, who will?? Here's your chance!
Monday, October 06, 2008
The post says that Hakia is working with the Medical Library Association. I saw that they list the consumer sites recommended by MLA on their HClub page. There is also a link for librarians to suggest credible sites on their HClub page http://club.hakia.com/lib/.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Smith College had an Alumnae Panel yesterday on: Why Librarian is Among Best Careers
Students Go to Court Over Library Policy http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/10/117_32129.html - Students at the University of Seoul have been leaving their belongings to 'save' their seats in the library. The University decided to ban the practice by suspending offending students from entering the facility for up to 30 days. A student has filed a lawsuit against the University.
Librarian: No Typical Day http://www.pioneerlocal.com/oakpark/news/1194278,op-librarian-100108-s1.article - a short article on why a librarian became a librarian. [An aside - this Internet news site demonstrates one of my major pet peeves - you can't tell where the news is from just by looking at the page. I think it is from Oak Park, IL, but not sure. Wonder why the newspapers hide their locations on the Internet?-th]
The Librarian Specializes in Terrorism and Extremism http://media-newswire.com/release_1074863.html - a librarian at Texas A&M is a professor and author on terrorism.
The $900.000 Librarian http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/2008/10/01/collecting-auctions-art-forbeslife-cx_nw_1001librarian.html - no, this isn't an article about a lottery win, but a photograph that was recently sold for over $900k, showing the photographer/model posing as a librarian next to shelves.
Electronic Arts' Cellphone Librarian http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2008/10/electronics-art.html - story about the job of managing 15,000 cell phones that are used by employees at this company.
Westmoreland Libraries Finding Creative Ways to Raise Funds http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribunereview/news/westmoreland/s_591106.html - library in Pennsylvania (?) discussing creative ways to raise money and promote their services.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century
[seen on LibGig -th]
Part I: A Continuing Discussion on Research Libraries in the 21st Century
Prologue to a Fundamental Rethinking: Context and Topic Threads
Reconceiving the Library: A Vision for the 21st Century
Challenges and Constraints
Part II: Essays
The Research Library in the 21st Century: Collecting, Preserving, and Making Accessible Resources for Scholarship, by Abby Smith
The Future of the Library in the Research University, by Paul N. Courant
Co-teaching: The Library and Me, by Stephen G. Nichols
The Role of the Library in 21st Century Scholarly Publishing, by Kate Wittenberg
A New Value Equation Challenge: The Emergence of eResearch and Roles for Research Libraries, by Richard E. Luce
Accelerating Learning and Discovery: Refining the Role of Academic Librarians, by Andrew Dillon
Groundskeepers, Gatekeepers, and Guides: How to Change Faculty Perceptions of Librarians and Ensure the Future of the Research Library, by Daphnée Rentfrow
Leveraging Digital Technologies in Service to Culture and Society: The Role of Libraries as Collaborators, by Lee L. Zia
Sunday, August 31, 2008
"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians."
Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Buffet. His 78th birthday was yesterday. More about him at the North Platte Bulletin site: http://www.northplattebulletin.com/index.asp?show=news&action=readStory&storyID=15025&pageID=6§ionID=5
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
About a robot doctor -
Interactive tool can make rounds
About a robot librarian -
First 'robotic rural librarian' will dispense books anytime
Monday, August 11, 2008
Library confrontation points up privacy dilemma
You could share both of these articles with staff as case studies, and start discussion about how your library policies dictate that you handle such technology requests.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
'Libraries on borrowed time', from Camden in the UK: http://www.thecnj.co.uk/camden/2008/080708/news080708_11.html. A member of the Camden Public Library Users Group (CPLUG) has been worried that the number of books held in the libraries has declined. "Since 1999, Camden has reduced its books stock by 200,000 books which is “effectively closing five libraries by stealth,” according to retired engineer Mr Templeton, 70.
He added: “We did hope a change of regime at the Town Hall would have an effect, but it didn’t." (There is a comment section at the bottom of that article - please do comment.)
Now these two articles:
1. Libraries step into the age of iPod http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0729441420080807 . Reporting on the changing programs in libraries today, the article refers to one in Phoenix: "In Phoenix, for instance, branches have banded together to create a digital library that currently has about 50,000 titles of e-books, audiobooks, music and videos that can be "checked out" from anywhere." Tom Gemberling, the electronic resources librarian, reported on a recent audience reaction when he presented to a group of senior citizen RVers: "They were cheering and screaming by the end," he said. "They were so excited. They're RVers, so they can go anywhere on the road, find a computer, go into the Phoenix Public Library catalogue, download a book and play it while they drive down the highway."
2. Libraries shelve old ways http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=a8089d89-9eaa-4c08-8638-7f0fb0d0a665. A story in the Montreal Gazette covers the Navigating with Youth Conference for librarians. An excerpt of the article: "As libraries across the country try to reach out to people more at ease using search engines than hunting along bookshelves, some institutions are choosing to stock some unconventional material.
The Greater Victoria Public Library has turned to video games.
"Literacy has more than one meaning," says Kirsten Andersen, who works at the Victoria library. When one 16-year-old boy wrote to the library to complain about its decision to add video games to its inventory of books and DVDs, "I told him what we tell people who challenge our material: That everyone has the right to choose what they want themselves, and we provide a variety of materials and everyone makes their own decisions.""
Me again. Interesting contrast of articles. As librarians and library boards keep all users in mind, we need to also recognize that what some of our audiences consider a successful library program may no longer be considered successful by those running or accrediting the library (such as book count). What statistics mean more to you when you design programs or conduct collection development activities? People in the door and on your website? Hits to the database and eresource collections? Communicate those new statistics to all levels of your community - they need to know and understand that your library is doing well by new standards. Otherwise, they may think that the place is ready to close down if a traditional statistic (book count, door count) has been slipping over the years. Folks might infer your library is failing, when in fact it is thriving. Congratulations to Phyllis Christensen of the Marathon County Public Library in Wisconsin for doing just that, in this article: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com. /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080807/WDH04/808070327
Monday, August 04, 2008
Survey, conducted between July 8 and 13, 2008, found no increase in the number of "cyberchondriacs".
Direct link to the story on the Harris Interactive site: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=937.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Dr. Michael DeBakey, Medical Trailblazer And Longtime Friend Of National Library Of Medicine, Dies At 99
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Korean Librarian Halts Library of Congress Move on Dokdo
Here is the link to the LC Subject Headings Tentative (Unapproved) Weekly List 29, dated July 16, 2008: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/tentative/twls0829.html
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
From their announcement:
"From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America
OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in the latest OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America.
Among the findings from the report:
- Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation.
- Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support.
- Voters who see the library as a "transformational" force as opposed to an "information" source are more likely to increase taxes in its support.
July 15, 2008 - Thanks to the comment by Krafty Librarian to this post, I am adding the link to the OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources report from 2005: http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm
I linked to that report on this blog back when it came out. If you want to check out all of my posts that mention OCLC and their great reports and services, click here.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Fairfax Media is "Australasia's leading media company", according to their homepage http://www.fxj.com.au/ . One would think that they, leaders in media, would know the value of the librarians, and the strength they give to the journalists. (An aside - has anyone tracked the stock performance of companies that have disbanded their libraries?)
As I have said many times to those about to graduate and apply for their careers - find out who has to pay for access to information, and if you have expert guidance. If you don't, ask for more salary.
I welcome any and all comments.
The opening lines of the review hooked me pretty fast: "In the four minutes it probably takes to read this review, you will have logged exactly half the time the average 15- to 24-year-old now spends reading each day. That is, if you even bother to finish"
I have the feeling that, if you work in an academic library, you already know and have seen most of what the author is saying, but you might want to get the book to give weight to your reports to higher-ups.
I really appreciate my colleague, Brian Erb, for passing this link on to me.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Now, about that blog - I am running into more like it, and not sure who or what is behind it. It has only been in existence since last month, yet calls itself a 'leading resource'. No contact information, other than a fill-in form for you to give up YOUR information. I tried to locate information on who the author of the post is - but Laura Milligan, if that is truly their name, doesn't hang her shingle out well. I located other posts that were attributed to her - but nothing on the author herself. Feel free to write to me, Laura - your readers want to know more. Same for the other authors listed. This blog could be the equivalent of the hotel 'fine art' industry - there is a warehouse somewhere in a remote village, with desks staffed by huddled writers, cranking out blog posts to be spread over the 'net. The information on the blog seems correct - someone in the teaching field would have to vet it for me - but not knowing who is behind the service leaves a big hole in any evaluation of the site.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Jessica Merritt has written a post on the CollegeDegrees blog about why libraries should consider using Flickr and other social networking sites:
How to: Make Flickr Work for Your Library - 50+ Resources
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A news article about the survey's findings at The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=3115
It would be very interesting to conduct the same survey with only medical college/academic health center libraries, to identify use by health professional students - I think it is higher than "other major" college students.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Read this article, if you are looking for more reasons to make your library over into a center for your community.
"Book a librarian to help" is also the title of this news story from Pembrokeshire in the UK http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/latest/display.var.2339480.0.book_a_librarian_to_help.php , where two librarians were asked to step in as wedding witnesses. See, librarians DO eliminate barriers between you and what you need!
Librarian can help charities get needed money: http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080615/COLUMNISTS08/806150354
Another news item dealing with economic topics and libraries:
The Sacramento Public Library has created a page for their customers, dealing with saving money, finding work, dealing with mortgages: MoneySmart @ your library. http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/showlist.html?sid=6730&list=CNL5
I saw this site mentioned in this news story: Library Web Page Offers Economic Advice
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This article links to College @ Home's article: Twitter for Librarians - the ultimate guide
If you are considering just how the new Web 2.0 tools can fit into your library, you will want to check out the great links to resources in the College @ Home's article!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
They have added user reviews and rating features, and cover art to user-created lists. Users can write reviews in their preferred language.
If your library has been discussing the addition of Web 2.0 features to your catalog, this may give your committee additional reasons to add the features to your own OPAC.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Library will not privatize
If there are any library schools discussing this topic, I would love to hear about them.
Other items on this blog about privatizing libraries can be found using this search string:
Thursday, May 22, 2008
[from BoingBoing-th] http://www.boingboing.net/2008/05/22/steve-cisler-digital.html
I think it is safe to say that most of how we interact with networks as librarians has Mr. Cisler to thank.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Many of you have seen documentary "The Hollywood Librarian" at ALA
Conferences or one of the many showings across the country. If you have
not seen the film, you can see clips at
"engaging" and "illuminating" and has been seen by thousands of people
in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and
After showing the film in Normal, IL, the community where I live, I
think this is a film that needs to go beyond library audiences. I would
like the film to be viewed by Oprah. Copies have been mailed to her, to
help promote librarianship. And when Oprah promotes an issue, it gets
I am asking every librarian to email Oprah asking her to at least view
the film and suggest she have Ann Seidl on as a guest. There is a form
that needs to be filled out at
In the "Tell us your story" box, please request that Oprah view the film
"The Hollywood Librarian" by Ann Seidl and have her on the show. The
form does ask for contact information, and the producers can contact me:
Toni Tucker firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-212-2407 for more information
about the documentary or Ann Seidl.
This could be a great campaign to get this film in front of Oprah and
really promote our amazing profession.
Please forward to other library listservs.
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8900
Normal, IL 61790-8900
Fax (309) 438-3676
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
- As the Bible says, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- "Always offer our guest at least one service they can't receive anywhere else."
- "You, our guest, are very important, you are the reason we are here! THANK YOU!"
- "We need you, our guest, much more than we need ourselves."
- "You, our guest, are always right."
- "It's our job to take care of you, if we don't someone else will."
- "If we make a mistake, we will correct it immediately!"
- "Our simple but powerful rule: Always give you, our guest, more than you expect to get."
- "You are our guest; guests in our home, not clients or customers, but guests."
- "Good enough for some is not good enough for us."
- "The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary, is: give that little extra."
- "Quality rather than quantity matters, we offer BOTH."
- "We do simple things, but in exceptional ways!"
When was the last time you thanked someone who emailed or texted a reference question? When have you told your patrons that you need them more than you need yourself? When have you instructed your staff to give more than what the customer expects? If you already follow most of these 'rules', great, and please let me know where you are - I would like to highlight the great service you are providing so others can model!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
ebrary Honors National Library Week, Offers Complimentary Access to Library Science E-books
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In support of National Library Week, April 13 to 19, 2008, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-content services and technology, today announced that it will provide librarians as well as students and faculty in library science and related programs with complimentary access to its Library Center for one year.
Subsidized by ebrary, the Library Center includes more than 85 full-text e-books covering topics such as digital library development, general collection development, and the history of libraries and librarianship, as well as illustrated guides from the Library of Congress. Contributing publishers include Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Idea Group, Inc., Greenwood Publishing Group, Library of Congress, and MIT Press.
To receive complimentary access, students, faculty, and librarians may register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=iLchAc260S528_2botn4tcig_3d_3d.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The quote from their blog entry on how you can use the tools seems to fit most library's needs, particularly the online donations:
- "When you're writing a grant application, don't get stuck emailing drafts back and forth. Try Google Docs to collaborate on documents with your colleagues.
- Cut costs and save time with Google-hosted email at your own domain. Access your e-mail from any computer with an Internet connection.
- Accept online donations without hassle and with no transaction fees until 2009 with Google Checkout.
- Apply for free online advertising through our Google Grants program to raise awareness and drive traffic to your website.
- Start a blog to keep your supporters informed and engaged."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
She also has a CafePress site with librarian/book lover/baby gifts:
She will be presenting on her life as a cartoonist and librarian at the upcoming New Hampshire Library Association spring conference: Innovate in '08 - Library Basics and Beyond http://www.nhlibrarians.org/springconference.html.
I bet it will be a session you won't want to miss! If you do have to miss it, maybe she would come to speak at your next conference...
This story from the Union of Concerned Scientists also links to testimony by Dr. Fransesca Grifo, director of the UCS Scientific Integrity Program.
A link to previous posts about EPA Libraries on this blog: http://libeducation.blogspot.com/search?q=epa
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
You can check out more of Mr. Coverly's art at Creators.com, where they archive his Speed Bump cartoon series: http://www.creators.com/comics/speed-bump/16095.html.
All ACRL OnPoint chats are free and open to the public [bolded text by T.Hartman]. Sessions are unmoderated, 30-45 minutes in length and take place in a Meebo chat room. All chat sessions begin at 1pm CDT. While no registration is necessary to participate, ACRL recommends creating a quick and easy Meebo account for the best experience while participating in ACRL OnPoint discussions. Full details are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/OnPoint/onpoint.cfm.
Join us on March 27, 2008 for the inaugural ACRL OnPoint chat on the newly mandatory NIH Public Access Policy. The discussion of how libraries are leveraging this new policy on campus will be convened by ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee member Karen Williams and Linda Watson, president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. Discuss actions your library is taking or could take, such as educating authors, offering deposit services and partnering with your office of sponsored research.
This first chat session is co-sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
Future ACRL OnPoint chats include:
April 2008: Section 108 Study Group Report – Discuss the implications of the recommendations and findings of this forthcoming report (expected in mid-March) for academic libraries.
May 2008: Green Libraries – Share ideas about what libraries are, or could be, doing to meet the growing “greening” of college and university campuses.
June 2008: ACRL 101 – Find your path to participation to get the most out of your ACRL membership and discuss ACRL activities at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference with Associate Director Mary Jane Petrowski.
Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/OnPoint/onpoint.cfm for additional information, including future chat dates, full descriptions and chat transcripts. Send ideas for future ACRL OnPoint chat topics to email@example.com with the subject heading ACRL OnPoint.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
This might be useful for some of you. If you use Firefox as your browser,
you can quickly download a plugin called FireShot that takes much better
screen captures than using CTRL/PRINT SCREEN. Open Firefox and go to:
the Fireshot extension. It will put [a red square with a white 'S'] logo in the top right hand
corner of your toolbar.
Clicking it will take a snapshot of whatver screen you are on and OPEN IT
IN AN EDITOR!!! You don't have to move it to photoshop or anything else
to crop it or change it around. And then you can save it from there. It
takes much, much clearer screenshots, especially when you are using
something where you have typed into a form.
Brian Erb., M.L.S.
Reference and Education Librarian
McGoogan Library of Medicine
Thanks for sharing, Brian. I have already used this add-on when creating worksheets and publicity, and it is slick. -th
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
The editor, Loretta Andress, included posts made on this blog back in August 2007, when I wrote about the Jackson County libraries closing. (This link takes you to all of the posts that have been written about Jackson County outsourcing: http://libeducation.blogspot.com/search?q=jackson.)
The Alaska Library Association is currently enjoying their annual conference in Fairbanks http://www.akla.org/fairbanks2008/index.php . I wish everyone attending the best - library conferences are the greatest! If there is any discussion about outsourcing in the conference halls, or later when folks attend the National Conference of the Public Library Association, I hope the comments are sent to me to be shared on this blog.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Daily Interviewer, an anonymous surgeon, has interviews with just about everyone EXCEPT a medical librarian. I hope they find one to interview soon - there are a lot of us that have very interesting things to talk about!
Librarians need to be more involved with CME.
One of the report's recommendations sounds like it is right up the librarians' alley:
Promote the discovery and dissemination of
more effective methods of educating health
professionals over their professional lifetimes
and foster the most effective and efficient
ways to improve knowledge, skills, attitudes,
practice and teamwork.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
(Thanks goes to my colleague, Sheryl Williams at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, for sending me this link. -th)
How much would it cost to replace your library services on the retail market? Calculate what it would cost to buy library services - at a book store, through pay per view for articles, from an information broker - if you and your library weren’t there. Try this calculator and see what YOU are worth! Retail Value Calculator: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/evaluation/calculator.html .
Thanks to Dick Kammer I’ve already made a couple of small modifications. You can use the web page calculator, open an Excel spreadsheet that mimics the calculator or open an unrestricted Excel spreadsheet that allows you to change lines, colors, add more than three new resources, remove ones that aren’t useful to you. Caution: be sure you know how to calculate the totals in column D. Instructions are on the spreadsheet
I’m also working on a calculator to determine your ROI – return on investment – that you can use with your CFO, boss, stakeholders to show the significant return on your institution’s investment in professional library services. Stay tuned!
Let me know what you think!
Assessment & Evaluation Liaison
MidContinental Regional Medical Library
Associate Director for Digital Initiatives
Becker Medical Library
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis MO 63110
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
If you are interested in improving information in communities around the world, check out this group.
Rescuing Libraries http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-bz.wk.atwork20feb20,0,6398463.story
Ms. Tapiero sounds like she would make a great speaker at some upcoming library conference! I for one would love to learn more about her work and how she sees the future of libraries.
Here is a link to her company web site: The Organized Library http://www.theorganizedlibrary.com/
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
LSSI Begins Labor Talks - NLRB complaint means workers rehired by library firm will still be unionized http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080213/NEWS/802130312
It will be interesting to see how the outsourcing firm balances what will probably be increased costs with services needed, once the union has agreed to a contract.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
City of Paris Chooses 3M Library Systems for Conversion of 42 Branches to RFID
A telling quote from the story: "The range of RFID-related library products continues to expand, enabling library staffs to provide more services at a time when customer demand is growing faster than financial resources..."
Monday, February 04, 2008
http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200693.htm. NetLibrary is OCLC's platform for econtent delivery.
Let's play 'what if': what if we become knowledge navigators (see previous post) of virtual collections? What if we are able to visit every patron at their desktop (or in person at their elbow) and help guide them to download their required readings? What if we could completely convert our collections to virtual, yet have to add library staff rather than reduce the numbers due to increased service and education opportunities and requirements?
This is a great Computerworld opinion piece that advocates the use of librarians to improve institutional data flows.
Information about the author, John D. Halamka:
"John D. Halamka is CIO at CareGroup Healthcare System, CIO and associate dean for educational technology at Harvard Medical School, chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network, CIO of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute and a practicing emergency physician."
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Quote from the page: "Medical librarians help improve the quality of patient care by helping health care professionals stay abreast of new developments and treatments. "
The Pew Internet Project and Elon University are conducting an ongoing survey
of stakeholders about the future of the internet, and we would like to include
your views in our research.
This web-based survey about international concerns and the internet follows
two previous surveys of thousands of internet stakeholders that measured the
expected impact of the internet over the next decade (to see the results,
please go to www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/expertsurveys/default.xhtml).
We hope you'll take 10 to 15 minutes to fill out our survey (to participate,
you must use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari as your browser). You will
find the survey at: http://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/WSGateway?surveyid=195410
The survey asks you to assess several potential scenarios tied to the future
of the internet and to contribute your own thoughts about what you believe
should or will happen by the year 2020. This is a confidential survey,
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Friday, January 18, 2008
"A new study overturns the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation' – youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most web-literate. The first ever virtual longitudinal study carried out by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web. "
The direct link to the report is: http://www.bl.uk/news/pdf/googlegen.pdf . You may have suspected such findings, if you have had any contact at all with students from elementary up to and including graduate level studies. As these are our future sources of revenue, be it taxes or direct pay, we as librarians need to evolve and adapt to them, or schedule one whale of a retraining effort. As for me, I am betting on adaptation and evolution.
(Thanks to Siobhan Champ-Blackwell at Creighton for calling this to my attention -th)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The author reminds us to keep the user experience in mind, and uses the example of coffee (a commodity). By adding service and the experience (wireless access, live bands, gourmet food), the coffee turns into something that people will pay top price per cup just to get the entire user experience. Adding memorable service to the library experience could improve each user's experience. After all, sometimes we are still dispelling the bad memories of our patron's 2nd grade librarian, or their association of the library with term papers (and they hated term papers), or the last time they were in our library and didn't find what they were looking for, feeling ineffective and clumsy as they searched in vain.
"User experience" also fits what James Earl Jones was talking about as the character Terrance Mann in the movie, Field of Dreams, when he explains why people will line up and pay to come to a baseball field in Iowa: "Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray." I wonder if we could get Mr. Jones to recite that passage with some changes for the next PSA for libraries? Maybe something like: "...for it is money they have and information they lack..."
Going back to the coffee shop experience. I mentioned a new t-shirt idea for Library Week yesterday to a few of the librarians I work with and the circulation staff members, and received very different responses. The t-shirt would say in a great font: Barista of information. The librarians pretty much all disliked the idea, saying that we do so much more. But those that serve the patrons the most, the circulation staff, loved the idea, and said the patrons would "get it". Librarians outside academic libraries "got it", too. Interesting. Maybe since I started out in libraries as a work-study in the Circulation Dept., I liked the idea, seeing the phrase "barista of information" as a bridge, not an all-encompassing descriptor. I don't know if we will ever have one phrase that will show the length and breadth that we do as librarians - I can't even explain all of what I do to my relatives over the holiday visits. But 'barista of information' - it does have a ring to it.
(This is my 500th post on this blog. I hope they have all been valuable to you, and I look forward to posting more in the years ahead.)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This is most appropriate, as the book is about the shift of the Internet from creativity and innovation to "cable television on speed", controlled by "hoarders of copyrights". Since we deal on all sides of copyright, if you haven't read the book, you can now - free.
Monday, January 14, 2008
If you regularly read blogs by and for health sciences librarians, but
have not yet taken a 5-10 minute survey about your experiences, please go
The survey will be up until Jan. 21. So far 202 people have completed it.
The data will inform an upcoming chapter meeting paper. Then I will report
it all--appropriately enough--on my blog: http://mbanks.typepad.com/
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
compares results from the 2006 survey of Ph.D. librarians by Todd Gillman and Thea Lindquist to the 1991 ARL survey.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
From the article: "Teaching people to find, evaluate and use information effectively has always been part of a librarian's job..." Just had to repeat that point.
Some of the goals listed for the new center:
"-- Establish a Web site, or virtual clearinghouse, about the subject and its latest trends.
-- Organize regional summits on the topic of teaching information literacy. Summits would be conducted throughout the state, but also be accessible through Web technology.
-- Create outreach groups for different librarian communities, such as school librarians, and others working in public library environments."
Friday, January 04, 2008
Mentioned in the tips: FD's Flickr Toys. Address for that wonderful site: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/ .
Thursday, January 03, 2008
In the article, he quotes Gary Price of Resource Shelf saying this about Wikia Search: "It’s going to be a bit sad to see this project get all sorts of media attention and library/librarian/scholar built and maintained tools with plenty of human editorial influence forgotten."
Our library tried virtual reference way back in 2003, but found it was a hindrance to our users, rather than a help. A research article came out of our experiences: One Library's Experience With Virtual Reference http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=15685286 . But maybe we need to revisit the concept?
Mr. Hart is the founder of Project Gutenberg, and (from the bottom of the article) "a cofounder of The World eBook Fair [http://www.worldebookfair.com], is credited with the cofounding of the Open Source movement as well as being a pioneer by example of how the Internet should be."
To quote Ms. West, who echoes many (I hope) citizens' feelings about the whole episode: "I don’t know about you but I find this so upsetting. Not that someone could be so shortsighted as to think you could close a bunch of libraries with practically unique information and replace them with a (shoddy, sorry) database, but that the whole idea of closing a LIBRARY isn’t seen as a last-ditch thing you only do when you need to, I don’t know, burn the books for fuel to keep from freezing to death."
Previous posts to the User Education blog about the EPA libraries: http://libeducation.blogspot.com/search?q=epa .
about the recent Association of Research Libraries' report: "Agenda for developing e-science in research libraries".
His distillation of the model principles that librarians should consider:
1. Open Access: Research libraries will support open access policies and practices regarding scientific knowledge and e-science.
2. Open Data: Access to open data is a movement supported by research libraries, taking into consideration the ethical treatment of human-subject data.
3. Collaboration: Research libraries will collaborate with multi-institutional, interdisciplinary
research projects by developing and supporting digital repositories for their research outputs,
data, and metadata.
4. Digital Stewardship & Preservation: Research libraries will have institutional repositories that meet international preservation and interoperability standards and practices.
5. Equitable Service and Support: Research libraries will work collectively to ensure that gaps do not develop in the levels of support provided across e-sciences.
6. Professional Development & Investment: Research libraries will develop the human capital to provide the range of knowledge management skills at the appropriate level needed by esciences.
7. Metadata Standards & Metadata Creation: Research libraries will spearhead initiatives to develop metadata standards supportive of scientific data.
8. There is no number 8.
9. Virtual Communities: Research libraries will contribute to the establishment of and
participate in virtual laboratories or organizations developed across e-sciences.
10. Sustainable Models: Research libraries will participate in the development of and contribute to sustainable business models for the resources and services essential to e-sciences.
11. Communication: Research libraries will participate in initiatives to increase wider
professional and public understanding of e-science contributions to knowledge and its
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Another article written about this report is on Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071230/us_nm/internet_libraries_dc
(Thanks to Dorothy Knee for sharing the Yahoo News article with me.)
to our constituents!
Rather charming piece on a NYPL librarian who helps writers with their
work... a nice article highlighting the benefits and fun of what we do!
(Courtesy of Siobhan Champ-Blackwell)
While I was reading through it, I had that back-of-the-neck feeling that these blog posts apply to our profession and business of getting the right information in the right form to the people that need it. One phrase jumped out at me, when Adam Salamon said about the younger generation:
"Metaphorically, we process the world with T1 connections, while everyone else is still stuck with dial-up. "
Another one of his that probably applies to our line of work:
"Consumers will bypass the dealers and get straight to the source "