Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Shifting Careers - Outside The Box Interactions

Blogging Your Way Into a Business

Published: August 12, 2007
New York Times
When Ellyssa Kroski, who is in her mid-30s, completed her master’s degree in library science in 2004, she could not find a full-time job. She was working part time in the Butler Library at Columbia University and in technology consulting, the work she did before she started her master’s program. She decided that blogging about her expertise might be a way to build connections in the field that could lead to a job.

Befitting a librarian, Ms. Kroski’s posts are well researched and well cited, the old-fashioned way, using properly formatted footnotes rather than hyperlinks.

And the blog did lead to a job, an adjunct faculty position at Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. But in the meantime, her interests have changed: while the job is not full time, because of her blog Ms. Kroski’s horizons have risen even further.

“As a new librarian, no one would publish me,” Ms. Kroski said. Yet, after publishing her first article, “Authority in the Age of the Amateur”, on her blog, Infotangle, and circulating it to bloggers in her field, she discovered that she was cited everywhere.
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

ALA Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher

Developed and maintained by Pat Ensor

Tired of endless lists of Web search tools that give you no guidance as to which ones to use? Or that were last updated when Gophers were alive? I'm inviting you to look over my shoulder and use what I use every day for Web searching in an academic library. I keep up with this stuff so you don't have to! continue reading

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Top Ten Facebook Apps for Librarians

Part One @ iLibrarian & OEDb

Librarians are experimenting with a wide range of Facebook Apps ranging from the productive such as the 30 Boxes Calendar, Meebo, Twitter, and Zoho Online Office to the silly with Zombies, Likeness, My Aquarium, and SuperPoke. Here are the first three Facebook Apps designed for the librarian in all of us:
Books iRead – With nearly 200,000 users, this handy app claims to be the most popular book application on Facebook. .

LibGuides Librarian – For those of you using Springshare’s LibGuides subject guides maker for libraries, you’ll be pleased to see this new app which lets you display your guides in your Facebook profile and also provides a search of your library’s catalog.

Librarian –This virtual librarian service provides links to books, scholarly sources, and reference resources which the community can add to and vote on. Those who access this application can access an “Ask a Librarian” service, as well as customize and build their own widget based on the original. Continue reading

Saturday, August 04, 2007

“11 Life Rules”. This is not the work of Bill Gaets.

posted @ www.gaets.com
  • Did Bill Gates really say that?
    Bill Gates: Life Is Not Fair - Get Used To olliebray,

  • (Alleged) advice from Bill Gates
    As the story goes, "Bill Gates gave a speech at a high school in which he talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world."
    I don't believe this actually came from Bill, but I like it anyway!
    Originally from:
    Dumbing Down Our Kids
    Charles Sykes is the author of DUMBING DOWN OUR KIDS. The following is a list he created for high school and college graduates of things he did not learn in school. In his book, he talks about how the "system" may have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and set them up for failure in the real world.
  • The 6th Annual Ohio Library Support Staff Institute August 5 – 7, 2007

    at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio

    Just added to the agenda:
    “The Library Degree: Is It For Me?”
    a discussion with Michael Bradshaw, 2006 OLSSI Chair
    and Doug Morrison, OLSSI Founder
    Keynote Address by Neal Semel of Diversity Matters - "Multiculturalism and Respect"

    Classes include:
    3-Dimensional Picture Book Art: Movable & Pop-Up Books
    Assault Prevention and Self-Defense
    Basic Animation Techniques in PowerPoint Presentations
    Book Repair
    Creating Original Records in WorldCat
    Creating Your Own Blog...Hands- on Training
    Etiquette and Greetings Around the World
    Multicultural Communications and Holidays in a Diverse World
    Sexual Harassment: Working With Respect
    The Elixir of Librarianship. ..Maps
    What A Difference A Generation Makes
    Yoga for Stressed Library Staff
    This year’s grand prize is an Amish Heartland Package for two at the Inn at Honey Run in beautiful Holmes county.
    SPACES ARE FILLING QUICKLY! Register at: http://www.olssi.org [librarian-wannabes]

    - posted by Rachel @ Beyond the Job