Friday, October 26, 2007

A Course on Library 2.0 & Social Networking

Info courtesy: Sukhdev's World
LIS 768: Course Syllabus
Here is the updated syllabus: stephensl2syllabusfinal1.doc
Revised Course Schedule: lis768courseschedulerevised.doc
See also:

  • Tags Help Make Libraries Social bookmarking and tagging boost participation, By Melissa L. Rethlefsen -- Library Journal, 9/15/2007
  • Social Software in Libraries, by Meredith Farkas
  • New OCLC Report: Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World:
    The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web.

    This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

    * The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web
    * How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues
    * Opinions on privacy online
    * Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

    The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of library directors from the U.S. The research provides insights into the values and social-networking habits of library users. continue reading the report
  • Info courtesy:
    Gerry McKiernan
    Associate Professor
    Science and Technology Librarian
    Iowa State University Library
    Ames IA 50011

    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    The Future of Electronic Paper

    Monday, October 15, 2007 - Iddo Genuth

    Home >> Articles >> The Future of X

    Thirty-five years in the making, electronic paper is now closer than ever to changing the way we read, write, and study — a revolution so profound that some see it as second only to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Made of flexible material, requiring ultra-low power consumption, cheap to manufacture, and—most important—easy and convenient to read, e-papers of the future are just around the corner, with the promise to hold libraries on a chip and replace most printed newspapers before the end of the next decade. This article will cover the history, technology, and future of what will be the second paper revolution continue reading

    Saturday, October 20, 2007

    Advice to future graduates

    What's an MLIS Worth?

    A picture of overall growth is marred by fissures in job outlook

    By Stephanie Maatta -- Library Journal, 10/15/2007

    "A final question on the follow-up survey—for advice they would give to future colleagues—elicited responses from the philosophical to the practical. But in general, graduates stressed a need to be able to “parlay” personal background into professional experience. They emphasized the need for experience in a library or information agency even if it's in the capacity of a volunteer or page. Additionally, they suggested polishing the professional persona before entering the job market. One advised, “Be sure your MySpace or other social networking web pages are what you want future employers to see. The first thing a department head does when she gets a résumé is google the person.” For those going the corporate route, another advised, “No visible tattoos! Before going to an interview with a reputable firm, take out the face piercings and nose rings. Dye your blue (purple, mauve, or green) hair something 'normal.' Invest in a professionally prepared résumé.” Such professionalism extends to attitude, as expressed in the final piece of practical advice the 2006 graduates issued: “Show your administration that your job is more than just a 'job,' that it is your career.” continue reading the full article
    On the same shelf:
  • 5 tips for recent grads looking for work
  • Lots of education but no experience? Learn to sell yourself Globe and Mail.
  • Sunday, October 14, 2007

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    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    + Practical Ideas You Can Use to Improve Your Library Program

    Text from the AASL 2001 Annual Conference Session

    Title of presentation: 101+ Practical Ideas You Can Use to Improve Your Library Program.

    Presented by: Gene Hainer, Colorado State Library and Su Eckhardt, Cherry Creek School District.

    (c) 2001, Colorado Educational Media Association and Colorado State Library. Permission to duplicate for educational purposes only, with proper credit to the above authors and organizations. All other rights reserved.

    The following ideas were gathered from many sources or personal experience. Some you may want to do now. Others you may never want to do. There may even be things you know about that aren't listed here.

    While reading, take a moment to commit yourself to doing something--anything--to improve your library, work life, collection, PR, communication, collaboration, instructional practices. Anything. Then take that first step and try it! If that's successful, try something else. You (and your program) will be better for it.

    Categorized by the elements presented in Principles of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Student Learning.


    1. Realize that you do not have time to do EVERYTHING. Decide what is important and do THAT....


    45. Start curriculum mapping of the classroom content. Work with teachers to sketch out the major curriculum areas or units that they will be working on throughout the year. These can be displayed on poster board (if first laminated, can be written on, erased, and changed as needed during the year). It also reminds teachers that you and the library are there to help with instruction.


    55. Post copyright restrictions. Place on copy machines, VCRs, reproducible notebooks that request permissions, etc.

    Continue reading the 101+Practical Ideas You Can Use to Improve Your Library Program

    Saturday, October 06, 2007


    Sarah Houghton-Jan [San Mateo County (California, USA) Library] made a good point in this post on Librarian in Black.

    eMusic says no to DRM -and- Sarah's lesson on the importance of eResource statistics

    Hint to Libraries: “Please examine your online resource statistics. When you’re shelling out thousands a pop, it wouldn’t be too much of a burden to make sure those resources are actually being used. Right? You might be surprised that the resources your staff tell you they use all the time are actually the lowest-used in your collection...or what you think might be used, based on instinct, just isn’t. At that point, you have to ask yourself why, and make adjustments in PR, staff training, staff promotion of the resources to the public, and look at the barriers to access on your website or the vendor’s site. See if the numbers rise after making some changes, but give it at least 6 months; it will take time.”


    info courtesy: Judith A. Siess @ OPL Plus (not just for OPLs anymore)

    Monday, October 01, 2007

    Enhanced Speed Reading

    PS. Interesting application news @ Factiva's "Researcher", info courtesy: Daniela Barbosa and Daniela says: "As promised on Lou's original post, Greg writes about some of the tools that he has been experimenting with which provide capabilities that he is calling 'enhanced speed reading'. His thoughts are based on conversations with information professionals and researchers about how to effectively manage the ever increasing volume of information they need to read."

    The following is from Greg's blog:

    Concorder Pro: This tool is a bit buggy but I still use it to navigate mini text archives using concordance to browse by words alphabetically or by count. Once you get beyond stop words, it gets very interesting. This app was last updated in 2003 and for OS X mac only. Concordance provides the word counts for every word my mini archive.
    Other tools that are also very interesting include:

    Concept Q

    When considering the professional researcher we not only talk about expert search strategies but how the results are really used. Who scans, reads, annotates the ever-increasing overload of relevant information.