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IndiGoGo Campaign for Children's Books

A friend of mine is an artist and designer who created a children's book character, "Coach Gator the Motivator," to teach children good habits. A coloring book is already available for sale, but he is looking for financial assistance in getting other projects for this character off the ground. This is a guy who loves kids and is an excellent artist, so please consider donating to this campaign.


Virtual Reference Conference, April 12-13, Ithaca, NY

Revved Up for Reference 2: The Road Ahead

April 12-13, 2012
Ithaca, NY

As a follow-up to our successful conference in 2009, WNYLRC presents Revved Up For Reference 2. As with last time, Thursday will be a half-day conference geared toward participants in Ask Us 24/7, New York State's virtual reference service. Friday will be a full-day conference covering multiple aspects of virtual reference, of interest to all librarians. Again held in beautiful Ithaca, NY, the conference is within easy walking distance of the Ithaca Commons, a location for great shopping and dining.

Full details and links to registration forms available at http://www.askus247.org/revvedup2.html

FREE Webinar - The Journal of Library Innovation

Join the Western NY Library Resources Council and the Journal of Library Innovation for a free webinar on November 18th! Learn why JOLI was developed, the roles of the editorial team, and the editorial & peer review processes. Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/d3HlF5

Journal of Library Innovation Publishes Second Issue

Journal of Library Innovation has just published its latest issue at
http://www.libraryinnovation.org. We invite you to visit our web site to
review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for your continuing interest in our journal,
Pamela Jones
Medaille College
Phone 716-880-2451

Journal of Library Innovation
Vol 1, No 2 (2010)
Table of Contents

The Price of Innovation (3-5)
Sheryl Knab

Innovative Practice: Reports from the Field
Quick and Dirty Library Promotions That Really Work (6-14)
Eric Jennings, Kathryn Tvaruzka

Accommodating Community Users in an Authenticated Library Technology
Environment (15-21)
Jonathan T. Younker

Making Physical Objects Clickable: Using Mobile Tags to Enhance Library
Displays (22-28)
Laura Baker

The Library is Undead: Information Seeking During the Zombie Apocalypse
Margeaux Johnson, Amy G. Buhler, Chris Hillman

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming Obstacles Between Vision & Reality (44-45)
Jean Tate Hiebert

The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic
Mobile Marketing Campaigns (46-47)
Sarah Passonneau

The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web (48-49)
Justina M. Elmore

Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian
Katie Donahue

Journal of Library Innovation publishes first issue

The Editorial Team of the Journal of Library Innovation has published its first issue. This online, peer-reviewed journal can be viewed at: http://www.libraryinnovation.org.

There are no subscriptions necessary to read the journal. If you haven’t already done so, you may register as a reader in order to receive email notification whenever an issue is published. There is a bibliographic record in WorldCat too, if you would like to add it to your catalog!

The journal is a publication of the Western New York Library Resources Council

Buying a CD vs. Buying a Download

2 years ago when I bought an iRiver Clix 2 mp3 player, I ripped all of my CDs to mp3 files. Since then I've rarely listened to a CD. I listen to the files directly from my computer when I'm online. When I'm driving, I use an FM transmitter to play my mp3 player in the car. At other times, I listen to them via headphones. I can also plug it into the audio receiver in my living room and listen to the music through our speakers. My husband and I recently got rid of the CD player in our living room for that reason, and because we could use that space for other things.

And yet, I'm still buying CDs. For individual tracks where I don't want the whole album I'll download them from Amazon's mp3 store. Otherwise I buy the CD, and then rip it to mp3. In the few cases where the album I wanted was available *only* as a download then I had to buy it that way. But I wasn't happy. -- Read More

"Revved up for Reference" Conference in Ithaca, New York - September 24th and 25th

The conference page for "Revved up for Reference" has been updated. Go to http://www.askus247.org/revvedup.html to find speaker biographies and a schedule of events.

This conference is hosted by the Western New York Library Resources Council but is planned with all New York State librarians in mind. On September 25th we will be having a "sampler platter" of speakers on several aspects of Virtual Reference so that you can learn about what technologies are out there and how they are being used. And on the 24th we'll have a half day of events for our participants in Ask Us 24/7, New York State's cooperative virtual reference service.

Virtual Reference Conference in Ithaca, New York - Sept. 24th & 25th

The Western New York Library Resources Council presents a conference in Ithaca for New York State Librarians...

Revved up for Reference: Virtual Reference in New York State

Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown
225 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY
September 24th & 25th, 2009

More and more libraries are providing reference services virtually. This conference is a way for librarians to see the current options for providing virtual reference, such as chat, text messaging, and more. Learn what librarians in New York state and the surrounding areas are doing with VR, and get a chance to network, on September 25th.

In addition, librarians who participate in Ask Us 24/7, New York State’s cooperative chat reference service, are invited to a half-day of events on September 24th. This is your chance to discuss how the service has been working for your library and ask questions.

The conference will be held in Ithaca, New York, known for its waterfalls, gorges, and breathtaking views, especially during autumn. The hotel is within walking distance of the Ithaca Commons, where you’ll find a diverse collection of shops and restaurants. Ithaca is also home to a number of excellent wineries.

For more information, and to register, go to http://www.askus247.org/revvedup.html

Suggestions for collaborating on a Word document?

In a club I belong to, I'm on a committee to edit a handbook, which was previously created as a Word file. I was hoping that we could get a lot of the work done online, if I just uploaded the existing document to Google Docs and invited everyone as "collaborators" so everyone can make edits.

The problem is, Google Docs does not preserve the page divisions, and just presents everything as one long page. (I checked the help screen, and showing page divisions is not currently an available feature.) Since this document will eventually be printed, I'd like everyone to be able to see how it divides up into pages, since this is a formatting issue that will affect how we design the document.

Does anyone know of an online collaboration tool that will allow you to edit word processing documents, and will properly display them as individual pages?

Library Support Staff Doing Virtual Reference

I'm doing some research for work, and having trouble finding information. Can anyone point me toward any websites, blogs, or print resources with information about using non-MLS staff to work at a library's chat reference service? It could be anything: statistics, opinions, case studies, etc. It could even be about non-MLS staff providing "regular" (non-digital) reference. Most of the information I've found tends to just be debate about whether support staff should be called "librarians."

Funny Story From Work

A student comes up to the reference desk and asks if I can help him with a problem with his computer. We have two areas with computers on this floor - some are in the center of the floor, among the circulating collection, and others are in a separate lab, off to the side, next to the reference desk.

Me: "Okay, I'll come over and take a look."

The student starts walking and I follow behind him. He is walking toward the main computer area, but as we pass by the lab, he starts walking slower and slower, and finally looks at me to see where I am walking.

Me: (pleasantly) "I'm just following you."

The student starts walking again toward the main computer area. He then pauses and says, "Actually, my computer is in the lab back there."

Me: "Um, then we should be heading that way."

Throwing in the towel

I've come to realize that, as long as I'm living in Buffalo, I am never going to get a full-time librarian job. I've had my MLS for 4 years, and all I have to show for it is a series of part-time or temp positions. My husband has a well-paying job, but it's not one that he likes and he's looking to get a new job. That means he might be starting from the bottom and making less money, so I'm going to need to contribute more to the household. For various reasons (long story) we won't be able to leave the Buffalo area for about 2 years, and I don't want to have to wait that long to get a "real" job. Is there anyone here who doesn't work in libraries anymore, and was able to translate their skills into a job where the competition isn't so fierce? I'm tired of feeling like a leech who has to be supported by her husband's salary.

Textbooks in the Library

I work in a college library, and I was wondering if any other academic librarians experience this situation too. This is the first week of the semester, which means it's the annual parade of students coming to the library trying to find their textbooks for free.

Don't get me wrong - I sympathize with the high cost of textbooks. I was a college student myself only a few years ago. But these students are always so *surprised* when I tell them that we rarely carry textbooks, or if we do, we only have one copy, and somebody else already beat them to it. Do they really think that we are going to buy 30 copies of every textbook used in the school and then loan them out for an entire semester? It would eat up our whole budget and then we'd have no money left for other books that the students would need for researching their projects and assignments.

I admit it, I'm whining. I know that some of these students are probably in difficult financial situations, and therefore are truly desperate to save money in any way possible. But it still annoys me when, for the tenth time that day, a student comes to the desk, holds his syllabus in front of me and asks, "Do you have this book?"

But I am always friendly to all students. At this point I go into my routine. I smile and tell the student that we generally don't carry textbooks, but I'll check the catalog for the title just in case. Oh sorry, it looks like we don't have it.

I do agree that the high cost of textbooks is unfair, but libraries just aren't in a position to eat that cost for the students. What is the solution? Maybe something like this or this.

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