This Week in Library Blog Land

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 23, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 17:31

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending October 22, 2006


(Note: I only got to half of my subscriptions this week; apologies in advance to all the bloggers whose great posts I missed)

David Bigwood (Catalogablog) points to a Paul Staincliffe article: "Has cataloguing become too simple?"

Librarian education: Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) asks, should it be "vocational training or rigorous intellectual engagement? StevenB (ACRLog) writes about the program to fast-track PhDs into academic librarian positions.

Alec Banning (Librarians at the Gate) tries to decide on a weeding strategy.

A long list of Library 2.0 resources, from Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It).

Ross Singer (Dilettante's Ball) asks, What's the appeal of RSS feeds from the OPAC?

John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) writes about the kinds of spaces libraries should be providing for students.

Need suggestions for what to add to your library's anime collection? TangognaT has some suggestions.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) writes about open access to the library literature.

Steve Lawson (See Also...) comments on library overdue notices.

Phil Bradley reviews Ms Dewey.

On the lighter side: Radiant askability.

Follow-up about journals and copyright transfers, from Karen Coombs (Library Web Chic).


Internet Librarian 2006 (October 23-25):
- The official site has a long list of bloggers.
- IL2006 Planning Wiki.
- Technorati: il2006 - il06
- il2006.

Internet Librarian International 2006 (October 16-17):
- Marydee Ojala (ONLINE Insider)
- Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian)

Future of Libraries Conference Part II: Models that Work:
- Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) - start here.

Engaging Youth on their Own Terms: Instant Messaging and Gaming in Libraries (October 10):
- Sarah Houghton-Jan) (LibrarianInBlack)

5th World with Jim Brazell:
- Christopher Harris (Infomancy)

i-Conference 2006 (October 15-17)
- vonjobi (Filipino Librarian)

iPRES 2006 (October 8-10):
- Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101)

Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) (October 11-13):
- Joan Mitchell (025.431: The Dewey Blog): start here.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 16, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Tue, 10/17/2006 - 01:58

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending October 15, 2006


More reaction to last week's Lawrence (Kans.) anti-library opinion piece.

Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) continues her series, A day in the life of a systems librarian: desktop support.

Chad Boeninger (Library Voice) writes about sharing tutorial source files.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) really really doesn't like library standards and OpenURL.

Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian) revisit the question, "To give the fish, or to teach people how to fish? Steve Lawson (See Also) thinks about how and how much to help students with their research papers. More from Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian). Rory Litwin (Library Juice) offers the real reason students like Google better than our databases: readability.

Second Life Library: Grand Opening.

Amanda Etches-Johnson ( posted a list of Library 2.0 examples.

Should you find yourself having to publish an article in an Elsevier journal, first read Dorothea Salo's (Caveat Lector) advice about copyright.


Perceptions of Users - MLC Annual Meeting 2006:
- The Library Rebooted.

New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe (September 26-27):
- Science Library Pad.

iPRES 2006 (October 8-10):
- Digitization 101 - More.

ASIDIC Fall Meeting (September 10-12):
- SearchEngineWatch - More. Commentary from John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian).

NEASIST (October 3):
- LACUNY Blog.

5th World with Jim Brazell:
- Infomancy. - More.

NELINET IT Conference 2005 (October 13):
- Library Voice.

Internet Librarian (October 23-25):
- Information Today.

Access 2006 (October 11-14):
- Quædam cuiusdam.
- Science Library Pad.
- One Big Library.

Florida Library Association Annual Conference 2006 (April 18-21)
- CFLC Currents.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (October 12):
- Twilight Librarian.

EDUCAUSE 2006 (October 9-12):
- McMaster University Library.

Web 2.0 and Library 2.0: competing in a Google World (Stephen Abrams talk):
- Connecting Librarian.

VRA Great Lakes Chapter Fall Meeting 2006:
- Brave New World.

i-Conference 2006 (October 15-17)
- Filipino Librarian - More.

LITA Forum (October 26-29) is looking for bloggers.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 9, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 13:54

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending October 8, 2006


Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) responds to Mark Hirschey's anti-library opinion piece (Lawrence, Kans.). More from Michael Stephens (Tame the Web), Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today), and the director of the Lawrence (Kans.) public library (in Tame the Web comments). LibraryPlanet writes about Libraries and obsolescence. David Rothman (TeleRead) asks, Are physical libraries obsolete? John Blyberg ( notes that Mr. Hirschey raises a number of very serious and reasonable concerns. Michael Habib (LIS) comments on John Blyberg's post.

Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) has posted her review of techniques for improving library services. Garrett Hungerford (Library Zen) invites us to think carefully when a patron asks "Why?" Lichen (Remaining Relevant) wonders how the concept of Jantelegan applies to how patrons see librarians.

Peter Bromberg (Library Garden) writes that libraries are transformative places.

Felicia (LibraryTrax) notes sadly, re budgets, that rural libraries have nothing left to cut.

Kathy Schalk-Greene (Library Garden) describes her library's ""merchandised environment." Andrea Mercado (Library Techtonics) explains how her her library has been interfiling nonfiction DVDs. Rikhei (Nevertheless) asks, are closed stacks really "Library 1.0"?

Greg McClay (The Notebook) says, Any public library that has money to spend on a "gaming librarian" needs a budget cut. Response from Michael Casey (LibraryCrunch). More from Greg McClay.

Paul Miller (Panlibus) reports on a code4lib discussion about freeing our library data.

Asked in Libraries Build Communities: is the "nextgen" term a bit condescending? K.G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) on the NextGenCatalog trend.

StevenB (ACRLog) is calling on all academic librarian bloggers to add entries for their blogs in the Academic Blog Portal. And now research libraries have a comic strip of their own.

Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) has some tips on how to develop your own knowledge community.

New ezine:, "to encourage librarians and teachers to get excited about electronically-delivered education." About.

Paul R. Pival (Distant Librarian) notes that undergrads who have never seen a hard-copy journal have a harder time discerning between scholarly and not-scholarly. Comment from Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib).

Gillian (Re:Generations) has a question for librarians: What were your motivations for entering the profession? Barbara Fister has advice for new librarians on how to get a foot in the door.

What we do at work: Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) has posted another installment in her A day in the life of a systems librarian series. [Corey Wallis ( asks, What exactly makes a systems librarian?] Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) writes about staffing an institutional repository. Rachel Singer Gordon (Liminal Librarian) answers the often-asked question, "How do you find working for yourself?"

Helene Blowers (Library TechBytes) points out the Charlotte (N.C.) schools and library campaign to put a library card in the hands of every kindergartener to 5th grader.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (ACRLog) notes that you can/should modify any contract you sign with a publisher to ensure that you retain the rights to use your work as you see fit. She also has a TurnItIn addendum.

The lighter side: Librarians in the Mist. Cartoon: Patches. From 1987, an "ad" for the Betty Glover Library Workout Tape. From 1947, a vocational film about librarians.


Missouri Library Association 2006:
- David Lee King;
- Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian);
- Redhaired Future Librarian.

Codi 2006:
- Phyllis (Something New Every Day);
- The Gordian Knot;
- Kevin Smith (Fiddling Librarian 3.0).

Illinois Library Association 2006:
- Library Vixens.

Southeastern Scholarship Conference on E-Learning: Report from
- Cliff (

Rural Library Sustainability Project workshop:
- shaet (LibraryTrax).

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 2, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/02/2006 - 17:22

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending October 1, 2006


JP Rangaswami (Confused of Calcutta) has some thoughts about "search" and "find" and the role of the "livebrarian." Responses from Paul Miller (Panlibus) here and here.

Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian) has been feeling like a librarian. After writing about a day in the life of a systems librarian, Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) wonders, will she feel like a librarian when she graduates? So, what is your view of a stereotypical librarian?

Laura Crossett (lis.dom) has some preliminary thoughts about women and altruism. David Dood (Librarian in Tie-Dye) has a question: Why is librarianship the profession that is asked to work for nothing, again and again?

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) asks, How does your LIS program measure up? Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) answers. Ross Day (library of primitive art) has some thoughts about library school and LIS students. StevenB (ACRLog) recommends learning from the new generation.

Librarienne says that what we call patrons/customers/clients has more to do with how we see ourselves.

Troublesome websites: Christopher Harris (Infomancy) on Wikipedia and the grey areas of information literacy; Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) on MySpace in public libraries. Are your library patrons more tech-savy then you? Sharyn (Libraries and Librarians Rock) has some advice.

Kris Grice (Librarian Vixens) reports on the YALSA Teens and Technology course she's taking. Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian) says we need to find a balance re teens in the libraries.

What made the library board president change his mind and agree to hire new reference librarians?

Laurie ( says, Save the printed Canadian topo map from extinction! Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre) tells us what she thinks of journals publishers and their price increases.

Woody Evans (ISHUSH) redefines Banned Books Week.

Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) notes that the feedback from technological change is sometimes more severe than technological change itself. Garrett Hungerford (Library Zen) has been thinking about Library 2.0. K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) put together a list of examples of Library 1.0 versus Library 2.0. Michael Stephens (ALA TechSource) writes about one year in the life of Library 2.0. Ross Day (library of primitive art) on scaling Library 2.0. Steven M. Cohen (Library Stuff) is looking for more ideas for a Library 2.0 drinking game.

Alan Kirk Gray (Last Clear Chance) wants his library to be stupid.

On the lighter side: many answers to the question, "What does a librarian drive?" (see PUBLIB archives for September and October.

Follow-up: lots more about virtual reference from Jonathan Smith (Arriving Somewhere) and Luke (lbr).


Library Camp East (September 25, 2006): Stephen Francoeur (Digital Reference) has collected links to others' blog entries and photos. More collections from Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) and John Blyberg (

IFLA (August 20-24) and SCECSAL (July 10-14): report from Al Kagan (Library Juice).

ARL Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment (September 25-27): report from Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (ACRLog). More at

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (September 25, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/25/2006 - 16:06

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending September 24, 2006


Librarienne on how to make librarians (more) popular: how about a movie? Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) points to a music video created for his library's Staff Day 2003. More about the video from Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian). Speaking of library-related videos: from the McCracken County Public Library, The Adventures of Super Librarian (via); from SCTV, Bobby Bitman does a PSA for the "public liberry".

On the photo side, Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) lists 16 Ways To Use flickr @ Your Library.

Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It), Head of Library Systems at her library, was recently interviewed by an MLS student for class. Jennifer has posted a synopsis of the interview. Ellyssa Kroski (TechEssence.Info) lists five reasons not to choose a technology solution. Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) discusses the change process and I.T.

Rochelle at Tinfoil + Racoon points to a post by digby (Hullabaloo) about how great it is that libraries offer free internet access. Lorcan Dempsey discusses a report about what writers and readers expect of the library. Steven B (ACRLog) says, let's not overlook the value of quiet study space. Posted on, an opinion about the court ruling re Contra Costa County Library's public meeting rooms policy.

John Klima (Library Angst) writes about deciding which patron to help when the reference desk is short-staffed.

Foxtrot explains Web 2.0 - More. Michael Golrick (Thoughts from a Library Administrator) wonders why Library 2.0 is so hard. Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre) has posted a set of links to/about social software. Kathy and Deborah at LibraryTrax liken "this whole social networking thing" to getting together on a friend's front porch on a summer evening. David Lee King writes about making time for Web 2.0. Comment from Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today). Joyce Valenza (NeverEnding Search) has been posting parts of her chapter, "Web 2.0 meets information fluency."

Helene Blowers (Library TechBytes) dsicusses leadership vs. management, while Michael McGrorty (Library Dust) writes about good leaders who are respected but aren't liked. Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) is "quickly learning that us X-gen folks are going to have to mediate between the boomers and nextGen for alot of things."

Alane (It's all good) asks, why are so many library blogs impersonal and dry? Lots more from Michael Stephens (Tame the Web). Mark A. Matienzo ( tries to define what archives blogs are.

Reader's Advisory: Alane Wilson (It's all good) wonders how to tap into individual librarians' subject expertise. Mita Sen-Roy (New Jack Librarian), who wants to know what she should read, would like an application that ranks every university professor's class readings by popularity.

Overdue Ideas wonders about what is and what should go into the catalogue.

Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack) lists ten reasons librarians should use instead of Google.

Copyright: from Mary Minow (LibraryLaw Blog): Preservation versus Access: a very surprising analysis of library copyright law. Related: The U.S. Copyright code, in verse (via into the stacks)

Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics) points to the Me and My Shadow blog, part of a librarian exchange program.

Morgan Wilson ( writes about asymetrical information in libraries.

Follow-up (indirectly) to Rochelle's "Can you sum up your mission in 17 syllables" query: Laurie (LaurietheLibrarian) found her new personal motto in a discarded Yukon College sign.

Follow-up: Jessamyn West ( posts a detailed list of ten tips for [conference, workshop, and program] presenters.


Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference (September 19-22): Group blogs at blog the conf and click06. More here (all via

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (September 18, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/18/2006 - 15:21

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending September 17, 2006


Joyce Valenza (Joyce Valenza's NeverEnding Search) writes about how things have changed since she left library school 30 years ago and the implications for the future.

LibrarianInBlack continues the discussion about library signs. Woody Evans (ISHUSH) doesn't like that he has to hush grown folks.

Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) points to Patricia Digh's story about learning the art of saving face at the library. Jennifer also finds there are unexpected benefits from blogging.

Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) recommends that parents and library boards read the U.S. News & World Report article about MySpace.

Leslie Burger (Burger's Blog) writes about George Needham's proposal re librarian education. Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) has some advice for library students. Comment from Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It).

Do you allow users to post comments in your digital collections? Congratulations to John Blyberg ( on winning the first annual Mashing Up the Library competition. Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) talks about being one of the judges.

Reference: A proposal from Steve Back (Blog About Libraries): Naked Reference Month. Long follow-up re Jessamyn's post about using virtual reference from Luke Rosenberger (lbr); more from Jessamyn ( and Rick Roche (ricklibrarian). Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) posted a reader's response to his post about online reference services threatening "real" library workers' jobs.


"Ten Do's and Don'ts for Conference, Workshop, and Program Organizers": A list from Rachel Singer Gordon (Liminal Librarian)) (also see comments). More comments from Michael Stephens (Tame the Web).

South Carolina Public Library Technology Institute. Report from Michael Casey (LibraryCrunch). Mr Krumpus (Library of Terror) attended (this?) Library 2.0 conference and wasn't terribly impressed. Comments from Helene Blowers (Library TechBytes).

Podcamp Boston: Reports from Andrea Mercado at LibraryTechtonics and PLA Blog.

Internet Librarian 2006 (October 21-25): Wiki.

Hackfest (October 11), when "dozens of people from all walks of library life...get together for one day to work together on projects suggested by the library community," is looking for project suggestions.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (September 11, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/11/2006 - 17:26

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending September 10, 2006


Looking for blogs to read? Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) has a round-up of library-related Blog Day 2006 entries.

Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant) explains how Google Books is helpful. Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) points out that users outside the U.S. have trouble accessing public domain works in Google Books. Alane (It's all good) wonders about completeness and quality in the various book digitization projects.

Rochelle (Tinfoil + Raccoon) asks, can you sum up your mission in 17 syllables? David Dodd (Librarian in Tie-Dye) has posted the text of his Unitarian sermon about libraries, "An Evergreen Tree of Diabolical Knowledge."

Rachel Singer Gordon (Liminal Librarian) is running a survey about librarian speaking fees.

Lorcan Dempsey asks, What is the catalog? Comments from Overdue Ideas. Richard Wallis (Panlibus) describes Google Image Labeler as "addictive cataloguing by the masses."

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) thinks about user-centered design and how libraries label databases.

The Rambling Librarian has some thoughts on managing a library.

An analogy, from Ross Singer (Dilettante's Ball): The Librarian and the Travel Agent.

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) reports on the opening of Philadelphia's library-less School of the Future. Also, libraries as an experience to be endured.

Follow-up: Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) responds to Jessamyn's post about virtual reference services.


How to [Group-]Blog a Conference, from Joss Hallett (hyku).

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (September 4, 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 09/04/2006 - 15:36

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending September 3, 2006


Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) comments re David Lee King's Five Types of Content on a Library Website. Gunter Waibel ( points to a post about the impact that a new online collection database has had on the Powerhouse Museum's (Sydney, Aust.) website stats.

Jessamyn West ( has many thoughts about WorldCat. Eric Morgan (LITA Blog) writes about building the next generation library catalog.

dcornwall (Free Government Info) points out that not everybody has (or wants) online access to government information: "The nearly 30% of Americans who don't have any type of Internet access can now be considered hardcore Internet non-adopters. Barbara Fister (Librarians at the Gate) notes how ironic it is that while libraries are becoming essential for two-way communication with government, there's legislation in the works that is designed to turn off social networking sites in libraries.

Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack) agrees with Laurie the Librarian re the importance of getting library cards to remote users (for different definitions of "remote user"). More thoughts from Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It).

Jessamyn ( tried out a 24/7 reference service as a patron.

Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) has been thinking about the California Digital Library/Google agreement. She also has some thoughts about digitization, e-books, derivative works, and public domain.

Steve Lawson (See Also...) on digitizing and discarding journals and the value of browsing. Lazygal (Killin' time being lazy) has more on serendipity and browsing.

Steve Lawson (See Also...) has some thoughts about library signs. Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It) has more.

Anne (I Had an Idea This Morning), whose library doesn't seem to delete inactive cards, got a debt-collection notice from the library she hasn't been to in a decade for a book that was checked out a few months ago.

Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) comments re Library Journal's Sept. 1 Library 2.0 article.

Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian) follows up on Jane's post about libraries and student printing.

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) asks, should libraries and librarians be creating and publishing?

Rick Roche (ricklibrarian) asks, what's on your own list of best books ever?

Walt Crawford's September 2006 issue of Cites & Insights is out.

Epidemic of collapsing shelves?

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (August 28 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Tue, 08/29/2006 - 05:06

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending August 27, 2006
(A smallish edition of TWiL, as I get back up to speed.)


Nicole Engard (What I Learned Today) wonders why librarians/techies/programmers/etc get mean whenever open source is mentioned and John Blyberg has been thinking about Library 2.0 and looks into why Library 2.0 is scary. On the other hand, Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) reminds libraries not to start too many technology-based projects at once.

New! Librarian Fit Club. Wiki.

Jessamyn West ( talks about welcoming and unwelcoming libraries. Christopher Harris (Infomancy) writes about how to improve library "No food or drink" signs. More from Michael Stephens (Tame the Web).

David Rothman (TeleRead) writes about libraries and problems with e-book DRM.

Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) comments re Wired's article about peer review.

Jack Stephens (Conservator) has a couple of comments about The Nation's online article, "Librarians at the Gates. More comments from Rory Litwin (Library Juice).

John Blyberg ( is trying to figure out a way to incorporate Google Books into his library catalog's hit list.

Giles Martin (The Dewey Blog) wonders what Pluto's demotion from planethood means for 523.4 (Planets of solar system) and 523.48 (Trans-Uranian planets). Tim (LibraryThing) has more.

JanieH (Library Garden) reports on her library's showing of Dark Side of the Rainbow .


Your conference presentation proposal was rejected? StevenB (ACRLog) has a few suggestions for losing those conference rejection blues.

Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb 12-March 17, 2007): Call for presenters. More.

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