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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (23 April 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 04/24/2006 - 17:37
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 23 April 2006

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David Dodd (Librarian in Tie-Dye) spoke at a Unitarian church on the topic of libraries.

Rory Litwin (Library Juice) defines the difference between geeks and nerds and writes about their battle for the soul of librarianship. Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) comments.

There's a new wiki in town: Library 2.0 Wiki. Over at ISHUSH, Woody Evans says his library is a Library 1.4 and he says that's okay. Speaking of blogs and wikis: Amanda Etches-Johnson's list of blogging libraries has been wikified.

Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) summarizes the key findings of the Status of Technology and Digitization in the Nation's Museums and Libraries report. Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack) points to a Web4Lib discussion about standards compliance and library websites. Speaking of digital: More about the Second Life library.

K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) is frustrated by Open Worldcat's reviews process.

JanieH (Library Garden) notes that his library's email reference stats went up after the form was simplified.

If you had to give a talk on social software for academic libraries, which three technologies would you focus on?

Arizona State University interviewed five students about using the library. StevenB (ACRLog) took notes on the podcast.

Follow-up: Lots of discussion about moving, shaking, and self-promoting here (including links to lots more), here, and here. Steve Lawson (See Also) loves the "self-promoting over-prolific alpha librarians." Also: Self-Promotion Tips for New Librarians.

Non-spoilery quote from this week's Doctor Who episode, "Tooth and Claw":
Doctor: "You want weapons? We're in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world. This room is the greatest arsenal we could have." [grabs a heavy book and tosses it to Rose] "Arm yourself."

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

Keep Up! Practical Emerging Technologies for Libraries (April 19): Notes from Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack) and K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian).

HigherEd BlogCon:
- Library & Info Resources (April 10-14). Sarah Houghton comments re
"serving your advanced users" (John Blyberg).
- Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Communications & Marketing (April 17-21).
- Websites & Web Development (April 24-28)

ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Joint Virtual Conference (April 20-21): Notes from StevenB (ACRLog).

Library Camp (April 14): About. Notes from John Blyberg.

Library 2.0 Innovation Boot Camp: About. More about.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (16 April 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 04/17/2006 - 15:26
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 16 April 2006

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Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian) calls for more interaction between the different types of libraries/librarians.

Michael Golrick (Thoughts from a Library Administrator) wonders whether there is any interest in starting a Bloggers Round Table in ALA. Comments from many, including Mark Lindner (the thoughts are broken) and K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian). More from Golrick.

Rachel Singer Gordon (Liminal Librarian) writes about the difference between writing a book and writing a blog. Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian) tackles It's All Good's question, What is considered "reading," anymore?

re the academic librarian who got in trouble with faculty because of books he suggested for freshman reading, StevenB (ACRLog) wonders about faculty status for librarians and the protections of tenure.

Jessamyn West (librarian.net) points to a few web4list posts about standards compliant library websites. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to be Free) writes about the proliferation of LIS wikis.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) has some thoughts about librarianship's love-hate relationship with computers. Eric Lease Morgan (TechEssence) has some ideas about how to be innovative in using technology with little money/staff.

Speaking of computer stuff: Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics) points to a funny take on the question, What is Podcasting?

Chris at Libraryola points to the Institute of Museum and Library Services' report on the Status of Technology and Digitization.

Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) posted a long compilation of links about gaming in libraries, while Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) writes about libraries in gaming.

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

13th General Conference of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (March 2006):
- Blogging 101 for Librarians, presentation by Filipino Librarian.

HigherEd BlogCon:
- Library & Info Resources (April 10-14). Meredith Farkas links to the presentations.
- Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Communications & Marketing (April 17-21).
- Websites & Web Development (April 24-28).

Reading 2.0 (March 15-16):
- Notes from Jon Noring (TeleRead).

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (9 April 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 04/10/2006 - 16:37
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 9 April 2006

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Thanks to library staff identifying the patron who used one of the library's computers, police were able to reach the patron before he could commit suicide. But what about patron privacy?

bookdrivegirl is asking for book donations for her library's small YA collection. Update and another update. YA Book Drive 4 Rural Libraries.

JanieH (Library Garden) writes about libraries that are open on Sundays. More.

Discussion at Rachel Singer Gordon's blog, Liminal Librarian: A librarian isn't what I do--it's who I am. bolo is looking for advice: should he become a librarian? Meanwhile, InfoSciPhi explains why he became one.

U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2007" includes library schools. Peter Bromberg (Library Garden) writes about library continuing education: What we want vs. what we need.

Brian Mathews has been "practicing pre-emptive reference with student blogs." Discussion here, here, here, and here.

Jonathan Frater (The Rogue Scholar) discusses "the Pentagon's stated intention of gaining control of the internet and comprehensive control of the larger EM-spectrum."

How to fix OPACs: Richard Wallis (panlibus) says, start by changing the name.

New collaborative blog, TechEssence.Info, "for busy decision-makers in libraries who want the low-down on the big technologies out there." More.

Library blogging meta: K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian), Walt Crawford (Walt at Random) and others discuss the word "Biblioblogosphere" here, here, and here.

How do you use del.icio.us? (see also the comments). Also, TangognaT is trying to put together a list of library science journals that offer RSS feeds.

Meredith Farkas (TechEssence.Info) explains wikis. More. Blisspix announces the LISauthor wiki.

Are you geeky enough to be a librarian? Joshua Neff (the goblin in the library) says that Library 2.0 is a way of thinking and not just about Web 2.0 technobabble.

Follow-up: Steve Lawson (See Also) responds to Rory Litwin's "Questioning the Techie Mission."

Follow-up: Rochelle at Random Access Mazar) lists the 10 Attitudes That Would Make this 'techie' Librarian High-Tail it Out of Your Library, while Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) lists the five phrases he hopes never to hear in libraries again.

Follow-up: Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) is strongly against ALA's Library Corps idea. More thoughts from Rachel Singer Gordon (Liminal Librarian) and from the folks at the libraries Livejournal.

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

HigherEd BlogCon:
- Library & Info Resources (April 10-14).
- Some notes at ebyblog.
- Technorati tags: HigherEdBlogCon - HigherEd+BlogCon.

Simmons GSLIS Alumni & Professional Development Day (April 7): Notes from Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics) start here.

OCULA Spring Workshop: Reference in Academic Libraries (March 30-31): Notes from Sherri Vokey (schwagbag).

NSF's Information Technology Workforce (April 3-4): Notes from Elizabeth Lane Lawley (mamamusings) start here.

Information Highways Conference (March 28-30): Notes from Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian) start here.

Computers in Libraries 2006: Presentations.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (2 April 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Wed, 04/05/2006 - 05:48
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 2 April 2006

(Note: This one feels incomplete to me, but, since it's already a day late, I'm going ahead and posting it as is. I hope I didn't miss anything major.)
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username3153, a librarian at a multinational pharmaceutical company that is shutting down all its research libraries writes about overseeing the dismantling of her library.

Anna (eclectic librarian) ponders library scholarly writing. Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) has put together a list of library tech journals.

Karen G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) continues her series about How OPACs Suck.

Laura Crossett (lis.dom) tells about how she got her job. Meanwhile, Jessamyn West (librarian.net) and Michael McGrorty (Library Dust) respond to ALA's Library Corps proposal.

Teresa Koltzenburg (ALA TechSource) writes about the making of the Rock 'n' Roll Library video.

Library 2.0: Discussion from Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today); Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian);

Follow-up: More talk about how to lose your tech librarian, here and here.

Library blogging meta: Rory Litwin (Library Juice) has some thoughts about library bloggers and the techie mission. More from Jessamyn West (librarian.net).

More library blogging meta: Rochelle (Random Access Mazar) and Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) talk about fangirling, and Mark Lindner (the thoughts are broken) has the round-up of posts about it.

Conference meta: Rick Roche (ricklibrarian) notes that he sometimes had trouble understanding cil2006 blog entries because of all the jargon. Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) agrees. Planning a conference? David Warlick (2 Cents Worth) has some ideas about extending your conference into the blogosphere.

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

HigherEd BlogCon:Teaching (April 3-7). [Next: Library & Info Resources, April 10-14].

ALPSP Technology Update: Web 2.0 Hip or Hype? (March 25): Conference summary by Leigh Dodds (all my eye) (via)

PLA (March 21-25): PLA Blog. Photos at Flickr.

Computers in Libraries (March 22-24):
- Presentation Links.
- Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101).
- Paul Miller (panlibus) follows-up on his presentation.
- Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian).
- Blog round-up from Chris Zammarelli (Libraryola). More.
- Andrea Hull (write).
- Info Today blog.
- More bloggers.
- See also the unofficial cil2006 wiki.
- The Technorati, del.icio.us and Flickr tag is "cil2006."

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (26 March 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Tue, 03/28/2006 - 03:06
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 26 March 2006

Angel (Gypsy Librarian) read some ideas for readers' advisory for small public libraries.

Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre) offers four views of library web sites by staff which keep us from progressing (and how to fix them).

Steven Bell (ACRLog) argues, re webpages/OPACS, that for some things you need to go beyond simple.

Job hunting: Heidi Dolamore ( quiddle) has been posting write-ups of job interviews (questions asked, etc.)

Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) is putting together a list of libraries hosting gaming.

Karen G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) posted a preliminary report on the 2006 lii.org user survey.

In response to a Michael Stephens talk and a New York Times article, Steven M. Cohen (Library Stuff) writes about students, Google, and online searching.

In the wake of two big conferences this week (see below), some meta talk about conferences from Lorcan Dempsey, Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to be Free, Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector), Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack), and Steve Lawson (See Also).

Follow-up: from George Needham (It's all good), a paragraph re should we teach them how or should we do it for them.

Follow-up: A few thoughts from Sherri Vokey (::schwagbag::) and Jessamyn West (librarian.net) about the "Ten Ways to Lose your Techie Librarians" lists.

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

PLA (March 21-25):
- LOTS of good stuff at the PLA Blog.
- More from Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack);
- Michael Stephens (Tame the Web);
- Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics).
- More.
- Photos at Flickr.

Computers in Libraries (March 22-24): Lots of bloggers, including
- Derik A. Badman (Madinkbeard), who sketched his entries;
- Chris Zammarelli (Libraryola);
- Michael Casey (LibraryCrunch);
- Amanda Etches-Johnson (blogwithoutalibrary.net);
- Chad F. Boeninger (Library Voice);
- Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian);
- Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today);
- Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101);
- Karen A. Coombs (Library Web Chic);
- Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) [Ten things she learned];
- Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian);
- Panlibus;
- ALA TechSource;
- Info Today blog;
- Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant);
- More bloggers.
- See also the unofficial cil2006 wiki.
- The Technorati, del.icio.us and Flickr tag is "cil2006."

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This Week in Libraryblogland (20 March 2006)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 16:49
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 20 March 2006

Steven B (ACRLog) discusses the Myth of LIS Grads As Finished Product.

Rory Litwin (Library Juice) disagrees with the "librarian's stamp of approval" approach to Internet directories and explains his stance on the lii.org funding cut.

Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian) has some advice on how to choose wiki software.

Lorcan Dempsey says, re patterns of expectations, that, just as a habitual library user is at home in any library, so should it be with library websites. Chris Jowaisas (TechnoBiblio) points to how Iowa and Oregon are providing their public libraries with website templates. More.

Rory Litwin (Library Juice) discusses whether we should be teaching patrons how to use the databases.

Karen G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) writes about How OPACs suck. John Blyberg (blyberg.net) discusses the impact of social OPACs. Richard Wallis (panlibus) asks, How much more do you want on your OPAC screen? (via)

Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian) writes about Library WiFi access. More.

Check out who's on this year's Library Journal's Movers & Shakers list! Also, congratulations to Walt Crawford on the occasion of the 75th issue of Cites & Insights.

Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics) is blogging her Librarians Professional Delegation trip to China. Starts here.

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) writes about how Response to Intervention (RTI) will affect teacher librarians. More.

Raizel Liebler (LibraryLaw Blog) tells "The Tale of One Bunny, Copyright Statements, & Public Domain."

CONFERENCE NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS

SXSW Interactive (March 10-14): Highlights from the panel, "How to Blog for Money by Learning From Comics," which included Bill Barnes (co-author of library comic strip Unshelved) and Keving Cheng (co-author of interfaces comic strip OK/Cancel).

Reading 2.0 (March 16): Tim O'Reilly at O'Reilly Radar posted a "reading list of links to summarize the discussion." (via)

PLA (March 21-25): Blog.

Computers in Libraries (March 22-24): Bloggers. The Technorati, del.icio.us and Flickr tag is "cil2006."

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (30 October 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/31/2005 - 18:02
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 30 October 2005

After reading about Liz Lawley's keynote speech at Internet Librarian 2005, Steve Matthews (Vancouver Law Librarian Blog) wrote about folksonomies and tagging.

Laura at RFID in Libraries wonders about the cost of RFID tagging library CDs and DVDs.

Ryan Eby (libdev) is starting to see the potential in OpenWorldCat now that he's seen the BBC Audio Annotation project. Lorcan Dempsey comments.

Rebecca Hedreen (Frequently Answered Questions) writes about using bookmarking services for organizing citations.

Paul Miller wrote an article for Ariadne Magazine about Web 2.0 and libraries. Michael Casey (LibraryCrunch) tries for a definition of Library 1.0. Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) writes about the object-oriented web.

David Rothman (TeleRead) points to several blog posts about OpenLibrary.

Greg Schwartz (Open Stacks) posted his Podcasting Cybertour) (mp3 and powerpoint). Stephen Francoeur (Digital Reference) posted a demo of his library's reference desk wiki and online tutorials. Phil Bradley has put together a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to.

Meanwhile, the Krafty Librarian writes about the frustrations of hospital libraries that "want to provide great service but are handcuffed within our own hospital's IT departments."

Steve Lawson (See Also) writes about what is lost when text is digitized.

Jack Stephens (Conservator) points to a July article about the National Archives and the "pending 'tsunami' of digital records."

Blogging: Elizabeth Lane Lawley (mamamusings) muses about being a corporate research blogger and comments re Collin Brooke's post about academia and blogging practices. Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) points to Steven Bell's article about academic library blogs. Laura Crossett (lis.dom) muses on the uses of the biblioblogosphere. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) responds. Phil Bradley is trying to put together a list of British librarians who are blogging.

Rochelle Mazar (Random Access Mazar) takes up the "if you could change only one thing" challenge.

Heidi Dolamore (quiddle) writes about mentors and how to do well in job interviews. After reading "Don't Discredit My Online Degree," luzclarita wonders about positive/negative reactions from employers or co-workers to online degrees.

Michael Casey (LibraryCrunch) examines the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library controversy.

The Krafty Librarian points to a study about the value of hospital libraries.

Karen G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) writes about ALA and political resolutions. Response from Jane (A Wandering Eyre).

Mark Lindner the thoughts are broken) would like to start a monthly online journal-article discussion group.

T. Scott comments re scholarly society publishers' "offer to NIH to set up a system of direct links from PubMed to the articles in the journals that they publish."

Phil Bradley points to a CILIP legal opinion paper re police access to library records (England and Wales).

Mary Minow (LibraryLaw Blog) notes that the Copyright Office is requesting comments re "controversial law that makes it criminal to tamper with DMCA." And what about the library exception that is in the law?

eternitat, on the Livejournal libraries, wonders, Is an LIS Ph.D. worth it? Amanda Robertson (Data Obsessed) responds.

Follow-up: Steven Bell (ACRLog) responds to Paul Gandel's "Libraries: Standing at the wrong platform waiting for the wrong train." More from Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector), Blake (LISNews.com), and Greg McClay (SHUSH).

Follow-up: The Krafty Librarian and Dave Hook (Industrial Librarian) comment on Jakob Nielsen's "Top Ten Weblog Design Mistakes of 2005."

(conference notes and presentations are below the cut)

This Week in LibraryBlogland (09 October 05)

Submitted by bentley on Tue, 10/11/2005 - 13:58
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 09 October 2005

Thanks to Blake for creating a This Week in LibraryBlogland topic on LISNews. An RSS feed should be coming along soon.

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jrjacobs at Library Autonomous Zone comments re shrink-wrap licenses and libraries.

Joy Weese Moll (Wanderings of a Student Librarian) asks, should library school have required courses?

Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian) continues his series about becoming a librarian and Angel (Gypsy Librarian) writes about what he does at work.

Vonjobi (the Filipino Librarian) has a two-question survey about bookstores and libraries: If you are a librarian, what would you tell people who prefer bookstores to libraries? If you are not a librarian, why don't you use libraries?

Homework from Michael McGrorty (Library Dust): a patron demands the removal of something from your library's collection (see post for specifics). Your assignment: write a note to the patron.

Michael at LibraryCrunch has some ideas about how to reach patrons through audio or video podcasts.

cminor, the Do-It-Yourself Librarian, is looking for libraries that are using Firefox on public workstations and how they address the security concerns.

Nicolas Morin (BiblioAcid) posted his presentation about uses of RSS in libraries (in French).

Jenn Riley (Inquiring Librarian) has been thinking about incorporating user-contributed metadata into library systems.

Lorcan Dempsey writes about Web 2.0 and catalogs, while Gunter Waibel (hangingtogether.org) writes about pie-in-the-sky scenarios. Kevin Smith (Fiddling Librarian 3.0) posts Tim O'Reilly's comparison of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Michael Barrington at TechCrunch lists the companies of Web 2.0 (via ??) Travis Ennis, on the other hand, is tired of Web 2.0 and thinks it has become a marketing label.

Steven Cohen (Library Stuff) asks why library bloggers refer to their place of employment as "MPOW".

G (Library Bitch) has completed a one-year contract and reflects on the frustrations of working in a place that won't adapt to change.

The LIS2901 Digital Libraries Seminar (School of Information Sciences, U Pittsburgh) has started Digital Watch, an online journal "dedicated to issues surrounding digital libraries." The first issue is out. (via)

Where do you draw the line in helping a patron on the computer?

The Krafty Librarian wonders why so many job postings don't include salary information.

Marianne Lenox (Library Supporter) has started I Am So Gonna Blog This, a blog that is an online course on blogging for library staff.

Jessamyn West (librarian.net) and Karen Coombs (Library Web Chic) discuss Dan Chudnov's (dchud's work log) assertion that more of us need to be coders.

Following an idea on PomeRantz, Luke Rosenberger (lbr) proposes an LIS Research Wiki

Rochelle Mazar (Random Access Mazar) comments re Henry Farrell's Chronicle article about the blogosphere as a Carnival of Ideas.

Blake Carver (LISNews) wonders where libraries and librarians fit in a digital future. David Rothman (TeleRead) responds.

Rebecca Hedreen (Frequently Answered Questions) is compiling a list of online tools that can be used to do research-related functions online.

Chris Jowaisas (TechnoBiblio) wonders about the cost of in-person reference transactions versus VR/chat/IM costs.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) points to Jason Mazzone's article re copyfraud ("falsely claiming a copyright to a public domain work").

Follow-up: Carleen Huxley (Library Shrine) answers the question, Why do I blog? More from whitneydt (:30 librarian).

Follow-up: Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) continues the conversation about Librarians in academia: faculty or support staff?

Conference notes and presentations

Lots of good blogging at the AASL Conference Blog.

Roy Tennant has posted his LITA Forum presentations online. Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant) writes about Danah Boyd's talk at LITA and about the function of gatekeepers in the flow of scientific information. More posts from Library Web Chic; Confessions of a Mad Librarian; and at the LITA Blog.

George Needham (It's All Good) reports on Omar Wasow's keynote speech at the Ohio Library Council conference.

Internet Librarian International: reports from Marydee Ojala (ONLINE Insider) and at the ILI2005 unofficial wiki (including links to presentations).

Lorcan Dempsey has notes from the NISO OpenURL and Metasearch meeting.

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This Week in LibraryBlogland (02 October 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/03/2005 - 17:17
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This Week in LibraryBlogLand
Week ending 02 October 2005

Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian) talks about becoming a librarian. Part 2.

Chad F. Boeninger (Library Voice) writes about some of the IM questions he gets and Scott Pfitzinger (BiblioTech Web) writes about the role of IM in reference. Follow-up: Alec (Librarian at the Gate) picks up LibrarianInBlack's question re IM and whose question gets answered first.

Rochelle Random Access Mazar writes about virtual reference and wonders, how this affects local reference.

Danielle Dennie (LibrarianActivist) visited the libraries at Argentina's Universidad Nacional de Cördoba and was disheartened by the catalog/OPAC/databases situation. Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) points to a study of Internet use by U.S. college faculty.

Sarah Johnson (Beyond the Job) points to two free articles in the Sept. 30 Chronicle of Higher Education re librarians and tenure. One says that tenure is crucial to librarians' jobs. The other argues that it can hamper their roles. Follow-up re profession/librarian relations: Tara Murray (DIY Librarian) asks, Are we just "the help"?

Last month, Nichole (nichole's auxiliary storage) accidentally bought a copy of the Codex Seraphinianus that had been stolen from a public library.

David Durant (Heretical Librarian) wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education about The Loneliness of a Conservative Librarian. Comments in the Chronicle's forum; in LISNews.com; in the ALA Council mailing list; in the Library Lovers Livejournal community; from Karen Schneider (Free Range Librarian); from Jack Stephens (Conservator); from Paul Pennyfeather (corrigenda); from James B. Casey; and from Jessamyn West (librarian.net).

Heidi Dolamore (quiddle) posted the results of her unscientific survey, So you want to run for ALA council. (via)

Meredith Farkas wrote an encouraging letter to a not-so-young wanna-be Librarian who was considering leaving library school.

Chad Haefele (Hidden Peanuts) has been posting tips for new librarians. Joy Moll posted her technique for familiarizing herself with the reference collection in a new job.

Joe at BlogJunction writes that the information commons needs both Info Hippies and Info Fascists to remain healthy.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) has a warning to libraries who are using TypePad or other third-party-hosted blogs re archiving.

The October 1 Library Journal has a write-up about the Library Journal Bloggers Round Table that took place at the recent ALA conference in Chicago. Chad Haefele posted a report back then and Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) took photos.

Michael Stephens interviews the Feel-good Librarian in Library Journal. Eris Weaver (the Bellydancing Librarian), Jessamyn West (librarian.net), and Jenna Freedman are interviewed in a Newsday article about librarians challenging stereotypes.

Did you know: "Google is creating a comprehensive bibliographic database that it calls WorldCat to search for and find information formerly only found in libraries." (via)

Ken Chad (panlibus) points out that, with so much on the web, we can "find" more materials but we still can't get access to them easily, so he calls for a revamp of the ILL system. [Yes, it's a plug for their product, but I think he makes a valid point.]

Andrea Mercado (LibraryTechtonics) writes about how libraries can use Flickr.

Michael at LibraryCrunch writes about Web 2.0 and libraries. So does Michael Stephens at ALA TechSource. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) is trying to figure out what in the world Web 2.0 is. Loran Dempsey posted Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 'MemeMap'.

Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) posted her comments on NARA and RLG’s audit checklist for trusted digital repositories.

Branko Collin (TeleRead) speculates that the Author's Guild is suing over Google Print because Google Print doesn't discriminate between books currently published and selling well and books in the Long Tail.

game on: games in libraries' Beth Gallaway's proposal for a book on video gaming in libraries was approved. If you are interested in showcasing your idea, collection or program, email her.

Katie (Young Librarian) wonders whether ISBN numbers get recycled.

Follow-up: G, the Library Bitch, writes about Library Juice ceasing publication (lots of comments). Blake Carver (LISNews) writes about Library Juice and LISNews.

Follow-up: Why we blog: answers from
Joy Weese Moll
(Wanderings of a Student Librarian); Mark Lindner (the thoughts are broken); Laura Crossett (lis.dom); Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free); Carleen Huxley (Library Shrine).

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) reports on the talk Michael Sullivan (Connecting Boys with Books) gave at Christopher's School Library System Library Development Day.

Conference notes and presentations

Richard Akerman was very busy last week, live-blogging Info Grid 2005 AND Euro Fedora User Meeting 2005.

Sheila Webber (Information Literacy) links to two papers presented at the World Library and Information (IFLA) conference in Oslo in August.

Fiona Bradley (Blisspix) has a few short notes about ETD2005 (8th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations).

Podcasts from the Audio EBook Expo are available (listings start here).

ASIS&T Annual Meeting also has a blog.

LITA Forum 2005: Reports from Tate Nunley (Tate's Notes) (starts here); Teresa Koltzenburg (ALA TechSource) (starts here); Karen A. Coombs (Library Web Chic); Jane (A Wandering Eyre) (starts here); Sarah Houghton (LibrarianInBlack). There are also lots of reports on the LITA Blog.

ICAU '05: Reports from BiblioAcid (starts here, in French) and Owen Stephens (Overdue Ideas) (starts here).

Christopher Harris wants to organize a get-together with any bloggers attending next week's AASL conference in Pittsburgh. btw, the conference has its own blog.

Nancy Garman (Information Today) would like any blogger who is planning to attend Internet Librarian 2005 later this month to let her know so they can link to your reports. Richard Akerman has created an unofficial conference wiki and will probably also be live-blogging.

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