This Week in LibraryBlogland (02 October 05)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/03/2005 - 17:17

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; 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 (

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 (, 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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