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From a Monty Python skit.
That sounds like fun! I’m not sure if we have any staff photos because we are scattered all over the country (we do a LOT of online meetings). We are dispersed throughout the country. Pictures are hard to come by because cameras are highly restricted in our buildings. We have about 50 librarians scattered around the country, but most are in southern California and Washington (Puget Sound area). I’m going to ask my boss about a staff and library bio, which shouldn’t be a problem, I just want to verify what I can/should say (we have very tight security and have to jump through many hoops to get info to the outside world). I’ll get back to you very soon with the bios though. Web 2.0 technologies and concepts are a really big thing here, so I know the rest of the library will be excited about this. –Eric Bryan
Here’s the standard bio from Eric for the Boeing Corporate Librarians:
Whether employees need internal Boeing documents, industry, military or government specifications and standards, or parts catalogs; or if they’re looking for e-books, electronic journals, or are simply searching for information related to a specific piece of technical data, the L&LCS staff can help.
How is internal information shared: internal wiki, dashboard, custom portal, or something else?
Are Boeing librarians doing more stuff like this? Can we get a list or other places presentations have been done?
So, you have a new laptop? Read up:
Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there’s no need to rely on a single third party. What’s more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner’s choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.
Then, if you’re like me, you find ways to make the Blackboard CMS less time consuming. This should include Professors too. (It could apply generally to most course management systems).
- Top 10 Reasons Faculty Fail When Using Blackboard CMS
- The Ultimate Guide to BlackBoard: 100 Tips & Tutorials
The Task: To create a guide to excellent creative business libraries or business centers to provide examples of innovation and best practices.
Vincci Kwong, Indiana University South Bend
Julie Strange, Maryland AskUsNow!
Adriana Trujillo, Texas A&M University Libraries
Julie Yen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The first involves your daily work environment. If you are a developer who hangs out at a coffee shop then you might be surprised to know that in an attempt to draw more students in, many academic libraries have built small coffee shops into their floor plans, and that many larger institutions will offer free Wi-Fi throughout the buildings. Further, you’ll find that their floor-plans often offer both low and high traffic/noise areas in which to work, and either might work for you, depending on your tastes. –William Hicks
1. What does it mean to be well educated?
3. Pornified: How pornography is damaging our lives, our relationships, and our families
4. Bodhisattva Warriors
5. The Genius of Flexibility
6. Ultramarathon Man
7. ISD from the Ground Up
I was also talking with a friend about how all I’ve been reading is blog posts, articles for school, and book chapters. This left me wondering: do I still have the stamina to read anything of substantial length? I spent last weekend traveling. I read two books up and back on the flight to Phillie. And the Skymall catalog. And the Emergency Instructions sheet -twice. Then, when I got home I spent every night devouring another one. Often falling asleep because I didn’t want to stop reading it. I’m also in between classes now. That helps.
People are conversing over the worry that all this web-based information is shortening their attention span for reading books. For myself, I’ve put to rest that idea. These bits of information I consume via email, rss, blogs, tweets, and online articles aren’t affecting my ability for sustained, intellectual reading. (Whew! personally I did wonder). I have been reading since I was pretty young though and never have I lost my interest in kids books. I wonder if it’s the ability to read that is being affected. Or that most people have yet to develop the ability to focus their mind on what they choose. It’s like competing in Judo -without training any of your physical abilities. You cannot focus your mind on what you wish if you do not spend time training it in ways you want to develop. Meditation could be a key in developing these mental abilities. Heck, just setting aside time to read and assimilate what you’re reading could. Above all else: read, connect and share.
Over the last month, I worked with Jesse Thomas of JESS3, to create a new graphic that helps chart online conversations between the people that populate communities as well as the networks that connect the Social Web. The Conversation Prism is free to use and share. It’s our contribution to a new era of media education and literacy. –Brian Solis.
New Jalisco Library, Gudalajara, Mexico (competition)
Over 200 Boeing 727 and 737 fuselages are stacked in a north-south slant in relation to sun exposure for energy efficiency. Two shifts in the direction of the main axis of the fuselages generate two large open spaces within the stack.
The building utilizes the space inside the fuselages to contain and organize functions that require enclosed spaces – such as book collections, meeting rooms and administration offices, – while the 2 large open spaces house a large atrium with all the reading areas on one side and two auditoriums on the other.
The library program is centered around the large glazed atrium, which develops vertically through the entire cross section of the building. The lower part of the atrium, located on the second level and accessible directly from the new plaza thru escalators and elevators, functions as a lobby and information center. At each upper level, the reading areas bridge between the two opposite interior facades generated by the cross sections of the fuselages that look onto the atrium.
A transparent LCD system is integrated in the atrium glazing and projects the library activities onto the new plaza expanding its presence on the outside with moving images and text.
The fuselage is the only part of a decommissioned airplane that cannot be effectively recycled. The cost of its demolition exceeds the profit of aluminum resale. A huge amount of fuselages lays in the deserts of the western states. Boeing 727 and 737 are historically the most sold commercial planes and therefore the most common in these graveyards. They are sold at very low prices completely stripped and in great structural conditions.
The fuselage becomes the basic module of this building. It is insulated and furnished according to the program. The internal subdivision generated by the existing floor joists is used to respond to functional needs: the upper section is used for inhabitation while the lower one houses independent and interconnected mechanical systems: HVAC, electrical, cabling, and a conveyor belts network for the mechanical distribution of the books.
Personally, I’ve always thought the building should inspire you to think differently. That should be a library’s first responsibility: to make you think different.
It’s not a trick question. You don’t have to drive the change, just be a part. Sometimes, it’s hard to see what we need to change until someone points it out anyway.
All statements are prefaced by “Within the next five years…”
#3…the majority of reference questions will be answered through Google Answer or something
like it. There will no longer be reference desks or reference offices in the library. Instead,
public services staff offices will be located outside the physical library. Metasearching will
render reference librarians obsolete.
What provocative statement would you add?
Thanks Chuck T. for the link.
Maghound.com allows consumers to choose titles from a variety of publishers for mix-and-match “subscriptions” where they pay one monthly fee and have the ability to switch titles at any time. Unlike traditional subscriptions, members aren’t locked in their memberships and can cancel whenever they wish. Ventresca says that Maghound.com offers “flexibility, choice, control, and personalization.”
Will it work?
noticed by: lee.