Have you ever walked into a door you thought was open? I can’t tell you how many screen doors I’ve walked through living in Florida. Ever wonder what the heck you are running into where you work? Ever thought about what Resistance is? Ever felt like there was a force preventing you from moving in … Continue reading Do you face Resistance?
Take the short answer survey. It’s merely three questions. Also, do you as new librarian, (or new information professional), care to say why you got into the profession when parts of the world see libraries and librarians as relics from an era-gone-by? You probably have meme-fatigued. That “geez, this question is turning up everywhere!” It’s … Continue reading Care to tell us why you’re a librarian?
“Assuming they acquire attractive data sources, CK-12’s next challenge will be spreading the word. The education system is not quick to adopt new technologies. I think that finding teachers able to use Internet-born text books will be their biggest challenge. They will have to communicate outside the tech channels that will give them initial buzz.” … Continue reading Ever had to buy ridiculously priced text books?
Some say that IM is on the verge of extinction and that forging into such territory for virtual reference so late in the game is a waste of a library’s energy. You can surely count me as one of those who agrees with that statement. I predict, as do many others, that virtual reference needs … Continue reading Put Virtual Reference in the User’s Pocket
Michael, who teams blogs over at, http://infodoodads.com/ turned in a blazing time of 14 seconds for finding that reference article. (There was also a respectable 20 seconding showing which was faster than me). I then “cyber stalked” Mike over on Flickr Next we had a few exchanges that led to the conversation on microblogging. I … Continue reading Why bother with Twitter?
Actually, it’s just a tease while I hammer out the rest of the multimedia portion for the Reference Desk post. Pulling all this multimedia together takes time. There’s even an article about it here. “In spite of the time, frustration, and lack of support, creating the screencast was a good idea. I’m glad I did … Continue reading Can you find this article?
“…you can walk up to the bored looking person behind the desk known as the reference librarian and ask for a brief tutorial on how to use the journals…” Maybe it is time to re-think reference. Katz did say the reference desk has been blown apart and I hear from many librarians he did write … Continue reading Do we really look bored?
“Ars spoke with Steven Lareau, the IT chair for Clemson’s student advisory council. According to Lareau, Clemson previously “had an awful web-based e-mail system” (SquirrelMail). Lareau says that they compared Microsoft’s Outlook/Exchange combo with Gmail, and Gmail came out on top.” When I see students frustratingly loose USB drives with their term papers, have to … Continue reading You didn’t hear about it here, right?
An interesting calculator a library in Florida adapted from a Maine library system. Does it cover the right services you want to pay for? What would you add? What would you take away? Do you provide you users with an annual report? How do advertise the good stuff? TTW Contributor: Lee LeBlanc
In my LIS753 and LIS768 classes, all of the students create WordPress blogs for journaling, reflection on readings and assignments. I asked my graduate assistant and TTW contributor Kyle Jones to give his new MacBook Pro a workout by creating a spiffy “How to set Up WordPress” screencast. For weekend classes where our time … Continue reading WordPress Screencast by Kyle Jones