Monthly Archives: August 2006

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Hotter than Hot:The Dawn of the Embedded Library:

If I could be there to listen and blog, I would! Take a look at this ultra hot program from NEASIST: Join us for another engaging program featuring five pace-setters innovating at the edge of new library services! They will focus on examples of how and why libraries need to think beyond “marketing & advocacy” to a new level of findability, usability, and service. It is a future moving towards full integration of the library into users’ daily web practices.

Tech Tips for Every Librarian: Share and Share Alike

For July/August, Rachel & I co-authored a piece on sites where librarians can share their expertise! One of librarians’ core strengths lies in the way we share knowledge and facilitate the free ex change of information. When we extend this strength to communicating, collaborating, and building networks with one another–in addition to the collaborative services we provide our patrons–we are truly unstoppable. And when we pool our knowledge and skills to share technology information and solutions, we are able to create a technical foundation that every library can build upon. The power of community and collaboration shines through in several […]

Blog Day 2006 (Updated!)

It’s Blog Day again! Here is my list from last year at this time. And Meredith Farkas has already posted her list here. Five new(ish) biblioblogs you might want to take a look at: The Ubiquitous librarian: A fascinating voice from academic libraries! Brian Matthews blogs thoughtfully and posts some things that just make me say WOW! Check out his posts on gaming. The Green Kangaroo: A strong voice from our association! Mary Ghikas, Senior Associate Executive Director at the American Library Association, blogs about associations, ALA and what she’s reading. I am so glad we have this personal presence […]

Fourth Monday Discussion Book for August 2006

Fourth Monday Discussion Book for August 2006 Originally uploaded by Westmont Public Library. I heart this on so many levels! Well done WPL! Fourth Monday Discussion Book for August 2006 Chin Yu from the Circulation Desk shows John Grogan’s “Marley & Me,” the Fourth Monday discussion book for July. The discussion will be held on August 28th at 7PM in the Library’s meeting room. Would you like to join Fourth Monday, and meet up once a month to discuss great books? Visit the Fourth Monday info page for more information! Click on the book title to visit the library catalog. […]

Playing Around with IM: Ticer Institute in Holland

Jenny blogs about our travels here. Last week, I joined Jenny Levine for a trip to Holland and the Ticer Digital Libraries à la Carte: New Choices for the Future program. We taught a day-long hands on workshop. Jenny covered blogs and RSS in the am and I took the participants through IM in the afternoon. I tried something a bit different this time. Taking a cue from our Web 2.0 discussions, Learning 2.0 initiatives, and such, I offered the group what I called an “immersive, experiential and playful” exercise in using IM and thinking about IM in libraries. I […]

Library Goon Squad

Via one of my lists, a scary tale from a library user on how we present ourselves to the public: The next day I gave the library a ring. That’s when things got weird. According to the nice lady at the circulation desk, I checked out the book in April, 2006. “But I haven’t been to your library in a decade,” I told her. “I don’t even live in Queens anymore!” I asked her the title. It turned out to be a children’s book, written in Spanish: El Hombre Que Aprendio a Ladrar Y Otros Cuentos. I don’t speak Spanish, […]

Day One at Dominican

Day One at Dominican Originally uploaded by mstephens7. Greetings from my new office in Lewis Hall! Things are well here — the campus is bustling like I’ve never seen (having only taught weekends) and the folks in GSLIS are incredible. Yesterday, I attended Convocation and spent some time meeting and greeting. Today, more of the same. My heartfelt thanks to all who have emailed or IMed to ask how things were going as this transition continues.

What Story is the Newberry Library telling?

Jessamyn blogs her recent visit to the Chicago-based Newberry Library: guard: “Do you have some RESEARCH you’d like to do?” (clearly the emphais on the word, to me, implies “hey dumbass, it’s the most obvious password in the book. Here, I’m giving it to you”) me: “No, I just wanted to look at the reading room, but I think I’ll go home instead.” I really try to not use this space to complain about customer service incidents unless I think they can somehow be useful teaching tools, but I just was floored here. I had done my homework and read […]