Monthly Archives: September 2006

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Breaking Down Barriers (or The Reference Pod is Open)

Alan Gray from Darien PL is blogging! This post caught my eye: Alan discusses the reference desk as a barrier or stronghold against patrons. he uses a photo illustration to show the reference area of his library as a fortress. He then notes that the NEW Darien Library will be different: What they’ve decided is that we are NOT going to have a desk or any kind of barrier, but that reference librarians will work in partnership with patrons at reference “pods.” Truly, we don’t have a clue what they are going to be like exactly (we have done […]

University Librarian Blogging at McMaster

I’m glad to see my colleague Jeff Trzeciak blogging at Take a look at the blog and follow the links as well to the Transformation blog, an example of a group of librarians putting Library 2.0 thinking into practice via planning. Jeff sums a lot of it up in his first post: (bolding is mine) As partners in teaching, learning and research on our campuses, libraries are at the heart of today‚Äôs changes. Our challenge is to establish the University Library as an unparalleled service provider in an increasingly complex world of information and access. How do we prepare […]

Dutch Bibliobloggers Dinner (Updated)

IMG_7640 Originally uploaded by Rob’s. One of many highlights at the Ticer Institute was the chance to meet a group of Dutch bibliobloggers for dinner in Tilburg. The evening was organized by my esteemed colleage Rob Coers, who will be presenting with me in London in October. Jenny and Paul Miller and I joined a table full of folks and we rotated seats at every course so we got to talk with everyone. I really enjoyed it. Thanks to all! Sadly, my pictures were lost with my camera but check out the images from other folks, tagged BBT2006. Here are […]

Tech Tips for Every Librarian: To USB or Not USB

In the September issue, Rachel discusses all things USB: Now that you’re offering this useful service, how do you get people to take advantage of it? First, advertise its availability. Post a “Flash Drives Welcome” sign temporarily, make a note in your newsletter, post on your library’s blog, and be sure that all public services staff members can suggest the USB drive alternative to people who are having problems with floppies or seeking alternative storage solutions, Smaller USB drives are a great giveaway idea–think about the possibilities for National Library Card Signup Month or Summer Reading prizes. Some libraries also […]

Library 2.0 in LJ

Give this one a read! The heart of Library 2.0 is user-centered change. It is a model for library service that encourages constant and purposeful change, inviting user participation in the creation of both the physical and the virtual services they want, supported by consistently evaluating services. It also attempts to reach new users and better serve current ones through improved customer-driven offerings. Each component by itself is a step toward better serving our users; however, it is through the combined implementation of all of these that we can reach Library 2.0. While not required, technology can help libraries […]

BIG NEWS Via Tech Crunch: Rumors have been swirling for weeks (see here and here) that Apple will soon be selling full length movie downloads on the iTunes service. This morning, Business Week is stating, based on unnamed sources, that the the service will launch by mid-September. And adding color to the story: WalMart is pissed off. Apple is pushing for, and apparently getting, $14 wholesale movie prices on new releases. They plan to retail new releases for $14.99 and older movies for $9.99. Normal wholesale DVD prices are $17. Walmart pays that normal wholesale rate, and now anticipates losing a […]