Monthly Archives: January 2007

61 posts

Teen Web Services Job at Hennepin

This job is making the rounds on lists and such. Are you looking to design web services for teens? Take a look: Hennepin County Library’s (HCL) Web Services department seeks an innovative, enthusiastic Teen Web Services & Technology Coordinator to design and deliver information services to teens in an on-line environment and to develop and support in-library technology initiatives for teens. HCL’s websitehad over 10 million visits in 2006 and includes the dynamic portal, TeenLinks. See the entire job description and apply on-line at

A Blog about Chicago Public Library Another Dominican GSLIS styudent launches a blog, this time dedicated to discussion about the services and presence of Chicago Public library. Christopher Rios writes at his About Page: I love CPL and I am constantly trying to find new and better ways to use its resources to their fullest. I have also found myself frustrated by certain aspects of its functions and services and feel that there is definitely room for improvement. My hope is that employees at CPL will read this blog and a discussion will ensue about what practices are currently working and what practices could be […]

Would you rewrite Ranganathan’s Five Laws for the 21st Century?

That’s a discussion question I use in LIS701. Here’s one group’s take: Here is our revision of Ranganathan’s Five Laws 1. Collections are for use. 2. Every collection its user. 3. Every user his collection. 4. Save time & energy of user. 5. The library is a growing organism. We based our revision off of his philosophy of democracy and service and on “honoring the past while creating for the future.” We enjoyed the discussion. Thanks! I did too. What do you all think?

Michael Habib on Academic Library 2.0

At ALA TechSource: It also fascinates me to see how Michael approached his coursework, building that “virtual librarian’s” skill set. He writes on his About Page: I plan to develop online communities and services that promote the idea of digital library as place. Like physical libraries, digital libraries need to be community centers, collaborative study spaces, meeting spaces, etc. In addition, I plan to train library users to use new technologies and information resources. To accomplish these goals, I have gained experience in traditional library services as well as chat and instant messaging reference services. Through my coursework, I […]

Getting Things Done & Transparency

The Inquiring Librarian writes: I recently checked out David Allen’s Getting things done from my local public library, thinking I could use a little help calming down the craziness that my life seems to have turned in to. Probably predictably, I turned it in late having only read the first 2 chapters. Oh, well. In light of this and other related events, I’ve been thinking a bit about what I do get done and why. I believe I’ve been spoiled by having jobs for a number of years now where I find the work interesting. It’s a whole lot […]

Required Reading, Coffee and Quality of Response

Elmhurst College student Kyle Jones riffs on the fact I have office hours at Corner Bakery in downtown Chicago on Mondays and how students might find a special place to do their required reading, including the library. I would love for my students to try different reading environments and explore the atmospheres. Take your daunting novel to a Caribou Coffee (where I am currently at, writing this post), grab a cup of joe, and find your own little corner. Or, develop a spot in the local public library you can call your own (I call dibs on the children’s […]

“Who Needs ‘Em?”

David Warlick would like your elevator speeches about the value of librarians! While at the National School Boards Association Conference the other day, more than one school board member came up to me, a tech guy, and asked, “We’re trying desperately to find ways to deal with budget crunches. With all of these computers and access to online information, do we really need librarians or libraries any more?” This is one of those questions that I absolutely love to hear — if I have an hour to answer. It’s a question that I hate, if I only have a […]

A Theory on Blogging From Indiana University South Bend Professor Ken Smith, who blogs about weblogs in higher education: A little theory of blogging. Here goes: somebody creates a new tool or technique, such as blogging. In time, some people realize that it is powerful, and they make it a way of life for themselves as individuals, then as members of a small community. As the community grows, a culture is created, which solidifies the power in the lives of many people, even if they are still a small portion of a wider society. Some educators see the power, so they teach their […]