Virtual Reference business card Originally uploaded by Joey Digits Text message reference marketed via a business card. Joey – please let us know how it goes.
Monthly Archives: January 2008
Karl Fisch, at the Fischbowl (a staff development blog for high school teachers), summarizes the report “How Should Colleges Assess and Improve Student Learning?” http://tinyurl.com/2n5544 This stuff always intrigues because I want to make sure we are doing the right things in class. Fisch provides his summary via a multiple choice question: So, let me summarize (bias alert! bias alert!) via a single multiple choice question: 1. According to this report: a. Grades are pretty much a non-factor in the hiring process. b. Multiple choice tests are an unreliable predictor of success. c. Employers are pretty much satisfied with the […]
Jeff Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster, reports: I am very pleased and proud to announce that the McMaster University Libraries are the recipient of the *2008 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award* from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The press release announcing the award is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/january2008/academic08.htm. Sponsored by ACRL and Blackwell’s Book Services, the award “recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.” Mary Ellen Davis, president of ACRL calls the award a “tribute to a library […]
rock show copy Originally uploaded by London Public Library Nice work, london Public Library. Checkout more here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonpubliclibrary/sets/72157603814872136/
Inside by the Fire Originally uploaded by Lester Public Library Great photo from the Lester Public Library Flickr stream. Warm, welcoming. A perfect example of using an image to share a story about the library. Thanks LPL!
Via Jessamyn, it looks like amazon is giving mixed messages about circulating the Kindle: http://rochellejustrochelle.typepad.com/copilot/2008/01/loaning-kindle.html Thanks to Rochelle and her commentors for supplying this information. I am especially tickled that Rochelle’s library bought a Kindle for the staff to play with.
http://23thingsonastick.blogspot.com/ Some of the folks in class this weekend at the College of St. Catherine told me about Minnesota’s statewide adaptation of Helene Blowers ultra-successful, easily replicated 23 Things program. It seems that at the Minnesota State Fair, any and all food items are usually available “on a stick” — thus the twist on the title. Check out the site to see a state level implmentation. You know what could be next?? A national “23 Things” program for all library staff, library trustees and other curious LIS folk who want to learn.
I’ve always been fascinated by social interaction online, all the way back to 1994 when I started a discussion list for Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fans on my old Mac with a dial-up connection. I didn’t know it then, but I was attempting to bring together a community–to make some connections between various folks who shared an interest and to let them talk to each other. Now, more than 12 years later, I realize it was one of many early examples of building a virtual community and the beginnings of social networks. Social networking services (SNS) are […]
Dear TTW: I’m taking a little one-credit class called “The Thoughtful Professional” in my library school. One of the requirements of the class is to send the professor a short email with a “Heretical Idea” about libraries. During the last 30-minutes of each class we discuss the idea. The author remains anonymous.I wanted to share mine with you because a photo you put in your Flickr stream inspired me. Here it is: Throw away the library policy book; toss aside the library rules! Most library rules and policies serve no one, except the ineffective managers who implement and administer them. […]
Please join me in wishing Jenny Levine a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jenny has done so much to help shift the profession and more recently our association that I think she deserves a big round of applause and “thanks you’s” — and one way of doing that is to post your own Flickr shot tagged “happybirthdayshifted.” 🙂 Happy day to you my friend!