Daily Archives: April 22, 2008

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Cell Phone Lounge

Leigh Anne Vrabel discusses articles on urban nomadism at Library Alchemy: http://libraryalchemy.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/part-i-the-new-nomadism/ And comes to an interesting conclusion: Cell phone lounge. This lounge accomplishes two things: Acknowledges that cell phones have permeated the culture and meets patron expectations for new nomadic spaces. Gives the library more control over how those nomadic spaces are governed. Our current cell phone policy asks users to take their calls in the hallway.  While this is respectful to patrons who desire quiet, it’s kind of like asking your adult relatives to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving dinner.  Why not create a situation that’s […]

Drupal and Libraries

One of my goals for the summer is to get a handle on Drupal. I’d like to incorporate it into LIS753 Internet Fundamentals and Design at Dominican. I’d like to assign workgroups the task of creating a library Web site with the OSS app. How’s the learning curve folks? I missed this presentation, but luckily Ellyssa Kroski, who just got a great review for her book in LJ, put up “Drupal & Libraries” from CIL2008 at Slideshare – complete with audio track: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2008/drupal-and-libraries-at-cil2008/ To get started, I’ll be listening and watching tomorrow in my office. Then, I’ll ask Blake for a […]

Anatomy of an All-Nighter from TUL

  Brian Matthews shares a fascinating conversation: http://theubiquitouslibrarian.typepad.com/the_ubiquitous_librarian/2008/04/the-anatomy-of.html The transparent technologies of flickr and twitter offer tremendous assessment possibilities. We hear about students pulling all-nighters, but this is documented evidence. 4:56 PM paper + pres due in 22 hours. tick tock. group members unite 6:51 PM  if I have to pull an allnighter to finish this proj I’ll likely have to skip the gatech awards banquet luncheon thing and get my award later 7:55 PM  I just talked about epistemological connections in this CS paper. Do I get my cookie now or later? 09:23 PM  trying to explain color wars […]

Photographers Beware??!!

  Read this: http://yestoknow.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/free-use-photos/ Then this: http://yestoknow.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/free-use-photos-part-2-the-plot-thickens/ Tony Tallent writes: This morning I received a call from the FBI. I’m not making this up. It was a follow-up from the photo-taking-spree I conducted during Computers in Libraries in DC.  I explained (again) why one would want to take photos of signs and buildings and such to use in presentations and on blogs. I explained about “Creative Commons” that I had just presented at the conference earlier that morning with Helene Blowers and that I’d posted the images on flickr in a set called “Free Use Photos.” When the interviewer asked me what this flickr thing was and how […]

SirsiDynix Table Track Results: Read and Ponder

Via Stephen Abram, comes this PDF of results of the Table tracks at the SD SuperConference. There is just so much good here to think about. Please take a look. I’d adapt some of these into a staff meeting discussion or Staff Institute Planning Day. THE TOP FIVE:  1. Physical Space  2. Staffing  3. Web Technolgies  4. Collection Technologies  5. Community Development

Michigan Consortium Goes Open Source

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6553800.html Michael Rogers — Library Journal, 4/22/2008 10:33:00 AM Equinox providing migration service, software configuration, consultation, and support Branch, Niles, and Traverse Area District Libraries will go live over the summer Evergreen created by Georgia Public Library Service for the Georgia PINES consortium The Michigan Library Consortium is going open source. The group April 14 announced that it has selected an Evergreen system as its next automation solution, as well as signing with Equinox Software Inc., which will “provide comprehensive library data migrations service, software configuration, consultation, and on-going Evergreen support.” The consortium said it will “begin the conversion to Evergreen with a pilot group […]

Winner! Quiet Reading Time at the Library

Quiet Reading Time at the Library Originally uploaded by leecolibrary http://curtisrogers.blogspot.com/2008/04/winners-of-2nd-annual-national-library_18.html Dr. Curtis Rogers writes: The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual National Library Week Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries photo contest. During the days of April 14-16, South Carolina library staff members submitted a wide range of photographs of librarians working, teaching patrons, library events, and in some cases, just having fun doing what they love.

Making ILL a Game

Chris Harris at SLJ: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/840000284/post/1090025309.html We are exploring turning ILL into a game. The basic mechanic will give libraries points for sending and receiving interlibrary loans, with bonus points for prompt delivery and ontime returns. A leaderboard (competition drives a LOT more than you might want to admit!) might prompt librarians to become more involved in resource sharing.