Daily Archives: April 24, 2008

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Emerging Library Leaders: Kathryn Deiss on Leadership

As part of Dominican GSLIS Emerging Library Leaders series, we had Kathryn Deiss, ACRL Content Strategist, in to present on Leadership. I captured some of her points but it was so interesting I stopped typing to listen. Her slides were beautiful — filled with lovely images of nature and flowers. Some thought provoking statements/questions: Multiple communication channels are available now for social interaction. How do we lead in this environment? How do we innovate? Some libraries are innovating like crazy: Users vist the Delft DOK library get an automatic text: “Welcome to the world’s most modern library!” It’s got to be fun. The […]

Thanks to the St. Kate’s LIS7680 Folks

LIS768 Today, originally uploaded by mstephens7. As the semester ends, a big shout out to my class up north – the folks who joined me for three weekends in St. Paul to explore Library 2.0, to ponder the writings of Michael Buckland, Howard Rheingold, Jess Shera and many, many Bibliobloggers/librarian authors, and consider how libraries are evolving. Also a note to the authors of our textbook Michael Casey and Laura Savastinuk: The book was well-received and quoted often in the papers and projects. In fact, I just heard Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Service is into its second printing […]


The incredible Marshall Shore turned me on to this: http://sfist.com/2008/02/21/coco_bart_stati.php Starting sometime in April, library books will be available at Contra Costa County BART stations via “ATM style lending machines.” A new program called Library-a-Go-Go, along with the Contra Costa County Library, will allow BART riders to simply swipe a card, select a book, wait for said book choice to drop, and then return the book after the rider is finished reading their literary gem. The machines will “hold around 400 popular and best-selling titles, both fiction and nonfiction, and will be accessible during Bart hours.” Sweden, Norway, and Finland […]

Why Professional Librarian Journals Should Evolve into Blogs

Marcus writes: But something funny happened on the way to OJS: I became firmly convinced that the traditional journal model is antiquated for sharing research and knowledge among librarians.  A better course is to develop and nurture excellent blogs, with multimedia capabilities and guaranteed preservation of the postings. This could be an entirely new blog that starts from scratch, or an established journal that evolves into a blog.  One of his arguments: Peer review should be a post-publication process, rather than a pre-publication process that sometimes drags out for many months.  If physicists can post pre-prints that get discussions flowing […]

Why ‘no Macs’ is no longer a defensible IT strategy

“We’re seeing more requests outside of creative services to switch to Macs from PCs,” notes David Plavin, operations manager for Mac systems engineering at the U.S. IT division of Publicis Groupe, a global advertising conglomerate. There are so many requests that Plavin now supports 2,500 Macs across the U.S. — nearly a quarter of all Publicis’ U.S. PCs. http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/04/21/17FE-macs-in-business_1.html Dominican now supports faculty requesting either a Mac or PC for their offices. And anecdotally I heard that 40% of our incoming students university wide have Macs. 🙂

I want a 2.0 Toolbox!

Once again, McMaster University sets a high bar! Amanda Etches-Johnson announces: Wee announcement at MPOW today about a new service we’re rolling out called the 2.0 Toolbox. It’s a suite of 2.0 tools we’re hosting for faculty which, at the moment, consists of installed blogs (usingWordPress MU) and wikis (using PmWiki). As you probably know, WordPress MU is a multi-user blogging environment (hence the “MU”) that allows users to set up their own blogs with a couple of clicks. It’s pretty sweet overall, but we’ve had our fair share of tussles over getting the admin end to work over SSL (thanks to Kevin Gilbertson […]

Removed Library Signs

Removed Library Signs | Originally uploaded by herzogbr Brian Herzog posts at Flickr: These are some of the signs I’ve taken down (without telling anyone) around my library since I’ve worked here. I think an uncluttered area is nicer, and that fewer good signs is better than lots of signs that no one reads. And he has a GREAT post about Good Signs & Bad Signs in libraries. Read the post here: http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2008/04/24/library-signs-good-and-bad He also links to this most infamous sign from Michael Sauers. Are you following the SAL? It’s a keeper.