Monthly Archives: October 2008

51 posts

Ten Tips for 23 Things at SLJ

Helene Blowers presents “Ten Tips for 23 Things” in the new SLJ: I especially appreciate this one: 9. Enable transparency and practice radical trust. Transparency and radical trust are two of the cornerstones of the whole 2.0 movement, and these elements are no less important to the learning environment. In creating this effort to fully engage and empower the staff, my library had to assume an unprecedented trust in our employees and practice transparency when it came to communicating with them. Allowing staff members to blog openly and anonymously implies a great deal of faith and is not something […]

Tech Static

Take a look: The Tech Static’s creator, Rachel Singer Gordon, wrote Library Journal’s “Computer Media” review column from 2002 until it was retired in October 2008. She launched The Tech Static in November 2008 to fill the resulting gap in the library literature; few library-oriented publications currently review computer books. The Tech Static is focused on technology-related collection development in libraries. To this end, it contains: Reviews of current computer books Reviews of technology-related titles targeted at librarians Collection development articles (weeding, “must-haves,” balancing a computer book collection) Prepublication alerts Publisher press releases DVD and ebook reviews … and more! Contact Rachel with questions […]

Columbus Metropolitan Library #1 Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library, originally uploaded by mstephens7. Congrats to everyone at CML! Via LIS News: The Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated the best library system in the nation as ranked by the Hennen’s American Public Library Rating. It is the 3rd time since 1999 that they have been ranked #1 and they have been ranked in the top 4 every year since 1999. NOTE: American Libraries reported an error in the rankings this year: American Libraries has discovered an unfortunate error that invalidates the results of Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings published in the October 2008 issue of the […]

No More Librarians??

Karl Fisch blogs: Dan Maas, my district’s CIO, has a new post titled Sunset for the Librarian: So what’s in a name? Well, everything. A name conjures an image, a shared understanding and it is from these understandings that we begin to do the work at hand. The term library is rooted in the latin word libriwhich means paper or books. The very terms library and librarian are obstacles to the future of this critical school service because the business is no longer based in the media of paper and the book. In fact, I don’t even like the term media center because […]

Lee LeBlanc, Reinvention

I do feel welcome, thank you., originally uploaded by [ iblee ]. “SWFLN welcomes our newest staff member, Lee LeBlanc, Continuing Education/Emerging Technologies Coordinator. Lee comes to us from Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was most recently a Senior Library Technical Assistant for the Computing and Public Service Departments. He is currently a graduate student at Florida State University’s College of Information and a frequent guest-blogger for Michael Stephens’ blog, Tame the Web. Welcome, Lee!” Please congratulate Lee. I met him for the first time in April 2007 at SWFLN Technology Day. Since then, he’s contributed some thought-provoking content […]

My Dissertation Bound

  My Dissertation Bound, originally uploaded by mstephens7. I just received three bound copies of my dissertation from ProQuest. For those who might be interested, you can download a PDF version here: stephens-mfinal TTW Contributor Lee LeBlanc provided these links: From the conclusion: While Gorman (2005) defined a blog as “a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web,” I believe the biblioblogger’s potential role is one of bibliography. Wilson (1979) wrote: “… a complete bibliographical job involves all four […]