Friday, July 30, 2010
ACRL National in Philly.
Deadline Nov 1. http://j.mp/acrlczs
Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways? Adapting existing technologies to reach user needs? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at ACRL 2011. The ACRL 2011 Cyber Zed Shed Committee is looking for proposals that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library.
Whether you are teaching in a classroom; answering questions from patrons; acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials; or providing other services, we're interested. We invite you to submit your most innovative proposals to help us make Philadelphia the site of a truly groundbreaking conference.
Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20 minutes, with 15 minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience Q&A. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries. A computer, data projector, screen, microphone, and stage will be provided in the Cyber Zed Shed theater. You will be responsible for bringing all other equipment required for your demonstration, except as agreed to in advance.
The deadline for submission is November 1, 2010.
Questions about Cyber Zed Shed submissions should be directed to:
Kenley Neufeld, Santa Barbara City College, email@example.com
Emily Rimland, Pennsylvania State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I'm always looking for a way to enhance my LibGuides and the IRC web site and blog, so these technologies engaged my interest. I've used Prezi and Wallwisher, have heard of but not used Animoto, and XtraNormal is a new resource option for me.
After following up on a couple of individual presentations this evening via the LIRT conference site, I sent out a few email questions to panel members hoping for additional information. A short library video created a year or so ago highlighting library resources is in need of updating, it may be a good place to start with Animoto.
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan
by, Morris Gleitzman
- Woods Runner
by, Gary Paulsen
- Last Night I Sang to the Monster
by, Benjamin Alire Saenz
- By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead
by, Julie Anne Peters
by, Swati Avasthi
I attended another YALSA sponsored session Sunday afternoon; this one geared toward best practices in programming and instruction, on Sunday afternoon and was impressed by the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival. Committee Chair, Stephanie Squicciarini, Teen Services Librarian, Fairport Public Library, is nothing short of amazing. Seeing is believing, watch the video:
To say the room was full would be a drastic understatement. I arrived early and was lucky to find a seat (belated apologies to the kind people I had to maneuver around). Though somewhat concerned by the sheer number of librarians involved in the panel presentation, I congratulate session moderator Bohyun Kim, who ruthlessly followed the timetable set providing opportunity for each panelist to be heard and still have time for questions and brief audience participation.
My interest was immediately caught during the discussion of context and emerging technology. What is an emerging technology to a librarian may not be to the user, or even another librarian. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Chat, texting, and other social networking resources are no longer emergent, they are generally accepted and often expected. It could be argued some of these things are now thought of as passé by our users (only old people use email) and consideration should be given regarding our need to be in these communities. As one of the panelists noted, do our users want us to be on Facebook and Twitter? How are the technologies emerging beyond their traditional functions and how appropriate are they to the library or even instruction.
Beyond the library, one of the assignments in Introduction to the Principles of Instructional Technology is the creation of a wiki and subsequent review and discussion of an emergent technology. Each term I debate what technologies should be removed and/or added to the list for consideration. While I no longer consider using Wordle, or Jing in the classroom to be new or emergent technology trend, students this spring and summer felt differently. It all circles back to users and context.
The embedded slide share presentation provides session highlights. For more information, including other panel questions and discussion topics, here are a few links to consider:
- ALA Connect: What is Your Library Doing About Emerging Technologies
- Slideshare: What is Your Library Doing About Emerging Technologies
- LITA Blog: What is Your Library Doing About Emerging Technologies
- Library Hat (session moderator blog): Looking Back at What is Your Library Doing About Emerging Technologies
- Hashtag Archive: ALA 2010 Emerging Technologies Panel Session
Friday, July 23, 2010
Even more fun, the power of Facebook ... I was led to the ALA article from OhioLINK's Facebook page re-posted by a "Facebook Friends" (thanks, Susan).
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This afternoon the "we haven't seen you for a while" message (pictured left) arrived in my inbox and made me laugh. Their summary of my activities are on target as the site served its purpose quickly and easily; talk about big brother! Even though I did not edit or update the single page, it is no longer 7 days, 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 2 seconds since I last logged in to Weebly.
Wonder if I'm the only one who is reminded of Weebles?
Friday, July 16, 2010
I created new signs for the Newbery and Caldecott sections of the juvenile collection; they lead-off the stacks. Signs are complemented by small literature holders with print copies of LibGuide pages, a more traditional handout format. New signs were created with screen shots of the LibGuide and a side bar with a QR Code displayed and text: "Snap! Send the QR Code to your Web Enabled Phone for the URL." My student workers thought it was fun after I explained, but there was not much interest in the signs (library wallpaper).
QR codes. Instead of updated handouts I generated QR codes for seven of my most popular education LibGuides and the IRC blog. After laminating, they fit cleanly into the rack with a small bit of tape securing them. The ninth opening has a definition of QR Codes and a small recycling statement. I have not wasted paper on multiple copies, students can save URLs to their phones and print if they want a particular LibGuide and the rack has helped green the IRC. It remains to be seen if the rack/display garners interest or increased LibGuide use, but I am pleased with the result.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Call for Papers: JILDDER
The Routledge/Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (JILDDER) has merged with Resource Sharing & Information Networks and is now accepting articles for Winter and Spring publication. Of particular interest to JILDDER are articles regarding resource sharing, unmediated borrowing, electronic reserve, cooperative collection development, shared virtual library services, digitization projects and other multi-library collaborative efforts including the following topics:
- cooperative purchasing and shared collections
- consortial delivery systems
- shared storage facilities
- administration and leadership of interlibrary loan departments, networks, cooperatives, and consortia
- training, consulting and continuing education provided by consortium
- use of interlibrary loan statistics for book and periodical acquisitions, weeding and collection management
- selection and use of cutting-edge technologies and services used for interlibrary loan and electronic reserve, such as Ariel, Illiad, BlackBoard, Relais and other proprietary and open-source software
- copyright and permission issues concerning interlibrary loan and electronic reserve
- aspects of quality assurance, efficiency studies, best practices, library 2.0, the impact of Open WorldCat and Google Scholar, buy instead of borrow and practical practices addressing special problems of international interlibrary loan, international currency, payment problems, IFLA, and shipping
- interlibrary loan of specialized library materials such as music, media, CDs, DVDs, items from electronic subscriptions and legal materials
- special problems of medical, music, law, government and other unique types of libraries
- new opportunities in interlibrary loan and the enhancement of interlibrary loan as a specialization
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 9, 2010 for Winter publication and October 11, 2010 for Spring 2011 publication. For further details, instructions for authors and submission procedures please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/wild.Please send all submissions and questions to the Editor Rebecca Donlan at email@example.com or Associate Editor .Barbara J. Stites at firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn more about the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and Electronic Reserves http://informaworld.com/WILD
Friday, July 09, 2010
Millennials will make online sharing in networks a lifelong habit
In a survey about the future impact of the Internet, a solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders said the Millennial generation will lead society into a new world of personal disclosure and information-sharing using new media. These experts said the communications patterns “digital natives” have already embraced through their use of social networking technology and other social technology tools will carry forward even as Millennials age, form families, and move up the economic ladder.
I found the respondents thoughts accompanying this report interesting; for instance the following quote from Stowe Boyd, "“Publicy will replace privacy. Privacy will appear quaint, like wearing gloves and veils in church.”
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I attended my first Cyber Zed Shed committee meeting at ACRL "headquarters," The Renaissance Mayflower hotel. I arrived early, wandered through the lobby area for a short time, and located my committee. Several members with iPads connected to the Internet, my trusty netbook and I, sans Internet, took meeting minutes. Using ALA Connect as our cyber home, we will be able to meet virtually.
Submission for CZS presentations will be open soon; I will post information here as it becomes available. We will be using Facebook and Twitter, was well as more traditional means of email and blogs, to market and solicit submissions. It's not too soon to consider presenting!
"Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways? Adapting existing technologies to reach user needs? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at ACRL 2011. The ACRL 2011 Cyber Zed Shed Committee is looking for proposals that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library. Whether you are teaching in a classroom; answering questions from patrons; acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials; or providing other services, we're interested. We invite you to submit your most innovative proposals to help us make Philadelphia the site of a truly groundbreaking conference. Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20 minutes, with 15 minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience Q&A. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries. A computer, data projector, screen, microphone, and stage will be provided in the Cyber Zed Shed theater. You will be responsible for bringing all other equipment required for your demonstration, except as agreed to in advance. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2010." -- ACRL National 2011
I excited about participating with this committee and am definitely looking forward to Philadelphia 2011.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
This plan worked until I arrived in one of the children's book aisles, was offered a copy of Nikki Grimes new book, A Girl Named Mister, autographed by the author. No line. No waiting. Very gracious author signing books. A few booths away I met Janet Mullany, the author of Jane and the Damned, due out this October. One more autographed book. To the delight of my niece I found several titles of interest for eight year old girls before the bag was full.
Arriving back at AU, I compared notes with our technical services and government documents librarian who also spent quality time in The Stacks. She had opportunity to talk with the EBSCOHost vendors and learned about a new customizable search box builder now available on their support site. One of their integration tools, the Search Box Builder allows users to "Choose your search parameters and customize your search box size and style to fit your site." I have already created one for our LibGuide widget library that will search Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete, and ERIC (for the education page). Alas, attempts to paste the code here for an example were spectacularly unsuccessful (at least visually); but it works fabulously.
Regardless, it is an interesting experiment ...
Saturday, July 03, 2010
The Higher Education Committee has been working on a wiki project for the last two years. It has expanded significantly since its first inception; the wiki format was ideal for growth.
One week prior to the meeting, we made our project live! It will soon be available via the ACRL web site, but I'm pleased to provide the address here for a preview. Topics included in the wiki are:
"At the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meetings in Philadelphia, PA, the Higher Education committee elected to utilize a Wiki for it's newest project, a Wiki and/or web page resource committed to supporting librarians new to working with Higher Education faculty and practitioners/administrators. This resource will be largely, but not limited to, Internet resources. Entries will include a brief supportive annotation describing significance, sponsorship, and other information as deemed necessary." -- EBSS Higher Education Wiki
- Curriculum Materials Centers
- Distance Education
- News Sources for Higher Education
- Promotion and Tenure
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Services to Administrators
- Statistics and Data Resources
I was particularly pleased to have the Curriculum Materials Centers page, it came in handy when preparing the collection and budget for the new AU Columbus Center IRC. At this point, I am not sure if there are plans to open the wiki for comments and/or additional submissions (feel free to submit recommendations as blog comments). Time will tell. Sad to see the wiki "completed," are they ever really finished, other projects are in the works for this committee.
Friday, July 02, 2010
The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute
July 25 – 27, 2010 @ Baldwin-Wallace College
In Berea, Ohio just outside of Cleveland
This will be our ninth annual conference, and still the same price of only $225.00 – for three days and two nights of outstanding classes, programs and lectures, along with evening entertainment & activities!
See our FAQ at http://olssiregistration.weebly.com/2010-faq.html for info on lodging, parking, meals, etc.
The full class & instructor list, and the registration form can be found here:
We have some of the best instructors from all over Ohio, and with a rock-n-roll music theme, this will be the best library event EVER ! And this year, our Grand Prize giveaway is an Amazon Kindle with a $100 Amazon gift card! So come and be a part of the fun and learning that is OLSSI 2010 !
Registration closes July 6th.
Please feel free to contact us with any and all questions:
Thursday, July 01, 2010
And the winners are ... Night of the Living Librarians from my alma mater, The University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Sciences!
Demco's You Tube channel features all of the performances, as well as the award ceremony. I was lucky enough to sit with a new librarian from Columbia, South Carolina and a library school student from Kent State University, both viewing the program for the first time. I'm pretty sure they will attend again if given the opportunity to go to ALA Annual in New Orleans next summer.