28 August 2007
Walt Crawford has self-published a new book, Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples. From the description: “The 299-page paperback features descriptions and sample posts for a wide range of blogs from 196 public libraries of all sizes, in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. If your library is considering a blog, this book should help you find blogs from comparable libraries to consider as examples. If your library has a blog and is considering more (or revising the ones you have), this book should help you find interesting examples--the public library blogging community is remarkably diverse!"
To order the book:
Cites & Insights Books store at Lulu.com: printed on 60lb. cream book stock, http://www.lulu.com/content/1117701
After 14 September, from Amazon.com, ISBN 978-1434805591
What was in the record? I won’t give you the details because there are security issues, but it had a short description of the project, the department and division sponsoring it, the type of funding mechanism (this one was “extramural/cooperative agreement,” start and end dates, who is doing the work and their location (contact name and phone), “Average FY Federal Funding,” and “FY Actual Funding” (both Federal and non-Federal). It’s not a lot of information, but may be useful to some of your customers.
AltLaw provides the first free, full-text searchable database of Supreme Court and Federal Appellate case reports. It is a resource for attorneys, legal scholars, and the general public. As of late August 2007, there are over 170,000 cases in the database. Coverage, for most Circuits, is limited to about the last 10 to 15 years. As of yet, no state law or district court cases. The site included full text searching of the last decade or so of federal appellate and Supreme Court opinions, and advanced search options (proximity searching, Boolean, concentration, wildcards, etc.). Note: the site is still in beta.
AltLaw is a joint project of
27 August 2007
URL: https://radius.rand.org/radius/index.html (be sure to type https)
The “worms” gather updates from the RSS feeds and makes them searchable, so you can search by keywords and find actual posts. They were developed by Frankie Dolan, a
26 August 2007
FLARE is a collaboration between the major libraries collecting law in the
25 August 2007
Included are resources for both teachers and students on grammar, idioms, verbs, ESL tests, quizzes, reading comprehension, usage articles, a blog, essay samples, forums, and more. There’s even an “Ask an English teacher…” feature.
Information, Society and Justice is a peer-review, open-access electronic journal based in the Department of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) at London (UK)
The Interim Editorial Board includes: Shiraz Durrani [London Metropolitan University, UK], Pawel Dziedzic [London Metropolitan University, UK], Nick Jones [Vårby bibliotek, Sweden], Ali Memon [Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand], Dave Percival [Portsea Library, Portsmouth, UK], Mark Perkins [New Caledonia], and Usman Tar [University of Maiduguri, Nigeria]
URL: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/depts/dass/research/studentjournal/ (under construction)
Doc Cop offers three types of checks. DOC Check evaluates up to 5 documents, with a 250,000 word maximum, against each other. Corpus Check evaluates an unlimited number of documents, up to 12,000 words each, against one another, and Web Check which compares up to 550 words of text against the Web (limited uses per day).
I tried Web Check with materials from an article in OPL. The report (which took two hours, not the one promised) was not very detailed and found no plagiarism (surprise, surprise). The service was developed by Mark McCrohon [formerly,
Nagel, David, DOC Cop Delivers Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools, Campus Technology,
The site also has plagiarism news from around the world. While limited, it seems like this could be useful for its intended audience, K-12 and higher education.
22 August 2007
PharmLib Wiki is divided into the following categories: hot topics (informatics, law, cultural competence, outreach), collection development, education and training of students, professional development, research, and community (homepages of pharmacy librarians and libraries, subject guides, and related wikis). It is new, so there’s no that much here, but it looks like it will be a great resource. It is the creation of KT Vaughn [
For Multimedia Librarians
Multimedia Librarian is a wiki plus electronic list. Topics are: copyright; digital preservation; digital rights management; digital libraries; film, music and art media preservation; tools for interoperability and delivery of media; professional societies and associations; listservs; multimedia literacy; film industry news; critical reviews of film and music; research centers; professional resources; and blogs. This looks like it could be a very comprehensive portal for digital and media librarians.
To subscribe to the list: http://lists.wikia.com/mailman/
21 August 2007
Below are a few of the 70 items on the list.
4. They never “rolled down” a car window.
7. They have grown up with bottled water.
10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.
11. Rap music has always been mainstream.
17. They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
23. Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
34. They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker.”
39. Fox has always been a major network.
45. They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
47. High definition television has always been available.
55. MTV has never featured music videos.
66. The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
70. Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.
I: Untangling the Legal System
II: Deciphering Citations & Other Ways of Locating Court Opinions
III: Oh, Statute (or Regulation), Where Art Thou?
IV: Secondary Sources to the Rescue
V: Finding Legal Materials by Topic
VI: Working With Judicial Opinions and Other Primary Sources
Thanks to Law Librarian Blog for the info.
20 August 2007
I’m not sure how useful this may be, but it’s got some good information and is most certainly good reading.
Time Line: http://www.acadia.org/competition-98/sites/integrus.com/
16 August 2007
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format from
The site has many other resources: a life choices survey, left-handed survey, quizzes on famous lefties, left-handed products, articles on being left-handed, how left are you? left-handed history, fascinating facts, brain teasers, and helpful Guides For Left-handed Children.
15 August 2007
To subscribe, send a blank email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then receive a confirmation email; respond to it to complete the subscription process. An alternative means of subscribing, posting, and unsubscribing is to log into the
13 August 2007
Note: The site’s privacy statement says that they “record submissions, searches, and viewing of resources on MedEdPORTAL for the purposes of evaluating the general use of MedEdPORTAL for potential improvements [and] providing information back to the authors so that they may have crucial information regarding usage of their materials for their promotion and tenure purposes.”
Marie Kaddell [LexisNexis,
Keep your eyes open. Find ways to grab professional development opportunities when they present themselves.
Go local. Attend update sessions provided locally by information providers and vendors, attend local conferences even if you can only visit the exhibits for the afternoon.
Go virtual. Find programs such as
Mix it up. Listen to a recording of a session you weren’t able to attend, subscribe to a listserv, plug in to a podcast, visit professional association websites, have lunch with another librarian and talk shop.
Expand your professional reading horizons. Read blogs. Branch out and read in areas that interest you beyond those focused only on library and information science.
Get active professionally. Don’t skimp on something like a membership to a professional group. It will keep you tuned in to your profession in a dynamic way.
Specialize. Join specialized divisions and caucuses..
Be a leader. Get involved in the professional association of your choice. Get on a committee and make a small contribution.
Hit the Water Cooler. Get out there and communicate with your peers. Don’t underestimate the power of a good chat with another professional around the corner or across the country.
Remember, you are not alone. Get involved in communities of practice such as those provided by
Dive in. Take a class or sign up for a workshop to really get an in-depth picture of something that intrigues you. Or go hands on—start a blog or a podcast.
Remember that you will never know it all and that’s okay. Pick even a couple of the items that are not part of your current professional development process from the list above and plug them into your routine. You will be surprised at what a difference it will make to your professional knowledge and growth. You just have to take that first step to begin your journey.
“The Blogging Success Study was conducted by Dr. Walter Carl; the students in his Advanced Organizational Communications class (Spring 2006) at
The students interviewed 20 corporate bloggers who had been blogging for over one year and who “considered their blogging efforts successful.” The bloggers were asked three questions:
1. How does the set up of a blog contribute to a blog’s success?
2. What is it about how you blog that makes the blog a success?
3. What is it about the content on a blog that makes the blog a success?
“After careful review, the research team identified five factors for success:” the ability to convey the corporate culture; transparency or openness, to establish credibility and trust; devotion of sufficient time; ability and willingness to dialogue; and entertaining writing style and personalization in order to bring humor and a human side to the blog.
Bloggers interviewed were from Adobe, Adweek, author and speaker Aliza Sherman Risdahl, BzzAgent (marketing and media), Conference Calls Unlimited, foodie blog Daily Eats, Emerson Process Management (automation and process control), Gourmet Station (chef-cooked meals), Indium Corporation (manufacturing), Landfair Furniture, Marqui (web content management), Masi Bicycles, Microsoft, Mississippi Hospital Association, MSInteractive (online research), Paperback Bazaar, PR and blogging professional Jeremy Pepper, coffee roaster Stone Creek Coffee, Stonyfield Farm (natural dairy products), and SuccessFactors (employee performance management software).
Among other things, the study found that “compelling content comes from unique experiences, industry content provides great relevancy for audiences, sometimes the most random content generates the most interest, [and] put search engine optimization marketing at the center of your blogging content strategy.”
Finally, when deciding if your company should blog, the study concludes, “Blogging is complex, and each company approaches blogging differently. If one measurement of success is reaching an audience, it is, therefore, important to choose a content strategy that is relevant to your audience. If you do not conduct a dialogue with your audience, but instead try to sell your audience something, your blog will probably not produce the traffic or links you seek. Without results, a company will either change its strategy in order to become an effective blogger or give up blogging entirely. The decision to blog, then, should be based upon an understanding of what resources are available and the commitment that is needed to maintain a successful blog.”
Executive Summary: http://www.scoutblogging.com/success_study/
Download entire study (free registration required):
11 August 2007
You can search the entire list; just maps, atlases and cartography; photographs, posters and images; portraits; children’s literature; digitized books; newspapers and periodicals; manuscripts; music collections; religion; scientific articles; thesis and dissertations; or collections from just one country.
What a wonderful resource!
10 August 2007
09 August 2007
New Scientist magazine is online. Subjects and features covered are: space, technology, environment, jobs, news, and blogs on space, technology, “short sharp science,” environment, and invention. There are also special reports, an archive, a RSS feed, and e-zine, exclusive features, a picture gallery, video exclusives, and podcasts.
The Globalist “provides a daily account of the key issues before the global community. Combining cutting-edge analysis with first-rate storytelling, [it] covers the most important issues, people, companies and organizations shaping the global economy, politics and culture. We focus on what unites and divides countries, societies and cultures, what challenges they face in the global era—and what solutions they offer to the global community. Through cross-country comparisons, our features provide the key to understanding our common future.” Globalization Topics covered: Children, Companies, Culture, Development, Diplomacy, Economy, Environment, Finance, Health, History, Markets, Media, Music, People, Politics, Religion, Security, Sports, Technology, and Women. Also included: Today in history, Quote of the day, Fact of the day, and Link of the day. Available in English, French, and German.
This site is a resource for French, German, Italian, Austrian and Israeli legal materials in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law. The English translations of decisions from
Hunger and Thirst for Knowledge, but please enjoy food and beverages (wherever you designate).
Kindly set your cell phone to manners (vibrate) mode, and, when taking calls, speak quietly.
From a post on LIBREF-L electronic list.
08 August 2007
See the sign at http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckhamlibrary/1042888147/.
The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey sponsored a table display at the Organization of Nursing Executives of New Jersey Research Day held on
Way back when I was working for a living, I had an exhibit at the Instrument Society of America conference one year. I had posters from other corporate libraries in the instrumentation field—our competitors—and Mike Yuen from DIALOG did database searches for anyone that stopped by. I think it was very helpful in raising customer awareness of what their library can do—and, perhaps, to send some of the attendees back to their management to ask, “Why don’t we have a library?”
Go to the Middle Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine website to read more and to see a photo of their display. Then, make plans to do something similar at a conference that your customers attend.
First, there is free access to their Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database. You can search academic journals separately from the strange category of “magazines” (which includes The One-Person Library). However, access is only to the abstracts, not the full-text, which I found to be very frustrating.
Then there is the
These are definitely worth a look.
National and State Park Government Documents, Brent Johnson [
Combative and Military Government Documents, Andrew Pulau Evans [
and the interestingly titled Dangers of Open Water Swimming that One Can Avoid (sites on oceanography and weather], Sarajean Petite [
Architecture, by Sarah Nicholas, Welsh School of Architecture,
Art and Design, by Rosemary Shirley Birkbeck,
Media and Communication, by Jez Conolly,
English, by Dr. James A J Wilson,
Fashion and Beauty, by Sara Hall,
History and Philosophy of Science, by Dr David J Mossley, et al,
Learning Languages, by Dr Shoshannah Holdom,
Music, by Sarah Taylor,
03 August 2007
Mercy Regional Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center,
Kaleida Health Libraries,
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences,
Medical/Health Sciences Libraries on the Web, http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/hslibs.html
Library Success: Website Design, http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Website_Design
How to Design Websites to Maximize Usability, Elsevier, http://www.elsevier.com/framework_librarians/LibraryConnect/lcpamphlet5.pdf
02 August 2007
Categories include: antitrust/competition; banking and financial; construction, property and real estate; corporate/company, environmental and energy; European Union and international; finances, accounting, and consultancy; government and public sector; immigration; information technology and telecommunications; insurance and transport; intellectual property; labor and employment; litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution; media and entertainment; offshore; pharmaceutical, healthcare and life sciences; taxation law;and press releases.
Access and free personalized news alerts are free. It is supported by the "Big Four" accounting firms.
“NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world…with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries—”now listing over 121,000 members in over 4000 cities. Stories fall into these categories: local, politics, culture, entertainment, life, places, favorites, and newsroom. Other features are “24hrs of photos and videos,” “Now on NowPublic,” and “good members.” There’s an RSS feed. Its parent company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This seems to me to be yet another newsline, albeit with user-generated stories. I’m not impressed, but you may find it useful.
“Truemors is a web site that enables you to “tell the world”—within the bounds of good taste and the law anyway. You can post your rumors, news, and sightings….” It is the product of Nononina, Inc., of
I like this one a bit more, but still don’t see a real need for it.
“LinkedIn is an online network of more than 12 million experienced professionals from around the world.” I like it because all fields in one’s profile are searchable, so you can find a classmate, fellow librarian, etc. It is free, but, of course, they also offer a paid version with more bells and whistles.
Wikiseek searches only Wikipedia pages and sites referenced within it. The interface is extremely simple, like Google, and “as you type, Wikiseek will suggest categories related to your query term.” But aren’t the contents of Wikipedia findable from Google? Is there a real need for this service?
GlobalIncidentMap is more than unnecessary; it could be dangerous. It maps anything and everything that might possibly be related to terrorism. The categories are: airport/aviation incidents, arson/fire incidents, biological incidents/threats/anthrax hoaxes, bomb incidents/explosives/hoax devices/ chemical incidents, dam incidents, radiation incidents/smuggling/proliferation, chemical attack (how is this different than an incident), other suspicious activity, shipping/maritime/ports/cargo/waterways security, assassination/assassination attempt, railways/train stations, bus stations/bus security/bus related incidents, bridge/tunnel incidents and security, shootings/sniper incidents, terrorist arrests/captured/killed locations, general terrorism, and oil gas infrastructure: incidents/threats/news. It is a produce of TransitSecurityReport.
It is up-to-date: the
01 August 2007
Linex Legal is a new search engine that allows you to search the newsletters put out by "over 1,000 leading law firms and government organisations" in in ten countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the USA. Specialty areas include: product liability, international arbitration and mediation, employment, health and safety, pensions, property, planning and construction, and European Competition law.
This looks to be a very useful and unique tool--and it is free.