InfoSciPhi has put together a YouTube playlist of the Library 2.0 videos. Worth checking out.
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This is such a good idea I’m sure you would like to try it. But check with its creator, Rebecca Metzger [
“For the past seven years, the Lafayette College Libraries have been creating and mailing humorous collectible postcards to students as a way of publicizing PRA (Personalized Research Assistance) sessions, which are essentially individual research consultations with reference librarians. PRA cards get the faces of reference librarians out to students in a comedic format that shakes up the stereotype of librarians as stodgy and serious, hopefully making us more approachable. The first PRA postcard came about informally. As a joke, one of the librarians mocked up a spoof of the film Conan the Barbarian and the tagline, "Make an appointment with a reference barbarian today!" It was basic humor, it was typical of the library staff at
"The postcards, which are mailed to all students a few weeks into each semester, feature the faces of reference librarians superimposed on movie or TV stills, thus appealing to the visual and pop culture interests of most youth. On the back of each card is a URL directing students to an online sign-up form and witty text advertising the service that plays on slogans from the movie or TV show. For example, the recent "Mary PRAppins" card reads: "We may not be able to get the chim-chiminey back in your chim-chim-charoo, but a Personalized Research Assistance session with a reference librarian can help you find the books, journals, and online resources you need for a well-researched project that will make your professor say: SupercaliPRAgilisticexpilalidocious!"
"After that initial postcard, student workers were brought on board to execute the Photoshop manipulation and layout of the card, as well as to coordinate the printing and mailing with campus Reprographic services. It's time-consuming work for them but more fun than shelving books, and it helps bridge the generational gap.
"For the first few years, a surge in appointments immediately after the mailing date was a clear indicator of the cards' impact. When the PRA cards hit their mailboxes, which are all located in one setting, there is a mass visual impact even if the majority of the cards end up in the recycling bin. As the branded service has become more integrated on campus, there's less of an obvious peak in appointments immediately after the mailing. Traffic to the online PRA sign-up form is steady now throughout the semester, and generated not just from the cards but from outreach during instruction sessions, reference desk interactions, articles in parent newsletters, targeted correspondence with honors students, word-of-mouth, and the library website."
Thanks to Jill Stover and her blog, Library Marketing: Thinking Outside the Book, for posting this.
Entire post: http://librarymarketing.blogspot.com/2008/01/
Some of the PRA cards: http://www.lafayette.edu/~library/pra/gallery.html
David Rothman notes the article by Eugene Barsky and Dean Giustini in the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (28(4), 2007), Introducing Web 2.0: Wikis for health librarians, and adds a few of his own. Check out both of them.
Rothman’s post: http://davidrothman.net/2008/01/25/introducing-
Barsky & Giustini article: http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/jchla/jchla28/c07-036.pdf
Robert Ambrogi [LawSites and Media Law blogs,
Avvo, http://www.avvo.com, rates lawyers from 1 to 10, but has been sued for this. However, Martindale-Hubbell added client reviews to its law firm profiles—perhaps because of Avvo?
Public.Resource.Org, http://public.resource.org, creating an public-domain repository of all federal and state case law. Some 1.8 million pages will be available sometime in 2008.
AltLaw, http://altlaw.org, is a similar project, from law schools at
ABA Journal, http://www.abajournal.com/, with a complete redesign and access to all, not just
Justia, http://www.justia.com/, “one of the best free legal research sites on the Web” from the founder of FindLaw. Includes a a searchable collection of cases along with Supreme Court resources from all over the Web; BlawgSearch for searching law-related blogs; Blawgs.fm for searching law-related podcasts; and, just added, Federal District Court Filings & Dockets.
The complete article, with more detail on the five sites:
The Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) of the American Library Association has created a Subject Focused Lists of Government Databases site to go along with their 50 State Agency Databases site. It links to lists created by others, such as universities. So far, the only subjects are business (US State Corporations), history (biographical media, newspaper, museum, and official records), and prisoner locater tools. Let’s hope it grows.
Subject lists: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Subject_focused
State agencies: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases
How-to-Study.com has articles on study skills, strategies and tips. They are relatively basic, but could be very useful to librarians in schools or who have adult students to serve. Subjects covered include taking notes in class, learning styles, how to read novels or textbooks, listening in class, solving math problems, spelling long words, writing a research paper, and much more. The producer is Mangrum-Strichart, a company that sells study aids, but that doesn’t devalue the content. Worth a look.
“Have you started a new medication? Have you developed a new symptom? Or would you just like to check your drugs interactions and their possible side effects.” This new website is very easy to use and, for me at least, quite informative. They caution that not all drugs are included, but all nine (!) of mine were. Each possible drug interaction is assigned a risk level and notes for medical professionals. There are many citations to the medical literature for further reading (but not linked, drat.) There’s also a community discussion forum planned but not implemented yet.
I wish I hadn’t found this site; we just acquired a plasma television and the site tells me that it will consume nearly US$160.00 per year in electricity—when it is off! Yikes! The site consists of a graphic “showing how much electricity is sucked out annually, in kilowatt hours, and what it costs you—assuming 11 cents per kilowatt hour—in either passive or active standby mode. The source is the 2005 (!) Intrusive Residential Standby Service Report from the
What one small change could hospitals implement that would save US$175 million and over 1500 lives in one state in 18 months?
In an article in The New Yorker, Atul Gawande tells the story of Dr. Peter Pronovost, a critical-care specialist at
This is an article you should bring to the attention of your chief of staff, head of medicine, and head of emergency medicine. It’s a low- to no-cost change that can provide big benefits!
Gawande, Atul, The Checklist, The New Yorker
You can now get Shelf Check, the comic strip set in a public library, as an RSS feed. It is written by Poesy Galore (aka Emily Lloyd, associate librarian at
To download this pamphlet for free:
There’s also a post on Giussani’s blog about the pamphlet at
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Answers to the above:
FREE CALCULATORS AND CONVERTERS
I frequently need to convert something to something else (money, centimeters, etc.). This is a great site to find the right tool. It includes basic calculators, online statistics calculators, numbers calculators, online matrix calculators, conversions, color converters, date and day calculators, mortgage calculators, unit conversions, conversion factors and tables, BMI (body mass index) calculator, bandwidth calculator, and a love calculator (no kidding!). There are also many free mathematics tutorials.
It is a product of HIOX, an Indian web products developer.
Based on the recently released 2007 Environmental Scan by the Association of College and Research Libraries, here are the top ten assumptions for the future of academic libraries and librarians.
1. Increased emphasis on digitization, preservation, curation, and service.
2. Need for additional skills by librarians and an increasingly diverse library staff.
3. Demand for increased access, especially in digital resources and social computing.
4. More debate about intellectual property rights and management.
5. Additional demand for technology services and resources, requiring additional funds.
6. More accountability and quantitative services measures of the library’s contribution to the research, teaching and service sectors of the higher-education business.
7. Demand by student customers for higher-quality and relevant resources, facilities and services.
8. Expansion of online learning options requiring new or expanded resource and service delivery by the library.
9. Increased demand for free, public access to publicly funded research and data.
10. Increased importance of privacy and intellectual freedom issues.
Thanks to Stephen Abram [SirsiDynix,
Abram’s post: http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/archives/
ACRL Environmental Scan, full 29-pages:
Judith A. Siess is a recognized expert in one-person librarianship and interpersonal networking. She was the editor and publisher of The One-Person Library: A Newsletter for Librarians and Management from 1998-2009 and is the author of articles for publications such as American Libraries and Searcher. An active member of SLA since 1980, she was the inaugural chair of its SOLO Librarian’s division, which is now the fourth largest division of the association with nearly 1,000 members. She has drawn from her more than twenty years’ experience to write seven books (see links). She is trying to retire, but it isn't working.