29 February 2008
28 February 2008
There are two issues available so far. The latest includes review essays on two exhibitions and "collecting the 'other,'" a couple of reviews of digital exhibits, a review of a DVD, several reviews of exhibitions and a lot of book reviews. I'd like to see more articles, but it's a good start. You can browse by author, issue, or article title and download either in html or pdf format.
This is a really nice use of modern media. I like it.
25 February 2008
There is a wonderful new resource available to find information on women's health. Since it is from the New Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it has a Canadian focus, but many of the sites are good for anywhere. Its brand new product is a toolkit "to assist the many women who have asked us for help in navigating the often confusing maze of health information on the Web." Titled Women Wading Through the Web, it can be downloaded for free. The Toolkit has chapters on "How to use the Internet to search for health information," "How to judge the quality of a website," "how to interpret medical research," and "how to understand media and web-based health information." There are also many links to recommended resources.
Also on the site are feature articles, quick links, discussion groups, answer center, and more.
general site: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
22 February 2008
Young Librarian, On the Job: a profile of an OPL at the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Proactive Marketing; Connecting with the Corporate Client --highly recommended
Is There Such a Thing as Information Overload? by Pres. Stephen Abram
Know Thyself and Thy Library So You Can Offer Top Service by good guy John Latham
You may be able to access these articles at http://www.sla.org/io/
Here's a bit of it:
"Micro-blogs are social networks for broadcasting news with a very short character limit in the vein of text messaging. These tools are great for library announcements, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. We can post news such as special events.... Think outside the box by posting news from your parent institution or your library's constituencies."
This sounds like a really neat idea.
I ran across a really interesting site. It is a wiki called Obsolete Skills and lists 12 skills that used to be necessary but are no longer, according to Robert Scoble. I imagine you can add more if you wish.
The ones there now include:
- dialing a rotary phone
- using a slide rule
- refilling a fountain pen
URL: http://www.obsoleteskills.com and http://obsoleteskills.wikispot.org
I assign reporters first come, first served, so volunteer now. (I will, of course, repeat this post again until I get all the sessions covered.)
Here are the sessions for which I need reporters.
Sunday, 15 June
Opening general session, Dr. Vint Cerf
Monday, 16 June
Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: Effective CI for the Small Guy
Selling Yourself and our Skills
Leadership: Building on Your Natural Abilities and Strengths
The Next Information Revolution and Our Role as Revolutionaries
Embedded Librarianship: Background and Overview
Tuesday, 17 June
Building Bridges, Creating Partnerships
All I Really Need to Know I Learned…in
The New Face of the Special Librarian: Lessons from Solos
If Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side
Educating the Next Generation of Knowledge Managers:
Keeping Found Things Found
Wednesday, 18 June
Transformational Roles: Breaking Rules
17 February 2008
The Friends of the SF Public Library released a study showing that the library returns $3.34 for every $1.00 spent. The study was conducted by Berk and Associates. This relatively modest ROI is quite credible. For more information, see the press release.
These ideas are some of the ideas from Andy Sernovitz [GasPedal,
1. When you open up to customer participation, your brand belongs to your customers, not you.
3. Turn the bullhorn around. Stop talking. Give the community a chance to speak.
4. There is no such thing as a "community strategy". The community will do what it wants. Go with it.
5. Join conversations early. Negative gets worse if you don't respond. Positive grows when you do.
6. Why pay for product photos? Encourage your community to share their product photos. They may even blog about the fact that you chose their photos.
7. Sounding "professional" does not require you to sound like an ass. You don't need formal language or big words. Talk like a human being. Talk to people online like you talk to your friends.
8. The great thing about communities is that you can hear from everyone. The bad thing about communities is that you can hear from everyone.
9. It's ok to moderate and set rules of civil discourse. You can politely refuse to engage with ranters who don't want to have a civil conversation.
10. Your community will support you if you enable them. When a critic gets vocal, let your fans reply instead of you.
11. Listen to experts but design for novices "
The “M” Word: http://themwordblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/ideas-from-customer-service-is-new.html
Andy Sernovitz’ blog: http://www.damniwish.com/
The following links go to various sources in Second Life or organizations active in SL.
SLHealthy Wiki, http://slhealthy.wetpaint.com/page/More+Web+Resources+of+SL+Health+Information?t=anon
HealthInfo Island Blog, http://healthinfoisland.blogspot.com
Second Life: Lists, http://lists.secondlife.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/healthcare
15 February 2008
The Public Library of Law is a free site that includes “all the available online caselaw, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions from the federal and state governments.” Acesss to the following is through FastCase’s “intuitive interface that woks like popular Web search engines” (read, Google©). The site is updated daily
“All” of the free legal resources that exist on the Internet
An additional 10 years of case law from all 50 states
F.2d Vol. 178-999, inclusive (1950 to 1995)
F.3d Vol. 1-491, inclusive (1995 to present)
State cases from 1997 to present
Statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions of (federal and all 50 states)
Commonly used legal forms
The Law Library of Congress now offers RSS feeds, consisting of headline, brief summary, and a link back to the website for more information. You can sign up for each of the 4 available feeds or receive the updates by mail.
that leads back to the Library's Web site for more information. You can also keep up with the LLOC by signing up for an email newsletter at http://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html?code=USLOC&origin=http://www.loc.gov (free registration required)
Law Library News and Events: http://www.loc.gov/rss/law/news.xml
Legal Research Reports: http://www.loc.gov/rss/law/reports.xml
Law Library Webcasts: http://www.loc.gov/rss/law/webcasts.xml
Global Legal Monitor: http://www.loc.gov/rss/law/globalmonitor.xml
14 February 2008
Evolution of Security: Terrorists Evolve. Threats Evolve. Security Must Stay Ahead. You Play A Part is sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process. If you travel a lot or have clients that do, you should monitor this blog. And you can even express your concerns or ask questions (but there’s no guarantee they’ll listen).
09 February 2008
The Front Desk Speaks is written by the Desketeers, the staff of the
( Darien , Connecticut ) Library. United States
Here is a recent post:
What passes for extraordinary out in the world is just ordinary for us.
Sometimes I lose sight of how wonderful the people I work with are and it takes a patron comment or the observation of an interaction to remind me of that very fact.
Last month a patron told Desketeer Alison that they felt we were the “Jet Blue of Libraries” for our willingness to go above and beyond for our patrons. How nice is that?
So I end the week with a salute to my wonderful co-workers: To the Desketeers in all their fabulous Desketeer Diva-ness, to the Ref-Cadets who take on any and all questions (you would not believe the stuff they get asked!), to the Children’s Room Scouts who I swear must be deaf at the end of the day from all the activity that takes place in their room, to the Techies who if a computer can do, they will find a way to make it work for you, Shelvers who have the most thankless yet important job in the joint and to Admin-ministers who toil behind the scenes and do all the stuff that makes us able to open our doors every morning. Yeah us! We rock!
So next time you walk through the doors, check us out. You will be amazed at what we do.
Here are the URLs for two versions of a calculator of the library value to an individual. They are designed for public libraries, but you certainly could develop one for any other kind of library.
URL: State Library of Florida,
Thanks to by Michael Stephens [
04 February 2008
03 February 2008
The second article is Put the “Service” in Self-Service (pp.55-57) by Darlene Fichter [
Information for and about seventeen public law libraries in Massachusetts, including laws, regulation, and cases; subject guides; laws by popular name; full-text law journal articles; find-a-lawyer; ask-a-librarian; and podcasts. Good stuff.
If you are interested in the US Supreme Court, you should know about this site and its companion site, SCOTUSblog.com. The wiki will have a complete archive of Petitions to Watch since 2006, Supreme Court statistics, a case index, with more to come.
Congressional Documents Online
There are over 7000 full-text documents online totally over 1.5 million pages. From