Libraries

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Views from the Right

    Annoyed Librarian
    Annoyed Librarian
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of websites offering me too many stories that would change my life for the better or restore my faith in humanity if only I’d click to see what they were, I decided to head over to places that never offer to change your life for the better. First stop, the Weekly Standard, which foolishly [...]
  • Keeping up with my blog – how do I do it?

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Awhile back, Ned Potter, who writes the fabulous blog at ned-potter.com (you ARE reading his blog, right?) posted What does an online identity REALLY need? (Or, Growing Up Online). I left a comment, because I could relate. Then Ned commented back and asked me a couple of questions. Here’s my answer! But first, here’s Ned’s comment (swiped from his post): David what a great comment! The thing that strikes me with you is the consistency – I don’t know how many subscribers your blog has now but last time I heard a figure it was huge, thousands, and dwarfed mine… And…
  • Rocket Ship to the Moon

    Agnostic, Maybe
    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    I didn’t make it through the entire Cosmos series when it was on television, but there was something in the first coupe of episodes I watched that stuck with me. The concept of the observable universe is something I’ve known, but the thought that there could be things beyond that had never crossed my mind. To imagine that the universe could be older than the oldest light we have measured simply because that light has not yet arrived was a mind blower. It’s a simple yet powerful thought that reminds me of the limits of human observation. The concept of radical librarianship has come up…
  • Doctoral Studies and Where to Connect With Me Online

    Librarian by Day
    Bobbi Newman
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Saw these 4 hot air balloon driving home one day. The last few months have been a whirlwind, I moved,unpacked, took care of a sick dog, welcomed The Niece into the world, figured out how to fit my things into my very small Colorado apartment, began to demystify the local bus system, and various pre-program prep and moving chores. Next week I begin classes in the doctoral program at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am pursuing media studies in the communications program. While I still have some spare time I want to share where you can connect with me online these days. I am not officially…
  • California Library Leadership Failed

    Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton
    Sarah
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last Friday, August 22nd, the California State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Governor Brown’s nomination of Greg Lucas as California State Librarian. When Lucas was nominated I had some things to say. I wrote letters to senators, reached out to CLA leadership, and talked extensively with other California librarians about the nomination. Now that Lucas has been confirmed I have some more things to say. I cannot overemphasize that I have no negative feelings toward Greg Lucas whatsoever. Although his lack of education and experience in libraries (or anything library-related, or…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    David Lee King

  • Keeping up with my blog – how do I do it?

    David Lee King
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Awhile back, Ned Potter, who writes the fabulous blog at ned-potter.com (you ARE reading his blog, right?) posted What does an online identity REALLY need? (Or, Growing Up Online). I left a comment, because I could relate. Then Ned commented back and asked me a couple of questions. Here’s my answer! But first, here’s Ned’s comment (swiped from his post): David what a great comment! The thing that strikes me with you is the consistency – I don’t know how many subscribers your blog has now but last time I heard a figure it was huge, thousands, and dwarfed mine… And…
  • Analytics for Social media – Summary

    David Lee King
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. Here’s what I covered: Introduction Activity Metrics Audience Metrics Engagement Metrics Referral Metrics ROI Metrics What’s missing? What do you track that we don’t? I’d love to know – please share in the comments! Pic by Scott Akerman Related PostsAnalytics for Social Media – Referral MetricsAnalytics for Social Media – Audience MetricsAnalytics for Social Media – ROIAnalytics for Social Media – Engagement MetricsAnalytics for Social Media…
  • Analytics for Social Media – ROI

    David Lee King
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics, Audience Metrics, Engagement Metrics, and Referral Metrics. Today we’ll cover ROI. This is the best one (and the last, for now). People often ask for the ROI of social media. And true ROI for social media is often hard to show. Sometimes social media managers create a weird, complex “weekly engagement” metric that … well … doesn’t really do much. Why? Their metric tends to only show activity within that single social media tool.
  • Analytics for Social Media – Referral Metrics

    David Lee King
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics, Audience Metrics and Engagement Metrics. Today we’ll cover Referral Metrics. Time for referral metrics. What’s that? A referral is simply getting someone from one thing to another (i.e., you’ve “referred them”). For example, from Facebook to your website. Thankfully, Google Analytics now counts referrals. To get there, open up Google Analytics. Go to Acquisition, then click Social, then Network Referrals. There,…
  • Analytics for Social Media – Engagement Metrics

    David Lee King
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics and Audience Metrics. Today we’ll cover Engagement Metrics. Now for the geekier metrics… Engagement metrics! What’s engagement? I’m counting it as stuff people actually DO on your social media channel. That includes activities like: Liking, Sharing, clicking a link, repinning, watching the video, leaving a comment, replying, ReTweeting, etc. Here’s what we track: Facebook: Facebook, with their HUGE amounts of analytics, makes it…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Agnostic, Maybe

  • Rocket Ship to the Moon

    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    I didn’t make it through the entire Cosmos series when it was on television, but there was something in the first coupe of episodes I watched that stuck with me. The concept of the observable universe is something I’ve known, but the thought that there could be things beyond that had never crossed my mind. To imagine that the universe could be older than the oldest light we have measured simply because that light has not yet arrived was a mind blower. It’s a simple yet powerful thought that reminds me of the limits of human observation. The concept of radical librarianship has come up…
  • Late Night Pondering

    Andy
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    A couple of questions have been rattling around my mind over the last week or so. It’s the kind of stuff that lurks in the background and creeps into your mind in the moments between things like commuting to and from work and trying to go to sleep. As you might tell from the time when this is posted, it has been keeping me up to the point where the bed becomes the sum of all irritations: too warm to lay on, the pillows aren’t right, and the sheets won’t settle just right. But enough about that. A few days ago, I sent out a tweet asking if libraries are moving towards…
  • Shifting Gears

    Andy
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." - Ben Franklin My brother used to have this quote hanging on the wall in his room when we were growing up. As he wanted to be a writer (which I’m happy to say that he is), it was a reminder to keep working on his craft and create stories and novels worth reading. It’s a writer’s version of Ranganathan’s law of “save the time of the reader” by working hard to make it worthy of the reader’s attention and effort. I’d like to think that…
  • Reference: Life on the Desk

    Andy
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    (If I write a memoir, I’m using that as the title. -A) One part of my new job duties is collection development and one of the sections that I cover is the true crime area. This past weekend I was thinking of the David Simon book, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets”, which was the inspiration for two excellent TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire. I only got part of the way through the book; I stopped reading it because I got caught up in other things and found it hard to pick up again. One of the things I remember from the book is the “Homicide Lexicon”, a…
  • “Food for Thought”: My First Keynote

    Andy
    26 May 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Last Thursday, I had the privilege of giving my first keynote to the 2014 Lehigh Valley Spring Workshop. It was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended and many thanks to Courtney Eger and the other Lehigh Valley Executive Committee Board members for having me. Unfortunately, a family emergency arose and I could not stay to the end of the final session. I’d like to publicly thank and commend Daniel Huang for going above and beyond the call of duty in escorting me to the highways I needed to get to for the trip home. It was really appreciated and a sanity saver. As you might observe…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Librarian by Day

  • Doctoral Studies and Where to Connect With Me Online

    Bobbi Newman
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Saw these 4 hot air balloon driving home one day. The last few months have been a whirlwind, I moved,unpacked, took care of a sick dog, welcomed The Niece into the world, figured out how to fit my things into my very small Colorado apartment, began to demystify the local bus system, and various pre-program prep and moving chores. Next week I begin classes in the doctoral program at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am pursuing media studies in the communications program. While I still have some spare time I want to share where you can connect with me online these days. I am not officially…
  • The Answer To “Who Are You Empowering?” Better Be “Our Patrons”

    Bobbi Newman
    26 May 2014 | 8:43 am
    Hugh Rundle’s new article “Who Are you Empowering?” over at In The Library With a Lead Pipe caught my attention this week, so much so that I commented on it twice and finally decided to write this post. First, I wasn’t present for Joe Murphy’s closing keynote address, but if it was as Rundle describes it, I agree with Rundle’s reaction. The techno lust displayed by many in library land is a bit ridiculous. And, frankly, I generally find those, even librarians, predicting THE FUTURE, laughable. I also agree with the comment made by StevenB about the…
  • Summer Reading List 2014 – What Are You Reading This Summer?

    Bobbi Newman
    21 May 2014 | 6:55 am
    I opted to create my reading list for this summer on Pinterest. I like being able to see the covers and I think I’m more likely to add in start and finish dates as comments. I didn’t do a very good job of editing my post last year to add that information. I also didn’t stick to my list, but that’s summer reading for you! What’s on your summer reading list?   Fiction The White Queen: A Novel (The Cousins’ War 1)5/27 The Red Queen: A Novel (The Cousin’s War 2) 5/20 The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel (The Cousins’ War 3)6/4 The Kingmaker’s…
  • Escape the Silo – Iowa ACRL keynote

    Bobbi Newman
    2 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    This morning I got to deliver the keynote at Iowa Association of Research and College Libraries. I got to talk about silos and echo chambers and change some of my favorite topics! Escape The Silo: Why and How to Escape Your Professional Silo – ILA/ACRL keynote from Bobbi Newman References and Recommended Reading Bundred, S. (2006). Solutions to silos: joining up knowledge. Public Money and Management, 26(2), 125-130. Duhigg, C. (2012). The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Gilbert, E.; Bergstrom, T.; Karahalios, K. (2009) Blogs are Echo Chambers: Blogs are…
  • Conference & Travel Packing & Survival Tips

    Bobbi Newman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Almost 3 years ago I gave up checking bag and started traveling with only a carry on. I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the carousel, and it felt like a challenge. After a few trips I got used to it and I never looked back! I don’t even have one of those fancy new carry-ons with the spinning wheels and a bagillion pockets that make it expand so much it barely fits in the overhead bin. My primary carry on is an 13 year old roller bag I picked up at Cosco as part of a set. I usually still manage to bring several pairs of shoes though I stick to comfortable…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

  • California Library Leadership Failed

    Sarah
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Last Friday, August 22nd, the California State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Governor Brown’s nomination of Greg Lucas as California State Librarian. When Lucas was nominated I had some things to say. I wrote letters to senators, reached out to CLA leadership, and talked extensively with other California librarians about the nomination. Now that Lucas has been confirmed I have some more things to say. I cannot overemphasize that I have no negative feelings toward Greg Lucas whatsoever. Although his lack of education and experience in libraries (or anything library-related, or…
  • Tracking Your Library Users, New from Rosetta Stone!

    Sarah
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    These are the days of NSA spying headlines, complaints about companies using and misusing private data to conduct psychological experiments, sell us things, and change the way we engage with politics. I received a tip from a whistle blower that Rosetta Stone’s Library Edition was setting ad tracking cookies (without disclosure or consent) on the personal computers of any library users who used the Library Edition that is offered through their libraries. This applied not only to the full product, but also to any library offering a temporary trial of the product. The source stated that…
  • Day Against DRM: Why Librarians Should Just Say No

    Sarah
    6 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Today is International Day Against DRM!  On this day, people and organizations around the world come together to proclaim “hell no!” to Digital Rights Management (AKA Digital Restrictions Management). Learn more about the day and how to take action, small ones and big ones, on the Defective by Design website. And here’s the neat part (to win over librarian hearts). Publishers are participating by offering DRM-free media at a substantial discount: O’Reilly – 50-60% off ebooks Humble Bundle - pay-what-you-want graphic novels No Starch Press - 50% off ebooks…
  • Choose Privacy, ya n00bs!

    Sarah
    5 May 2014 | 4:46 pm
    This week, May 1-7, is Choose Privacy Week. This is the fifth year of Choose Privacy Week (w00t!) and this national public awareness campaign is close to my heart. It’s trying to make people more aware of their personal privacy, what’s being tracked, and what they can do to prevent it.  And we in libraries don’t like tracking one bit, now do we?  This week was established by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (no surprise there). Today I attended a great webinar: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts, put together by ALA and full of awesome information about how…
  • Happy Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month

    Sarah
    1 May 2014 | 3:30 pm
    May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  I will always have it. It doesn’t go away. So, each May, I try to assist in raising awareness of this relatively rare genetic disorder. You can read my posts from previous years (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) for details on what EDS is and how it has affected my life.  In short, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder. My body makes bad collagen–super stretchy, slow to bounce back, slow to heal. And wouldn’t you know it, but collagen is all over your body–skin, internal organs,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Helene Blowers |

  • The death of the printed Newspaper; thoughts & Clay Shirky

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Confession:  I haven’t subscribed to my local newspaper since I moved from Charlotte in 2007 & even then I only subscribed to the weekend edition of the Observer.  Truth be told, I didn’t seen the value, beyond browsing local section for community/human interest stories and scanning the circulars for deals, since all my immediate news and information needs came in pixel format. Once I moved a new city, I didn't have the immediate sense of a connection to the community (that took time), so even then the weekend edition wasn't appealing.  Once I finally felt that…
  • Web Literacy Map

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    It’s been a long time since I posted anything here.  Quite frankly, I’ve been busy and swamped with life.   But this little gem of find is worth dusting off the blogging keyboard and sharing …The Web Literacy Map, created as a commons project by Mozilla, is  a set of  “competencies and skills that … are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web.”     Yup. totally up the learning in libraries alley.Anyway, I don’t need to highlight much here, other than say… take a look at…
  • What are you doing at the Library?

    21 Aug 2013 | 12:26 pm
    That's the question that NYPL has been recently asking of their visitors at two of their locations.  However, rather then the usual customer survey or informal poll, they're using a photobooth.  :)  Love this idea and application of the photo-booth  that NYPL has installed.   What a great way to celebrate your users, promote the value of the library and enable your customers to have some fun? More info:  Snapshots from NYPL Flickr pool of images 
  • Informal Learning – Taking it to the Badge level

    8 Jul 2013 | 8:26 am
    I’ve been intrigued and loosely following the developments of the informal learning community since the MacArthur Foundation announced its support  for Digital Media and LearningCompetition for Lifelong Learning Badges     YALSA received an award from the initiative to “develop a virtual badge program that helps library staff gain skills related to the Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries.”    You can find a series of blog posts and updates about the project here.  The project looks like it’s set for an August 2013 completion. …
  • Could this be a library?

    24 May 2013 | 8:24 am
    In my travels this week I found myself delayed at LaGuardia for three hours due to mechanical issues. Travel delays are never fun, especially when you’re on a tight time table. But this time, I didn’t seem to mind so much because I was at Delta’s terminal D and this was the site around me…Literally hundreds of free access ipads available and attached to every visible area of counter space. The traditional rows of seating near the gates were replaced by workspace counters and ipads that provide free internet, the ability to order have food ordered to your station (credit cards swipes…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Swiss Army Librarian

  • Another Case of Dewey Being Overly-Sophisticated

    Brian Herzog
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    I've pointed out things like this before, and they always amuse me. Last week, my director was looking for summer cooking books for a display and program she was doing. Of course, books about grilling were included in her search, and she was surprised - as was I when she pointed it out - that we had identical-seeming grilling books in two entirely different Dewey numbers: 641.5784 and 641.76. When our cataloger and I looked those up in DDC23 to see which was right, we found that they both were: 641.5784: 641.76: So, .76 is grilling in general, and .5784 is specifically grilling outdoors.
  • Reference Question of the Week – 8/17/14

    Brian Herzog
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    You know that saying about teaching a man to fish? Well, in this case, it was more like just having to point out to him that he had a big plate of fish sitting right in front of him. A patron walked up and said this to me: Can you request a book for me? I think it's a French book, I mean a book from France. I don't know the title or the author though. But it's got instructions for a velocar inside. On second thought, it might not be a book, it might be a magazine, but in French. Can you get that for me? Well that's all fine, but what's a velocar? Apparently, it's a type of bicycle that's more…
  • Leaving Location-Specific Messages Seems Like A Neat Idea

    Brian Herzog
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    People probably get tired of me saying this, but in cases like this I feel like I need to apologize for not having a cell phone but talking about apps anyway. I read on LifeHacker last week about an app called Knit. It lets users tie a message to a specific location, so that when another user gets to that spot, they see the message. It can't be as seamless and effortless as my imagination makes it out to be, but I think this is an awesome idea. And since libraries are all about providing contextually-relevant information, this seems like a very useful idea. My guess is that it's not accurate…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 8/10/14

    Brian Herzog
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    A patron came into our branch library and told the staff that she participated in a "Reading Olympics" program at the library as a kid, in 1980 "or sometime when she was in school," and wanted to know if there a photo in the newspaper. She thought she remembered seeing one, of a group shot of all the participants. Our branch doesn't have much for local history resources, so the question was transferred to me at the main library. We do have newspaper microfilm from those years, but I'm reluctant to start searches like that with such a vague date reference. However, the library has done a great…
  • Ebooks in General, Ebooks in Specific

    Brian Herzog
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    In case you missed it, be sure to at least skim the recent Wall Street Journal article comparing Amazon's new subscription ebook service to other options, including libraries. For me, the big take-away was: Of the Journal's 20 most recent best-selling e-books in fiction and nonfiction, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited has none—no "Fifty Shades of Grey," no "The Fault in Our Stars." Scribd and Oyster each have a paltry three. But the San Francisco library has 15, and my South Carolina library has 11. That is great. But you know what libraries don't have? Wamesit: Life in Colonial Massachusetts in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ACRLog

  • First Year Reflections

    Ariana Santiago
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is my last post for ACRLog, and it’s a little hard to believe so much time has passed already. Not only is it the end of my term as a First Year Academic Librarian Experience writer for ACRLog, but last week marked the one year anniversary from when I started my current job. Looking back on the year, reflecting on what I’ve done and learned, and trying to sum it all up…well, it’s not that easy! I went from not really knowing what to do with my time, to feeling like there weren’t enough hours in the day (and thankfully settled somewhere in the middle).
  • Serenity Now, Insanity Later: why slow summers are only *sort of* a myth

    Chloe Horning
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Some say that the ‘summertime slowdown’ is a myth.  While that may be true for some librarians, I must admit that as I write these words I am taking an hour away from my desk to sit in my favorite campus coffee shop.  Unitasking, no less!  I can’t even imagine being able to do this during the academic year, and I’m grateful. But, as lovely as summer on the UW campus is, always in the back of my mind is a mantra that I heard once in a “Seinfeld” episode: “Serenity Now, Insanity Later!” A brief summer calm before year 2 begins-image courtesy of NOAA Image Archive. By…
  • If At First You Don’t Assess, Try, Try Again

    acrlguest
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Katelyn Tucker & Alyssa Archer, Instruction Librarians at Radford University. Instruction librarians are always looking for new & flashy ways to engage our students in the classroom. New teaching methods are exciting, but how do we know if they’re working? Here at Radford University, we’ve been flipping and using games for one-shot instruction sessions for a while, and our Assessment Librarian wasn’t going to accept anecdotal evidence of success any longer. We decided that the best way to see if our flipped and gamified lessons were…
  • Thinking Tenure Thoughts

    Maura Smale
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Last week Meredith Farkas wrote a thoughtful post on her blog, Information Wants to Be Free, about tenure status for academic librarians. Spirited discussion ensued in Meredith’s blog comments and on libraryland Twitter (much of which Meredith Storified) which has continued to today. The conversation has included many varied perspectives on the advantages and disadvantages of tenure for academic librarians, including preparation for research and scholarship in graduate library programs, the perceptions of status and equality between academic librarians and faculty in other departments,…
  • Publishing!?

    Jason W. Dean
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Scholarship and publishing: both the blessing and the curse of a tenure-track academic position. Of the three requirements for tenure and promotion, scholarship seems to be the most stressful requirement for many tenure-track librarians to meet. It is a frequent topic of conversation among younger faculty, reflective of the stress associated with this requirement. I feel that I’ve at least been able to keep up with this requirement (though others are far more active than I am) and so I’d like to share some of the things that have worked well for me. Furthermore, I want to follow my three…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Distant Librarian

  • Thinking the unthinkable - doing away with the library catalogue (UKSG)

    Paul R. Pival
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Here's a thought-provoking talk given by Simone Kortekaas of Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands  at this year's UKSG conference. In it, she talks about how they decided to do away with their discovery tool and steer users to Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus. Utrecht appears to be a science-heavy institution. The title is a bit off, as they do still run their traditional catalogue for now, but still, their statistics showed their users were using tools other than those built by the library, so that's where they focused their efforts. Think you could get…
  • Westmount Charter School Calendar 2014/2015

    Paul R. Pival
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Inspired by Peter in PEI, I went ahead and transcribed the PDF of the official Westmount Charter School (in Calgary) 2014/15 Calendar into Google Calendar and iCal formats so you can actually import them into the calendar of your choice, rather than have to read a PDF. Google Calendar iCal format Update - August 18, 2014: Just got an email from Westmount indicating they're launching their own official version on Google Calendar, so I've taken mine down to avoid confusion and will link to the official one when it's posted.  Yay!
  • Calgary Public Library now supported by Library Extension (Chrome)

    Paul R. Pival
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yay, the Chrome Library Extension now supports Calgary Public Library. When you're on Amazon.com (not Amazon.ca though), a small box will appear to the right to tell you whether you could borrow a book you're looking at from CPL, either in paper or via Overdrive.  I've asked that the UofC be added as well, and enquired about support for Amazon.ca Related articles RenewBot vs Library Elf Calgary Public Library 'seriously' considering making memberships free Calgary patrons get access to 'Netflix for libraries'
  • More tablets to ship than desktop PCs for the first time in 2015

    Paul R. Pival
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Gartner claims that next year, for the first time, more tablet devices will be sold than desktop PCs: Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014. This despite the report noting that tablets are actually cooling down - guess that means PCs are going cold?
  • Free ebooks from Microsoft and the best email alert services

    Paul R. Pival
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    A couple of good-looking posts from my aggregator today: Microsoft has 130 ebooks available for free download: Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more... Digital Inspiration has compiled a list of 15 email alerting services that aren't from Google.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Pattern Recognition

  • Directory Layout opinions needed

    griffey
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Ok, Internet. I have two options, both of which have their upside/downsides, and I need your feedback. I’m working on the new directory layout for LibraryBox, and need to break long names, especially those without spaces in them, because it does crazy things with the layout. Here’s an example of what the layout looks like without the hard-break behavior: Without Hard Break CSS   And here’s the same directory listing, WITH the hard-break CSS behavior in place:   With hard break CSS Better, right? Except then you get weird things like this:   Text with…
  • Creative Commons NC clause and 3D printing

    griffey
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I was browsing through some 3D printing files today, STLs that both I produced and were produced by others. For example, I designed and uploaded a 3D case for a LibraryBox that others have downloaded and printed. It is CC licensed, specifically CC BY-NC. I was looking at other STL files that had a CC NC license applied to them, and it made me think what that NC is really protecting. Obviously, at the very least, the license prevents others from selling the STL files. Does it, however, prevent someone from using the files to create the physical object (that is, using a 3D printer to print the…
  • Code4LibDC Unconference Workshop

    griffey
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Monday and Tuesday of this week I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Code4LibDC Unconference, where I had been invited to lead an introduction to hardware hacking workshop. Thanks in large part to the generosity of SparkFun Electronics, whose Education arm let me borrow the hardware necessary to run the workshop (15 sets of the Sparkfun Redboard Arduino clone, breadboards, wiring, LEDs, and sensors). I decided that I wanted to try and reverse the normal order of pretty much every “Learn Arduino” workshop that I’d seen, so rather than start with a blank slate and…
  • Month One

    griffey
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Today marks the one month anniversary of leaving my position at the University of TN at Chattanooga, walking away from a tenured professorship, and trying to build a business on my reputation and skills. So how’s it going? Right now, it’s mostly proposal limbo. I have something like 8 different consulting proposals that I’ve either put together or been attached to over the course of the month. Of those 8, 2 are definite no-gos, 2 need revisions and resubmittal, and 4 are still floating in the ether of uncertainty. I’ve got a handful of speaking engagements (but am…
  • 3D Printers for Libraries

    griffey
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I spent yesterday hanging out at the GigTank Demo Day, listening to 3D printing startups pitch their ideas and companies at investors. It was a fantastic event, as is normal for things that the Company Lab is running, and I had a good time listening to the excitement around 3D printing as a technology. It made me want to look back and see how long I’ve been following this technology, and I was dumbfounded to discover that the first mention of 3D printing on this very blog was in 2006. In October of 2006 I posted about a company called Fabjectory that was way ahead of the curve in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ResearchBuzz

  • WordPress, Pacer, Museums, More: Morning Buzz, August 30th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Remixing EVERYWHERE: The British Library meets Burning Man. WordPress has released the first candidate for WordPress 4.0. Wondering why your GMail has all those weird ads? XRay might be able to tell you. Wondering what theme a WordPress site is using? There’s a Web tool for that. (Thanks Robin Good!) Pacer is deleting old court files because they’re “incompatible”. “On Aug. 10, the federal courts announced that older court records were being deleted from Pacer for federal appeals courts for the Federal Circuit, and the 2nd, 7th and 11th Circuits, report Legal…
  • Paraguay, IFTTT, Athens (GA), More: Afternoon Buzz, August 29th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    FamilySearch is beginning to index the 1891 Toulouse Census and is looking for volunteers who can speak both French and English. A man after my own heart has been uploading pictures from Internet Archive books… to Flickr. “The Internet Archive had used an optical character recognition (OCR) program to analyse each of its 600 million scanned pages in order to convert the image of each word into searchable text. As part of the process, the software recognised which parts of a page were pictures in order to discard them. Mr. Leetaru’s code used this information to go back to…
  • Instagram, Bing, NOLA, Biodiversity, More: Morning Buzz, August 29th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Still getting crushed at work! Google Authorship is now kaput. Really glad I didn’t put too much energy into this one. Lifehacker is putting out a call for the best free online classes. Instagram has launched a new app called Hyperlapse, and BOY does it sound cool: “Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with…
  • MAUDE, Twitter, Pennsylvania, More: Afternoon Buzz, August 20th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Hey! Using Twitter to get unemployment data. “LSA Economics Professor Matthew Shapiro has found a new way to harvest employment information from tweets and hashtags faster and more accurately than the government’s official reports….There were times when Shapiro’s numbers matched the reports, and there were times when they didn’t. When they differed, Shapiro’s numbers were more accurate than the government’s.” Twitter will now remove images of deceased individuals at the request of their family. BUT: “… the micro-messaging service said it…
  • IFTTT, Yearbooks, NHTSA, More: Morning Buzz, August 20th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    WordPress 4.0 beta 4 is now available. Get inspired: 9 Amazing Projects Made in Microsoft Excel. Here’s a lovely browser-based tool for generating image thumbnails. This is interesting: IFTTT is teaming up with ADT (ADT press release). “ADT and IFTTT are planning to test a beta version of an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT, connecting a customer’s ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing Channel partners. Whether it’s adjusting the thermostat to react to local weather conditions, or arming the security system based on users’ GPS data, an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal» Academic Libraries

  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

    LJ
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books. The Innovation, Science and Technology buildingcourtesy of Florida Polytechnic University FPU’s…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal Reviews

  • Cancer Gene Blues: Seven Titles for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Bette-Lee Fox
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Breast cancer is all about the numbers: the infamous one in eight lifetime probability of a diagnosis, the number of lymph nodes removed, gene mutations 1 and 2, risk factor percentages, even how old one should be to start screenings. Yet, I found only seven appropriate books on the subject being released leading up to October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month (two on genetic testing, plus two reprints). Does that mean that breast cancer is nearly eradicated, eliminating the need to write and subsequently read about it? Would be nice, but I don’t believe that’s the case. Still, there is news…
  • Reading Out Summer | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Regardless of what the calendar claims, summer shuts down this weekend as normal schedules resume and vacations end. That gloomy news calls for one last reading extravaganza of summer books. Here are five choices, each a quick and grand read, to close out the season with appropriate aplomb. Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond (Melville House). School football practice and the NFL preseason have already begun, and into the middle of this activity arrives Almond’s considered and personal exploration of why football is problematic, even unethical. Herbie’s Game…
  • Audiobooks from Berry, Greene, Jio, & Riley | Xpress Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Week ending August 29, 2014 Berry, Steve. The Lincoln Myth. (Cotton Malone, Bk. 9). 12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780449009086. $50; Playaway digital; digital download. F In Berry’s latest historical thriller (after The King’s Deception), Cotton Malone is looking forward to a peaceful retirement as a European bookstore owner. One phone call puts his plans on hold and the fate of the United States in his hands. Malone must unravel a mystery that involves the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, Brigham Young, the Mormon Church, and a powerful senator with…
  • Graphic Novels from Anno, Bendis, Peyo, & Woodring | Xpress Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Week ending August 29, 2014 Anno, Moyoco. (text & illus.). In Clothes Called Fat. Vertical. 2014. 264p. ISBN 9781939130433. pap. $16.95. Ages 18+. MANGA In America, manga is often seen as a nerdy subgenre, albeit an incredibly popular one. It’s not uncommon for a library’s manga holdings to take up a large chunk of the graphic novels sections with volume series about vampires, cats, or teens who turn into cat vampires (I’m just guessing here). But in Japan, the style is used to tell all kinds of stories, and Anno’s book is a fantastic example of serious adult manga work that…
  • Nonfiction on Finding “Maybe,” Moonshine, Alzheimer’s, Fermentation, Good Ideas, Neil Young | Xpress Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Week ending August 29, 2014 Carmen, Allison. The Gift of Maybe: Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times. Perigee. Nov. 2014. 160p. ISBN 9780399169533. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698156036. SELF-HELP One addiction that’s gotten little play is that of an obsession with certainty. Life coach and business consultant Carmen has experienced firsthand the need continually to be assured that things would turn out as she had planned. Her struggle caused untold stress and thwarted many of her ideas and projects. When she discovered the concept of maybe—that situations could unfold in myriad…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal Reviews» Prepub Alert

  • Interviewing David Nicholls, Erika Johansen, Wally Lamb, & More

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Never mind that David Nicholls’s affecting and freshly told Us has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with the shortlist to be announced September 9. Fans of the British novelist/screenwriter will have to wait until late October to read it. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to interview the genial and insightful Nicholls in New York this July, and to learn more about his new novel you can go straight to Prepub Alert: Video Interviews to see our talk. And that’s not all. You’ll also have a chance to see Erika Johansen, whose The Queen of the Tearling was a LibraryReads pick…
  • Charles Baxter, Sara Blaedel, Nick Hornby, Reif Larsen, Peter Swanson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Baxter, Charles. There’s Something I Want You To Do. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 240p. ISBN 9781101870013. $24; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781101870020. SHORT STORIES A National Book Award nominee for The Feast of Love, Baxter returns with his first story collection in 15 years. Piercingly elegant, as always, the stories are divided into two sections, one embodying virtues (e.g., “Loyalty,” whose protagonist sweetly takes in his ex-wife–turned–bag lady) and the other vice (e.g., “Lust,” about a man struggling with the breakup of a relationship even as he tries to comfort a dying friend with…
  • Great Book Club Books from Kate Alcott, Tom McCarthy, Tatjana Soli, & More | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385539043. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780385539050. CD: Random Audio. HISTORICAL How fun is this? Alcott, author of the New York Times best-selling The Dressmaker, has written a big, sprawling novel about the filming of Gone with the Wind, with a side trip to the boiling-over romance between its leading man, Clark Gable, and sunny Carole Lombard. Hannaham, James. Delicious Foods. Little, Brown. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780316284943. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316284929. lib. ISBN 9780316294768. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. AFRICAN AMERICAN…
  • History (David O. Stewart), Politics (David Axelrod), Self-Help (Ron Lieber), & More | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Axelrod, David. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781594205873. $29.95. CD: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod switched lanes to become a political consultant, strategizing for over 150 local, state, and national campaigns. His clients have included Barack Obama, whom he has known for 20 years and who as senior strategist he guided to the White House; now he is the President’s senior adviser. The portrait of Obama is a major reason to read this book. Green, James. The Devil Is Here…
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Thomas Keneally | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Alphabet House. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525954897. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE The author of the Department Q series (e.g., The Purity of Vengeance), Denmark’s top crime writer offers a surprising departure with this stand-alone. Shot down on a special photo-reconnaissance mission over World War II Germany, British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young evade escape by hopping a train carrying senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. That lands them at the Alphabet House, a mental hospital where German doctors administer shock treatments and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal Reviews» Reference

  • Facts To Make Your Mouth Drop, Oxford’s Dictionary of Journalism, Contemporary Slang, & More | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    GENERAL REFERENCE Lloyd, John & others. 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop. Norton. Sept. 2014. 368p. index. ISBN 9780393245608. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245615. REF While many fact books can be dull, Lloyd and coauthors John Mitchinson and James Harkin, creators of the BBC’s successful Quite Interesting show, offer here a quirky, humorous gem. While the book is impractical, readers will enjoy browsing its pages and will find within many short facts (one to two sentences each) that will impress friends. Among them are the information that an Olympic gold medal is 92.5…
  • What’s the Best Database of 2014?

    Henrietta Verma
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    ARTstor and JSTOR. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Credo Reference. What do all these resources have in common? They’ve been named Best Database by LJ readers over the past three years. It’s time to pick the 2014 winner, and we want to hear from you! The winner will top the list of our popular “Best Databases” feature, which will appear in the November 1 reference supplement. I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which resource made research exciting this year? We’re looking for titles in categories such as the ones listed below—or make up your own category. We’d…
  • Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Fisherman’s Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Angling Reference. Skyhorse. 2014. 611p. ed. by Jay Cassell. illus. ISBN 9781616088378. pap. $29.95. ref “Bigger than golf!” crows ­Cassell (editorial director, Skyhorse publishing) about the $48 billion angling industry, which serves an estimated 40 million fishing enthusiasts in the United States. This reference seeks to be the piscine counterpart to Skyhorse’s Shooter’s Bible, first released in 1925. Largely a gear guide, with information on rods, reels, lures, and lines, this new work also includes a charming excerpt from…
  • The LGBT Experience | Reference eReviews & E-Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There’s been a sea change in attitudes toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in just the last couple of years, it seems, although the pace of that change probably still appears much more plodding to members of that community than to observers. While contemporary American society looks to be adjusting fairly quickly to the proliferation of gay people on TV, in politics, sports, the military, and in the engagement announcements pages of their local newspapers, it’s very satisfying to be part of a profession that’s been on board with these concepts for…
  • Overviews of Black Migration, Analytic Philosophy, Conifers, Social Deviance | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    History The Great Black Migration: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Greenwood. 2014. 453p. ed. by Steven A. Reich. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610696654. $89; ebk. ISBN 9781610696661. REF Editor Reich’s excellent (history, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA; A Working People: A History of African American Workers Since Emancipation) work provides researchers with a broad overview of the two waves of migration by Southern blacks to the North and West regions of the United States. A guide to topics, grouped by subject, and a chronology are located at the beginning of the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal

  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Michigan State Launches SearchPlus for Ease of Use, Interdisciplinary Research

    Matt Enis
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is the first of an LJ “Rollout” series on webscale discovery solution implementations. In an effort to cater to the growth of interdisciplinary research while also simplifying the search experience for undergraduates, the Michigan State University Libraries (MSU) this month debuted Summon from ProQuest as its first web scale discovery service. Branded as SearchPlus by MSU, the discovery layer will offer students and researchers a single entry point for searching the majority of the library’s resources. “We were seeing confusion among library users, who found it very…
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost UX | The User Experience

    Aaron Schmidt
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When budgets are tight, it is easy to feel frustrated and disempowered. After all, having access to a deep pool of funds makes it easy to get things done. But when times are tough, it doesn’t mean librarians should toss their hands in the air and give up on making user experience (UX) improvements. Here are a few things you can do to improve your library’s UX that won’t require finding much of a budget. Wrangling signage If your library is like most, you have a lot of signs. Some are directional, some are informational, and some rudely bark instructions at patrons. Ideally, a library…
  • The Degree We Need: Strong standards are just the start | Editorial

    Rebecca T. Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our professional credential is an embattled thing It’s a rare day that the master’s in library and information science (MLIS) escapes a conversation unscathed and unquestioned. This is rightfully so. Nothing so time-consuming and expensive, and essential, should be taken for granted. It should be under constant scrutiny by the schools themselves, the candidates, those who hire graduates, and the broader profession that it serves. We should always be challenging our degree programs to bring forth engaged, nimble, informed new recruits who are prepared to be as dynamic as this profession…
  • Theory of Change: Foiling Librarianship’s Underpants Gnomes | Peer to Peer Review

    Dorothea Salo
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The animated television show South Park made a business of touching nerves, but even its creators reportedly did not expect the furor that roared forth over their Underpants Gnomes episode satirizing common workplace beliefs and practices. The Underpants Gnomes’ business plan lives on (slightly altered) in web culture as a shorthand for inadequate, failure-prone product or service planning: Do something! Profit! I spent my entire library career wallowing in Step 2. Open access, campus copyright, research data management, digital preservation—no matter what phenomenon my employer threw me…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Journal Reviews» In the Bookroom

  • Editors’ Fall Picks

    LJ Reviews
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    A few years back, I reconnected with an old friend from elementary school who declared my job “very Sex and the City.” Sorry to say, we’re not exactly wearing ­Mahnolos at LJ, but we do soak up our share of glamour and intrigue through books, and this season, you can, too. See below for stylish upcoming titles such as Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair; Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute—Parties, Exhibitions, People; and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. Readers can even learn to…
  • Summer’s Almost Gone | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Where did the time go? As Labor Day looms and autumn approaches,  LJ/School Library Journal staffers squeeze a little more summer reading into the schedule. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ I’ve been digging deep into Japanese mysteries. Last week I finished Keigo Higashino’s The Salvation of a Saint (Minotaur: St. Martin’s), a puzzler that centers on a man who is fatally poisoned. The prime suspect, however, is miles away when it happens. Though it was perhaps a bit implausible, I found it addictive. I also just finished Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X (Minotaur: St.
  • Survivors, Rebels, & Ruins | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    This week the School Library Journal/LJ crew gobbles up stories of survival, women of affairs, insurrections, and disappearing architecture. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ I’ve been slowly making my way through Marcia Reiss’s Lost New York (Pavilion, 2011), a gorgeous, photo-studded work that sheds light on various sites throughout New York that have since been abandoned or demolished. Some of my favorite places? The Astor Mansion, the Lunatic Asylum at Roosevelt Island, and the Castle Garden Aquarium (damn you, Robert Moses!). The book also contains some sizzling salacious…
  • Chelsea Cain | LibraryReads Authors

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Featuring a detective obsessed with the female serial killer who tortured him, Chelsea Cain’s New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers are so dark they make midnight look like Mardi Gras. Now Cain has a new series, opening this August with One Kick and starring Kick Lannigan, a tough young woman still finding her equilibrium after being abducted as a child. With Kick, Cain says she’s lightened up some while conceding that “compared to my other series it is PG-13, but compared to anything else, it would be R.” Why launch a new, presumably gentler series,…
  • A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview

    LJ Reviews
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It’s an honor and a privilege for me to stand before you today. Like so many active readers, I spent my childhood admiring librarians from afar. I heard them summon out of the ether the names of books for patrons who could offer only the wispiest notions of the plots or characters involved. I saw them run titles through their mental search engines and write down impressive lists of comparable books on the spot. I watched the quiet conviction on their faces, when they discussed certain books, grow into conspiratorial delight as they pressed them upon me. The first romantics “Here, just…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Annoyed Librarian

  • Views from the Right

    Annoyed Librarian
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of websites offering me too many stories that would change my life for the better or restore my faith in humanity if only I’d click to see what they were, I decided to head over to places that never offer to change your life for the better. First stop, the Weekly Standard, which foolishly [...]
  • Bold Librarians Making Hard Choices

    Annoyed Librarian
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There sure are a lot of busybodies in the world, and some of them just aren’t content to let libraries be libraries. The thing the busybodies really can’t stand is seeing books thrown away at libraries, because every book is a precious item as long as you don’t have to keep it in your own [...]
  • Yet Another Bookless Library

    Annoyed Librarian
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every few months it seems someone gets excited about a “bookless” library, usually the people who work in them. Me, I don’t see what the big deal is. The latest story about one comes from the esteemed Library Journal, where we find out that the brand new Florida Polytechnic University has a library with no [...]
  • Who’s Saving Whom?

    Annoyed Librarian
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On an unrelated note, at least to the subject of this post, if you want to see what a real “book ban” looked like, check out this short historical news article from the New York Times: 1939: Fascist Italy Issues Book Ban. “Booksellers and librarians received the list, which included books that have been seized [...]
  • A Weekly Roundup

    Annoyed Librarian
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This has been a busy week, and there are a lot of things I wanted to write about, so this is a bit of a blogging roundup. First, I was contacted by someone who’s been working against the idea that seed libraries are forms of agroterrorism. He saw last week’s post and wanted people to [...]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In the Library with the Lead Pipe

  • Call for Social Media Editor

    Ellie Collier
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the Library with the Lead Pipe is seeking applications for a Social Media Editor. This volunteer position will serve on the Lead Pipe Editorial Board for a two-year term of service. Lead Pipe is an open access, open peer reviewed journal founded and run by an international team of librarians working in various types of libraries. In addition to publishing articles and editorials by Editorial Board members, Lead Pipe publishes articles by authors representing diverse perspectives including educators, administrators, library support staff, technologists, and community members. Lead Pipe…
  • Call for Articles

    Editorial Board
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve just finalized revamping our publication process documentation. Now that the new documentation is live we thought it was a good time to post another call for articles. What We Publish We publish high quality peer-reviewed articles in a range of formats. Whilst we are open to suggestions for new article types and formats, including material previously published in part or full, we expect proposals to include unique and substantial new content from the author. Examples of material we would publish include: Original research with a discussion of its consequences and an argument for…
  • Announcing In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s Community Code of Conduct

    Ellie Collier
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Editorial Board is pleased to announce In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s adoption of a Code of Conduct. By doing so, we hope to protect the members of our community from harassing behaviors in Lead Pipe spaces, including this website, our social media spaces, and any other Lead Pipe-sponsored spaces. As of today, everyone participating in Lead Pipe spaces is expected to comply with the Code of Conduct (copied below and also linked in the top navigation bar). Reported violations of the Code of Conduct will be handled by members of the Lead Pipe Editorial Board. You can contact us at…
  • Open Source Outline: Locating the Library within Institutional Oppression

    Ellie Collier
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Brief: A call for articles based on an open source outline On January 20th, 2014 nina de jesus posted “Outline for a Paper I Probably Won’t Write.” The editors at In the Library with the Lead Pipe approached de jesus to see if she might like to write it after all. We also discussed her idea to release her outline with an open source license and see what others would write. We are thrilled to announce that de jesus agreed to both. If you are interested in writing an article for us based on this outline and would like to work with a Lead Pipe editor, please email…
  • Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship

    Fobazi Ettarh
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Intersectionality In Brief: When librarians discuss the lack of underrepresented populations in librarianship, the solutions suggested most often are recruitment and awareness. But these discussions focus on one matrix of identity, like race or class, and ignore the fact that people embody multiple, layered identities. By treating these matrices of identity and marginalization as separate entities, librarians fail to fully understand how oppressions work in varying contexts. We need to go beyond the traditional diversity rhetoric and speak instead of intersectional librarianship. This…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    OEDB.org

  • 7 Scenes from Great Literature in Legos

    Ellyssa Kroski
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    What better way to teach people – both young and old – about great literature than to intrigue them with a captivating Lego display? These Lego creations each depict scenes from well-known classic and modern works of literature.   1) Dante’s Inferno These legos traverse the seven circles of Hell.   2) Ovid’s Metamorphoses Glaucus and Circe chilling out.   3) Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings The port city of Grey Havens comes alive in this intricate creation.   4) Melville’s Moby Dick Capt Ahab and crew take their best shot at the famous white…
  • 7 Things Librarians Are Tired of Hearing

    Ellyssa Kroski
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    We’ve all heard them. Probably more than once or twice. These are the reactions and responses librarians receive when they introduce themselves to those who aren’t in the field. 1) “Do people still even go to the library now that there’s Google?” It’s amazing how many people respond this way when I tell them I’m a librarian. I assure them however, that we are somehow soldiering on in the library field, along with all of the doctors who are still attempting to stay relevant in spite of WebMD.   2) “So, are you like, a volunteer?”…
  • 10 Best Wearable Tech Devices for Back to School

    Ellyssa Kroski
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Wearable technology is the next big thing, and tech-savvy college students will want to be in-the-know about these new and just launching consumer devices.  From sleep monitors to fitness trackers to GPS-enabled shoes, there are some truly incredible wearables now available for consumers to purchase.  Here are my top ten picks for back to school: 1) Vigo Energy Gauge This Bluetooth headset is the perfect companion for all-night study sessions.  Vigo uses an infrared sensor and accelerometer to track patterns in your blinks and movements to learn when you’re the most alert and when…
  • 10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

    Ellyssa Kroski
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly identifies hard to read sentences, passive voice, and overuse of adverbs. It also will instantly grade your work according to level of writing. I pasted in a couple paragraphs from my last article and got a grade 16 but needed to fix 6 hard-to-read sentences. I’ll be using this for all of my writing going forward! They’ve just released a desktop version for $6.99.   2) Coffitivity I absolutely love the idea of this app, especially…
  • 50 Library Stories You May Have Missed in July

    Ellyssa Kroski
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Library stories and news articles flourished this summer including these fifty resources discussing everything from Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service to librarian salaries, to 3D printing.  Whether you’re just getting caught up on your reading or want to refresh your memory, here’s what was written last month: How to Create a Video Press Release for Your Library with Adobe Voice 4 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos 16 Conference Networking Tips for Educators and Librarians What Happens if Your Library Systems Go Down? 15 Perfect Etsy Gifts for Librarians…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Library Stuff

  • When it comes to city services, San Antonians love their library

    Steven M. Cohen
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The San Antonio Public Library earned a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating from local residents, according to the latest community survey conducted by independent consulting firm ETC Institute. Patrons ranked the public library the highest in overall service among all the services offered by the City of San Antonio. At 96 percent, the library system ranked higher overall in customer satisfaction compared with the national average.” (via
  • ‘Closed to theft’: All children’s books taken from ‘little free libraries’ in Davison front yard

    Steven M. Cohen
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    “Residents in a cozy residential neighborhood off M-15 are trying to figure out why someone would take all the children’s books from two little free libraries off M-15 in Davison.  Kim Carter said she left her Juniper Drive home around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 and came back a few hours later to discover the nearly 50 books in the library sitting on a bench in her front yard were all gone. “I was horrified,” said Carter, trying to grasp the thinking behind someone removing all the books. Typical users will borrow a book or keep one and it replace it with another…
  • Double Life: On-call librarian is also artist and musician

    Steven M. Cohen
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    “If you have ever called a library’s after-hours number with a question, the person on the other end of the line could have been Carrboro artist and musician Phil Blank.Blank runs a company called ChatStaff, which provides after-hours service to libraries all over North Carolina and beyond. But he’s also a painter, illustrator and accordion player for a local klezmer band, Gmish.In fact, you might have seen his paintings on the walls at Orange County Social Club or his illustrations on the new bags of Larry’s Beans’ single origin coffee now on shelves at Earth…
  • Library of Congress cooks CDs in quest to save them

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    “CDs may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of the Library of Congress, but it houses more than 500,000. The extensive collection includes everything from music to maps and labs where researchers are destroying CDs to learn how to preserve them, CBS News’ Jim Axelrod reports. In 1982, Billy Joel’s album “52nd Street” was the first commercial compact disc to be released. Since then, hundreds of billions of CDs have been sold worldwide.” (via CNET)
  • Of books, trees, and knowledge

    Steven M. Cohen
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    To Ling Guo, a curator for the Beijing Botanic Garden, one of the best places to learn about Chinese crab apples is half a world away, in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. Guo was wrapping up two months at the Arboretum as a visiting scientist and a recipient of the Jewett Prize, which supports researchers studying flowers and fruits. Guo, one of the world’s foremost experts on crab apples, has been creating an updated checklist of all the world’s varieties for use by her home institution as it takes over the rotating role managing the international crab apple registry,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries

  • North Logan Shows the Power of Public Libraries

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Nancy found this short video that shows what great public libraries can be in their communities...Kudos to the North Logan Library in Cache Valley, Utah on the amazing work it's doing and on the way it's publicizing that to keep growing. If you have a video that you're proud of, give us the link in a comment. Share your great work!The M Word Blog teaches your library and non-profit tips, tricks, and trends of the marketing trade.
  • Can You Express Your Library's Value?

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Everywhere I look, I see librarians complaining that people are saying things like, "Why do we still need libraries?" They lament that stakeholders and elected officials don't understand what libraries are really all about.OK, well: How will people know unless we tell them? Every single librarian, Friend, Trustee, and supporter needs to have an answer, an elevator speech, or a comeback, for these questions. What would be even better is if you didn't wait for the question, but rather, proactively told people about the value of libraries in the 21st century. You may think the need for libraries…
  • Fun with Governmental Advocacy

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Kathy Dempsey (left) with Stephanie VanceFrom ALA in Las Vegas: While attending a session run by the very knowledgeable Stephanie Vance, I volunteered to be a mock presidential candidate. My pitch beat the other 2 "candidates" (according to the unscientific "applause-o-meter"), making me president of the room! We were given copies of one of Vance's books for our efforts. I definitely recommend getting Citizens In Action: A Guide to Influencing Government or any of her other books if you want to know how to win support from government representatives.The M Word Blog teaches your library and…
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    City Council meetings can be pretty boring. But this one in Dallas,Texas wasn't.This meeting is chock full of effective library advocacy. In fact, the council members will probably remember these particular funding pleas for a long time.If you only watch the first 3 minutes, you'll get the greatest stuff. Two library supporters rewrote Dr. Seuss' story about Thing 1 and Thing 2, who are looking for something to do. If council raised the library budget, they stated, then the public library could be open more hours, and all the local Things would be occupied and happy. The rewritten rhyme was…
  • Projects in Ireland and New Zealand

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    27 May 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Today I ran across two examples of libraries really being part of their communities, and I wanted to share. The first is in County Carlow, Ireland:"Carlow Care and Repair currently work with elderly people in the Carlow area, carrying out small repair work and DIY jobs for them and making weekly contact through the Care and Repair admin team." (How great is that? A government service that sends a team to help the elderly with small home repairs!)But now, an addition: Those who benefit from the programme have expressed an interest in receiving library resources to their homes, and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Stephen's Lighthouse

  • Canada: Back to School Stats

    Stephen Abram
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    VIA CBC: Back-to-school: 7 million students, 440,000 educators prepare for the new year From tuition fees to teachers, a look at the numbers as students hit the books http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/back-to-school-7-million-students-440-000-educators-prepare-for-the-new-year-1.2750519 Here’s what is happening tomorrow – Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014: “An estimated five million children will flood through the doors of elementary or secondary school in Canada this year” “About two million sign up each year for classes at an institution of higher education such…
  • The Worst Company Data Breaches Ever

    Stephen Abram
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    The Worst Company Data Breaches Ever http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-the-worst-organizational-data-breaches-ever-2014-8 Stephen
  • Big Data from Small Places

    Stephen Abram
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Big Data from Small Places Big Data from Small Places from Initial State Stephen
  • 10 Major Technology Trends in Education

    Stephen Abram
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    10 Major Technology Trends in Education THE Journal: “We have a first look at the results from the latest Speak Up survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members about technology trends in education. http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/02/03/10-major-technology-trends-in-education.aspx According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is “beyond the tipping point”; and most kids don’t use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the…
  • The 18 Most Innovative Cities On Earth

    Stephen Abram
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:53 am
    The 18 Most Innovative Cities On Earth http://www.businessinsider.com/the-18-most-innovative-cities-on-earth-2014-8# Singapore Amsterdam Bangalore London Helsinki Hong Kong San Jose Vienna Copenhagen Rio di Janiero Medellin Cape Town Vancouver Santiago Dubai Tokyo Munich Seoul http://www.businessinsider.com/the-18-most-innovative-cities-on-earth-2014-8# Stephen
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tame The Web

  • Behind the Scenes of the Graphic Novel Symposium: by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Our college’s design team has been doing a series of videos on our library’s upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium. (I posted video 1 back in May and video 2 in June.) Our library is fortunate to have such talented individuals who make us look good. Learn more about the Symposium at our website. Behind the Scenes: Graphic Novel Symposium Event Planning —- Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. He is the co-editor of the upcoming book from ACRL, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About…
  • It’s Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition #NMChz

    Michael
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    From Michael: Download the new NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition. I served on the expert panel to select the topics: go.nmc.org/2014arl  The New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is…
  • #IFLALimerick Thanks IFLA Information Literacy Conference!

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    Thanks to everyone at the Information Literacy Section Satellite Meeting hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and the conversations! http://iflasatellitelimerick.com Here are the slides from my keynote talk this morning:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningEverywhereIFLAInfoLIT.pdf Now it’s on to Lyon!
  • “Outside The Lines” Inspires Libraries Nationwide

    Michael
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    As of August 5, 2014, more than 80 organizations from across the U.S. and Canada have signed up to participate in Outside the Lines, a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. The campaign is designed to reintroduce libraries to their communities and get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way. Outside the Lines, scheduled to take place September 14-20, 2014, is designed to help people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement. Participating organizations will connect with their…
  • Catching Up: by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

    Justin Hoenke
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Photo Credit: Zachary Cross It seems like I’ve been here forever, but as of this month I’ve been at the Chattanooga Public Library for 1 year, 4 months.  In that time, we’ve accomplished a lot of great things for the Chattanooga community. At the same time, I haven’t been able to share as much because….well, things just got really busy in a good way! So this post is my Chattanooga catch up post….a way to share all of the positive things that have been happening around Chattanooga over the past few months. MANAGEMENT One of the big new things in my world is…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Information Wants To Be Free

  • Reflections on library assessment and the Library Assessment Conference

    Meredith Farkas
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I wanted to write about the Library Assessment Conference as soon as I returned, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I got barely a week and a half before I was set to leave my job and, not surprisingly, there was a lot of wrapping up of projects and getting things to a good place to hand them over to colleagues. My last day was August 15th and after spending six days riding bikes in Sunriver, Oregon, I finally have some time to take a breath and reflect. I went to the Library Assessment Conference two years ago, and for some reason, spent most of the time feeling like I should be…
  • On tenure, after three years on the tenure track

    Meredith Farkas
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Way back in 2005, I wrote a post about tenure for librarians in which I argued against it. Since then, I’ve spent six years as a librarian with faculty rank and no tenure and three years as a librarian on the tenure track, and I can say that my feelings against tenure status for librarians has only grown stronger. When I told one of my colleagues that I was leaving for Portland Community College, she said “are you sad you’re not going to be doing scholarship anymore?” Why wouldn’t I? Portland Community College already has 3 Library Journal Movers and Shakers…
  • Taking a new path in a familiar place

    Meredith Farkas
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lisa Hinchliffe and I are currently analyzing data from a survey looking at factors that facilitate the creation of an assessment culture in community college libraries (it’s a sister study to the one we did with Amy Harris Houk on four-year and above schools reported on in C&RL). We’ll be presenting the results at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle in August. I’m not going to give away any big results here, but I will say that those of us at BA, MA and PhD-granting schools can learn a lot from community colleges about building a culture of assessment and a…
  • Is your big deal a good deal?

    Meredith Farkas
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We’ve all suspected it. We’ve all talked about it. Some have even written and spoken at conferences about it. But now we have hard evidence that there is incredible variation in terms of the amounts libraries are paying for the same content and that the variation doesn’t come close to relating to FTE or the number of PhDs graduated. In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is an article, “Evaluating big deal journal bundles,” that shows us what many institutions are paying for journal packages and the crazy inequality of it all.
  • We contain multitudes

    Meredith Farkas
    13 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about how people choose to define themselves and what happens when things in their world challenge that definition. This is probably because I spent the weekend with someone close to me who pretty much defines himself by his work, and also read a blog post by a friend with a new baby who is struggling to reconcile who she is professionally in light of this sea change in her life. But also, in my own life, I know that that there are a lot of different pieces of my identity, but only a few by which I really define myself. I know that I’m the same person…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    What I Learned Today...

  • Bookmarks for August 23, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Open Source Game Clones This site tries to gather open-source reimplementations of great old games in one place. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 23, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Role Playing Games and Libraries Games & Meebo My Famous Hubby
  • Bookmarks for August 19, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Beautiful Open Beautiful Open is a showcase of sites for open source projects that have been well designed. It’s built and curated by @trek. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 19, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Evaluating Open Source Google Sites for All Open Source Runs the Web
  • Bookmarks for August 4, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= BorrowLenses Rent camera bodies, lenses, lighting kits, and more Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 4, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Digital Cameras – I’m up for Suggestions Camera Finder – Part 2
  • Bookmarks for August 3, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= SumAll A powerful data analytics tool that allows our customers to view all of their data in one simple, easy-to-use visualization. Social media, e-commerce, advertising, e-mail, and traffic data all come together to provide a complete view of your activity. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 3, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Bug Me Not Web Design Commercial Permalinks in Gmail
  • Bookmarks for July 30, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Code Monster from Crunchzilla Code Monster from Crunchzilla is an interactive tutorial for kids that focuses on action. Code changes immediately yield visible results. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 30, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Make friends in airports How To Get More Kids To Code Governments Urging the use of Open Source
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    LJ INFOdocket

  • Reference: U.S. Dept. of Defense: DARPA’s Open Catalog Expands Listings

    Gary Price
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    From the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): The DARPA Open Catalog—a six-month-old public web portal that organizes and shares the results of DARPA research—today [August 29] expanded its research listings to include peer-reviewed publications and other material from the agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO) and Defense Sciences Office (DSO). Along with that expansion, the website now offers open source software, peer-reviewed publications and other research materials from the majority of programs in the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) that have…
  • Library of Congress Announces Recipients of 2014 Literacy Awards

    Gary Price
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    From LC: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced at the Library of Congress National Book Festival the winners of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. The recipients are: David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): Room to Read Room to Read, founded in 2001, believes that world change starts with educated children and that the best way to create long-term systemic change in the developing world is through literacy and gender equality in education. It focuses on literacy as the foundation of all…
  • NPR Report: Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford

    Gary Price
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Note: A slightly longer version of the report from today’s NPR Morning Edition (posted below) was broadcast (and published online) by Chicago Public Media/WBEZ on July 23, 2014. From the NPR: Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254. With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools. It’s not that there’s a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it’s…
  • Wikipedia Begins Beta Testing of “Other Projects Sidebar” & Adds Search Syntax

    Gary Price
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    A couple of items we discovered via the latest edition of the Wikimedia Engineering Report (September 1, 2014). 1. You can now opt-in and participate in a beta test of the “Other Projects Sidebar” with links provided by WikiData. From a Wikimedia Mailing List: [Opting-in] will add a new section to the sidebar of an article. This section will contain links to related articles in other sister projects. Which projects are shown can be configured per-wiki. It works only on projects supported by Wikidata. It is already deployed as a default feature for all users in the French and…
  • Labor Day 2014: Fast Facts About Workers, Working, and Jobs in the U.S.

    Gary Price
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Here are a few examples of what you’ll find in the complete Labor Day  2014 “Fact for Features” roundup compiled by the U.S. Census. 155.6 million Number of people 16 and over in the nation’s labor force in May 2013. Top 3 Largest Occupations 2012 (Full Report Lists Top 10) 1. Retail salespeople Number of Employees: 4,485,180 2. Cashiers Number of Employees: 3,343,470 3. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food Number of Employees: 3,022,880 49% Projected percentage growth from 2012 to 2022 in the number of personal care aides (580,800).
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ALM RSS Feeds

  • MOOCs and Library Trends Report discussed at WLIC

    LBORMAN
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Pierre Dillenbourg, the academic director of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), spoke on his expertise, massive open online courses (MOOCs), during the August 20 plenary session at the 2014 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France. Dillenbourg organized the first European summit on MOOCs in 2013, and spoke both passionately and humorously.
  • ALA and German Library Association Sign Agreement

    LBORMAN
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young and Barbara Lison, a representative of the German library association Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), signed an agreement on Tuesday, August 19, at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France, establishing a collaboration between the two organizations through 2019.
  • Turn Up the Volume

    bgoldberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Denver Public Library (DPL) has announced a new service called Volume. The product is intriguing: 37 albums of DRM-free downloadable or streamable music by Colorado artists. The music is available to any DPL cardholder for two years as a downloadable file; after that, it will be archived by the library, and may be rebroadcast.
  • Photos from the Exhibit Hall at WLIC 2014 in Lyon

    LBORMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    IFLA’s World Library Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France offers a modest-sized but busy exhibit hall. The hall opened Monday to a large crowd sampling new database offerings as well as information about associations and vendors from across the world. ALA’s booth was packed for the opening, and has remained busy.
  • High and Low Tech at World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France

    LBORMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Sometimes, low tech trumps high tech. At Tuesday morning’s plenary session of IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, French journalist Florence Aubenas talked about her kidnapping and six-month imprisonment in Iraq in 2005 and the time since.
Log in