April 30, 2005

You know it's a good article making the rounds when....

Dr. O'Connor at UNT sends it to the doc students.


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August 06, 2004

Marcia Bates on Information Science

We were assigned a wonderful article for SLIS 6000 by Marcia Bates called "Mining the Substrate of Information Science," in which she discusses the underlying functions of the discipline. here are my thoughts, as posted to our class board:

“Currently,” Bates writes, “the wheel is being reinvented everyday on the information superhighway” because of digital information and the leaps and bounds of IT. Bates states that IS folks have been bypassed and we have all the expertise. When you want something done right pertaining to information, get a librarian to do it! I appreciated that sentiment.

When Bates mentions we need to make ourselves know or “be washed away in the flood” I was reminded that many of the biggest innovations in the Web world were done NOT by LIS folk but by the Amazon people or the Google guys. Where have all the librarians been? Sadly, I think many have been trying to catch up. The wave/flood is a swift current!

Representing information..creating databases and catalogs. Librarians figuring out how to represent a patron’s question. These passages were wonderful!

I also agree that we do not need to be subject specialists but specialists in the information world. To a further degree I would make this claim for librarians and “techiness.” Every librarian does not have to be a total IT whiz, but a strong foundation of tech-literacy is a good thing to stand on.

Recorded information. The universe of recorded information. How people use it. If we design ANYTHING in a library setting from web pages to instructional classes on how to use the web, we are looking at how our users seek, retrieve and use information. We also try to stay aware of new methods of transfer and retrieval. IM is one that many folks are starting to discuss in LIS settings. RSS (“Rich Site summary”) is another. No matter what vehicle, bates states that “we always follow the information.”

Finally – it was refreshing to read Bates’ passage about humor in the IS world. I would not survive in a stuffy room of hunched, sneering scientists!! (I also heard that Llewellyn C. Puppybreath III gave an exciting speech at ALA in Orlando but I missed it!)

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April 30, 2004

Poem on Your Blog Day

Ok icontemplate, I'm in. A bit of verse that Stevie eventually turned into a song about the AIDS crisis:

And walking through the room together
In suspended animation
No one saw us go - No one said goodbye
And from my heart I leave behind
Great expectations
And that you find the answers to your questions
And that life will once more be a celebration
And that you will be touched by an angel

Stevie Nicks

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April 29, 2004

Pondering a New Service?

Library consultant Richard Dougherty detailed the 5 requirements of offering digital reference in the May 2002 issue of American Libraries. They include:

• Staffing
• Acquiring the Technology
• Training staff
• Promotion
• Creating policy

These five gems could be applied to any technology planning in a library setting. You can't do one part and not do the other or you are setting your service up to fail. An untrained staff? No promotion? Forget about it!

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April 18, 2004

Develop an Organizational Content Strategy Now

Steven points to this article about blogs in corporations and it's a good one:


He urges us to apply it to library blog environments. I agree. Note:

"10. Develop an organizational content strategy now

Email, blogs, wikis, Web, voice mail, faxes, newsletters, advertising, PR. No wonder it is so hard for organizations to speak with the consistent voice that is so critical for branding. An organizational content strategy can ensure consistency, vibrancy and value for employees, customers, suppliers and others."

WOW! Does your library blog exsist in its own vacuum? It shouldn't. Library Web sites, blogs, fliers, cards, letterhead, everything should carry the same message and same voice. Guidelines for writing for the Web will help your blogging staff to be consistent and still satisfy their creative urges. I love Joe's posts at the SJCPL Lifeline... He has his own voice but still maintains the goals of the Web site and out marketing plan.

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April 08, 2004

Taming the Public Computer in Miami

I grabbed this from LISNews (I think) days ago and forgot to post it:


I work the reference desk and I know what it's like when all of your terminals are full. I've seen arguments, scary situations and downright nastiness over access to the Internet. I'm all about access but as the article states it needs to be fair access... not the same folks for 8 hours everyday.

What I wrestle with is the game players and chatters who tie up machines when other folks may want to research reports or personal matters. I know it's none of my business, but sometimes I feel 5 people having 2 hours each of Yahoo! Games is a waste or resources...

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Barbara Quint "Great Divide"

Did you miss this one? Or maybe it's time to re-read it... it's a gem:


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April 05, 2004

Soul Crushing Jobs

This one rocks my world too:


"Librarianship, as an industry, rewards competence with boredom and  money rather than enjoyable tasks.."

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Rachel Singer Gordon: NextGen Libs

I blogged this before but it deserves a close re-read. Gordon gets it!


She writes: "In order to keep up with constant change, our profession has the responsibility for integrating the contributions and perspectives of younger librarians into the field. The best way to start is by adopting their perspectives on and comfort with a variety of technological advances."

IM anyone? Unwired PDAs anyone? Walking Paper anyone?

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