Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Open Access eAudiobooks

I wanted to highlight this comment to a previous post about open access:

Suzanne B said...

In a similar vein, I just came across a project to provide free audiobooks for works in the public domain: Librivox - acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.

Volunteers read chapters of these books and they are available to listen to on an MP3 player, iPod, your computer, or you can burn them on a CD.

For example, check out the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Maybe we should link to this project on our eAudiobooks page for people with iPods, since NetLibrary is not accessible for them.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Places One Can Find a Widget

There are some folks out there doing some very interesting things with widgets...check out these posts, one from the LibrarianInBlack, and this one from The Shifted Librarian. These examples talk about using the Meebo widget, but this might be possible using the AIM wimzi as well.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Jing Project

The Jing Project (strange name I know) is something to check out. The folks at TechSmith (Camtasia Studio, SnagIt) are at it again. Download the JingProject software (it's free for now), and play around with it. See what you think. Think of applications it may have in your personal or work life. Wondering what it is? Do I have your curiosity? Go for it.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Can you spot the Library?

Check out these pictures of Library exteriors. Students would definately know our location on campus if we had these!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Impact of Open Access

We are nearing a time when open access will have a considerable impact on one's ability to find and utilize enormous amounts of free digitized text in the form of books, journals, images and probably video as well online. Here is one example, The Universal Digital Library: Million Book Collection, thanks to the folks at Open Access News.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Scared to approach the Reference Desk?

I had flashbacks this week to a moment when I was an undergraduate at my college library doing research. I was confused, yet I was too embarrassed to approach the Reference Desk and admit I didn't know something. I remember wandering around the library looking for a particular source, not finding it, and then quietly leaving the library. I never asked for help.

At LCC Library, we do a lot to make ourselves approachable at the Reference desk, the pink "Please Bother Me" sign, our nameplates with photos... Now students can IM a librarian or use our Wimzi on the Ask a Librarian page. We have even talked about the possibility of expanding our virtual presence to places like Facebook, but what about having a physical presence around campus?

I have been spending some of my breaks when I am on campus in the LSARC and am impressed by the tutors available for various subjects. Maybe we could have a table in the LSARC with a sign for "Research Help" or "Ask a Librarian." A librarian could be there on duty with a laptop. Or we could have a librarian on duty in Kennedy Cafeteria or in the Writing Center or in the Language Skills Lab.

A few weeks ago, a writing instructor mentioned that some students are reluctant to ask for help at the Reference Desk. She suggested having the Instruction Room open at times that many writing classes are scheduled during the weeks that students have conferences. A librarian could be on call in the Instruction Room for research help.

I know that we are already busy staffing the Reference Desk in the library. But, we could try the Instruction Room Reference idea and Roving Reference out next semester on a trial basis, just a few hours a week. In the LSARC, who knows, tutors (who I believe are instructors) might even talk with us about their students' research needs.

By the same token, it would be great to have a stronger presence from Tutoring Services and the Writing Center in the library, beyond just having the brochures available to pass out. I used to work as a tutor in a Writing Center that was located in the library and much of what we do is similar. Last spring Tutoring Services offered a series of workshops in the library, and we referred many students who came to the reference desk to these workshops. What about having more joint programs between these different service areas?

We need to find new ways to make students aware of the strong support services available to them here at LCC.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Next Generation of Cubicles

Wow, maybe we don't need multimedia rooms. Maybe we should have some movable multimedia pods. Checkout this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2G3untYEHs

Monday, October 22, 2007

Information R/evolution

This video by Michael Wesch, the Kansas State professor who brought us such videos as The Machine is Us/ing Us and A Vision of Students Today, will get you thinking about the future of libraries and how students access information.

Thanks to Jenny, The Shifted Librarian for alerting me to this wonderful work.

Chronicle of Higher Educ Interview with Librarians

Here's an interesting article in a recent issue (Oct 19th) of The Chronicle of Higher Educ. The Chronicle interviewed 8 librarians under the age of 40 with some provocative questions. See what you think.

Creative Commons

I just stumbled across Creative Commons today. CC is a site that links to images, songs, etc. that have some or no rights reserved. You can search Google, Yahoo!, flickr, blip.tv, OWL, and SpinXpress for subjects in a variety of media. Those who have never heard of it might want to take a look. It's a pretty interesting collection.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Comparison/Contrast of 4 Different Search Engines for Finding Online Videos

I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal where the author tested 4 different search engines (Blinkx.com, Google Video, Yahoo Video and the new Truveo, a subsidiary of AOL) for finding online videos.
If you don't have time to read the article in its entirety, jump to the last page and look at the compare/contrast evaluation grid that the author created for these search engines.
Also, consider using Truveo.com and judge for yourself!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

RSS feeds: a brief introduction

What is an RSS feed and an RSS feed reader?
This three minute video will give you a basic understanding of RSS feeds and readers.

Check out Suzanne's shared items in Google Reader.

How can I get started?
Tutorial for getting started with Google Reader

What kind of information can you subscribe to in your reader?
book reviews
database training podcasts
photos from photo sharing sites (Flickr, Multiply…)
news articles
blogs
library database rss feeds
library database searches (available in Gale databases)
library catalog searches
government agency feeds

Where can I find out more about the use of RSS feeds in Libraries?
RSS Feeds for Libraries

Where can you put RSS feeds?
courseware (Angel)
webpages
faculty pages
library research portal, e.g. LCC Firescience portal

What if a webpage doesn’t offer an RSS feed?
You can create a feed with Feedity or Ponyfish

How can I put an RSS feed in a webpage?
Use this free tool Feed2JS

Please post ideas about how you might use RSS feeds for professional development or how the library and tutoring services might use RSS feeds to serve students and faculty.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LibraryLookup

I read about this on the Parent Hacks blog, of all places.

LibraryLookup is a bookmarklet that, once installed on your browser's toolbar, will allow you to search your local library from inside Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc. They didn't have one created for LCC so I made one: Lansing Community College.

If you are using Firefox, just drag it up to your toolbar and you're set!
If you are using IE, right click on the link and add to your favorites; approve the addition; and choose the Links folder within your favorites. (Contact me if you would like instructions on how to break your links drop-down out into a horizontal list)

ETA: Per the wikipedia definition, a bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or stored within a hyperlink on a webpage.

In order to use this bookmarklet, you first add it to your toolbar following the directions above and then search for a book in amazon.com or bn.com. To see if LCC owns that book you then click on the bookmarklet and it will re-run your search in our catalog by stripping the ISBN from the your Amazon search and then searching the catalog by that same ISBN.

I know that some of the selectors work through Amazon so I thought it would be helpful if they were able to check the catalog without leaving Amazon.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Pictures from Howell Parker High School visit

Here's the link to my Picasa Web Album so you can view all of the photos from our trip easily. Click on slideshow at top left once you see the pictures.


http://picasaweb.google.com/Michele7152/HowellParkerHighSchoolLCCLivingstonCountyCenterVisit

Death to Library Jargon

I wanted to post the following announcement about a workshop which gives tips for marketing library resources in language that is understandable to library patrons. This is a free, online workshop at 11am on October 11 offered by OPAL.

Presenter: K.G. Schneider, Research & Development Consultant, College Center for Library Automation
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OPALannounce/message/89

"You spend valuable time and money maintaining your library's resources. Are you certain that your users are getting the most out of what you provide? Attend this workshop and you will learn writing techniques that will showcase the library's databases, events and collections in print and on the Web. Karen Schneider, noted technology expert and author of the Free Range Librarian blog, will discuss her top tips for avoiding library jargon and re-framing library services using positive language. "

Social sites for the older set

According to last week's NY Times article, it's not just the Millennials who are using social sites. They are now becoming popular with Boomers. As we discuss bringing the library into Second Life, etc., we would do well to remember the social sites that are geared to an older demographic.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Generation Next 2.0

PBS is airing a documentary about Millennials called Generation Next 2.0 (People ages 16 to 25 comment on technology, social activities, and the future of the U.S. - desc. from WKAR). It's airing again Thursday, September 13, 11pm. The film also interviews the authors of Millennials Rising, which is available here at the LCC Library.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Feed Me! Feedity!

Now that I have your attention! Sorry, this is not a post about food!

Feedity is a service that will create an RSS feed for any webpage, alerting you to changes to that webpage. As we take the library website to be more web 2.0, perhaps a service such as Feedity is something that WIT is already discussing?

Monday, July 23, 2007

"Marketing Your Library's Online Resources"

On July 16th Ruth Dukelow posted "Marketing Your Library's Online Resources" on the MLC Blog.
In her post she provides a great link (my opinion) to a Library Marketing Kit that ProQuest has available. "The kit includes a how-to guide on marketing online resources, a digital ad that can be downloaded to a library’s home page, and customizable promotional materials — patron brochure, promotional flier, press release and radio script."
Lots of good freebie information/ideas for us- no?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Collection Development

How do you learn about new books? Yesterday I heard this short but interesting NPR story on Morning Edition discussing how readers are turning to literary blogs as print book review sections are being eliminated. However, librarians are still wary of the blogs because they lack the credibility associated with newspapers...

Listen here.

OPEN Library

Imagine - All the books free and 'wikified'
The Internet Archive is working on a giant books wiki with roughly half a million books and growing. Check out their website: http://demo.openlibrary.org/

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Increasing traffic in the library using creative strategies like speed dating and poker tournaments

The Georgia Tech library has an annual event called CeliBration, where they hold events like speed dating and Ninja Tag in the library to get students to associate fun things with the library (not just studying). If you go to the link be sure to read the whole thing especially where it reads "Justification..." Also, there is a very candid discussion about this very subject in the form of a highly professional podcast entitled The Barb, Chelsea and Cindy Show, created by three very dedicated staff members at the LCC library. This podcast is located on the computer in room 201J and was created using the software Castblaster. Please feel free to listen to this podcast. Just click the Castblaster demo icon.

Would something like this work in our library?

Monday, July 16, 2007

ERB, Lifelong Learning, Literacy, Reader Development Program, READ

Although this is not a library 2.0 topic, it is a 2.0 way to invite participation! This summer, I have been working on reorganizing the Easy Reading Browsing collection (otherwise known as ERB). In meeting with faculty last spring, one suggestion I received was to rename the collection, but nobody had any suggestions for a new name.

The collection was originally called ERB because readers might be embarrassed to ask for the Easy Reading collection, hence the acronym. The Browsing part of the acronym came about because the collection is not arranged by LC call number.

In the search for a new name, I have been browsing other library websites. I have found Lifelong Learning collections, Literacy collections, and the Reader Development Program.

Other ideas I had were to name the collection after a famous person who struggled with reading, or a retired LCC reading teacher, or a successful LCC reading student. Then, the other day, I thought of calling it the READ Collection. It is built to encourage new readers and it supports the students in the READ classes, simple right? There is even an ALA poster with the word READ translated into multiple languages which could be posted near the collection to welcome ESL readers . I found one other community college in Hawaii with a READ collection for (more advanced) first year reading students.

What do you think about the idea of renaming ERB, the READ collection? Do you have any other suggestions for a name?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Looking for A Good Source of Podcasts on e-Learning Technologies/Strategies?

Registering on LearningTimes is free and easy. You can listen to many different podcasts with discussion of new e-technologies and applications thereof regarding teaching and learning. Can join discussion groups as well.

Yet another fun 2.0 site

This site, good reads, has the potential to not only keep track of all the books in your collection, the ones you've read, the ones you want to read, the ones you should read, but also keep track of your friends books and reviews. You can also upload your own writing, write reviews, participate in book discussions and probably a lot more...I've just barely started to explore the possibilities.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Interesting Site that Ranks and Tracks Web Traffic

Alexa.com is a web company that ranks and tracks web traffic. Very simply you can key in a web site address and note the statistics. It's interesting, too, to compare the stats on similar type sites. See what you think.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

OPAC ideas...

I ran across some ideas for using social software in libraries on the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase, an online unconference planned around the time of ALA.

I thought the description of "Library Thing for Libraries" was especially interesting.
http://showcase.litablog.org/index.php/Tim_Spalding

For example, examine this catalog record for Bridget Jone's Diary in the Danbury Library catalog. "Other Editions and Translations" are added to the catalog record (you can see a sound recording of the book & a version listed in Spanish). If you scroll down the record, you will see suggestions of "Similar Titles" and "Tags." This data is pulled from Library Thing. This might be more relevant for public libraries, but could become useful for academic libraries as well...

I think that WIT is planning to give patrons the opportunity to add reviews of books to our catalog. I look forward to seeing that feature of the catalog in action.

Could our catalog provide spell check features, such as "Did you mean x?"

Could information from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) or a link to IMDB records be added to catalog records for movies?

I know that some of these features are not technically possible yet for OPACs, but what do you dream that our OPAC could do?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Second Life - Not so Real Life

Have you checked out Second Life yet? Well, if you haven't you should and if you have, you'll find this video very funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flkgNn50k14

Feed Reader, RSS...What's All the Fuss?

Do you know what an RSS Reader is? Wondering why you would want to use one? This video RSS in Plain English will go a long way in helping to explain it all.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Talk About Technology 2.0 !

Have you seen Microsoft's surface computing technology? Check out the wowability of this. Click on zdnet link and then scroll and look for video on rt hand side.
clipped from www.zdnet.com
Video: Microsoft's Surface Computing technology has been kept under wraps for five years.
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Monday, June 4, 2007

The Portal to Texas History

This incredible video was brought to my attention via The Shifted Librarian. A really good example of how video can be used to market digital content.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A 44th Thing

Have you been quickly whittling down your list of 43 Things this summer? Here are a few more that I think are fun.

Good Reads - Their tag is "See what your friends are reading!" For those who like Library Thing.

Wists - Social Shopping. Shareable image bookmarks.

This Next - Social Shopping. "Recommend, share, and discover great products."

Last FM - "The Social Music Revolution"

Monday, May 21, 2007

YouTube Library Videos

Ok, here's the link to the Librarian Dialogues that was suggested from Elenka's email. This YouTube video is a "must see"- too funny. Listen to what poor Susan is pleading for.
How 'bout if we have a YouTube "brown bag" this summer? Again in the fall? All participants bring 1 (or more) of their favorite YouTube video(s) suggestions for viewing and we'll reserve to 224 for lunch and laughs!
If 5 or more people write a comment to this post and express a "Thumbs Up" for a YouTube brown bag then I say we go for it.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

How many blogs? What kind of blogs?

Check out "the blogging libraries Wiki" here
You can also get there by clicking on the "blogwithoutalibrary" link in the top right hand column, then clicking on the green circle with the title the blogging libraries wiki!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Killer Librarian on Youtube.com

"The Librarian" -- the killer librarian on YouTube -- makes a compelling argument for installing compact shelving. The black and white is paired nicely with the music and lyrics. What do you think?

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Fun Library 2.0 things you can do this summer!

Summertime and the learning is easy..... If you get bored, you might want to check out some fun library 2.0 things you could try per the link below. At the end of the summer, let me know what you did! Rewards are promised LOL.

http:www.sirsi.com/Pdfs/Company/Abram/InfoTech_Feb2006.pdf

Monday, April 30, 2007

Flickr as a possible training tool for new library student workers?

I remember Claire mentioning that there has been a lot of turnover with student employees which leads to a lot of work training new staff. The presentation below discusses using Flickr as a training tool to supplement face to face training with a visual component.

If you want to listen to the entire presentation about Flickr, check out the podcast and links below...
Or just check out the creator's Flickr training account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gmtstudents

And the wiki for the student manual: http://wiki.zsr.wfu.edu/studentassistants/index.php/GMT

Do you all think this type of training might be useful to supplement face to face training for student employees in our library?
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Monday, April 23, 2007

The Next Chapter

According to a recent survey, Library staff have voted to name this blog The Next Chapter. Congratulations to Pam Fowler who suggested the name.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Designing Our Library Space using SketchUp

I spotted a great 3D design program called SketchUp ( Google owns it ) and it is free. I came across it in the Ubiquitous librarian. Since we are all thinking about "expanding our collaborative computer spaces throughout the library" I thought that this might be a great tool. I have taken a few of the tutorials and it seems to be very easy to use. Seriously... you draw a square press a button and the square becomes a room! Amazing! Then you can put up shelves, desks, doors, computers (I haven't discovered the jacuzzi icon yet). Apparently it works a lot like the SIMS games.

But let's imagine ...we will be able to see how many computers we can fit into any given space. Maybe we don't need an architect. Or we can give an architect a better idea of what we need. The Ubiquitous librarian guy has a little demo on YouTube.

Computers in Libraries Conference @ VA

Hello LCC Lib-ers:
Blogging with y'all from the CIL 2007 conference in Arlington, VA. Check out their wiki its cool! As Kim shared with you, Lorraine & I had an amusement park ride airplane trip into VA on Sunday. The weather here has been blah! Wind gusts of 50 mph. But we donot have the flodding as up the east coast.

The conference is a buzz about Social Media Software's impact on Libraries. Lot's of great info here...very exciting stuff!

I've had a chance to chit-chat with librarians from all types of libraries. Lorraine & I had our picture taken for the NJ state library blog! They promised to let us know when we are posted, stay tuned!

This conference has over 2000 participants and 48 states representated -- the 2 missing are..... North & South Dakota! Go figure?

Lorraine and I had a chance to briefly talk with a VA Polytech librarian! Phew! What that campus is going through is heart-breaking.

Later -- Suzanne Sawyer -- blogging between sessions :-)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Name This Blog! Time to Vote

The deadline to submit your suggestions for what this blog should be called has passed and it's time to vote! You have until Friday, April 20th to cast your VOTE!

The winning name will be annouced here on Monday the 23rd of April.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wither Reference?

If you haven't read the article that Elenka sent via e-mail you can link to it here
and then post your thoughts in a comment.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

We have an end date for naming this blog!

The "Name This Blog Contest" will be over on Friday the 13th. Oooooh scary!

So get your ideas in for naming this blog quick-like! We will be selecting a winner and a runner-up with prizes yet to be determined, though I hear they could be quite enticing. Good luck, once again, and get those creative juices flowing!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Librarian Trading Cards

I ran across the idea of Librarian Trading Cards the other day and thought it could be a fun to try it out at our library. Trading cards are basically creative versions of business cards used to market library services.

Librarians at Gould Library created librarian trading cards for Subject liason librarians to have available at the Reference desk to pass out to students:
Carleton's Gould Library Librarian Trading Cards http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/help/help/liaisons/cards/

Another college used this idea and made its own set of cards:
Williams College Librarian Trading Cards
http://www.williams.edu/library/trading-cards.php

There is now a Flickr group for Librarian Trading Cards:
Flickr Librarian Trading Cards
http://www.flickr.com/groups/librariancards/

and a free tool to create a Trading Card for Flickr...
http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/deck.php

Could we try out this idea at LCC Library? Since librarians don't have specific subject area assignments, we could just make one card to market our "Ask a Librarian" service, maybe with a picture of the whole staff (http://www.lcc.edu/library/about-the-library/staff-photo.htm). Or we could create a graphic for our Ask a Librarian Trading Card of the LCC Super Librarian, similar to the New Jersey State Library Super Librarian: http://www.njlibraries.org/ NJ even created a contest for teens to come up with a backstory for the Super Librarian.

So, what do you all think about the Librarian Trading Card idea? Might we try it at LCC? It seems like a fun idea that is relatively easy to implement to advertise our services to library patrons.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bloggers, wikimeisters, and 100 kinds of tequila

Dateline: Baltimore

Friday night I participated in “Dinner with Colleagues.” In this activity, you sign up to eat dinner at a local restaurant with a group of other conference attendees. The dine-outs were organized around topics. I chose “Blogs and Wikis” and found myself with 15 aficionados at the Blue Agave, a Mexican restaurant boasting 100 different kinds of tequila. I got my kicks, however, from my lively companions, who shared all kinds of projects and ideas. Here are a few:

Blogs

Library blogs for promoting events, general information, new books, etc.
A “desk blog” allows reference librarians to share news about new assignments.
Consensus that personal blogs are really challenging to maintain.

Wikis

Wikis are being used for reference desk and circulation manuals—easy to update.
A wiki for library instruction, with much flexibility on who can access it.
A wiki for coordinating library projects at different campus locations.
BizWiki at Ohio State (?) is a great example of a subject-specific wiki.

Other items of interest

A focus group at one colleague’s library revealed that students love IM but want librarians to stay out of Facebook. These students prefer to go to librarians, rather than have librarians hunt them up online.

One librarian reported 600 downloads of podcasts on how to use various resources such as the library’s new metasearch product. The library had placed a podcasts link on its homepage.

Food for thought

Would my reference desk colleagues like to see a blog for reference desk reminders and FYIs? How about turning our reference librarian training manual into a wiki?

Debby

We dream about it. Portland State is doing it.

Dateline: Baltimore

On Friday, three librarians from Portland State University addressed a packed session on the topic “Library Mashups for the Virtual Campus: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Create a New Current Awareness Service.”

They described how the library developed Topic Watch, a mashup using several technologies to deliver program-specific resources to faculty via the university’s Luminis portal. Topic Watch provides channels for RSS feeds and blogs, podcasts and videocasts, Del.icio.us, and articles. This last allows faculty to search directly from the portal page and list titles of the first five hits without ever leaving the portal. The article feature also incorporates Serials Solution’s Article Linker. In addition to these channels, Topic Watch includes a YouTube channel, but the library is running into copyright issues, as you might imagine. So far, the library has developed two Topic Watch subject areas: Business and Film Studies.

Topic Watch comprises one of several channels on a library “tab” on the university portal. Other channels include QuickLinks, Ask Us, Databases and Full-Text Resources, and several others.

To develop Topic Watch, Portland used HTML, JavaScript, XML, CSS, and Asynchronous JavaScript, as well as well as something called “screen scraping.”

Portland State is “considering” sharing their programming for Topic Watch via a Creative Commons license. The presenters encouraged librarians to contact them if interested.

Food for thought

What would it take to convince our ITS leadership to add a library tab to LCC’s new portal?
If we had a library tab, who would be the audience(s) for its resources and what would those resources be?
Do we have the skills to develop a tab like Portland’s?

Debby

Friday, March 30, 2007

Big Brother and Library 2.0

Dateline: Baltimore

Another thought-provoking ACRL conference session was Edward Corrado's presentation: "Privacy and Library 2.0: Do They Conflict?" Ed, the library systems guy at the College of New Jersey Library, reminded his audience that we've long attempted to protect patron privacy by reducing the number and duration of patron records to a minimum. However, those shiny new Web 2.0 resources like RSS feeds and blogs can create quite a trail of user interests.

To find out what we think about this, Ed conducted a Web-based survey among the members of several library email lists in September 2006. Nearly 85% of his respondents said privacy issues are a great concern, and 75% thought librarians should address privacy issues in library instruction sessions. However, only 8% said they post any warnings about privacy at links to websites, databases, and other resources on their websites.

Ultimately, Ed concluded, librarians need to lobby for laws that protect library patron privacy in these areas.

Food for thought

As we consider taking our library farther into Library 2.0, what privacy issues should we consider?
Should we provide privacy / confidentiality warnings on the library website? Would these discourage students from using these resources?
How could we educate students about Web 2.0 privacy concerns in library instructions sessions?

Debby

What's a nice librarian like you doing in Facebook?

Dateline: Baltimore

Greetings! This morning I attended my first ACRL program--"From Midnight Breakfast to Facebook.com: Social Networking and the Small College Library." The speaker was Liz Wavle, director of the Elmira (NY) College Library. Elmira is a small liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1200 students. With such a small student body, faculty and students get to know each other pretty well, and there are a number of traditions that bring them together. For example, once a year, faculty serve students a hot "midnight breakfast."

Liz Wavle and other library staff are enhancing their relationships with students via Facebook profiles--a smart move, considering that over 1000 of Elmira's students participate in this social network. Liz reported that within a few minutes of posting her profile, several students asked to be her friend. Liz uses her profile to enhance communication about the library and to notify her "friends"--who now number over 200--about library events and news.

Liz's tips for librarian Facebook wannabes

1. Be authentic. Share a few personal and professional facts about yourself.
2. Post photos.
3. Be a friend: respond to friends, send birthday wishes, join Facebook groups.
4. Keep your profile updated.
5. Remember that information you post is "public."

Did you know?

Liz says the time committment to remain her profile is small. Since Facebook uses a template, it's fast and easy to set up and maintain a profile. Liz spends a "few minutes" each week to post information to her profile.

Any profile should be about a person, not an institution or a library. In summer 2006, Facebook pulled all institutional profiles for that very reason. However, as an individual, you can include lots of information about your library.

Food for thought

Could LCC librarian profiles help us build relationships with students and help us tell the library's story? What do you think?

Debby

Monday, March 26, 2007

webOPAC 2.0

These two library catalogs were discussed at WIT last week and I thought everyone might like to see a couple of catalogs that are really "outside of the box"!

1. Plymouth State University -- This was created in-house using WordPress, a blogging program. Plymouth State is a III library and they are some how able to overlay the WordPress site on to their catalog. The creator will be sharing the coding once he has ironed out the bugs.

2. Carroll County Public Library -- This is a Dynix library that is using a program called AquaBrowser on top of their OPAC. Do a keyword search and check out the search constellation on the left side of the screen. Very neat! I believe that AquaBrowser can work with any ILS. I will be contacting them for some more information.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New book

Just an FYI -- the following title is now available Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (HD 69 .S8 T37 2006)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Library 2.0 in 15 minutes a day

I found this wiki today and thought I'd share:
Here

Some of the items aren't really Library 2.0 but they are things we should be familiar with in order to stay current with our students.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

IM Product Called Pronto

Today I attended a webcast on IMing w/students. The presenter, Eric Kunnen, works in the IT dept at Grand Rapids Comm College. Eric was "singing the praises" of Horizon Wimba's school-centric product called Pronto.

What follows are a few of my notes from the webcast:
  • Pronto communicates w/WebCt and Bb right now; will communicate with Angel fall'07
  • Pronto is free; Pronto Plus is not free
  • Don't have to be logged into WebCt, Bb, etc to use Pronto
  • Classmates are auto populated
  • Common platform for academic contacts
  • Instructor overides and has user preferences
  • Ability to link multiple sites

Here are a couple of future IM applications that Gr Rapids CC is discussing (thought these were interesting):

  1. Emergency notifications and campus closing
  2. Targeted messaging- i.e. "Gibson's is running a 5% discount on nursing textbooks today."

Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Librarian's 2.0 Manifesto

Here's the video that Elenka mentioned in her e-mail. Post comments right here!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Five Weeks to a Social Library

I stumbled across an online course called Five Weeks to a Social Library
Week 1 - Blogs
Week 2 - RSS and Social Bookmarking
Week 3 - Wikis
Week 4 - Flickr and Social Networking Software
Week 5 - Selling Social Software at Your Library

The course is put together by Meredith Farkas who writes the blog Information Wants to Be Free

The course has already started (February 12 to March 17), but links to articles, webcasts, wikis, etc. will remain online, so you can go through the content anytime.

There is a wiki for the course called Sociallibraries

There is even a wiki called Social Library Lurkers for people who are not officially enrolled in the course!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Just to get things going

Great work setting up this Bog, Karl!

Here are a few ideas for Blog names to start the ball rolling:

LCC Library BLOG1

Library Blog@LCC

StarBLOG@LCC Library

BlogSTAR@LCC Library

Library STARBlog@LCC

LIBSTARBLOG@Lansing Community College

Friday, February 23, 2007

Name this Blog Contest!

I'm soliciting your help to Name this Blog!

Any and all ideas are welcome. The winner will receive many kudos and prizes will be awarded. To submit an idea just add a comment to this post. Good luck!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Some thoughts and links from Suzanne B.

Here are some library 2.0 ideas that other libraries are trying that I think are promising...

University of Illinois Undergraduate Library has a page both on MySpace and Facebook. They don't advertise their page because that wouldn't be "cool" but they have already gotten over 400 friends without advertising. On the page there is a blog and a search box for books and articles from the library. So, they can actually get to the library catalog/databases right from MySpace.

U of I's MySpace Page

I also saw that Michigan State University Library created a search box to go with a personalized Google page which allows users to search the catalog/databases directly from their personalized Google page.

Even better, University of Illinois created their own search bar that works with either Firefox or Internet Explorer. It allows you to search departmental library websites, ask a Librarian, library's catalog, Online Research, the campus phonebook and Google:
University of Illinois Toolbar (I-GO)

I came across some of these ideas on David Lee King's blog.

Do you see anything here we might try at LCC?
Suzanne

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