Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
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.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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
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?
database training podcasts
photos from photo sharing sites (Flickr, Multiply…)
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?
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 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)
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.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Presenter: K.G. Schneider, Research & Development Consultant, College Center for Library Automation
"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. "
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
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
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
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Would something like this work in our library?
Monday, July 16, 2007
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
Monday, July 9, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I thought the description of "Library Thing for Libraries" was especially interesting.
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
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Video: Microsoft's Surface Computing technology has been kept under wraps for five years.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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
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
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
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?
Monday, April 23, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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.
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
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
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
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
There is now a Flickr group for Librarian Trading Cards:
Flickr Librarian Trading Cards
and a free tool to create a Trading Card for Flickr...
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
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:
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 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?
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.
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?
Friday, March 30, 2007
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?
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?
Monday, March 26, 2007
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
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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):
- Emergency notifications and campus closing
- Targeted messaging- i.e. "Gibson's is running a 5% discount on nursing textbooks today."
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
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
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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?