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?