Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On a similar note, two students who participated in a card sort activity this week with Kim were entranced with the card labeled My Library Account. They thought that this meant they could create their own library starting page with personalized links, links to their syllabi, textbooks, etc.
Thinking about this, I did a quick search and found this article about creating a start page for library staff members with NetVibes. You can see a sample portal. It could include links to the library blogs, rss feeds, the library email reference account, our AskLCCLibrary AIM account....
This idea of personalized portals for both staff and possibly our library webpage is worth considering.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc."
Check out the features listed on their website at: http://www.gimp.org/about/introduction.html
They also have some decent HTML tutorials on a variety of topics at: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Just the other day I had a student, who was on a library tour, ask at the reference desk if we provided reference service via texting. I said, "Not yet, but that is where we are heading." He seemed pleased to hear that. I really feel that his query was just the tip of a might iceberg of service opportunity. Let's forge ahead carefully, but conscientiously, with full committment to serving our students as best we can.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
In the meantime, I uploaded/posted it to my blog as well. I hope to use it in classes this year and when I collaborate with nursing, massage and/or dental hygiene faculty.
Kudos to all who were involved in the producing of that video.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Have you ever looked at the ALA Read posters with the celebrity endorsements and wished you could be the star? Well now you can! Just use this little gizmo to create your own READ mini poster. So pick up your favorite book, or one that just happens to be nearby and snap a quick photo. You too can bask in the limelight!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Some really good posts in this blog include:
- info about a very interesting international Information Literacy logo contest; I like the winning logo, do you?
- TeacherTubes- insightful professional videos that promote IL
- "100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You've Never Heard Of"
- "Ten Social Networking Tips for Librarians"
- a post entitled, "Evaluation, Evaluation, Evaluation" mentions a recently published article co-authored by Michael Lorenzen (CMU librarian)- evaluation being the key part of IL
And get this, the posts have an audiocast button to click on.
See what you think.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
American Library Association receives $1 million grant from Verizon Foundation to study how gaming can be used to improve problem-solving and literacy skills
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
While being a face-to-face gathering of librarians some discussion has revolved around the need to facilitate larger gatherings like MLA and ALA annual conferences virtually, as well, using the internet to extend the interaction of smaller groups. Some of us wondered, wouldn't it be nice if these professional organizations made more of an effort to embrace new librarians, help provide a clearer path into professional service?
One of the sessions we organized revolved around the idea of networking for personal, professional, institutional, and political reasons. The conversation branched into the areas of mentorship, involvement in professional organizations, the value of networks and how to utilize them effectively both face-to-face and virtually.
Unconferencing is fun! It allowed all of the attendees (@35) to have a voice, feel included, and hopefully learn exactly what they had come to learn. I'm excited to unconference again sometime in the future and pleased that the conversation can continue on the New Librarians unConference page.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Planning is already underway for National Library Week 2009 and I hope you can be involved. Our 2009 theme will focus on "green" initiatives and I am requesting feedback from all library staff regarding activities for our Event. A list of suggested activities has been started and is available in our workspace at: https://ocs.lcc.edu/content/dav/lcc/workspaces/SASSEM-Learning-Assistance/Internal-Communications/Library-Teams/Communication-Outreach/Events/National-Library-Week/2009/NLW2009-event-ideas.doc
Please feel free to add your suggestions for possible activities, topics, and/or partners for this event. You'll also notice that a list of suggested actions on how our department can be "greener" has been started. Feel free to add your suggestions to this list as well. I hope that we'll be able to talk as a department about becoming a model of "greenness" and sustainability for the rest of the campus.
As I mentioned, the Communications and Outreach Team has already started to plan for National Library Week 2009. If you would like to be involved in planning, presenting, or in another aspect please feel free to contact me (Tori).
For a list of other suggested future topics or to suggest a future topic for National Library Week events, please visit the Library Events page on our wiki at: http://tiburon.lcc.edu/LibraryWiki/index.php/Library_Events#National_Library_Week
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
He shared a few statistics with us that I found interesting:
- The United States generates an equivalent amount of online content every fifteen minutes as the entire content of the Library of Congress (gathered from the 1880s to 2007)
- YouTube generates as much traffic in one day (7-10% of all traffic) as what was generated over the entire web in 2000
- In 2010, 20 typical American households will consume as much technology as the entire world did in 1998
- Previously, the digital divide was thought to be limited to race. This new "broadband divide" is now limited by income, age, and location -- race is no longer the primary factor.
His closing thought was that the internet revolution is the only revolution that is happening simultaneously around the world.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Check out the tutorial: How to Choose a Database Tutorial
The tutorial is 2 minutes 30 seconds long and 2.8 MB.
You can find the tutorial on the library website on the following pages:
- Library Databases webpage Click on the link to "How to Choose a Database" at the top of the page.
- Library Instruction webpage The tutorial is listed under "Resources for Faculty."
I looked over this article to learn about the ProQuest search widget! I wondered how it works so I followed the link to the library that's mentioned in the article. I tried this new ProQuest search widget and it all seems pretty magical to me. See what you think.
Use the link to the Friedsam Memorial Library of St. Bonaventure University. Scoll down a ways to find/use the PQ search widget (left-hand side).
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
"Libworld is a series of postings in which guest authors introduce the library and library related blogs of their particular country."
Check it out and see whats happening in library blogs around the world.
Friday, March 28, 2008
To use Photoshop Express you need the most recent version of Flash.
Read about and try it out here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopexpress/
Monday, March 24, 2008
I'd like to re-open a discussion about producing LCC library trading cards.
Follow this flickr url to see how creative and/or simple these can be (use the link to view them as a slide show).
What say you?
Monday, March 17, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
- Wikipedia Exercise (create a wikipedia article for yourself to demonstrate how every can add to Wikipedia)
- Evaluating Scholarly Sources with Wikipedia (use a Wikipedia article as a starting point for a discussion of evaluating all sources - cites an article which argues that ALL sources should be evaluated and that it is just as easy to find an outdated book on the shelf in the library, as a Wikipedia article with unreliable information)
In most classes, I don't have the chance to talk much about evaluating web sources, but when I do, I usually point out only the flaws of Wikipedia. How do you approach Wikipedia in library instruction? How should we present Wikipedia to our students? Are we doing students a disservice by focusing only on its flaws? Is understanding the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia an essential part of information literacy as knowledge is being created in new ways?
Friday, February 8, 2008
All three of our presentations are available in the department workspace in the infamous Internal-Communications folder. Follow this path to get to the presentations: Internal-Communications - Reports-Presentations - Presentations - Educause-2008. Each person has a folder with their presentation documents inside.
The Programmable Web
Educause Conference proceedings (warning: best viewed in FireFox)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
What is a Wiki ?
Wikis in Plain English video
There are hundreds of different kinds of wiki software to choose from. Check out the WikiMatrix
LibWiki uses Mediawiki software
Widespread Use - You'll be prepared to partipate in other wikis
Familiar - Used for Wikipedia
Examples of Wikis in the Library World
Sharing Best Practices & Professional Development
Library Success Wiki: A Best Practices Wiki
Michigan Library Consortium (MLC) Wiki
Library Outreach Wiki
Library Instruction Wiki
PALINET Leadership Network
Bizwiki from Ohio State University
Norwich Research Guides from the Kreitzberg Library
Florida State University Subject Guides
University of Texas Libraries How do I wiki?
Wiki as the Library Website
USC Aiken Gregg-Graniteville Library web site
Circulation Department Wiki: Procedures Manual
Part 2: Wiki Scavenger Hunt (20 minutes)
Part 3: Create a Personal Page (20 minutes)
Part 4: Brainstorm Uses of Wiki (10 minutes)
What are some possible ways that the wiki can be used by library staff for collaboration? Post your ideas in the LibWiki Suggestions section of the wiki.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
If you'd like to read the Times article, it's available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/business/03novel.html
Do you think there would be some Twine applications for our library?
I could immediatly see about a million applications for making our website more web 2.0. Not only that, there are a number of ways it could be used to make our internal processes more efficient. For example DabbleDB could be used to schedule instruction sessions or we could use it to design suvey forms and easily collect the data and create reports -- just to name two I'm thinking of right at this very moment!
Check it out, I'm sure you'll have lots of ideas too.
Thanks to Shawn for turning me on to this.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I've excerpted the following definition from her well thought out and heartfelt (and long) original post:
"I’ve tried to define Library 2.0 for myself. I see it as:
- Working to meet changing user needs - get to know your users and non-users, develop a culture of assessment, examine any and all assumptions about how services and systems should “be”, visiting other libraries and remembering what it is to be a patron, and then changing once you’ve figured it all out.
- Believing in our users - trusting them, listening to them, giving them a role in helping to define library services for the future
- Getting rid of the culture of perfect - being able and willing to experiment, learning from failure, being agile as an organization, continuously improving services based on feedback rather than working behind the scenes for ages to create the “perfect” product or service
- Being aware of emerging technologies and opportunities - looking for partnerships in your community or with other libraries, being aware of library and technology trends, giving staff time to try out new technologies and learn
- Looking outside of the library world for applications, opportunities, inspiration - understanding the culture of the technologies and how they are used by the public, seeing how technologies are implemented in non-profit and for-profit institution
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
So, you can check out some of the programs you might not have been able to attend.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I think this new publication is worth checking out. Consider looking at the table of contents of the 1st issue. I copied/pasted a portion of the Code4Lib J mission statement:
"Libraries have seized upon advances in computer technology, using computers and the Internet to offer unprecedented access to information and library resources. Ironically, the prodigious increase in tools for accessing information has left many with difficulty managing information about these tools. Projects are announced on blogs, in IRC channels, on websites, at conferences, and many other venues. It can require a research project just to find out what a tool does. Online professional/social networks help mitigate this problem, but entering into these networks can present an unnecessary obstacle to the uninitiated.The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) will provide an access point for people looking to learn more about these tools, about approaches and solutions to real-world problems, and about possibilities for building on the work of others, so that the wheel need only be invented once, and can then be cooperatively improved by all."