Librarianship

Getting the most out of a professional conference

“Getting the most out of an in-person professional conference,” by Kathryn Greenhill, posted on Librarians Matter. “I just really miss that exciting feeling of stepping out of a conference session, where I didn’t really understand what the abstract in the programme meant, with my mind buzzing with trying to quickly assimilate the new knowledge and … Continue reading »

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Ten ways to use Pinterest in your library

Ellyssa Kroski, at iLibrarian, posted ten good ideas for using Pinterest in your library. Create recommended book boards. Highlight library staff. Spread the word about author talks. Create patron-contributed boards. Have a Pinterest board contest. Showcase educational videos and podcasts. Create an e-books board. Give patrons a library tour. Market upcoming events. Highlight a special … Continue reading »

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#libcodeyear; a.k.a. Code Year

Hello, world. This one sort of sneaked past me. By the time I knew about it, I already had too much planned to start in January, so I’m putting it off, maybe till March or April. It’s something called Code Year, part of Code Academy. In Code Year, you learn to program with weekly e-mailed … Continue reading »

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Librarian joke

Reposted from gin85 at Tumblr: Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate a murder. After examining the scene, Holmes announces that the killer was a librarian. “How can you tell?” asks Dr Watson. “Elementary my dear Watson. First, the murderer not only alphabetized the victim’s books, but shelved them by genre. There is the fact … Continue reading »

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NCompass Live: Presentation Skills‬

‪‪NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Presentation Skills‬. January 25, 2012. 1 hour 11 minutes. Presenters: – Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at SUNY Potsdam. – Jezmynne Dene, Director of the Portneuf (ID) District Library. – David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library. Very … Continue reading »

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A Brief History of eBooks and eReaders

‪A Brief History of eBooks & eReaders v3.0‬, presented by Michael Sauers, 1 December 2011. A half-hour presentation by Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian from the Nebraska Library Commission, about the history of eReaders, from Project Gutenberg to the Kindle Fire. At the end, there’s a short explanation of ebook file formats (ePub v. Kindle). … Continue reading »

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Three Mindsets of Search

Three Mindsets of Search, [pdf] by About.com. In September 2011, About.com released the results of their study on why people search for information. The survey results are aimed at advertisers (e.g., “How marketers can capitalize on an Answer Me moment”) but can also be of use to librarians. Excerpt: Study revealed three distinct search types: … Continue reading »

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Library 2.011 conference (Nov 2-4)

The virtual worldwide Library 2.011 conference took place November 2-4, 2011. The conference was free, as are the recordings of the talks and keynote speeches. There’s a lot of good stuff there and it’s going to take me a while to get through it all.

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The RDA Primer: a Guide for the Occasional Cataloger

The RDA Primer: a Guide for the Occasional Cataloger, by Amy Hart. In only 80 pages, Amy Hart makes RDA make sense. Yes, really. She covers the elements of FRBR and FRAD, how they relate to RDA, then summarizes each section with thorough yet understandable charts. Even though RDA isn’t quite ready for prime time, … Continue reading »

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