A Strange Feeling

My parents showed up at work tonight out of the blue.  Dad wanted to find his uncle and namesake’s obituary, but he couldn’t remember when he had died.  I swapped places with a coworker and headed into the periodicals area to help them look for the date and the microfilm. Dad was digging through the precious Continue Reading →

SCLA 2011: Library Research Consultations: Who Benefits Most

Speakers: Allison Fairfax, Reference Coordinator, Coastal Carolina UniversityAmanda MacDonald, English Adjunct, CCUBrooke Taxakis, Reference/Instruction, Campbell University The speakers are hoping to publish their study in a peer-reviewed journal.  I don’t want to steal their professional thunder by blogging their study in detail before they have a chance to seek publication, so here’s a quick summary Continue Reading →

SCLA 2011: Lose the Desk

Presenters: Rogan Hamby, Director of IT and Innovation, SCSL and James Stubbs, Digital Services Librarian, Florence County PL Their experiences with mobile reference services & digital checkouts Their conclusions suprised them. 🙂 Talk about tech as a whole.  Experiences at FloCo is largely about Apple products, but all mobile tech will have similar effects & Continue Reading →

Personalized Web at the Reference Desk

Just going to throw something out here: have you considered the implications of personalized search in your reference transactions? Websites like Google and Yahoo attempt to improve your experience on their sites by shaping what you see today based on the searches you’ve performed in the past.  Sounds fine, doesn’t it?  But there may be unintended Continue Reading →

ALA 2010: Libraries Wanted: Dead or Alive with Eppo Van Nispen tot Sevenaer

Intro by the President her two initiatives front-line library advocacy; different from legislative advocacy.  Advocacy with friends, relatives, neighbors, library users. ala.org -> advocacy university -> front line advocacy.  Have info to train front line staff for all types of libraries.  [2 librarians who came here with me did this train the trainer on Friday] Continue Reading →