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 →

SCLA 2011: Workforce Development Programming Ideas

[Gahhh!  Late thanks to the part where we had to pay to park & yours truly had to locate an ATM.] Bless you, Jason Broughton, for the handout.  Here are some hilights from the presentation… Boot Camps: 1-2 day sessions, usually back to back good for major needs, like if you know a large business Continue Reading →

SCLA 2011: Opening Ceremonies

And we’re here!  First up is Mayor Summey of North Charleston.He’s talking about the Stingrays. 🙂  Ice Hockey in North Charleston has been going on for 19 years in North Charleston.  (Has it really been this long?  Holy cow!)  And he’s inviting us to shop at Tanger, too. Burns Elementary’s remodel: 2000 new books, each 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 →

Act Now to Save SC Libraries!

Governor Sanford has vetoed all State Aid and Federal Stimulus funding for your public libraries.  All told, the vetoes cut nearly $6 million from all public libraries in SC. If these vetoes stand, Charleston County Public Library will continue to function in a crippled manner, but smaller county libraries around the state will have to close their Continue Reading →