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Intellectual freedom

1/31/2012 Intellectual freedom is the other major topic for the week. The main themes of this chapter are access to information and books, selection vs. censorship, confidentiality, and ethics. That’s a lot of ground to cover. Here’s what you should take away from the chapter. Libraries, Archives, Historical Societies, and Museums should collect a wide … Continue reading

Tax Duplicates and some of their uses

I realize on reviewing my comments about tax duplicates that I should explain a little more about property taxes. If a person owns real estate, also called real property, the property is assessed by the auditor of the county. The property consists of the land and any appurtenances, that is, buildings or improvements. The auditor … Continue reading

Information and documentation, a most confusing topic

1/29/2012 This week you will read about information and intellectual freedom. The two topics go together because they look at the creation or identification of data that will become information, and access to the information. Personally, I found the two articles about information difficult to understand, but then I’m not a theorist, I’m a practitioner. … Continue reading

Type of Libraries – a wrap up

1/26/2012 As a wrap up for the week, we read and heard lots about Librarians and our roles within libraries and other cultural institutions, particularly how librarians deal with technology. I thought you might enjoy watching these four short YouTube videos about librarians and IT professionals. You can watch the first three in any order. … Continue reading

Independent Librarians

Someone asked me to expand upon what it means to be an independent librarian.  In my case, I take on private contracts to perform research for companies and individuals. Most of my research is done in cultural institutions and courthouses around the state.  I use the internet to confirm that resources are in particular locations, … Continue reading

Reactions to Reflective Journals

It’s late and I’ve just finished reading all the journals.  I continue to be overwhelmed by your comments and ruminations. I’ve had requests for some idea of what you are all writing about.  Most of you commented on the Library of Alexandria and what a loss the fire was. I’ll agree. It would have been … Continue reading

A variety of libraries

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> If you found Dr. Byerly’s description of the Library of Congress intriguing, you can read more about the amazing institution in a new book out about the Library of Congress which is a compilation of articles. Mary Niles Maack, editor, The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical … Continue reading

A diversity of library types

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Week 3 – The PPT podcasts – seem to cover the topic thoroughly. That said, I don’t feel that there’s a real reason for me to review these programs.  What I’d like to address is how the different libraries differ in terms of Mission Statements and Collection Development Policies. These comments … Continue reading

Writing to Learn – Reflective Journals

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I want you to think about the journals as an opportunity to learn while you write. What do I mean? Well, if you want to hone your ideas, you need to express the ideas. In the world of librarianship and academia, that means writing about a subject. I use my journals … Continue reading

Technology – new & old

1/19/12 In your reflective journal postings, many of you asked me to talk about my own experiences and provide more personal reactions. You also asked that I talk a little about the themes I saw in those journals. Remember that I’m working a week ahead of you to prepare my lectures, aka video podcasts, then … Continue reading