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Technology in the library

This is a huge topic which includes everything from electricity and internet access, to computers, OPACs, databases, and even reprography. I spoke at length in my video podcasts about the various topics, so I’ll write about how I feel about technology in the library. When I was little, I’ve been around for a long time, … Continue reading

Catalogs, databases, and search engines. What’s the difference?

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Catalogs, databases, and search engines are great topics and you actively discussed them. I love the idea of professors using Amazon to find books for their students to read. My comps and dissertation advisor used Amazon all the time. He said it was faster than the catalog. Well, maybe. But remember … Continue reading

What’s on your minds this week

Between last week and this (weeks 6 & 7) there has been lots of discussion about reference, customer service, and library users. The most active discussions revolved around the catalog, classification, and how information or books are retrieved. You pose great questions and are definitely ruminating about the issues. The reflective journals echo these concerns … Continue reading

Reviewing: books, articles, websites, exhibits, and presentations.

What’s the purpose of reviewing various media and presentations, physical and digital? For librarians and archivists, reviewing is a way to share our opinions about the content, authority, and importance of produced works. Those reviews are important for collection development, for making lists of “read-alikes” for readers’ advisory, or compiling subject bibliographies. We cannot read … Continue reading

Case Study 1 – studying neighboorhoods, where to begin

Let’s say you want to study the history of a block of houses and businesses in the center of town. The easiest way to start that research is in the present and work your way backward in time. You can do the opposite, work from past to present, but I think it’s harder. Step 1: … Continue reading

The hidden value of catalogs and indices

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I’ve been doing more thinking about the value of catalogs and indices for librarians, archivists, and researchers. From a librarian’s perspective, these tools help us and researchers find what they are looking for. That sounds really simple and straight forward, except that it is easier said than done. I’ve written a … Continue reading

TV and Google

One theme of this week’s readings might be TV, Google, and Our Brains – how the media affects our understanding of the world around us. While there is lots of debate about what is an authoritative source of information, these authors mostly agree that books trump other forms of media. What do you think? If … Continue reading

Organizing Information

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> There are three major themes for this week. There are classification schema, cataloging schema, and metadata and tagging for electronic and digital resources.  Since I got carried away with video podcasts you probably don’t want to read more about the topic this week. Here are some different ways to think about … Continue reading

Observations of libraries – common features and comments

2/17/12   It was fascinating to read all your observations about a library near you.  Many of you went to your local library and systematically toured the building, looking at the various departments, layout, services, and staffing. In some cases, it was the first time you actually focused on the library & the services it … Continue reading

Life in the trenches: Words from a new librarian

Hi all, Dr. Kahn has asked me to be a guest blogger for your Week 6 lessons. I’m Lindsay and I’m a newly minted (December 2009) librarian from Kent SLIS, and I recently began my first professional librarian job.  Feel free to email me if you want to know more about my job searching adventures … Continue reading