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Library catalogs

Since we read about the cataloging, classification, and library catalogues this week, I thought you’d enjoy these three articles. My Alma Mater, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, is finally mothballing their card catalog. “Farewell Cards” On Wisconsin(Summer2012):31-35, 62 http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/features/farewell-cards/ I have very fond memories of the time I spent there looking up books and … Continue reading

The influence of books

Books, stories, poems, myths, plays, lectures, TV, and the other forms of entertainment and edification influence our careers, our decisions, and even our perspectives on life. Some amuse us; others teach us about life, morals, and ethics; and still others help us understand how to do our jobs well. Neil Postman writes in “Amusing Ourselves … Continue reading

Promoting Reading and Libraries

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> As I read through Parade Magazine this weekend, I came across Nathan Fillion’s interview about books, print and digital http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2012/06/10-nathan-fillion.htmlHe says he hooked and has been since he was a kid, reading everywhere and constantly.  What’s better than an actor who plays a writer who promotes books in both his persona. … Continue reading

libraries and their websites

Ah library websites. OCLC brings to the fore the notion that library websites are not being used by their patrons as often as search engines are used. [Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community: A Report to the OCLC Membership (2010)  http://www.oclc.org/reports/2010perceptions.htm ]  Is this really an issue? Libraries create  websites and expect their users … Continue reading

Learning every day

That’s my new mantra. What did I learn today? How will I learn today? Did I take the time to do something new? To learn something? In our lives so full of information overload, sometimes information flows back out, or bounces out of our brains faster than it can be absorbed. Only when we disconnect … Continue reading

When the book is controversial

Every once in a while a controversial book comes along. Sometimes it’s the subject matter; other times the writing that’s controversial. The controversial book for libraries right now is “Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy.“ I’m certain you’ve heard of it. You may have read it. But does it belong … Continue reading

Information – Trying to explain Buckland’s theory

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> For session 4 As I mentioned in my video podcast, many types of objects can be considered texts. Let’s take photographs because they are the easiest to explain. A photograph as document or text is a practical example of what Buckland is discussing. While I’ve included some links in the syllabus … Continue reading

Readings – too much information

Because this is an intensive course taught over five weeks, there’s almost too much to read. Here’s some advice for handling the readings and podcasts. Listen to my video podcasts first. They are all short and will outline the major points of the readings. They should bring the subject for the session together. Then attack … Continue reading

Books – or the words between the covers

There are many cute videos and books that promote the book itself. Thanks to one of my students for sharing this cute video. YouTube Video “It’s a Book” both the preview  http://www.amazon.com/Its-Book-Lane-Smith/dp/1596436069/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338941550&sr=1-1 Take the time to listen to the author who talks about his book and the idea of engaging young reading in the printed … Continue reading

So you want to be a librarian

It is so rewarding to be a librarian, archivist, and information scientist. Don’t misunderstand. The profession takes a lot of hard work, a drive to learn and understand, and most of all, the ability to communicate with others. You have to learn how to teach at a moment’s notice, to show others how to do … Continue reading