“Spotlight” Sessions for the Solo Librarians Division of SLA

31 03 2009


“Spotlight Sessions” for the Solo Librarians Division being offered at this year’s 100th Anniverserary Special Libaries Association conference in Washington, D.C. from the DSOL Conference blog:

Monday, 15 June 2009

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Social Networking: The Essence of Innovation
Presented by: Leadership and Management Division

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
How Do You Move Up the Ladder If There Is No Ladder to Climb?
Presented by: Solo Librarians Division and Transportation Division

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Library of the Future: Discovery in the Round
Presented by: Education Division and Leadership and Management Division

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Transformational Leadership: Inspirational Language
Presented by: Leadership and Management Division

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SLA at 100: From Putting Knowledge to Work to Building the Knowledge Culture
Presented by: Museums, Arts & Humanities Division and Retired Members Caucus

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Practical Strategies for Improving ROI
Presented by: Business and Finance Division, Knowledge Management Division, Leadership and Management Division, Legal Division, and Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Creating Groupies: How to Add Value, Make Yourself Irreplaceable & Beat the Pants Off Google
Presented by: Legal Division and Solo Librarians Division..”

21st Century Age of Collaboration…03.31.09

31 03 2009


On his blog Media Futurist, Gerd Leonhard has posted his interesting insights in a presentation from a few days ago worth watching on “why it is important that content & telecom economies are converging”.

Watch: 21st century telecom & content ecology: new video with narrated slideshow

FREE Narrated Digital Audio Books – “Unabridged” Service to Blind & Impaired

31 03 2009


Hopefully, Unabridged will expand nationwide to supplement the activities of the National Library of the Blind:

Libraries for the blind and physically handicapped in eight states are collaborating to provide Unabridged, a downloadable digital audio book service.

The goal of Unabridged is to develop and evaluate a multi-state program that provides a downloadable library of narrated digital audio book content and services to blind, low vision, and physically challenged library users in the participating states. Unabridged is using the digital content delivery system from OverDrive. Eligible library patrons in the participating states may self-checkout and download digital audio books, then either play them back on their computers using the free OverDrive Media Console, or transfer the content to portable playback devices, or burn the content onto CDs…

Unabridged provides narrated downloadable digital audio books for eligible individuals living in California, Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont who are blind, visually impaired, or physically challenged…”

Kindle 2 Review…03.31.09

31 03 2009


There is an extensive review posting of the Kindle 2 titled Kindle 2 Review + Video Review worth checking out if you’re thinking about getting and/or using this amazing new product.  Here are some excerpts:

“It’s been 2 weeks and 2 days since I got my Kindle 2 and after reading through 4 full books I absolutely LOVE IT!   Here’s a comprehensive Kindle 2 review and a kindle 2 video review.

It’ll help you get a very good idea of whether you ought to buy a Kindle  2 and the videos show the screen very well.

Kindle 2 Review – What It Looks Like

The Kindle 2 is a good looking device -

  1. The white color looks a bit plain – however, it makes it easy for the Kindle 2 to fade into the background and the book you’re reading to take center-stage.
  2. Kindle 2 is very, very thin.
  3. The keyboard is tiny – tiny buttons, tiny lettering.
  4. The Next Page and Prev Page buttons have been modified so there are no longer accidental page-turns.
  5. The back is now polished metal – however, the battery is non-replaceable…

What Reading a Book on the Kindle 2 is like

Reading a book on Kindle 2 is -

  1. Very enjoyable. I find it a bit faster than reading an actual book.
  2. Much, much more enjoyable than reading on a computer screen.
  3. Does not tire your eyes.
  4. The 6″ screen size is a little smaller than ideal – 8″ or 9″ would work much better. One out of Kindle 3 and KindleText is going to have a 9.7′ screen.
  5. The ability to change font sizes makes things very enjoyable.
  6. Read To Me is a good feature. Do note that now its up to publishers on whether to allow the feature or not.
  7. Kindle 2 fades into the background.
  8. Page refreshes are relatively quick…

What Reading a Book on the Kindle 2 is like

Reading a book on Kindle 2 is -

  1. Very enjoyable. I find it a bit faster than reading an actual book.
  2. Much, much more enjoyable than reading on a computer screen.
  3. Does not tire your eyes.
  4. The 6″ screen size is a little smaller than ideal – 8″ or 9″ would work much better. One out of Kindle 3 and KindleText is going to have a 9.7′ screen.
  5. The ability to change font sizes makes things very enjoyable.
  6. Read To Me is a good feature. Do note that now its up to publishers on whether to allow the feature or not.
  7. Kindle 2 fades into the background.
  8. Page refreshes are relatively quick…”

“Top E-Learning Tools of 2009 You Shouldn’t Live Without” Presentation…03.30.09

30 03 2009

Top E-Learning Tool of 2009 may be helpful:

Announcing: “Find your local library with a text message!”…03.30.09

30 03 2009


This is interesting from LIS News about a posted announcement titled Find your local library with a text message! from Ben Ostrowsky :

“…Text LIBRARY 12345 to 41411, assuming that your ZIP code is 12345 (and if it is, how’s the weather in Schenectady?). You will get a text message with the name, address, and phone number of the nearest library.

Here’s how it works:

  • You send the text message “LIBRARY 12345″ to 41411 (TextMarks).
  • TextMarks uses the word LIBRARY to assign the rest of the message (”12345″) to my TextMarks application.
  • My TextMarks application sends the rest of the message (in this case, your ZIP code) to a server at freeshell.org. Running PHP scripts on freeshell.org isn’t free, but for a one-time $36 donation, you get that privilege.
  • freeshell.org searches NCES for branch and central libraries, then finds the first result and identifies the name, address, and phone number in its HTML code.
  • freeshell.org sends back a very simple result with newlines where appropriate (view the source to see how it’s really formatted).
  • TextMarks sends you the literal answer from freeshell.org, plus a brief advertisement with which TextMarks pays the bills. (I don’t see a penny from this except when y’all phone up potential employers and tell them they’d do well to hire me for 2010.)

Things I’d like to add eventually:

  • Support for other location forms like SCHENECTADY[,] NY or 1060 w addison st chicago il, probably with a call to a Google Maps API
  • Support for libraries outside the US (though I caution you, if you give me a location on the south end of Grosse Ile, Michigan, my script won’t know that the Essex County Library in Amherstburg, Ontario is nearer than Bacon Memorial Library in Wyandotte, Michigan — though in that particular case you might not care unless you have a boat)…”

Preservation: “Reading the Unreadable”…03.30.09

30 03 2009

Library Cost Benefit Analysis and ROI Calculator Tool…03.30.09

30 03 2009


The National Network of  Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region has a cool Library Cost Benefit and ROI Calculator worth checking out and perhap emulating. Here is a description and look at the tool:

How much benefit does your institution, your user, receive for every dollar spent by the library? What’s the annual return your institution realizes on what you spend on your collection? Cost/Benefit Analysis and Return on Investment are measures often used by financial managers to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of their budget policies.

Fill in the fields in the table and see what you contribute. The Cost/Benefit ratio and the Return on Investment percentage will display at the bottom of the table.

Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas. Click here for information about each data point.

Salary Information: User’s Average
Annual Salary
$ User Hours Worked
Per Year
Library Salary Budget $
Benefits Costs TOTAL Benefit TOTAL Cost
Books used (print and electronic) $ $
Number borrowed or used
Average retail cost of a book $ Book budget $
User time saved for each book borrowed (in 10ths of an hr) Portion of all staff time devoted to the book collection (order, receive, catalog, process,shelve,etc) in 10ths
Journals used (print and electronic, in house or checked out) $ $
Number articles read by all users
Per article price from a vendor $ Journal budget (print and electronic) $
User time saved per article available through library (in 10ths of an hr) Portion of all staff time devoted to journal collection (order, license, receive, process, manage, shelve, etc.) in 10ths
Database use $ $
Database sessions
Average retail cost of a single search by a broker $ Library’s Cost for Database(s) $
User time saved for each search session Portion of all staff time devoted to supporting the database

Total Benefits Value: Total Costs:

Benefit/Cost Ratio – $ Benefit for each $ spent: ROI %:

For more information contact Betsy Kelly, Assessment and Evaluation Liaison or Barb Jones, Advocacy Liaison”

Seach Engine Watch Starts Twitter 101…03.30.09

30 03 2009


For anyone wanting a primer on Twitter, Search Engine Watch is starting a 3-part series titled Twitter 101 starting today:

“There’s a lot of buzz right now about Twitter, which has emerged as one of the most popular social media tools. This three-part article is for those who are just getting started with Twitter or who simply want to know what it is and how it works. I’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up and using a Twitter account, and share some tools and resources to help you leverage Twitter to market yourself or your company…”

Master’s Degree in Social Media…03.30.09

30 03 2009


Mashable! today has a posting titled University Offers a Master’s Degree in Social Media whose highlights are excerpted here:

“…Birmingham City University…as of next year, it’ll offer a course in social media, encompassing social networking sites as communications and marketing tools.

The one year course will earn you a master’s degree at the cost of 4,400 pounds (6,239 dollars). ‘During the course we will consider what people can do on Facebook and Twitter, and how they can be used for communication and marketing purposes,’ says the course convener Jon Hickman, adding that ‘There has been significant interest in the course already, and it will definitely appeal to students looking to go into professions including journalism and PR.’

Of course, there’s the question of how deep such a course should go; some students have already described the course as too basic…”

NOTE: The University of Michigan’s School of Information started a specialization track in Social Computing in the Master of Science in Information (MSI) program in 2007.

Cloud Computing to Grow 19.8% in 2009′s Down Economy…03.30.09

30 03 2009


Ever wonder why “cloud computing” is all the rage in the news? Consider the following excerpt from PC World yesterday from the article More Cash for Cloud Computing in 2009 by Tom Sullivan of InfoWorld:

Information Technology shops are turning to the cloud even faster than expected, at least according to Gartner, and other firms had already predicted hearty adoption throughout the next few years.

Gartner last week released a report estimating that worldwide cloud services revenue will not only surpass US$56.3 billion this year but, perhaps more telling, will surge to just more than $150 billion in 2013.

The analyst house said that traditional IT services moving to the cloud will constitute a large segment of the growth, as will substantial new businesses.

Cloud-based business processes are the largest portion of the cloud services market, which includes advertising, e-commerce, human resources, and payments processing, and Gartner forecast 19.8 percent growth in the segment to $46.6 billion this year. Advertising-supported services, such as those provided by Google and emulated by Microsoft, Yahoo, and others, account for 60 percent of overall cloud services and will remain the largest component through 2013, Gartner said.

The notion that the current economic downturn — and the tighter IT budgets it has brought — make hosted applications and services all the more appealing has been brewing for months now…”

How Many Living Americans Possess an ALA Accredited MLS or MLIS Degree?…03.30.09

30 03 2009


Or do we? The data below on the “Number of Libraries in the United States” comes from ALA Fact Sheet 1. Of course, the totals can only be estimates. Considering the finite number of librarian positions that are actually currently filled and the tightening job market, I wonder how many living Americans possess an ALA accredited MLS or MLIS degree. Now THAT would be a REALLY interesting and useful fact.

There are an estimated 123,129 libraries of all kinds in the United States today….

Figures for public, academic, and school libraries come from surveys by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Specifically, the public libraries numbers come from the IMLS Public Library Survey, from the latest report in the series, Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2006 (2008). The numbers for academic and school libraries come from the NCES Schools and Staffing Survey and the Library Statistics Program surveys: Academic Libraries: 2006 (2008);Characteristics of Schools, Districts, Teachers, Principals, and School Libraries in the United States: 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey for the number of school library media centers in public and BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) schools; and Table 407. Selected statistics on school libraries/media centers, by control and level of school: 1999-2000 and 2003-04 for the number of school library media centers in private schools (more recent library media center data for private schools has yet to be released).

Figures for special libraries, armed forces libraries, and government libraries come from the American Library DirectoryTM 2008-2009, which is a two-volume set currently published by Information Today, Inc…

Public libraries (administrative units)


Centrals *






Academic Libraries


Less than four year


Four year and above


School Libraries


Public schools


Private schools


BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs)


Special Libraries * *


Armed Forces Libraries


Government Libraries




* The number of central buildings is different from the number of public libraries because some public library systems have no central building and some have more than one.

* * Special libraries include Corporate, Medical, Law, Religious, etc…”

2009 © American Library Association

Google’s 2009 Philosophy for Consideration: “Focus on the mobile user, and all else will follow”…03.29.09

29 03 2009


The comments of TechCrunchIT guest blogger today Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering for Google’s mobile and developer products, inFocus on the mobile user, and all else will follow ” are excerpted below.  The entire posting is important to review and consider-not only for software developers..

Simpler data, better browsers, and a smoother experience. Today the mobile industry finds itself in a unique position to do right by its users: Worldwide phone penetration continues to climb at a break-neck pace, with over 4 billion mobile subscribers at last count.1 (In comparison, the PC industry is forecasted to see its sharpest unit decline in history.2) Prevailing economic conditions will accelerate this trend, as users consolidate pricey communication services into cost-effective, all-in-one mobile devices.3 And for the first time ever, half of all new connections to the internet will come from a phone in 2009.4 Google’s mobile traffic reflects these milestones — having quintupled since 20075 — and it underscores users’ appetite for mobile data services…  In reply I offer up three suggestions: simpler data plans, better web browsers, and a smoother on-device experience. And in each case I’ll use Google traffic numbers as a proxy for total internet usage and user happiness…”

Seach Engine Umibozu – Fights “Search Engine Tyranny”…03.29.09

29 03 2009


SEO Shootout today has a post about intersting search engine Umibozu which says:

“…Umibozu’s approach to addressing search tyranny is to provide a mechanism for users to see all that the major search engines have available on a given subject and then let the users themselves refine the results, in effect to ‘vote’ on them. The Umibozu site has an excellent tour that explains how this works. Spend some time with it. It’s an opportunity to help humanize the web – and get more finely tuned search results…”

How to Bring Cloud Computing Down to Earth…03.29.09

29 03 2009


There is an important article yesterday in Cloud Computing Journal titled “Bringing Cloud Computing Down to Earth” which I have excerpted here and is worth reading in its entirety when time permits:

Whether you’re a small business considering cloud services or an enterprise contemplating public or private cloud services, it pays to understand some of the technical challenges and players likely to have a significant impact on the availability, security and costs of those services. Cloud computing is a game changer, and it may also pay to know who could win or lose as IT services are decoupled from specialized hardware in specific locations.

Don’t let the endless list of companies proclaiming cloud leadership confuse you that the world has already embraced cloud; there is a vast difference between using cloud services to deliver software as a service and delivering cloud IT services in a multi-tenant public environment. There is also a sizable gap between cloud announcements, cloud revenue and enterprise-ready cloud services.

Vendors who best address the gap between true cloud requirements and today’s whirlwind of proclamations will be tomorrow’s winners as computing processes and storage requirements shift from endpoints and custom hardware to networks and netbooks. Investors who understand the difference between proclamations and critical technologies will make better decisions. Networking pros who understand the ramifications of this shift will have more influence over their career development.

I’ve been in the networking industry for most of the last nine years, so my perspective is understandably network-centric. My list of critical technical challenges focus on networking, because I think that this area hasn’t been adequately discussed in the haze of vendor cloud positioning exercises; and I think networks will be more strategic to the cloud than they are to the LAN or WAN.

There are at least three network-centric technology challenges when it comes to cloud computing: 1) network automation and management; 2) capacity; and 3) security…”

OPAC Stats Showing the Impact of Adding a Recommendation: “People Who Borrowed This, Also Borrowed…” Feature…03.29.09

29 03 2009


The Self-Plagarism is Style blog  inThe impact of book suggestions/recommendations? has some interesting multi-year statistical results to share on the impact of a “People Who Borrowed This, Also Borrowed…” OPAC feature:

“…I thought it would be interested to dig into the circulation data to see if there was any indication that our book recommendation/suggestion services (i.e. “people who borrowed this, also borrowed…” and “we think you might be interested in…”) have had any impact on borrowing…

You can see that from 2000 to 2005, borrowing seems to have limited to a range of around 65,000 titles (probably driven primarily by reading lists). At the end of 2005, we introduced the “people who borrowed this, also borrowed…” suggestions and then, in early 2006, we added personalised “we think you might be interested in…” suggestions for users who’ve logged into the OPAC.

Hand on heart, I can say for sure that the suggestions/recommendations are wholly responsible for the sudden and continuing increase in the range of stock being borrowed, but they certainly seem to be having an impact.

Hand-in-hand with that increase, we’ve also seen a decrease in the number of times books are getting renewed (even though we’ve made renewing much easier than before, via self-issue, telephone renewals, and pre-overdue reminders). Rather than hanging onto a book and repeatedly renewing it, our students seem to be exploring our stock more widely and seeking out other titles to borrow…”

Libraries, Non-Profits, Businesses – “Get Mobile or Get Out of the Way!”…03.29.09

29 03 2009

The Centered Librarian makes a good point in his post “Get Mobile or Get Out of the Way” which discusses an Information Week article from Saturday titled How Intrepid Companies Are Getting Their Business Apps Onto Smartphones:


“If your library’s mobile IT strategy consists of deciding which book cart you’ll use to roll the server backup tapes to wherever you store them, you should check out this article in Information Week. It describes the enterprise deployment of the iPhone by Kraft Foods. While it’s presently limited to email and contacts from Outlook, the Kraft IT team is working to allow the iPhone to access Kraft’s SharePoint server. As the chart above indicates, most businesses have implemented or are working on mobile apps. What is your library’s mobile strategy? At the very least, your entire website and OPAC should be accessible via contemporary smartphones…” 

“10+ Sites To Add Amazing Effects To Your Photos” With Only a Point and a Click…03.28.09

28 03 2009

MakeUseOf.com has a good post today titled 10+ Sites To Add Amazing Effects To Your Photos which is excerpted here for future reference:

“Trying to make your photos more interesting? Thinking about learning Photoshop to add some creative effects to images? How about achieving similar results by nothing more than point and click?

Check out the following sites to add funny, interesting and artistic effects to your photos:


This is one of those websites that will really make you think that you really don’t need Photoshop for photo effects. Photofunia has over 100 effects to choose from with new ones being added constantly. There are effects that work with face recognition, that is they will search for “the face” in your photo and put it appropriately as required by the effect. Other effects use the complete photo.

Dumpr and FunPhotoBox

Dumpr is another website that lets you choose the effect, upload your photo and get instant results. Dumpr was mentioned previously on MakeUseOf. FunPhotoBox is also similar in concept. Together, all three sites give you plenty of effects and options to choose from and get the perfect effect you were looking for, according to your photo.

… Photovisi is excellent for collages where as pixisnap can be used for creating photomosaics as well as collages. Also check out these cool photomosaic software.


TiltShiftMaker allows you to transform your real life photo scenes into miniature models. Just upload the photo, choose the area to focus on and presto you have your effect…


A photo effect, editing and photo enhancing web application that allows you to create montages, convert images from one format to another, create rounded corners, add 3d effects, create photo puzzles and much more.

Genopal – pic2graphics

BeFunky lets you give various artistic effects to your photos. Just choose an effect, upload the photo, tweak some settings and you have an instant professional sketch or cartoon or an ink drawing!

Picascii and Photo2Text

Simple and fun, upload an image and convert it into asciiart…”

Even the Library of Congress Embraces YouTube, iTunes, etc…03.28.07

28 03 2009


Here is an excerpt from a Network World‘s report yesterday titled Library of Congress embraces YouTube, iTunes: 

The U.S. Library of Congress has begun uploading its audio archives to iTunes, and it will soon begin to post videos on YouTube, in an effort to make its materials easier for the public to access.

The library already offers the materials at its own Web site, LOC.gov, and through interactive exhibitions on its new, personalized Web site at myLOC.gov, but the expansion to YouTube and Apple’s iTunes is part of the library’s efforts to make its 15.3 million digital items more accessible, said Matt Raymond, the library’s director of communications…

The decision to post audio and video on iTunes and YouTube follows a successful launch early last year of a library photo archive on Flickr. Since January 2008, the library’s photos on Flickr have been viewed about 15.7 million times, and more than 20,000 Flickr users have added the Library of Congress as a contact, said Michelle Springer, digital initiatives project manager in the library’s Web Service Division…

The library also has a Twitter stream, and library information is available on more than 30 RSS feeds and e-mail alert services. The library also launched one of the first blogs from a federal agency.

Asked why the library chose YouTube and iTunes, Raymond said the library will continue to explore other ways to share its holdings.

‘The library is in an exploration stage with these new media distribution channels,’ Springer added. ‘These services are a place to start learning, but our agreements are not exclusive, so other services are certainly possible in the future.’..”

“Top 100 Library Tweeters” or Best of Library Twitter Tweeters…03.27.09

27 03 2009


BestCollegesOnline.com has posted a list of  the “Top 100 Library Tweeters“”

“…School & University

Find out how librarians are making things work in schools from these librarians.

  1. @heyjudeonline: Judy O’Connell is the Head of Library and Information Services at St. Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.
  2. @joycevalenza: Read @joycevalenza’s tweets to hear from a teacher-librarian and learner in Pennsylvania.
  3. @griffey: Jason Griffey is a geek librarian at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  4. @kenleyneufield: This community college librarian is obsessed with the social web.
  5. @askundergrad: This twitter account supports the undergraduate library at UIUC.
  6. @BSULibrary: Stay up to date on the Albertsons Library at Boise State University through @BSULibrary.
  7. @Library_Channel: @Library_Channel offers help and more to patrons of the Arizona State University libraries.
  8. @amylibrarian: Amy Springer is an academic librarian fascinated by the Millennial student.
  9. @heatherloy: @heatherloy is a high school librarian in South Carolina.
  10. @acmorton: Andy Morton is the tech librarian at University of Richmond.
  11. @OkStateLibrary: @OkStateLibrary features news from the Oklahoma State University Libraries.
  12. @neerav: Neerav Bhatt is a librarian, former political candidate, and professional blogger.
  13. @dmcordell: @dmcordell is a teacher/librarian in upstate New York.
  14. @ekettell: This librarian serves Dentistry at the University of Rochester.
  15. @ghardin: Greg Hardin is an academic librarian in Denton, Texas.
  16. @chriskeene: Read @chriskeene to learn what’s going on at the University of Sussex Library.
  17. @jessnevins: Jess Nevins is an encyclopedia author as well as reference librarian at the University of California at Riverside.
  18. @MrMLibrarian: @MrMLibrarian works to get boys to read as a school librarian.
  19. @monarchlibrary: This K5 teacher librarian is addicted to technology.
  20. @jennyluca: Check out @jennyluca to find a cool teacher-librarian.
  21. @uncw_library: You’ll be able to keep up with the Randall Library at University of North Carolina, Wilmington on @uncw_library.
  22. @laurenpressley: Lauren Pressley is the instructional design librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.
  23. @bookjewel: @bookjewel is an educator, teacher-librarian, lifelong learner, literature lover, and geek.
  24. @mstephens7: Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.
  25. @cathyjo: Check out Cathy Nelson to learn about a school library media specialist.
  26. @srharris19: Steven R. Harris is the head of collection development at the University of New Mexico Libraries, and a dog lover.
  27. @librarianmer: Meredith Farkas works as the Distance Learning Librarian at Norwich University.
  28. @janettefuller: Janette Fuller worked as an elementary school librarian for 30 years.
  29. @yalescilib: Check out @yalescilib for updates from the Yale science libraries.

Local & Public Libraries

Check out librarians in community libraries to see how they run things.

  1. @RyanDeschamps: Ryan Deschamps is the e-Learning Services Manager at the Halifax Public Libraries.
  2. @Librarian: @Librarian is the Twitterer behind the Itenerany Poetry Librarian, a non-static, special collections public library.
  3. @jdarlinghess: Originally from NY, @jdarlinghess is a librarian in Columbus.
  4. @RapidCityPubLib: @RapidCityPubLib shares updates and events from the Rapid City Public Library in South Dakota.
  5. @GlendaleLibrary: Stay up to date on the Glendale Public Library system in Glendale, Arizona through @GlendaleLibrary.
  6. @SueLawson: Get updates on Manchester libraries from @SueLawson.
  7. @jessamyn: Jessamyn West is a librarian consultant in rural Vermont.
  8. @webmaster_ref: @webmaster_ref is a librarian and webmaster for Elkhart Public Library.
  9. @harriscountypl: Keep updated on the Harris County Public Libraries in Houston through @harriscountypl.
  10. @AbingtonLibrary: You can learn more about the Abington Free Library from this Twitter timeline.
  11. @cglibrary: @cglibrary will keep you up to date on all the happenings at Casa Grande Library.
  12. @ASCPL_Events: Check out @ASCPL_Events to learn about the events going on at Akron-Summit County Public Library.
  13. @tashrow: Tasha is the director of the public library in Menasha, Wisconsin.
  14. @aclalibraries: @aclalibraries covers the federated system of libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
  15. @Cleveland_PL: Cleveland is the third largest public research library in the US, and is on Twitter.
  16. @2nickels: Laura Koenig works as a children’s librarian in Boston.
  17. @ALD_Teens: Get updated on teen news throughout the Arapahoe Library District from @ALD_Teens.
  18. @laurasolomon: Laura Solomon works as a web developer and librarian in Ohio’s libraries all over the state.
  19. @adalib: The Ada Library in Boise shares dreams, ideas, and information.
  20. @camdencclibrary: The Camden library is updated by Olivia Nellums, reference and instruction librarian.
  21. @gonty: This Australian youth services librarian is the brains behind bookboy.net.
  22. @mmrl: The Missouri River Regional Library serves the Cole and Osage counties in Missouri.
  23. @AustinPublicLib: You’ll be able to keep up with all things APL through @AustinPublicLib.
  24. @jrriordan: Jim Riordan is the reference librarian at the Bangor Public Librarian in Bangor, Maine.
  25. @Jantweepuntnl: Jam is a librarian and manager at City Library of Haarlem Netherlands.
  26. @RoCoPubLib: Check out the Roanoke County Public Library system through @RoCoPubLib.
  27. @BoerneLibrary: You can learn about the Boerne Public Library from @BoerneLibrary.
  28. @skeskali: Cecily is the web services librarian at Vancouver Public Library.
  29. @elizabethhdavis: Elizabeth works as a librarian in a children’s library.
  30. @wlgordon: @wlgordon is a professional librarian in Chicago.
  31. @ScrantonLibrary: You’ll find out about library industry news, events, and goings on at Scranton libraries through @ScrantonLibrary.
  32. @younglibrarian: Katie is a young public librarian.

Other Libraries

These librarians work in law, medical, and other libraries.

  1. @infobunny: @infobunny is a law librarian who blogs about Twitter apps.
  2. @retennant: Roy Tennant is a librarian, river guide, and father.
  3. @lwu5: @lwu5 is a health sciences librarian in Memphis.
  4. @sarchet62: Read @sarchet62’s tweets to learn about a medical anthropologist in a librarian suit.
  5. @Philbradley: Phil is a freelance librarian, Internet consultant, writer, and trainer.
  6. @ultimatelibrarn: Amy Donahue is an aspiring medical librarian.
  7. @LPI_Library: Check out @LPI_Library to get updates from the Lunar and Planetary Institute Library in Houston.
  8. @Jill_HW: @Jill_HW is interested in digital libraries, social networking, Web 2.0, and more.
  9. @conniecrosby: @conniecrosby works as a guerilla law librarian.
  10. @vjb: VJ Beauchamp is a web librarian in Northeast Portland, Oregon.
  11. @PhilippaJane: Philippa is a librarian that likes to write and podcast.
  12. @MegCanada: This librarienne loves technology.
  13. @gspadoni: Gina Spadoni is a librarian and competitive intelligence professional, among other things.
  14. @wickedlibrarian: This librarian’s dream job is to be Neil Gaiman.
  15. @olevia: Cheri Campbell is a librarian, union activist, and social progressive.
  16. @pfanderson: Read PF Anderson’s updates to learn about emerging library technologies and more.
  17. @shamsha: This medical librarian is interested in evidence based medicine, librarianship, and social media.
  18. @kgs: KG Schneider is a Community Librarian for Equinox, the support and development company for Evergreen open source library software.
  19. @djleenieman: Check out Dan Nieman to learn about reference librarianship and more.
  20. @glambert: Greg Lambert is a law librarian and geek.
  21. @nprlibrary: You’ll learn about the latest from the NPR library through @nprlibrary.
  22. @stevematthews: Steve Matthews is a fun loving law librarian.


Check out these organizations and resources that offer lots of support to libraries and librarians.

  1. @librarycongress: Check out the Library of Congress through this Twitter timeline.
  2. @msauers: Michael Sauers is the technology innovation librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission.
  3. @UtahHive: Learn about the Utah State Library Digital Library Services Team from @UtahHive.
  4. @kishizuka: @kishizuka is the technology editor for School Library Journal.
  5. @alscblog: The Association for Library Service to Children twitters here.
  6. @lbraun2000: Linda Brawn is the YALSA-president elect, librarian, and more.
  7. @eagledawg: Nicole Dettmar works as a medical librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
  8. @LesaHolstine: Lisa Holstine is a Library Manager and contributing book reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery News, and other websites.
  9. @yalsa: @yalsa provides followers with updates from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  10. @libraryjournal: Through @libraryjournal, you’ll find news, book reviews, and more.
  11. LJBookReview: Read book reviews and other news from Library Journal here.
  12. @MLx: Marianne Lenox is a Gadabout Library Trainer.
  13. @libraryman: Michael is the Libraryman, with nearly 20 years of experience in various library roles.
  14. @AccessMyLibrary: @AccessMyLibrary advocates for increasing disoverability of library content online.
  15. @andreamercado: Andrea is a former librarian making a shift.
  16. @infogdss29: Beth Gallaway is a consultant for gaming, technology and youth services training.
  17. @sljournal: @sljournal will fill you in on children’s and young adult books from School Library Journal…”

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Facebook App for Library Catalog…03.27.09

27 03 2009


David Lee King’s post today highlight’s the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library‘s new Facebook application for their library catalog:

“My way cool web team recently built a Facebook app for our library catalog! If you’re interested in trying it out, simply search for tscpl catalog in Facebook and our app will appear

More Facebook app screenshots:

Cloud Computing Manifesto…03.27.09

27 03 2009


(Image created by Sam Johnston using OminGroup‘s OmniGraffle and Inkscape -includes Computer.svg by Sasa Stefanovic)

ITWorld today reports today in Cloud Computing on Linux Has Microsoft Blogging which I have excerpted here:

The Cloud Manifesto, a collaborative document prepared jointly by Amazon, Google, IBM and others has apparently upset Microsoft. In a blog post entitled “Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability” and penned by the senior director of developer platform management for Microsoft, Steven Martin, Mr. Martin stated his position that the Cloud Manifesto and the process of creating it was biased to benefit its authors, and unfair to their competitors–such as Microsoft.

The Cloud Manifesto document appears to describe design principles and guidelines for system interoperability in cloud computing…

Many industry leaders are positioning Linux/Unix operating systems and Open Source technologies as the platform for cloud computing. IBM, Sun, Google, Amazon, and RedHat are all developing and supporting Linux-based cloud solutions. Microsoft is likely upset not because they were left out of the design discussions but because this important future technology is being focused on a platform that Microsoft once publicly stated to be irrelevant in the technology marketplace… “

The “Cloud Manifesto” will supposedly be published on March 30, 2009.

Using QR Code in Libraries…03.27.09

27 03 2009


I have had several posts recently on QR code use in libraries and elsewhere. It seems the University of Bath in the UK is on the forefront.  Here is an excerpt of a post this week titled QR Codes in Libraries and Higher Education which highlights developments in this arena and are worth considering:

“…In libraries there are (upon reflection) a number of ways to get using QR codes…Barcodes are used within libraries mainly to link items to a catalogue record. Using the traditional barcode the information contained is very limited and only by scanning the barcode (at the library counter) are you able to find further information contained within the catalogue record.

If instead we started to use QR codes to label books, journals, audio/visual, offprints etc and a user wanted to see further information about that resource all they’d need to do is scan the QR code. They’d be able to find descriptive information, images, useful URLs etc all at the touch of a button on their phone. And what if at that moment in time they have too many books out? Well, by saving the QR code as an image they’d have a record of the resource stored on their phone so they’d be able to easily find it when they’re ready to loan it. Brilliant.

Bath University are working on their catalogue adding text as QR codes to the bibliographic record summerising the key information, the resource title, the author, and the shelf location. For example see Bath’s library catalogue result for Sloman. By scanning the code from the screen I’ll have my own record of  ‘Economics for business / Sloman, John, 1947- Level 5 330 SLO’ on my phone to take to the shelf with me. Perfect.

What else?

How about using QR codes on your promotional/marketing materials to link users directly to where information can be found on the Internet? Do you have a library weblog? Are you producing leaflets to inform readers where they can find it? Why not stick a QR code on there so that they’re able to link directly to you? Got some particularly good skills tutorials you want your users to know about? Stick a QR code on your promotional material and they’ll find it straight away! Got an extensive reading list you want your students to read? Why not put a QR code on there to link students directly to the library catalogue record or even the article itself!!…”

NEW Metasearch with “Leapfish”

27 03 2009


It’s ok, you’re not cheating on Google…”

I really like my initial use of Leapfish search which is particularly fast using Google Chrome that I learned about today through a Pandia Search Engine News posting “Innovative Metasearch from LeapFish” which describes it as:

“…The innovative interface saves time by eliminating clicks and keystrokes. Search results appear — quickly — as you type. This way it is easy to modify search characters and get results on-the-fly…”


LeapFish is easy to use and conveys a lot of information without clutter. Here at Pandia HQ we love nothing more than successful innovation in presenting search results. Well done!..”

FREE Online Library Disaster Planning Tool…03.27.09

27 03 2009


Thanks to the North Texas Regional Library System posting the following to bring attention to and a relatively simple solution to begin disaster planning:

“…dPlan is a free online tool that creates disaster plans – practical plans.

‘dPlan is a free online tool that will help you simplify the process of writing a disaster plan. Enter information about your institution using the comprehensive fill-in-the-blank template. This template will guide you through the steps necessary for effective disaster planning.

Once completed, dPlan generates a printed disaster plan specific to your institution. The resulting plan contains contact information for staff and key personnel, preventive maintenance checklists, salvage techniques, and much more. dPlan can be updated continuously to reflect the changes that occur at your institution.’”

Finding Custom Search Engines…03.27.09

27 03 2009


Before considering creating your own custom search engine, it would be wise to make sure one hasn’t already been created. It will save a lot of time and effort.

You can find custom search engines at CustomSearchGuide described as:

“…Google provides excellent search results, but relies solely on algorithms to determine how to respond to your searches. Google’s Custom Search Engine program allows expert human editors to enhance these results. Our site is designed to help you find the highest quality CSEs quickly and efficiently

A directory of Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs), created by site owners & Google… Use the custom searches here or copy them to your own web site (as permitted)…”

YouTube EDU Launches!…03.27.09

27 03 2009


TechCrunch reported Thursday in YouTube EDU Launches, So Go Learn Something:

YouTube EDU launched today, an educational hub…The site is aggregating videos from dozens of colleges and universities, ranging from lectures to student films to athletic events…Just a couple of days ago we covered Academic Earth, a site that aggregates useful educational content (”Hulu for education”). Both of these sites are great ways to spread learning.”

“Using Google for Search and Research”-Google research scientist Daniel Russell…03.27.09

27 03 2009

Library Management 2.0…03.26.09

26 03 2009


Management expert Gary Hamel‘s  WSJ article this week The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500 is relevant to the future of librarianship since mangement or lack thereof will determine the path our profession follows.  Here is an excerpt listing of “…12 work-relevant” and “post-bureaucratic realities that tomorrow’s employees [and everyone else] will use as yardsticks in determining whether your company is ‘with it’ or ‘past it’:

“…1. All ideas compete on an equal footing.

On the Web, every idea has the chance to gain a following—or not, and no one has the power to kill off a subversive idea or squelch an embarrassing debate. Ideas gain traction based on their perceived merits, rather than on the political power of their sponsors.

2. Contribution counts for more than credentials.
When you post a video to YouTube, no one asks you if you went to film school. When you write a blog, no one cares whether you have a journalism degree. Position, title, and academic degrees—none of the usual status differentiators carry much weight online. On the Web, what counts is not your resume, but what you can contribute.

3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed.
In any Web forum there are some individuals who command more respect and attention than others—and have more influence as a consequence. Critically, though, these individuals haven’t been appointed by some superior authority. Instead, their clout reflects the freely given approbation of their peers. On the Web, authority trickles up, not down.

4. Leaders serve rather than preside.
On the Web, every leader is a servant leader; no one has the power to command or sanction. Credible arguments, demonstrated expertise and selfless behavior are the only levers for getting things done through other people. Forget this online, and your followers will soon abandon you.

5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned.
The Web is an opt-in economy. Whether contributing to a blog, working on an open source project, or sharing advice in a forum, people choose to work on the things that interest them. Everyone is an independent contractor, and everyone scratches their own itch.

6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing.
On the Web, you get to choose your compatriots. In any online community, you have the freedom to link up with some individuals and ignore the rest, to share deeply with some folks and not at all with others. Just as no one can assign you a boring task, no can force you to work with dim-witted colleagues.

7. Resources get attracted, not allocated.
In large organizations, resources get allocated top-down, in a politicized, Soviet-style budget wrangle. On the Web, human effort flows towards ideas and projects that are attractive (and fun), and away from those that aren’t. In this sense, the Web is a market economy where millions of individuals get to decide, moment by moment, how to spend the precious currency of their time and attention.

8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.
The Web is also a gift economy. To gain influence and status, you have to give away your expertise and content. And you must do it quickly; if you don’t, someone else will beat you to the punch—and garner the credit that might have been yours. Online, there are a lot of incentives to share, and few incentives to hoard.

9. Opinions compound and decisions are peer-reviewed.
On the Internet, truly smart ideas rapidly gain a following no matter how disruptive they may be. The Web is a near-perfect medium for aggregating the wisdom of the crowd—whether in formally organized opinion markets or in casual discussion groups. And once aggregated, the voice of the masses can be used as a battering ram to challenge the entrenched interests of institutions in the offline world.

10. Users can veto most policy decisions.
As many Internet moguls have learned to their sorrow, online users are opinionated and vociferous—and will quickly attack any decision or policy change that seems contrary to the community’s interests. The only way to keep users loyal is to give them a substantial say in key decisions. You may have built the community, but the users really own it.

11. Intrinsic rewards matter most.
The web is a testament to the power of intrinsic rewards. Think of all the articles contributed to Wikipedia, all the open source software created, all the advice freely given—add up the hours of volunteer time and it’s obvious that human beings will give generously of themselves when they’re given the chance to contribute to something they actually care about. Money’s great, but so is recognition and the joy of accomplishment.

12. Hackers are heroes.
Large organizations tend to make life uncomfortable for activists and rabble-rousers—however constructive they may be. In contrast, online communities frequently embrace those with strong anti-authoritarian views. On the Web, muckraking malcontents are frequently celebrated as champions of the Internet’s democratic values—particularly if they’ve managed to hack a piece of code that has been interfering with what others regard as their inalienable digital rights…”

Librarians and library organizations wake up and take notice!

Google’s “Wonder Wheel Experiment”…03.26.09

26 03 2009


Google Blogoscoped has an interesting post titled Google’s Wonder Wheel Experiment, and More which is excerpted here, the part about the cool visualization:

“Google is running an experiment in their search results, apparently shown to a portion of their users…

One of the most interesting experiment features is the ‘wonder wheel.’ This will show a Flash-based interactive mini app which starts with your keyword in the center, and related terms around it. Clicking on a related term creates a new, connected circle with more related terms. And whenever you click on a term, to the very right, the web results change to reflect your current topic of focus…

All you need to do is go to google.com and paste the following into the address bar, and hit return – that will set a cookie telling Google you’re taking part in the prototype:

The options include some known experiments, plus things I didn’t see so far. There are restriction options to show only recent results, only videos, only forum entries, or only reviews. You can sort by relevance, or by date, and you can only show results from time ranges like the past 24 hours or the past week. You can opt to receive longer snippet text, and images. There’s also a timeline feature and search suggestions.

Here are some screenshots of the process (I’ve added a circle in the first screen showing the link that gets you started)…”


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