Reviewing CD Masters for New Product & Cataloging Copies…07.31.08

31 07 2008

As manager of product development projects in addition to regular library duties, I must actually listen to/watch CD and DVD masters and approve them for duplication/replication.  This, of course, takes hours and hours.  While doing so, dub-masters must be cataloged and archived for future reference and use. 

Today I started reviewing and cataloging 20 CD masters (at least 20 hours wearing headphones) for a new product while simultaneously editing copy on a print publication we are going to update and reprint.  In between, I am answering reference questions from staff and preparing for a meeting with management for art approvals for a CD and DVD project.  I am hoping to find time today to also get back to cataloging some 3-D realia that was started yesterday.


Repeat WebJunction Webinar “Creating a Culture of Learning in the Library”…07.31.08

31 07 2008

Taken from the Library Professional Development blog:

Lori Reed’s June Learning Webinar presentation was so well-received that WebJunction asked her back for a repeat performance.

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library
When: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 1:00 PM Central Time

How much time does your library spend on “training?” Statistics show that most learning takes place on the job or with a coworker, yet, as trainers, we spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for and delivering classroom training. In this webinar you will learn why you need to get your staff out of the classroom and instead focus on creating a culture of learning in your library.

Lori will explore:

  • The differences between training and learning
  • The benefits to libraries for creating a culture of learning
  • The key elements of a learning organization
  • Tips for creating a culture of learning in any size library

Please register for this webinar here:

via CE Buzz

100 Potentially Useful Reference Sites List…07.31.08

31 07 2008

Laura Miligan of the of Teaching Tips [ ] has posted “100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of” which is worth keeping as a reference source. This does not mean, however, that I endorse or approve of everything on the list

17 Creative Use of Photos from iLibrarian…07.31.08

31 07 2008

Here is a list of 17 things you can do with photos from the iLibrarian (Ellyssa Kroski) blog []:

“…Create Animoto Music Videos – Easily create music videos from your photo sets on Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and others with Animoto.

Create Blog Slideshows with FlickrSLiDR – This very simple tool instantly creates nicely formatted slideshows from your Flickr photos that can be embedded in your blog or website. PictoBrowser and many others are similar. See my slideshows with these tools here.

Create Business Cards – Make business cards, stickers, postcards, and more from your photos which you have stored on Flickr, Facebook, and other social networks at

Create Librarian Trading Cards, Badges, & More Fun – Easy to use tools will walk you through creating trading cards, magazine covers, movie posters and more with your online photos here at Big Huge Labs.

Edit Photos with Picnik – This Web-based photo editor has partnered with Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, and others to provide you with instant image editing tools from within these social websites, look for the Edit Photo option when viewing your photos, or browse to Picnik to connect the editor with your accounts.

Create an Online Scrapbook – Organize your photos into an online scrapbook such as this one which spotlights a trip to Italy with Scrapblog.

Create a Coffee Table Book – Create gorgeous hardcover photo books with the easy-to-use Blurb bookmaking software.

Create a Newsletter – Create beautifully designed newsletters and photo collages with LetterPop.

Create Social Networking Slideshows – Create fun slideshows to embed on social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace. Customize backgrounds, music and special effects at or RockYou.

Frame Your Photos – Add photo frame templates to your photos which will transform them into motivational posters, bus stop signs, and billboards at Image Chef.

Create Photo Collages – Place your photos into Web-based collages with Tabblo

Create Photo Widgets – Experiment with thousands of photo widgets found on Widgetbox and embed your creations on your websites and blogs…”

ISEN Unfolds as the future ISBN for Catalogs & Databases…07.30.08

30 07 2008

The Catablog blog posted the following today about the upcoming intention of creating ISBN-like numbers for catalogs and databases:

“The Internet Search Environment Number (ISEN) intends to catalog catalogs and other databases.

You know how the ISBN is assigned to books. Over 1 million books are assigned ISBNs each year. What ISEN plans to do is emulate that system for databases. We would assign over 1 million databases ISEN or Internet Search Environment Numbers once the system is in place in its first year. There may be as many as 5 million in the backlog for cataloging by a social nework of librarians. Life Science databases would be cataloged by life science librarians, law resources by law librarians, etc… 

Then we would create a database of databases or search engine only for databases. Your hit list would only be databases instead of PDF files, blog postings and random HTML files. We pull out the databases. The hits you get would be the interface to databases which provides access to upwards of 500 to 650 times the amount of information available on the ‘surface web’ indexed by the major search engines. ISEN reveals the what is called the ‘deep web’.

They have a weblog and mailing list.”

Learning Cataloging of Non-Print, 3-D, “Realia”…07.30.08

30 07 2008

This won’t be a negative post about the library school I attended or a general post about all the things I think they should have taught but rather on my focus at the time. Since I was not inclined then toward cataloging (“technical services” was the farthest topic from my library interests), only cursory attention was given to the required coursework on the subject although I did well.  Now though I find myself in a position where it would have been beneficial for a more comprehensive and concentrated review of the subject, particularly in regards to cataloging non-print materials. 

I have no problem cataloging our print and audio/visual materials, using DDC with LCSH.  However, I am running into a quandary as how to cope with such collections as print photographs, posters and prints, and “realia” like a large variety of 3-D donor gift premiums, memorabilia, artifacts, etc.

The dilemma at present is that searching online for help has been relatively fruitless to date.  Most references are to highly technical reports or manuals that are geared toward catalog librarians.

What I’m Reading Now…07.30.08

30 07 2008

Yesterday during my lunch break I drove to our local public library and picked up an ILL of The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel to add to the books I am currently reading in my spare time.  Here is an excerpt from the introduction of the book:

“…The starting point is a question.

Outside theology and fantastic literature, few can doubt that the main features of our universe are its dearth of meaning and lack of discernible purpose. And yet, with bewildering optimism, we continue to assemble whatever scraps of information we can gather in scrolls and books and computer chips, on shelf after library shelf, whether material, virtual or otherwise, pathetically intent on lending the world a semblance of sense and order, while knowing perfectly well that, however much we’d like to believe the contrary, our pursuits are sadly doomed to failure.

Why then do we do it? Though I knew from the start that the question would most likely remain unanswered, the quest seemed worthwhile for its own sake. This book is the story of that quest…”

Amazon describes the book thusly:

“…’The starting point is a question,’ Alberto Manguel writes in the introduction to The Library at Night: since few can doubt that the universe is ultimately meaningless and purposeless, why do we try to give it order? After all, our efforts are surely doomed to failure.

It’s hard to think of a more profound or serious subject to start with – but The Library at Night, Alberto Manguel says, is by no means a systematic answer. Rather, it is the story of the search for one. In the tradition of A History of Reading, this book is an account of Manguel’s astonishment at the variety, beauty and persistence of our efforts to shape the world and our lives, most notably through something almost as old as reading itself: libraries.

The result is both intimately personal and incredibly wide-ranging: it is a fascinating study of the mysteries of libraries, a thorough analysis of their history throughout the world and an esoteric, enchanting celebration of reading. It is, perhaps most of all, a book that only Alberto Manguel could have written…”

I also picked up and am reading the biography Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson which is an interesting and fast read.