OCLC New Logo Design From Libraryland…12.31.08

31 12 2008

Here is yet another newly designed logo for OCLC from Libraryland displeased with the new policies over there found at LibraryThing’s blog :


Easy Check to See If Your Library’s Website/OPAC Mobile Friendly?…12.31.08

31 12 2008

This useful information is from ITART and Michael Sauers [http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/ITART/]:

image“I surf the web all the time on mobile devices wether that be my personal Motorola Q smartphone or the Commission’s iPod Touch. Some sites work well, some don’t. Ever wonder how well yours will do? Just head on over to the W3C mobileOK Checker, enter your site’s URL, and get a report. The report is code-centric so knowledge of XHTML and CSS will help you understand the results.”

Top 10 for Monitoring Your Brand’s Reputation…12.28.08

31 12 2008

Stephen Abram posted the following on “Stephen’s Lighthouse” on how to monitor your brand reputation [http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/archives/2008/12/monitoring_your_2.html]:

“…When you have a reputuation (personal or institutinal) or brand to protect it’s worth reviewing the best ways to monitor the ‘BUZZ’ and the ‘buzz’ out there.

Top 10 Free Tools for Monitoring Your Brand’s Reputation

1. Google
2. Blog Posts
3. Blog Comments
4. Social Comments
5. Discussion Boards
6. Twitter
7. FriendFeed
8. Social Search
9. Interactive Search
10. Your personal network

Learn more in the post…”

“10 Myths About Libraries and Librarians”…12.31.08

31 12 2008

Carol Petrowski of the La Crosse County Library System at the Onalaska Public Library in Wisconsin wrote the following article [http://www.couleenews.com/articles/2008/12/23/features/05librarynotes.txton the 10 myths about libraries and librarians:

1. Librarians have lots of time to read on the job. FALSE. Our while-at-work reading is usually job related n publisher’s catalogs, professional journals, software manuals, work-related e-mails, etc. We do, however, have to know what’s going on in the world in order to provide better serve you, so I consider People magazine an essential tool for good reference service.

I still vividly recall being asked by a young patron several years ago if we had any *NSYNC. If I had not been a People reader, I would have had no idea what he was talking about. But don’t worry that your tax dollars are being frittered away. I usually read People while standing in line at the grocery store.

2. All librarians are fast readers. FALSE. My bookmark is usually a piece of paper on which I write any new or interesting word or phrase the author uses that I might want to look up and subsequently usurp. That does tend to negatively impact my PPH (pages per hour).

3. Librarians are, by and large, not representative of the most attractive people on earth. FALSE. We all look exactly like Angelina Jolie. Have you SEEN Ms. Dewey? You can atwww.msdewey.com.

4. Public libraries are only busy during the school year. FALSE. Except for blinding-blizzard-with-glare-ice-season and electrical-outage-because-the-rain-came-through-the-temporary-walls season, we are fairly consistently busy all year. There are obvious variables: homework help during school year, summer reading program during summer, increased usage during recessions, depressions, and other economic belt-tightening times. But there are always materials to be ordered and cataloged, questions to be answered and books and videos to be checked out.

5. Public libraries are only busy during summer when children are out of school. FALSE. See no. 4 above.

6. Libraries are used only by those who cannot afford to buy their own books. FALSE. Unless you plan to read a book over and over and over (Dave Barry is the only author who falls into this category for me), it makes no sense, economic or otherwise, to select, purchase, arrange, store and dust books you will read but once. I think Donald Trump and Bill Gates would agree with me on this.

7. Library work is boring. Are you kidding? Some of the questions we field are outrageous enough to supply a lifetime of cocktail chatter. (No names though n we do respect confidentiality rules.)

8. Using a computer in the library is inconvenient and difficult. FALSE. Where else can you go and FOR FREE use someone else’s computer and software and not worry about programs, upgrades and virus protection. If the printer jams, all you have to do is ask a staff member to fix it. And if you can’t remember how to access a Web site, just ask. Not since free room and board in the womb has anything been so convenient and easy.

9. You have to wait FOREVER to get a library copy of a bestseller or recent movie. FALSE. With the Winding Rivers Library System catalog, you have access to all copies in 35 libraries. If you don’t already know how, we’ll show you how to put your name on a list for the next available copy of the book or movie everyone’s talking about. And if you don’t know which ones everyone’s talking about, we’ll help you with that, too. You may have to wait a LITTLE bit, but remember patience is a virtue. (I want patience and I want it NOW!)

10. Librarians are happy in their work and love to yammer about it. At last, one that’s TRUE.

Copyright © 2006 The Coulee News. All rights reserved.

“…More Librarian Jobs Than Ever Before”?…12.31.08

31 12 2008

I’m skeptical about the following from LibGig titled “Library Manager: More Jobs for Librarians Than Ever Before, but it may be perceived as true at least since library school enrollment appears to be up in general.  Of course, it may be only in “the Great White North”:

“’If you want a job right now and you’ve got an undergraduate degree, go to library school and get your masters of library science,’ says Jason Bird, manager of library technical services for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board in Canada.

‘There are more jobs for librarians than ever before,’ Bird said, noting that many librarians are retiring at a time when a variety of public and special libraries are looking for staff.

Hospitals, businesses and other institutions and organizations all keep libraries in an information age in which the printed word, far from becoming obsolete, is still a valuable and relevant medium, said Bird, who dismisses the idea that the age of computer and Internet is bringing about the demise of the book.

‘What’s really fascinating is that if you look at the statistics of public libraries and school libraries, you find the circulation numbers have increased exponentially since the beginning of the Internet age. The numbers are going up, especially public library numbers. The Internet doesn’t hurt us, it helps us. People are coming into the library and using the Internet, but they are also reading and finding out about books.’”

© 2008 LibGig LLC. All rights reserved.

Whichbook Reader Advisory Tool…12.31.08

31 12 2008

Here’s an interesting “reader’s advisory” post [http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/ITART/2008/12/whichbooknet.html]from Michael Sauers :

“Here’s another online reader’s advisory tool: whichbook.net. Just choose four attributes and choose how much or little of those attributes you’re looking for. Once you’re done, click go and you’ll receive your recommendations. You can also change from attributes to character, plot and setting. I played with it some and all the recommendations I got seemed very accurate.”


Online Social Networks for Libraries Presentation…12.28.08

29 12 2008

Here is worthwhile information from a post by The Librarian in Black [http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinblack/2008/12/social-networking-presentation-from-gerry-mckiernan.html]:

“Gerry McKiernan has his gargantuan and very useful presentation from his Internet Librarian 2008 pre-conference session here: Not Just Facebook: Online Social Networks For LibrariesHe covers major online social networks, library uses, successful case studies, and niche networks that most librarians don’t know about.”