Information Skills Finding and Using the Right Resources…04.30.10

30 04 2010

“Skills for finding information are essential for academic study and beyond. This illustrated guide provides practical advice on how to source and use the right resources.  It includes guidance on how to carry out a literature review as well as the skills needed for finding and evaluating information.”

Clever Ways to Use Dropbox…04.30.10

30 04 2010

There is a useful LifeHacker post titled The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You’re Not Using excerpted here:

Free utility Dropbox is great at syncing files between computers, but it has a lot more potential than just that. Here’s a handful of clever ways you can use Dropbox that you may not have thought of.

If you haven’t read our first article on this subject, be sure to check out how to use Dropbox for more than just file syncing, where we covered using it to sync passwords across PCs, access portable applications from anywhere, or control your computer remotely. Let’s add to those ideas and walk through a number of interesting use cases for Dropbox…”

QR Code Experiments at Wake Forest University’s Z Smith Library…04.30.10

30 04 2010

Excerpted from Quick Response Codes… first in Japan… now in ZSR Library!:

“…So what does this mean for library service? In theory, you could do all kinds of interesting things! You could have QR Codes posted with step-by-step instructions by things like the printers or machine to add cash to Deacon Cards. You could have them posted by study rooms to show when the specific room is next available. You could post them in the stacks to bring up a list of LibGuides on topics related to the books in the area. You could have them in the stacks to show where the ebooks would be on the shelves. You could do point-of-need instructions on how to read call numbers and find books. You could put them all over campus with links to digital libraries or items from our special collections related to the different buildings. There are a huge number of potential opportunities here.

However, again, that all takes time and we don’t even know if our users would be interested. So, in conversations with Susan, Erik, Roz, Kevin, Mary Beth, Lauren C., and Craig (did I miss anyone?) we brainstormed up a few easy uses, made a few codes, and posted them in a few places in the building (with some additional signage to help people figure out how to use them). At this point, they mostly either link to a part of our website explaining the services offered at a desk, or perhaps contain a paragraph of text explaining what something is (the lockers, for example). The display cases have codes referring to where to get additional information on the exhibit.

, check them out and let us know what you think! Or, if you want to see if your phone is capable, swing by and we’ll check it out…”

Social Media is Changing Libraries…04.30.10

30 04 2010

21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn…04.29.10

29 04 2010

British Library Newspaper Digitization…04.29.10

29 04 2010

The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects…04.29.10

29 04 2010


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