Friday, December 30, 2005

One Big Pond

According to Phil Bradley's weblog, the UK Government has created an e-innovations wiki to encourage discussion on local government. Meanwhile, my government plays big brother.

More proof that the internet's not good or evil by itself; it's all about how you use it.

That Pesky Job Market

According to the Dept of Labor, we librarians now have to wait until at least 2014 to see job opportunities improve. Great.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Librarians want to be free

ALA had better get their act together. I'll let Meredith explain the rest.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

OpinMind Poll

New web application OpinMind searches blogs for your keyword, then uses context clues to give it a positive or negative assignement.

The (mostly frivoulous) statistics are in:
1) 68% of bloggers have a positive view of the library;
2) But this falls short of Google's 73% approval rating.

Note: results are not edited for profanity.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tip: Portal

I have found that Portal: Libraries and the Academy makes a good browsing journal, especially if you have access to it through Project Muse.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Squidoo Live

An e-mail from the Squidoo team that came through yesterday:

"You may notice something special about Squidoo today.

"We have quietly — and completely — moved out of the closed beta test... and into a public beta.

"That means that anyone can visit Squidoo, find lenses, claim lenses, and build their own. We're thrilled to open our doors to the public, and to let everyone use the platform that you've been helping us test and improve these last few weeks."

This service works like wikipedia (with "experts" contributing to information areas) on a blog platform. Not sure what this latest web 2.0 betaware will mean for library-world, but try it out here if you're interested.

Friday, December 02, 2005

On My Mind

Hint: it ain't Georgia.

In no particular order
  • partnering with Apple or other MP3 service to offer MP3s for "check-out" (certainly this is being done somewhere in library world already?);
  • using the wiki platform to generate subject resource guides (buh-bye old pathfinders);
  • why do the call me "information services librarian"? I certainly hope I can serve you more than just information (hey, not that! jeesh!). Although, on second thought, I don't think I'd like my title to be Happy Person Who Helps With Stuff. Just "librarian" is ok though;
  • how our collections are bloated with useless material (volume does not indicate quality. it indicates volume. that's it);
  • how can we have a space set aside for food and beverage consumption in the library and NOT offer a coffee shop? or coffee cart? or anything coffee related (other than the coffee vending machines, which fail to satisfy consumers even at highway rest areas)?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Someday I'll Read: The Bibliography

In pseudo-APA style

Chad, K. and P. Miller (Nov. 2005). Do libraries matter? The rise of Library 2.0. Talis (white paper).

Fortunato, S. and others (1 Nov. 2005). The egalitarian effect of search engines. (Indiana University study.)

Gordon, R. S. (n.d.). Publish, don't perish! Emerald Library Link, available at link (1 Dec. 2005).

Landesman, M. (2005). Getting it right: The evolution of reference collections. The Reference Librarian, 44:91/92, p. 5-22.
From the summary: The author concludes that while reference questions will always be with us; it is perhaps less certain that they will always be answered from “reference works” in collections labeled “reference.”

Olsen, S. (18 Nov 2005). The millenials usher in a new area. CNET
How the new generation views technology and online portals.

Rouch, W. (Aug 2005). Social machines: Computing means connecting. Technology Review.
A discussion of social technology online.