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There’s a new blog in town… BSU

The Albertsons Library at Boise State University has just unveiled their newest tool to provide service and information to university students–a blog. The blog, @ the library, aims to “showcase news and resources available in Albertsons Library to the Boise State Univesity campus and the greater Treasure Valley community.”

The blog is a collaborative effort of library staff, with entried currently contributed by three members of the BSU Reference staff.

Congratulations, BSU, on a wonderful new service!

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Audio from Joe Janes

Many of you heard Joe Janes, iSchool professor from my alma mater the University of Washington, at the Think Tank talking about libraries and the issues surrounding future changes to library services. If you liked his talk, you can now hear Joe talk about Google in the first inaugural online radio show from the iSchool, called

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User perception - one example

A friend of mine was recently raving about her library service. She’s a customer of the Altanta-Fulton County library system in Georgia. She had this to say on her blog:

“Have I raved about our local library system recently? I love the online system where I can request book holds. I have 9 books in my queue now, and most of them are books that I’m interested in but not enough to fork out $10-15 per book on. Getting the books pulled via holds saves me time and frustration, because I don’t have to try to keep a toddler in check while crawling through the stacks. The email notification of when books are available just makes it that much better.)”

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Stephen Abram, Librarian 2.0, and the future of our profession

Stephen Abram has brought togther a lot of the pieces in his article “Web 2.0 - Huh?! Library 2.0, Librarian 2,0.” You can find a PDF version online in his listing of Articles and Presentations. It is also in the December 2005 issues of Information Outlook.

From the end of the article:

It is essential that we start preparing to become Librarian 2.0 now. The Web 2.0 movement is laying the groundwork for exponential business growth and another major shift in the way our users live, work and play. We have the ability, insight and knowledge to influence the creation of this new dynamic–and guarantee the future of our profession.

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New ‘Tech Tips’ Column in CIL

This month’s Computers in Libraries has an article introducing a new regular column to be called “Tech Tips for Every Librarian.” The column is co-authored by Rachel Singer Gordon and Michael Stephens. Both are very conscious of the funding issues of small, rural libraries and approach implementing technology solutions with that in mind. They are mindful that there may be no available funds for technology solutions. Tips will address those issues.

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A retrospective of 2006

Yes, 2006.Karen Schneider posted a blog entry on the ALA TechSource blog last week that got me to thinking. Not only is it an interesting perspective of the near future for libraries, but she does it in a style that reads as if it
already happened. It got me to thinking about a couple things as we consider our future.

1. I’ve generally been taught that goals should be identified in the positive, as if they’ve already happened. The act of doing so, makes it seem more real. Possible.

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LiLI Unlimited Catalog en Espanol

Kudos to the Ada Community Library where I saw this just recently. They have not only linked their patrons to the LiLI Unlimited Catalog, they have linked to the Spanish language version of the catalog.

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    Genealogy Guys

    Here’s something for your patrons doing genealogy research. The Genealogy Guys have a weekly podcast to discuss genealogy.  The podcast is a 30-minute long mp3 file.  The two genealogy guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, have a conversation that includes helpful hints, research ideas, reviews of genealogy software, and much more.  It’s very easy to listen to: listen through your Web browser plugin or download the file to experience on your portable mp3 playing device.

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    Refresh your OCLC skills!

    Need a refresher on using OCLC’s CatExpress or Interlibrary Loan tools? OCLC has a number of free, online tutorials that are easy to use and don’t take much time to complete.

    Topics include:

      Introduction to MARC Tagging, and
      WorldCat Resource Sharing (ILL)
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      Do consumers recognize the library?

      “More than 60 percent of all respondents, regardless of geographic region, are extremely familiar, very familiar or somewhat familiar with search engines. Just 1 percent of all respondents surveyed have never heard of search engines.

      In the 12 years that search engines have been in existence, they have achieved a familiarity that is slightly high than that of physical libaries and considerably higher than that of online libraries.”

      This is from OCLC’s newest publication “Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources,” which reports the findings of an extensive research study of consumers. Read this report. It is informative and important as we consider delivery of library services to our users and those we hope will be our users in the future.