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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.

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      Branding: OCLC report

      Here's more on how people view libraries. We have our work cut out for us. (in case you lack time to read the entire report, look at the conclusion and then work your way back).

      OCLC Perceptions

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        LiLI Unlimited is Growing!

        We are pleased to welcome aboard the Phase 3 participating libraries to LiLI Unlimited Resource Sharing. There are now 115 libraries in Idaho participating in this fantasic program.

        Participating libraries have raved about the faster processing times and the increased access for resource sharing–all resulting in better service for library users.

        To see which libraries are participating, see the list (with their OCLC symbols) on the LiLI Website at

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          Gates PCs - Saving the game software

          Libraries that received Gates Public Access Computers 5 years ago are probably aware that they do not have the CDs for all the software on those computers. As the computers are upgrades and/or replaced, libraries may be wondering how they can upgrade and still keep the children's educational programs that have been so popular.

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          Googlezon video

          Way back in the Think Tank we were shown a video titled “Googlezon” (EPIC 2014) which partly blew my socks off and partly gave me déjà vu. We know Google is putting together a massive grid of innovative and creative services, and will get even more powerful as they partner with institutions like the Library of Congress or spearhead online content-enrichment services like Google Base. Anyhow, I enjoyed watching the video once again and thought others out there would too:

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          Barriers to resource sharing services

          On November 14th and 15th, I had the opportunity to participate in a forum to discuss the future of resource sharing. Twenty-five people representing all sizes, types, and geographic locations of libraries were present. One of the goals was to consider the challenges we encounter in providing resource sharing services and think beyond current services to what we think resource sharing might be in future decades. The whole experience got me to thinking more about barriers.

          One activity had us listing both problems and solutions for resource sharing. All the while, we wanted to stay user focused. So many of the problems we listed, though, seemed to lead back to policies, libraries, and staff issues. I found myself wondering, ‘what if WE are the problem?’ Our rules, policies, practices, need for control, barriers, multiple systems, confusing procedures, and all the checks in place for those just-in-case/exception situations are making it difficult to provide convenient library service to our users.