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Virtual Travel to ALA

Many a librarian will be traveling to Chicago this weekend to participate in the ALA Annual Conference. While attendance will likely hit around 20,000 people, a lot more are unable to make it. But that’s no reason to be out of the loop. There are a number of opportunities to keep up with what’s happening at the conference.

Right here Idaho State Library staff will do their best to keep Idaho libraries informed about the news, ideas, and information they pick up during the conference.

Readers may also be interested in the perspective on these other blogs, which will have live blogging from the conference:

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Back in the Saddle Again!

Finally! Summer has started and I’m getting the chance to "jump in"! Thanks for the books. I've started reading them and the posts. Also, have read Collapse-by Jared Diamond. What a thought provoking book for any "ThinkTankers"!

Here's to summer and the future, what ever they hold!
Priscilla Sisson

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    Another Joiner

    I have finally wound up the school year and may have time to think and read...I hope! I received the books from ILA - Thanks, and have looked at the reading list, etc. I will be leaving for Costa Rica this Friday and plan to take along some reading materials for the think tank.

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    Library holdings in WorldCat

    The LiLI Unlimited Catalog allows the user to search for materials held by all the libraries in Idaho with just one search. Well, that is the potential. A user can’t see a library’s holdings in the database unless they’ve been added by the library. That might have happened in the past when batchloading and retrospective conversion projects were done with WLN. These days, it is more likely the result of a library that catalogs new materials using OCLC’s tools. That’s because the LiLI Unlimited Catalog operates in the FirstSearch interface — an OCLC product. And the LiLI Unlimited Catalog is really a subset of the entire OCLC WorldCat database.

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    Serving the Print Impaired

    I'm caught up thinking about the future. Earlier this month I attended 5 focus groups with print impaired users and service providers. In those groups we asked questions about information needs, preferred formats for receiving information, and suggestions for improved access to information. I heard frustrations about current capabilities as well as ideas for future services and resources.

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    Passwords: Secure and Sane

    This week I have had the opportunity to sit in on the training for new LiLI Unlimited participants. Staff from these libraries are learning how to use OCLC’s CatExpress, FirstSearch, and Interlibrary Loan tools. As I hand out the passwords to access FirstSearch, I am struck by how much they look like something the cat types as she walks across my keyboard.

    FirstSearch passwords are machine-generated. Is it secure? You bet. Easy to remember? Not at all.

    Since this password can be shared with your library’s customers, you might want something more user friendly. So how can a library change their password to something that is both secure and sane? You have 2 options:

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    I'm struck by this thought when I read these posts - what about browsing? I wonder if the focused search - i.e. knowing exactly what is "needed" will be the demise of wonderful serendipious finds?

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    Jumping In

    Graduation is over and now I’m gathering books, articles and reading postings in the Vision’s blog.
    I’m jumping in!

    I’ve read part of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins. Commonalities of organizations or companies that have moved beyond “good” to “great” are identified by Collins. One shared element is that almost all their CEO’s or leaders who lead the group from “good” to “great” came from within. Drawing on this point, libraries should look to a cooperative management approach to create great leadership. In school libraries, this would involve the faculty, staff, students, administrators, counselors and the community. The physical presence of our school libraries will be morphed and so must the staff and the system by which new leaders are developed.

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    A new communication channel

    This entry begins the Idaho State Library’s adventure into blogging. Why blog? Blogging is another opportunity to reach the Idaho library community. Through it, we can share news, provide education, and highlight some great practices around the state.

    Each of our blog entries can be assigned categories. Since each entry is archived, anyone can find past entries within a specific category. Even more, they can use the “search” box up top to search all the entries with keywords.

    The information you find in this blog will be more informal than our newsletters or any white papers ISL staff might write. Blogs, by nature, are less formal, and I hope that our readers welcome the casual conversation that will take place. Enjoy learning about services, discovering new trends, and discussing ideas for providing service to the Idaho library community.

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    The Gamer Generation

    I recently read a review of a book by John Beck & Mitchell Wade entitled “Got Game: How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever.” In it Beck and Wade suggest that in the next five years, Gamers will have a significant impact on society and will be the dominant demographic for libraries. They also suggest that libraries will need to serve and attract both Gamers and Boomers through a number of avenues including creating separate zones in your library, knowing each generation’s culture and being attentive to the needs of both cultures. The review can be found at:…oclc/2005/267/stayinthegame.htm