Blog Posts by gina.persichini

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MySpace, Social Networking & Safety

Thanks to Sarah Houghton, the Librarian In Black, for pointing to a nice resource to learn more about MySpace at How Stuff Works.

Learn How MySpace Works and read about safety issues.

For even more on MySpace, read what Stephen Abram has to say in his new article “How Can MySpace Inform Library Portal Development?

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The User is Not Broken … Read this

Karen Schneider at Free Range Librarian posted a very thought-provoking piece that we all need to read. Go read “The Users is Not Broken.”

Just a small taste of what you will read:

You cannot change the user, but you can transform the user experience to meet the user.

Meet people where they are–not where you want them to be.

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What belongs in a Core Genealogy Collection?

George G. Morgan, noted author and trainer in the genealogy world, has made his bibliography of genealogy materials available online to the public through his company, Aha! Seminars. Get more information about it at his “Along Those Lines” blog.

From the site:

“The books, magazines, and software products shown on this page represent the best available materials in their respective subject areas. For the individual researcher, you may want to consider purchasing titles to build your personal genealogy reference collection. Genealogy librarians will want to consider the addition of these titles to their library’s collection as they will complement such larger collections as the DAR Patriot Index, Germans to America, William Filby’s landmark series, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and other individual volumes and series.”

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Megatokyo Poster at ALA

A friend just showed me the Megtokyo Poster at the ALA eStore.

It’s an ALA poster that just might get the attention of the teens in your area. The panel of teens that spoke at the Southwest ILA Spring Regional Conference on April 8th mentioned Megatokyo as a popular title they enjoy.

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    Fundamental Computer Skills — free courses in many languages!

    Thanks for the Librarian in Black and WebJunction for pointing out this great resource. 

    Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Community Learning Curriculum teaches “basic to intermediate technology skills in a hands-on manner in several different languages.”  See the full description at WebJunction ( 

    Course materials are available in English, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese, and Bahasa Malaysia.

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    How are people reading? (Publish or Panic)

    Thanks to Joe Reiss for pointing out this article “Publish or Panic” found in the March 13th, 2006, edition of U.S. News and World Report. Find the article on their website.

    The article discusses how readers are moving to new formats for books. They are reading them online, with special readers, and on the portable devices they already carry. New technology is making the electronic book more attractive. It also talks about how the publishing industry is responding to these changes.

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    Book Club from Unshelved

    I’ve been a big fan of Unshelved since I first saw it.  I enjoy reading this online daily comic strip because the characters are funny, sometimes it hits a little close to home, and it’s set in a public library! 

    Well Unshelved added a new feature at the end of 2005 — Book Club!  From the site, “every Sunday our characters discuss a different book in a full page of color.”  The reviews are great.  On their blog, Bill (one of the creators of Unshelved) states that some libraries “are printing out Book Clubs and using them to promote books,” which was the intent of these new Sunday strips.

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    Online demonstration of LiLI Unlimited statewide catalog now available

    Recently, the Idaho State Library presented information to JFAC, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, the legislative committee that makes state budget recommendations. As part of the State Library’s budget presentation, committee members were shown a 3-minute demonstration (Windows Media Player format) of the LiLI Unlimited Catalog. This demonstration is now available for viewing on the LiLI Unlimited website at

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    User Centered Services

    Michael Stephens over at Tame the Web has some very wise advice. He’s listed “5 Factors for User Centered Services,” which includes 5 questions to ask yourself while planning/considering a new service at the library.

    The first of the 5 is a favorite of mine:

    “Does it place a barrier between the user and the service?”

    During the 2020 Vision Think Tank held in August, I recall a lot of discussion about breaking down barriers–barriers of all kinds. Something to keep in mind.

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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!