Publib Topics – A Graphic Retrospective – May 2011

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 This graphic image  or word cloud was created using Wordle. It is derived from the subjects and authors of postings in PubLib for May 2011. The size of the graphics is directly related to the number of un-weighted unique occurrences each month of the individual words represented. Most automated graphic processes that generate these types of word clouds use additional weight for H1 – H6 tags through feeds. These graphics are not processed with H1 – H6 tags. The titles and authors were copied to Notepad and stripped of all HTML before being run through the Wordle Java platform. The process is case-sensitive so Library is not the same thing as library.
 
The most prominent word without employing filters would have been Publib. Publib and Fwd were deleted from the plaintext files before processing. In addition, the Wordle program automatically disregards articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.
 
This  month featured a lively Rapture discussion
 
Publib Topics May 2011

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Publib Topics – A Graphic Retrospective from January 2011 back to January 2010

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These graphic images or word clouds were created using Wordle. They are derived from the subjects and authors in PubLib from January 2010 to January 27 2011.  The size of the graphics is directly related to the number of un-weighted unique occurrences each month of the individual words represented.    Most automated graphic processes that generate these types of word clouds use additional weight for H1 – H6 tags through feeds.  These graphics are not processed with H1 – H6 tags. The titles and authors were copied to Notepad and stripped of all HTML before being run through the Wordle Java platform. The process is case-sensitive so Library is not the same thing as library.
The most prominent word without employing filters would have been PublibPublib and Fwd were deleted from the plaintext files before processing.  In addition, the Wordle program automatically disregards articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.
 
The first graphic represents the most current information for January 2011 and is followed by the normal sequence of January – December 2010.  
2011 appears somewhat ominous! 
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Engaging your patrons

Re-thinking educational resources

This presentation at TED by PennState’s –  Ali Carr-Chellman - provides excellent insight for engaging potential patrons by rethinking the dynamics of education and information delivery. Highly recommended viewing for any children’s / young adult / reference librarians and library administrators seeking ways of making their collections and resources more viable.

How can this idea of engaging an alienated population be implemented in libraries? 

What methods that mirror these concepts are currently being employed?

Books by Alison A. Carr-Chellman:

Best of PubLib 02.28.10

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weekly updateThis edition of Best of Publib covers the week of February 22nd through February 28th 2010. This week included questions about advertising and accountability, use and implementation of ebook readers,  and our new poll on charging library fees to support other government departments. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include: 

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers February 15th through February 21st 2010. This week includes PubLib questions about collection development, the value of on-line tutorials and databases , organization of gaming tournaments,  and the cause of stress in public libraries. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include: 

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This Week in Best of Publib

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This week  in  Best of Publib covers two weeks – September 7th to September 19th. PubLib was being upgraded by OCLC/Webjunction on September 13th. The last two weeks include fanciful discussions about library ecology, thought provoking discussions regarding LSSI,  evaluation of Better World Books , staff cell phones,  and how to effectively weed old librarians. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:

  • Topic - Florida Librarians Fight Back Against LSSI –  Obviously, someone thinks libraries are profit centers. Why else would they sue?
  • Topic Needing Librarians – What role should Librarians have in national debates? Can we still help facilitate critical thinking or is reasoning a thing of the past?
  • Topic Pulling the Plug –  Should a bill be enacted to eliminate old librarians?
  • Topic - Funny Names for Patrons –  Learn the stories of Old Smeller, Peter Pan,  Generals Hershey Bar and Wastemoreland. Did they have nicknames for us too?
  • Topic Safelink –  Are there ‘free’ cell phones and airtime sponsored by the government?   Apparently, libraries are supposed to help with this.  IRS and FCC outlets?
  • Topic Philadelphia Free Libraries –  This venerable institution initiated by Dr. Pepper was in danger of closing.   Supporters came though and the library was saved.
  • Topic The World is Flat –  Local government  functions are being downsized and outsourced. What is next for Librarians?
  • Topic - Staff Cell Phones –  Do staff members need cell phones to function or is it a  myth  of marketing ?  Should you hear me now?
  • Topic - The 62-Cent Solution from the Reminiscences of Joe Schallan, MLS  –  How does one cope with the priviledged patron?
  • Topic Current Events  –  The national political discussion spills over to Publib. Should Librarians participate in those discussion?  

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