Posted on January 20, 2011 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
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?
Ptolemy III had a standing order that visitors coming to Alexandria would surrender written works so that copies could be made for the Library. With subsequent fires, permanence was not granted to those collections. But, potential readership at least doubled.
Google has a standing order to accumulate books from wherever they might obtain them so copies can be made for that digital library. It is unclear what would lead to impermanence of those collections. Potential readership is unlimited.
Kings and Dominant Corporations.
Mobile Ships as vessels of information and Libraries with Interlibrary Loan.
This (free) development process lets you create channels with potential global distribution and delivery using Roku, Wii, PS3, PCs, Macs, and XBOX.
There is huge potential for collaboration using this method to create library oriented channels and marketing library services. Library channels could deliver author talks, book reviews, library development, best practices in library management, children’s programming and more.
What did all of these titles have in common? Nerdiness? Perhaps. Computer stuff? Most certainly! But the most striking aspect of each of these books was that they had *never been checked out* before.
I like being able to be the first person to read a book. The crackle of the spine and the new book smell. But, they had never been checked out. They had sat there waiting for someone like me for years to check them out. $200+ worth of books and processing unused.
The library was full of students. Almost none of them were looking at a book. They were all plugged into the learning commons and sporting smart phones and laptops and netbooks. They were checking their Facebook pages and Blackboard and texting and emailing and engaging in all sorts of social media. The stacks might have just been cubicle walls encircling their virtual activities in the meat space.
Were books being marketed to students? You could easily find a ref librarian to help you and check your materials. Stacks were labeled well and the collections were adequate, but the catalog was not prominent. Maybe books were not being marketed to students.
There were many digital signs in strategic places around the library welcoming students back. They all could have also been showing book covers of latest editions with call numbers to drive students to the materials. The catalog could have been marketing books to the students.
There are so many opportunities to market books in libraries. Use your digital sign systems. Use your catalogs. Use your web sites. Use your words. Use your nerds!
There’s a book for that. Hopefully, books will still be in demand by future learners.
Provocative video suitable for all audiences coming soon
This edition of Best of Publib covers March 15th through March 28th 2010. This PubLib review and analysis includes questions about naming library rooms, thought-provoking discussions about new media archives , library materials security, and our new poll on R-rated movie access. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
Topic » Auction Sites? ♦ Kimberly Francisco with Huntsville Public Library TX is pursuing a similar question but wants to know how to auction naming rights. Are there free tools such as E-bay that would lend themselves to online auctioning of library rooms?
This edition of Best of Publib covers the weeks of March 1st through March 14th 2010. This edition includes questions about collection development, thought-provoking discussions about known inaccuracies in ’non-fiction’ works , circulation manager duties , humorous anecdotes regarding blondes , and the impact of closing public school libraries:
This week in Best of Publib covers the week of February 8th through February 14th 2010. This week includes questions about public access computer security, thought-provoking discussions about sharing library buildings with community centers and government, distribution of e-book readers, and our new poll on rewarding staff innovation and initiative. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
Topic » Merchandising new fiction♥Janet Griffingin Wadsworth, OH is developing new fiction displays for the AV room – What a great idea to remind the computer users about depth of content! Do you display materials in your AV room?
Topic » usb bluesreen virus problem♥Donna Cainreports on a new problem with viruses on thumb drives / flash drive – Flash drives are causing blue screens and reboots along with file issues even with Compugard active – Editor’s Note: This is certainly something to watch out for on public access computers.
Posted on February 8, 2010 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
Best of Publib Current Topics and Archives
This week in Best of Publib covers the week of February 1st through February 7th 2010. This week includes questions about collection development, thought-provoking discussions about social reference questions , library website development, and changes to library employment qualifications. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
Topic » Reference policy ♦ Kimberley A. Potterin Redford, MI is looking at ways to deal with patrons using reference services as a social contact – What is the best way to close social reference questions? At what point does social reference impede the library mission?
Topic » CMS question ♦ Lisa Sheffield in Transylvania is researching redesigning library websites to include CMS - What advice do other librarians have for working with web design contractors? What content management systems work the best?
Posted on January 31, 2010 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
Best of Publib Current Topics and Archives
Video returning soon
This week in Best of Publib covers January 24th through January 31st 2010. This week includes discussions about the Broadband Stimulus Programs, collection development, technology planning, library programming, access to archives, and the effect of library reference poaching. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
Topic» CD shelving – Lynne S. Ingersoll in Blue Island, IL is looking at functional storage and display for 3000 CDs - What works?
Topic» RFID Implementation- Andrea Taylor in Fullerton, CA wants your story on setting up RFID – What were the processes and pitfalls?
Topic» Challenges to newspaper index entries – Bruce Brigell in Skokie, Illinois relates the effect of newspaper archives that disparage – What is the balance between public access and public disparagement?
Topic » CD and DVD protectors – Margaret (Meg) Van Patten in Baldwinsville, New York wants to know what works best – How do you protect the data side surface of your DVDs?
Topic» which Speaker System to use – Amy Blossom in Ashland, Oregon wants a low-cost speaker system with portable mikes for library programs – Which products work for you?
Topic » Tax season – Elisa Babel in Washington, DC provides a great link to Closed Stacks discussing tax season effect on libraries and the types of tax filers librarians are most likely to encounter – How did libraries become in loco IRS ?
Topic» Social Networking and the Library – Jane Genzel in Muskego, WI wants to know how your library benefits from blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools – How do you measure success?