April 23, 2018

Archives for February 2010

Great Video: What if Libraries Did This?

My thanks to Alison Warburton, a business librarian who writes a blog called Market Intelligence for Libraries. She featured this video on her site and askes the question: could libraries do anything this clever? I love it. What do you think? Impress a french girl Love it for libraries Not right for libraries    pollcode.com […]

Self-Check Kiosk from Scratch: Iowa Librarian’s Coding Skills Prove Valuable

Kirkendall PL, IA, librarian Eric Melton built a self-check station from readily obtainable hardware and openly available software A little ingenuity goes a long way, and solid coding skills can go even further: Eric Melton was hired by the Kirkendall Public Library (KPL), Ankey, IA, as an AV and technical support librarian, but his self-taught […]

News Briefs

By Raya Kuzyk The winner of the American Library Association‘s 2010 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss’s Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (Live Oak Media), read by Barbara Rosenblat. Learn more about this title and the year’s three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks—including Jacqueline Woodson’s Peace, Locomotion and Kadir […]

Usage and Functionality

By Carol Tenopir The Online Information Meeting each December in London is one of the last remaining conferences dedicated to e-resources in libraries. As such, it was somewhat surprising that few sessions this year focused on features or functionality of the latest products for libraries. Instead, the library track dealt almost entirely with measuring and […]

Google Book Search by the Numbers

Affidavit says 12 million books digitized, $2.5 million a year spent on metadata An affidavit (below) from Google Book Search Engineering Director Dan Clancy accompanying various motions from Google in support of the pending Google Book Search Settlement—due for a fairness hearing in federal court on February 18—includes several statistics of interest to the library […]

Toward Liberation Bibliography: A Manifesto | Peer to Peer Review

By Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN Social justice is not just for theologians Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories My last couple of columns here dealt with two things that matter a lot to me: the kind of freedoms embodied in the idea of a public library, and the […]

Studies Cite Argument for, Resistance to Increased Digital Library Collections

By Cost of storage may be much lower, but many reasons for caution Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Remote storage is cheaper Faculty in some disciplines resistant What about digital divide? Not all formats work well in digital form An article on Insider Higher Ed addresses the changing nature of academic […]

Report on Higher Education Finance Warns of Ominous Trends

By Norman Oder Library budgets not mentioned, but declining public support surely squeezes libraries Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Stimulus funds offer temporary help Burden shifting to families Warning about decline in higher education system The annual State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report, which provides a comprehensive review of state funding […]

Value is the New Black

I came across this interesting list of the top 10 trends in branding. As we look ahead at how to position ourselves in today’s marketplace, these observations are always helpful. You can read the entire article here, but here’s a brief run down of the list — and how I think it relates to libraries: 1. Value […]

Marketing Plan Templates

Many people have asked me for copies of my marketing plan, which I’m happy to share. But I always have to add this caution: the plan is dated. I recently came across a great resource that I think you’ll love and that is much more up-to-date. Linda Hazzan is director of marketing and communications for Toronto […]