March 20, 2018

Archives for August 2010

A Few More Bumps in the Road, but Chattanooga's Almost Live with OCLC's New ILS

On July 15, the staff at the Lupton Library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) announced their goal to be the first to migrate to OCLC’s cloud-based integrated library system Web-scale Management Services (WMS), with a go-live date of August 30. Are they there yet? Not quite. Last night, UTC’s head of library […]

Library Rebranding

Today I was fortunate to have a conversation with Tina Thomas of Edmonton Public Library. EPL recently rebranded themselves. And while I don’t have all the details, I can send you in a couple of directions for more information. Bottom line: they’ve done a good job of focusing their message and synthesizing what EPL means […]

Best Sellers in Mathematics

By Bette-Lee Fox November 2009 to date as identified by YBP Library Services 1) Probabilities: The Little Numbers That Rule Our Lives Olofsson, Peter John Wiley 2010. ISBN 0470624450 [9780470624456]. $34.95 2) Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers’ Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States Liping Ma Routledge 2010. ISBN 0415873835 [9780415873833]. […]

Setting Up Your Social Media Strategy

Lately we’ve been getting requests from libraires and other nonprofits for guidance on setting up a more coordinated approach to establishing a social media presence. Many have already stepped into the arena because it is necessary, but are now trying to catch up and decide what exactly it is that they are doing. Thought I’d […]

Wired on the Digital Library–in 1993

Over the weekend, I learned that the tech magazine Wired was 17 years old, so out of curiosity I checked out its first issue (dated March/April 1993) to see what tech trends were brewing back then. It turned out Wired had libraries on its mind. In an article titled “Libraries Without Walls for Books Without […]

OCLC ILS Delay at University of Tennessee

For the past month, the staff at the Lupton Library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has been working on migrating over to Web-scale Management Services (WMS), OCLC‘s cloud-computing-based integrated library system (ILS). As LJ reported, UTC signed on as an early adopter of the ILS last month, and planned to have it […]

Do You Have A Local Blogger Strategy?

I’m not talking about your staff as bloggers, I’m talking about those key influencers who have a large local following. You need to nurture them just as you would your local reporters — if not more so. They have powerful reach and can do great things to help — they can be advocates, they can […]

Shades of Profscam | From the Bell Tower

By Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA A new book looks at what’s wrong with higher ed, and it might just make a difference. When I was taking courses in higher education administration in the 1990s one of the required readings of the day was Profscam. Have you read it? If not, […]

SkyRiver/III Lawsuit Against OCLC Moves Forward–Slowly

OCLC‘s leadership, in its recent statement regarding the lawsuit brought against OCLC by bibliographic services company SkyRiver Technology Solutions and library automation company Innovative Interfaces, wrote that the legal process would “likely take months or even years, not days.” Early filings to the California Northern District Court seem to bear this out. Librarian and consultant […]

The Latest Public Library Loan? Electricity Meters

Spurred by concerns about conservation and cost, public utilities across the country have begun to partner with libraries, enabling loans of portable Kill A Watt electricity meters, which can be used to gauge home power usage. Once home, a patron plugs the meter into the wall, plugs an appliance into the meter, and enters electricity […]