February 17, 2018

Archives for July 2011

Putting the UX in Education | The User Experience + Office Hours

User experience (UX) thinking was born at information schools but hasn’t found a home in many libraries. Why not? The answer is simple. Many LIS programs haven’t integrated UX coursework into their curricula, and libraries suffer as a result.

Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration

The iriver Story HD, the first ereader to be integrated with the Google eBooks platform, will be going on sale this weekend (initially only at Target department stores and Target.com) on July 17. The ereader will allow wi-fi search and purchase of any of the nearly three million ebooks in the Google eBookstore, and will […]

Credo Inks Deal with OCLC To Provide WorldCat Search Results

In the latest of a series of deals that online reference library Credo Reference has made with major library services,  Credo and OCLC yesterday announced an agreement to integrate OCLC’s WorldCat Search application programming interface (API) into Credo’s General Reference Service. Library subscribers to Credo General Reference will have the option of getting a list […]

Budget Problems Will Force Seattle Public Library to Close for One Week

Money problems will force the  Seattle Public Library system to close for one week, starting August 29, according to a library press release. Seattle is facing a $67 million budget deficit, and in order to help close that gap the library’s budget for FY11 has been cut $3.7 million. The week-long closure will save about […]

California Updates Library Privacy Laws to Include Electronic Records

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that will modernize the state’s library privacy laws. The bill, SB445 sponsored by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), updates circulation of records laws in order to keep confidential electronic as well as written patron use information and borrowing records. The information cannot be disclosed by […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 07/14/11

Terry Ehling has been appointed Associate Director, Content Development and Publisher Relations, Project MUSE, beginning August 1. Most recently, she was Scholarly Publishing Strategist, Cornell University Press. Rachel Fewell is the new Collection Services Manager, Denver Public Library. She most recently was Collection Development Manager, Anythink Libraries, Rangeview Library District, Thornton, CO. Betty Drees Johnson, […]

Marketing Creates Real Value

Once again Tina Thomas at Edmonton Public Library knocked it out of the ball park. Her webinar with Urban Libraires Council was inspiring. (Sorry to those of you who were surprised by the cost. I wasn’t aware.) I scribbled notes as fast as I could and wanted to share with you highlights that I took […]

Finding the Future: Inside NYPL’s All-Night Scavenger Hunt | Cover Story

500 gamers gathered to connect to the future through the riches of the past via the tools of today They came wearing bowties and fancy hats, skinny jeans and peasant blouses. They came armed with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. On the evening of Friday, May 20, 500 young adults gathered at the New York Public Library […]

The Kinds of Stories About Libraries That Influence Political Leaders | ALA Annual 2011

The #askObama event and Alexia Hudson’s response to my blog post about it pointed me back to my ALA notebook, specifically notes from the Urban Libraries Council‘s excellent panel on Influencing Leaders with Stories (part of its annual conference held in tandem with ALA). Two city officials and ICMA‘s Ron Carlee were frank about what […]

If the White House Holds a Town Hall and No Librarians Show Up, Will Anyone Hear Them?

Yesterday, I was busy. So it seems were the rest of the passionate library activists and advocates that fire off ideas and brainstorm with one another on Twitter all day, every day. As Obama’s Town Hall on Twitter took off, pulling in over 65,000 questions for the President, libraries weren’t in the mix, even though […]