February 17, 2018

Archives for November 2011

Lessons from Learning 2.0 | Office Hours

It’s been five years since Helene Blowers and the staff at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC, debuted Learning 2.0—a self-directed exploration of emerging technologies shared via a Creative Commons license. The program has been touted as transformational for libraries—a method of moving libraries forward into a future of 21st-century innovation. Blowers noted on her blog, […]

Product Watch: Reference Management Tools

Reference management software—which allows researchers to collect bibliographic references quickly, properly cite and organize them, often share them with others, and more—has become an integral part of the research process for many graduate students. Such software is used by millions in libraries around the world. In this installment of Product Watch, LJ looks at five popular tools in use right now.

Using YouTube: Video Skills for Effective Library Promotion

Looking for some guidance on how to maximize your brand via YouTube?  At the Ohio Library Council’s convention, Dave Bullock of Cuyahoga Public Library and I did a presentation on this subject. Thought I’d share it with you here. And while you can’t get the full experience, hopefully it will give you things to think […]

Haves and Have-Nots in Higher Education | From the Bell Tower

In higher education, I started at the top. As a frontline reference librarian at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, I had a great business librarianship learning experience. As one of the premier business school libraries in the country, it offered students a dizzying array of electronic resources-and still […]

Standards, Outcomes, and the Rhetoric of Failure | Peer to Peer Review

Our library is due for an external review next year, so when I saw that the standards for academic libraries had been revised I wanted to see how they might inform our self-study process. Since I started working in academic libraries, the standards have gone through three editions and been consolidated. When new standards for […]

Out of 173 Majors, Library Science Reportedly Has Fourth Highest Unemployment Rate

The Wall Street Journal today published a sortable listing of how college majors fare in the job market, based on 2010 Census data.  Unfortunately, library science fared as one of the worst majors.  Among the 173 majors listed, library science majors had the fourth highest unemployment rate at 15 percent.  The median salary of $36,000 […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 11/08/11

Zahra Baird, Youth Services Librarian, Chappaqua Library, NY, will be leaving after eight years at the library to take a similar position at Yonkers Public Library, NY. Carol Ann Batt is the new COO, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System ­(BECPLS). A 30-plus-year veteran of BECPLS, she most recently was Assistant Deputy Director of […]

ACRL Adds Its Voice to Debate With GPO Over Federal Depository Library Program

The president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) sent a letter on November 2 to Public Printer William Boarman and Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish to express concern about recent decisions by the Government Printing Office (GPO) that have rejected new multi-state partnerships within the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Joyce L. […]

Library Journal's Own Digital Shift

We’re getting our online house in order. Soon, Library Journal will have a proper home for the daily mix of news stories, reviews, features, columns, and research we publish to the web and in our newsletters. In the meantime, you’re going to see LJ content in a couple of different places, all still under the LJ banner.

Getting to the “Open” Tipping Point | From the Bell Tower

Over time, higher education is moving from a closed to an open culture, but it is not there yet. The technology can change, but entrenched mindsets and attitudes towards open sharing of ideas and content change much more slowly. At EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia this year, I was able to get there—for one day. If technology […]