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Monthly Archive for July, 2008

ALA Update #5 The last ALA meeting I would like to share with you was titled “What is the Future of Face-to-Face Reference?” One speaker talked about using something similar to Second Life to create a virtual world in which students, via their avatars, can get reference and other library services at Appalachian State University. […]

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Website design

There is a new article in College & Research Libraries (volume 69, number 4, July 2008) by a former colleague, Jennifer Duncan, on the role of Information Architecture in designing a web site. Jennifer is now at Utah State where she and a colleague did research on what they call “third-generation library Web sites,” sites […]

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Can you digg it?

I stumbled across a new (to me) sharing type website today called Digg. Apparently, if you find something interesting on the Web (article, podcast, video, etc.), you can submit it to Digg to see if others “dig it” (boy, there’s a 60’s phrase if there was one), too. It’s a bit of everything and anything: […]

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ALA update #4 One of the more interesting sessions I attended at ALA this year was “RU Communicating: speaking the language of Millenials,” a program on student information seeking habits, library use, and how we should reach these students. The first speaker emphasized that students don’t read emails. Instead, they text message, use IM, and […]

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Library planning 2008-09

During our library administrative retreat in June, we did a brainstorming exercise to come up with ideas for achieving our new vision statement: • To be Loyola’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship. More than 150 ideas were generated including a number of very innovative suggestions. The Leadership Team wishes to use those […]

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ALA update #3: Oscar’s Library

Oscar’s Library One of the more interesting programs at ALA this year was given by Linda Harris Mehr, librarian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (we weren’t that far from Tinseltown after all). Ms. Mehr’s program was entitled: “From Here to Eternity: the challenges of managing Oscar’s very special collections.” As director […]

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ALA update 2008 2 July 7, 2008 The “Top Technology Trends” program sponsored by LITA (Library and Information Technology Association, ALA) is an annual event that draws hundreds of people. This year was no exception—there must have been several hundred attendees in the large meeting room on the Anaheim Hilton. There were ten panelists including […]

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This is the first a few reports I hope to give the staff on programs I attended at the recent ALA meeting in Anaheim, California.  It was a good conference, but as usual, some programs were excellent and others just so-so.  The first program I attended was “The Mashed Up Library” sponsored by OCLC.  It […]

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