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So Thursday I went up to the Adocentyn Library to do an afternoon of cataloguing so I could stay over in the East Bay for a Friday conference. I finished off my own books and started on Gus's boxes. Wow, that feels like an accomplishment! I had a lovely solo dinner at the Suzette Crepe place on Solano (yay, buckwheat only crepes) and then stopped at a nail salon to get my nails redone, followed by a drink at the Ivy Room (a boring sports bar as it turns out). But hey, it was a great "me time" kind of evening. My giant air mattress blew up beautifully and I slept well. So no more worrying about where to stay when I do my two day library volunteer stints.

Friday early I headed over to the Brower Center, UC Berkeley, to a conference called, "Making it Count: Opportunities and Challenges for Library Assessment" put on by the Librarians Association of the University of California on issues in academic libraries. <> Keeping a hand in the field even if no-one seems to want to employ me.

Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment and Planning, University Libraries, University of Washington talked on Library Assessment from Measurement to Impact and Value. (Check out his library's fact sheet at <>.)

He started with a quote from J.T. Gerould of the Princeton libraries from 1906, stating that the basic questions of assessment were essentially, "Is this method the best? Is our practice adapted to secure the most effective administration? Are we up to the standard of a similar institutions?" The emphasis for the first decades of library assessment was mostly about size - how many volumes, how much growth. These are easy to collect inputs, but don't tell us what users were able to accomplish because the library exists.

So the emphasis has changed to try to capture the impact of the library on the individuals, community and organization (impact and value). Hiller mentioned he had been on the ISO committee for ISO 16439 (Methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries). Nothing about it on the ISO site though, under development. There is an article about it available on Emerald though that I think I'll bookmark to read later <>.

But anyway, his point was that we are moving beyond internal performance and satisfaction to advocacy to a variety of stakeholders, creating narratives. And he invited everyone to consider the August 2014 conference on library assessment in Seattle with the warning it sells out months in advance.

There was a Panel Discussion featuring Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC; Joanne Miller, California Digital Library; and Lyn Paleo, Evaluation Research and Training. I didn't take very good notes, although all three talks were interesting. The link I captured about UC libraries was <>. Looks very old school by Hiller's talk. Also I would like to read an OCLC published on archival collection assessment, co-authored by Merrilee Proffitt. <>

We broke for lunch and I had several interesting conversations with different folks. Another librarian who also had a patent background suggested I join Patent Information Users Group <>. Several people commiserated about how hard it is to find library jobs and mentioned they are often hiring MLS holders into paraprofessional positions. No librarian likes that circumstance.

I went to an interesting afternoon breakout session by Lynn Jones and Susan Edwards (UC Berkeley) called "Every number tells a story: using data to make collection decisions" about their experience with needing to close the Education and Psychology library (for seismic issues) and doing various metrics to figure out how the students and faculty of the Educations, Psychology and Social Work departments used campus libraries. It was very interesting but complicated and I don't think I can summarize it here.

The closing keynote was given by David Fetterman about his "Empowerment Assessment" ideas used by Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consultation firm. His idea is that assessment shouldn't stop but be used to push an organization's goals forward. He has done all kinds of cool projects and was selling his latest book, _Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard's $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice_ about closing the digital divide. He also talked about an anti-smoking campaign for youth in Arkansas. I chatted with him a bit at the wine reception afterward. Some of his techniques reminded me of appreciative inquiry and other techniques I've learnt over the years. No jobs link on their website though. *wry grin* Or even training opportunities. I'd like to read his most recent book and also _Ethnography: Step-by-Step_. I sent samples to my phone but both are kind of expensive. I just don't have the textbook price thing down.

I also had a nice chat with Stephanie Rosenblatt of Cerritos College who had given a breakout session I had to miss. We may network some more. Yay.

After the nice (bar the grey day) wine and snacks reception on the terrace of the Brower Center I headed off to Adocentyn when I met Don & Anna and wandered down Solano to find dinner. We ended up at the Solano Grill and had a lovely dinner and conversation. Then I, predictably, grabbed some takeaway from Aangan and headed home. I had stayed late and missed the rush hour but traffic is always bad on that corridor. I need a teleporter really badly.
rowanf: (Cat - OMG WTF)
Eh, sitting in a bar with free wifi. Had a couple of Knob Creeks and some fried calamari -- lightly toasted and yum!

Madly wishing to be in WoW running holiday stuff. Got on for 15 min at lunch and said "hi" but didn't run a single horseman with no bloody internetz *sigh*

Took a few notes in this morning's keynote. Tweeted other sessions. And must admit not so much in this morning's keynote.

this morning )

Wow, I'm actually fairly toasted. Feels good. But back to reading Enchantment Emporium for the umpteenth time (umscore time?) rather than trying to be lucid. Bourbon is goooood. Calamari had at least half tentacles. Doing this again tomorrow!
rowanf: (cat - can you hear me?)
Arrrgggghhhhhhhh! Where are the internetz?! Even Starbucks is failing me.

Thoughts on Monday at Internet Librarian ---

Things I miss - the bookstore cafe across the street from the convention center is now a Starbucks; the British import store is gone replaced by a fitness center. Things that are still the same - most of the restaurants I like are still here. I stopped in for breakfast at the Old Monterey Cafe and oh yum. And dinner last night at Rappa's was great. Went to Rosine's for lunch. Had a quite lovely Cobb salad. I miss the idea of German chocolate cake but it didn't really call to me. And the Walgreen's where I buy Dr Pepper is still here. I really would like to come down to Monterery on holiday sometime.

The only session I took real notes on was the opening Keynote (see notes below). Other sessions I live tweeted instead (as connectivity allowed *sigh). I spent the day in the mobile sessions.

The grand opening of the exhibits was a terrible cocktail party sort of crush. I lasted about an hour and then realized that my dine-around for tonight wasn't until 7pm and went and crossed my name off. There was just no way I was waiting. I feel bad for Aaron someone from UC Chico who was the only other person signed up for that dinner. Games and virtual worlds used to be a much bigger draw. This year it is mobile, I think they exceeded their possible 18 sign-ups. I went to the designated restaurant (I was really so tired that decisions were not my strong suit), Lopez Cantina. It was near my hotel anyway.

There was a lovely new agey shop nearby called Luminata that was open until 7pm on Saturdays so after a caesar salad with fajita meat I stopped in and bought cards and a pair of earrings. I should list it on the NCLC resource site. There were lots of books, cards, jewelry and such, including a Wicca section. (He called it his "old wisdom" section.)

I am finding I don't have much stamina. I am really glad I am using the chair since my hotel is so far away. I could never walk that far carrying anything. But I took a break mid-afternoon and came back to the hotel, left the chair and walked about half way back to downtown with just my wallet. I got back to the room feeling quite sore and almost fell asleep. I imagine myself to be much more mobile than I actually am. I find this kind of discouraging. I have visions of myself being able to do all kinds of things and I just don't know how realistic they are. Traveling by myself to Costa Rica next spring may be overly ambitious.

Once again, there is no internet to be had at my hotel. I'm connected to the network but it has one bar and isn't actually going on the web. *sigh* The desk guy said their provider had server troubles yesterday but they had rebooted. I got on for a bit this afternoon (but it was slow and I needed to get back to the conference). And the connection at the conference is glacial. I don't know that I'm going to get any work done at all. Ack. I am supposed to be keeping up with work! If Ricoh wanted me to be in a hotel with decent wifi they should have paid for it I guess. *facepalm* But I feel guilty and anxious about it nonetheless.

keynote notes )
rowanf: (Batgirl)

Here I am at Internet Librarian. Checked in and then ran into various folks. Chatted with Richard Hulser, Roy Tennant and some of the other presenter-types. Saw Michael Porter & Michael Sauer and various folks at the Games and Gadgets event. Got a new Words opponent at the "tablet" table. I had a nice dine around at Rappa's where the topic was "web tools". The environment I work in is sooo far removed from most librarians. Ran into an old colleague from the Apple Library, Lynne Bidwell, who is now off in Idado at an academic library. That was a bit of a blast from the past.

My Day's Inn room doesn't seem to have internet I can actually access. This is a calamity as I am supposed to be keeping up with work whilst I am here and if I can't work in my room I am so screwed. I presume I'll be posting this update once I'm back in the conference hotel. We seem to have paid for wi-fi in all the function rooms and not just the Steinbeck Room this year (yay!).

The Day's Inn is a block further than Casa Munras (the furthest from the bright heart of the conference I have been ere now) and whilst my room is "accessible" it is not very. And there are hardly any outlets. I *really* miss being in the Portola... no wi-fi, no hot tub downstairs, no ability to go back to my room to pick things up. But $200 for 3 days vs $200/night wins this year. But if I can't work! Ack!! (Ricoh is paying my salary but I am paying for the conference and lodging this year.) Tomorrow I will have to carry warm clothes if I'm staying out as last as tonight. It is bloody cold. And when I got back to the room the heat was turned off. Happily it seems to be warming up.

Oh well, no interwebs, guess I'll go to sleep. Keynote comes early.
rowanf: (Batgirl)
I had a great time at the receptions last night. I managed not to volunteer to co-convene the GLBT Issues Caucus, I made a wonderful contact, Teresa Bailey from JPL, at the SJSJ SLIS reception and then wandered off with her to the Western Chapters reception. (Didn't make the Thomson party, oh well). She is just getting into Second Life and I offered (as I always do *grin*) to help her get her avatar together. She is a visual artist as well as a veteran librarian and I think having shows of her work in SL and having her involved in Info Island will be great! I begged off going to the KM or SF receptions which stated at 9pm and came back to the room.

I got up first thing this morning to go to the IEEE breakfast. I was mainly interested in the new sci-tech search portal called Scitopia scheduled to launch here at the SLA annual meeting. It is in beta actually. But it is a federated search engine for the digital libraries of 15 scientific societies who have pooled their metadata. I am really excited about it. Esp. having talked to Dialog and finding out there are no pay-as-you-go options available unless you are in AIIP. I am not an independent information professional but I went and asked them if Dialog's discounts are available to associate members. They'll let me know. If Scitopia eventually allows for registration and things like alerts I may just ditch Dialog altogether. The biggest thing I have running there are my INSPEC alerts.

Then I went to a session on online genealogy research with Chris Cowan of ProQuest talking about Heritage Quest Online, Thomas Kemp of NewsBank talking about Genealogy Bank and Ransom Love of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints talking about the digitizing going on at Family Search. It was interesting and I have already had fun with the Newbank product (and paid $90 for an annual subscription)... evidently there was a Cincinnati Doctor Amick in the 1890's who had a cure for consumption which he thought wasn't contagious. *grin* I'll have to send that along to my Ohio line cousins.

Then I went to a session on Global Librarians and got an update on the Lubuto Library project in Zambia (to which I gave money last year) and on a project by Libraries without Borders in Angola. I got a copy of the Lubuto video to show folks and I think I would like to do some fundraising for them. A librarian from Campbell also sounded interested so I gave her my card and hopefully something will come of that. I think these kinds of projects are so important, esp. things like Lubuto which work with street kids.

Wah! I got so intent on genealogy that I didn't make it back for my next session (my computer is still on Pacific time and fooled me). Darn. Perhaps a nap is in order so I can actually do some of the night time activities tonight. Yeah, that's the ticket.
rowanf: (lego library witch)
I didn't have any vendor breakfasts lined up this morning so I got to sleep in (which was good because I was up way too late last night resynching my dead phone and talking to Spike). So my first session was a panel at 9am on the future of librarianship with Chris Lynch, Eugenie Prime & Stephen Abram moderated by Tom Hogan. It was interesting but predictable, eg half of MLIS students work in non-traditional jobs. During the question & answer section someone asked about Second Life and they all thought it (or something like it) was the wave of the future. Spike & I ran into Jill after the session. Her article on SL in the current issue of Information Outlook (which is in the packet of all 5,000+ attendees) is sure to keep that buzz going.

Then we went to Turning the Pages: Bringing our "Treasures" to Life Through Technology by the British Library about their initiative to digitize manuscripts and make them available to everyone for study. They have 15 books available at the moment including two da Vinci codices and the original handwritten Alice, Blackwell's Herbal and the Lindisfarne Gospels. They did a big thing with Vista and Bill Gates let his da Vinci notebook be digitized for the project. There are non-Vista viewers too and a Linux viewer is under development, he says. The Vista viewer he demoed with had lots of nice features including audio and pop up translations. In the case of the da Vinci notebooks you can reverse the mirror writing to make it readable (if you read Italian). They are licensing their software and it looks quite interesting.

I was going to head out and look for lunch whilst Spike went to a Medical Section program, "First, Do No Harm - Information, Teamwork and Patient Safety" which was a paid, box-lunch session. I noticed someone had put a tickdt to that session on the message board for free and decided to join her. It was a great program by Dr. Michael Leonard, Physician Leader for Patient Safety, Kaiser Permanente. He detailed some interesting studies on teamwork, communication (esp. hierarchy issues b/n nurses and doctors) and how to structure the workplace so that communication could be improved. He mentioned a health literacy site Ask Me 3 based on the three questions a patient should ask a heath care provider.

Then I went to "Vendor Licensing: Tackling the Contract and Budgeting Monster" but let after the first speaker because it was so obviously meant for people in very different situations than mine. His advice re negotiatinig with vendors was to go in with your own pre-written terms and all kinds of BATLA metrics about what you would accept. Uh-huh. One funny thing he said was "A budget is a method of worrying before as well as after you buy". I headed back to the hotel and dropped off my conference bag so I won't be carrying so much stuff for the rest of the day.

Now I'm off to caucus meetings, an SJSU SLIS reception and the Thompson vendor party. I am *not* staying up as late as I did last night!
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Then I went and stood in another line and sat thru an hour of SLA awards (I remember why I usually skip the keynote) until Mr. Gore gave the keynote. He was very aware of the issues of librarians and got several wild clapping episodes talking about the EPA libraries, net neutrality and other things. I took lots of fuzzy pictures. Which I'm keeping but not posting. *grin* One thing he said that I wrote down was an African proverb - If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Worth remembering.

I decided I just wasn't put for a round of parties so left [ profile] spikeiowa on her own and headed back to the room. It was a fun and productive day... but I'm exhausted!
rowanf: (Second Life)
I am way behind on writing journal entries. I will, honest! In the meantime I just had to share my Read Poster. I have always liked this ALA promotional campaign and the Second Life librarians have talked about doing Read posters. I uploaded the book cover a couple of months ago and finally did the poster this morning before work.
rowanf: (Batgirl)
Thursday evening the Solo Librarians group from the local SLA chapter met at my office. I'm not sure we should ever let [ profile] spikeiowa choose the pizzas. *laugh* I never want to taste another "Howdy Pie" which has carpaccio, capers and corn with ranch sauce. Okay, I admit, the others weren't so bad, except one had portabellos to which I am allergic and the third was okay except for the capers. I even got to take a piece of that one home for lunch on Friday. But beware of Howdy Pie!!

This was the post-Internet Librarian meeting so the four of us who went talked about our favorite bits. I did a "slideshow" of Second Life and also showed them the Nancy Pearl Action Figure flickr pool. *grin* I am itching to remove my NPAF from its package and take her adventuring... Nancy goes geocaching, Nancy visits the SJPL, that sort of thing. Almost like a travel bug. And unpackaging her would give me an excuse to get the Deluxe Nancy Pearl Action Figure complete with computer, bookcart and wearing a red twinset instead of a blue one. Okay, sorry. Librarian humor attack.

I am very glad to be a part of the local solos so that I have a library community. Corporate librarians often have little in common in terms of what we do - design cell databases, search patents, work for investment banks, etc. But we have a common language and a common set of vendor problems. It is good to have a network.
rowanf: (lego library witch)
Back on Wednesday, the last day of my conference, I awoke bright and early and packed up. I had about half an hour before the keynote so I walked down and got the Harbor View cache. I think I've managed to get at least one a day since my cacheversary. I went to the double session on wikis in libraries. I thought the Biz Wiki was a pretty interesting example. - a best practices wiki - this conference has a wiki

List of wiki engines -

compare wikis - (including comparing syntax!)

I had lunch with Lise on the wharf and then headed off to Moss Landing and grabbed a couple of caches and stopped at Phil's where I had intended to get some lobster fettucine to-go for me and [ profile] saffronrose but alas, they didn't have any. I had hoped to grab a couple of caches in Gilroy on the way home but my pocket query didn't seem to have them and all a had was a map... no coords. *sigh*

I met Russell, Kurt & Marina at Spiedo to have dinner before K&M and I went to Moonlight & Magnolias at San Jose Rep. The play is about the writing of Gone with the Wind and there is a special show of GwtW Saturday & Sunday at noon at Camera 12. It is a nice tie in. The play was very funny and the guy who played David O. Selznick was great.

Thursday I was back at work getting caught up. At lunch [ profile] mr_kurt and I grabbed a couple of caches, getting me to 575. Russell was out visiting Pismo Beach with Erika and I sat around trying to get the hang of Second Life. I went to a talk on Tsunamis but it wasn't really very interesting and I find the chat format hard to follow. I overlapped with Scarlotti for a bit and we tried out a dance club. It is strangely fun to see your avatar waltzing around.

Friday I ran errands and watched a bunch of Buffy episodes. I am trying to be as lazy as possible in anticipation of possibly being crazy busy if I get the URI position.

Kurt & I went up to the Skylab party and played blackjack and saw a number of friends. The party seating was very game-oriented and there wasn't any place to sit and visit. I would have liked to talk to some of the folks a good bit more. I haven't played blackjack in ages and that was pretty fun.

Today I'm getting ready for tonight's Samhain ritual. I hope to see some friends there too!
rowanf: (lego library witch)
I went to MySpace and FaceBook just to see what folks are doing... not places *my* users are likely to hang out! Aaron Schmidt talked about MySpace and the various academic libraries that have created "spaces". He said he had only found one high school library... and it had recently gone to being an individual without mentioning the institution. A clear question of whether school librarians can really go where their users hang out. Schmidt wasn't very flattering about MySpace... I admit I have never visited the site other than to view videos people have sent me. He thinks it is poorly designed and has way too many ads. His screenshots did not make me want to run out and get a space! Cliff Landis talked about FaceBook... a system I admit I had never heard of before this session. He says they seem to be deleting institutional pages so it probably isn't work being XYZ Library, make it XYZ librarian as an individual. *shrug* Wasn't actually planning on visiting.

Someone mentioned "The User Is Not Broken: A meme masquerading as a manifesto" - I'm not even sure it was in this session. Quite a library 2.0 manifesto. I don't think I'm convinced.

Then I went to Mash-Up Tools... but I think you had to have been there for more of the track. I didn't get a handout, which sounds like it was too bad. Maybe I can get a copy from Richard Hulser who was the moderator of that track. I left about 15 minutes early to get over to the Marriott to help set up for the SJSU SLIS Alumni reception. I did the sign-in table and missed the new president's speech... but I was right by the door and I got all the waiters to stop and give me food as they passed so I had some nice snacks. I eventually went in and schmoozed. Most of the folks were from the last 5-6 years of classes with a few going back to the 1970's. But I would guess that out of maybe 40-50 people only 10 where from before the class of 2000. Has everyone moved away? Gone into none-tech jobs? I saw some people I know from solos and was surprised to see how recently they had graduated. Librarianship being almost always a second career there isn't the "youth" factor to guess at one's seniority. I met a handfull of folks from Santa Clara Co. Public who seemed to have cool jobs. I gave a gal who works in Los Altos my card - her library as Dance, Dance Revolution and she may do a class in it for older folks. I have always wanted to try that game. I never thought it would be in a library! I'm finding that even I have library stereotypes!

In case you are interested in the official blog, or some of the other folks more seriously blogging this conference, here are some links:

Infotoday RSS on Lj - (I was surprised when it showed up in my friends page... I must have subbed it to my feeds last year *laugh*)

The Shifted Librarian RSS on Lj -

LibrarianInBlack RSS on Lj -

Wandering Eyre RSS on Lj - - it isn't up-to-date for some reason but it will take you to her page - Okay, so I found that annoying and made a new feed on Lj for her -
rowanf: (lego library witch)
Libraries and Flickr

Michael Porter is Libraryman
an owner of Libraries & Librarians
There are a lot of libraries on Flickr!

Second Life Library 2.0 has a flicker group.

Picture Australia - and

Tony Boston - National Library of Australia
They map the flickr xml elements to dublin core elements and build a catalog of pictures about Australia. They library asks to add pictures to their digital collection so they'll be archived for posterity. It gets more contemporary images of Australia into the collection.

Fiona Hooten - National Library of Australia
The service has 45 collections that illustrate Australia combining historical images from libraries and museums and now contemporary images contributed by users. It gives the collection topical images that might not otherwise be collected. People are also uploading their own historical photos, adding to collection deveopment. It has created a user community that didn't exist before.

Michael Sauers - talks about fun groups
fd's Flicker toys
librarians with big calculators
Nancy Pearl action figure traveling pix
jail finds - things prison librarians find stuck in books
librarian trading cards
library bags - a conference bag group

So naturally I had to go join a bunch of Flickr groups. And I made a Librarian trading card. My card. They are made at a trading card creation site.

Now we have a 45 minute "networking opportunity. I think I'll just sit here by this outlet and see if my computer will recharge at least a little. *sigh* Nice to have wireless, it would be nicer to have power in the room!
rowanf: (lego library witch)
I got up and ate my chocolate cake and fried artichokes for breakfast. *grin* Breakfast of champions... not!

Then I went to the keynote wherein Clifford Lynch spoke about a cyberinfrastructure for the future. He seemed mostly concerned that all the work people are doing in academia be archived. The idea being that most grants and many programs don't have records management components built in and we're losing data and research. It was interesting but not very relevant to me.

Then I went to the all-morning session on podcasting and video casting

Jeff Humphrey INCOLSA ( Indiana libraries coop)

David Free
podcasting at GPC Decatur Library
library news blog, then 10 min podcast - reviews of dbs, internet sites, promoting upcoming events, etc. But mostly the same as the blog. Now they do "Listen Up" a monthly news program.
Things he learned:
1. make sure it fees
2. promote it
3. keep it short
4. use music sparingly
5. multiple people, interviews, etc, rock
6. podcast events (longer shelf life than news)
7. consider your web presence (how scattered are you?)
8. Listen to your listeners

Feedburner smart cast makes the link buttons for different podcatchers.

Sean Cookson
Engagement provides alternative, enriched, content perspectives.
Interaction provides anytime, anywhere flexibility, user creativity
Reflction lets users analysze sources and think about content in new ways

Build a point of information:

Chris Kretz - learning to speak: creating a library podcast with a unique voice from higher education blogcon3

iTunes U - build a podcast repository that integrates with your school

Pointers to podcasts:

Museum podcast directory - arts, education, family, tv&film and personal journals

Stanford uses iTunes U

There are university and course-related podcasts but how about 'casts to build community in libraries (interviews with student workers or other such), promote the library (new programs, tours and events), podcasts as professional development tool (higher ed blogcon had a lot of good content)

Syndication for High Ed Podcasting

ALA Library 2.0 podcasts

Bringing rich media together in subscribable form to enhance our users experience

David King
Videoblogging - popular vlog

video aggregator
http://www/ (watch on the web)

where to store
and many more....

check out this newsgroup:
rowanf: (lego library witch)
I went back to the Library 2.0 track because I couldn't resist the idea of library services in Second Life!

Second Life Library 2.0 - going to where the users are

Info Island on Second Life is a collaborative effort by librarians around the world. 4-5,000 visitors a day from around the world 15,000 for their grand opening.

Lori Bell -Info Island on Second Life is a collaborative effort by librarians around the world. 4-5,000 visitors a day from around the world 15,000 for their grand opening. Parvenu Tower - each floor offers a different kind of information - business, technology, manga, whatever. They do reference there, OCLC gave them access to something. They do exhibits, a lecture series, author readings, etc. Amazon is working on APIs to connect SL to the web. They promote reading - there is Mystery Manor, a Goth castle that promotes mysteries & horror fiction. They have book discussion groups, etc. Someone has written a "walk in book" so people can experience an immersive environment from his book. Health Info Island will be up sometime soon. There are a lot of medical support groups already in Second Life. They are working on a fourth Island even now. They have a branch library in Caledon which is a 19th c. area of SL.

Michael Sauers - This is a reality check! There are technical issues and problems you'll run into when you try to get involved. You need a whizzy computer. You do need to buy Linden dollars if you really want to do anything. The lag time gets back with more people involved. Too many updates - you need to log in earlier than you think because you may need to download things. There are also system glitches.

Tom Peters - what parts of a real world library make sense on Second Life? Should they have a collection? Should they archive things from 2nd Life that get done and then abandoned? Exhibits and life in-avatar lectures/gatherings seem to be a big draw. How do you bridge in-world and real life info needs. How many buildings do you need? They are up to 7-8 library buildings, each specialized.

Library services to avatars will thrive
Architecture will evolve away from real-world styles
Libraries will increasingly resemble museums and theme-parks
Exhibits and events will become more useful than traditional collection
Immersive experiential learning experiences (eg walk in books)

They don't charge but they have a donation box
It is kind of like a shopping mall... it feels like public space but is owned and operated by a company. The company manages it but the people own what they create.
Ref questions are both real world and in-world questions.
If Second Life ends somehow, what happens to your stuff? Who knows?

Oh my. If I don't get tapped as Interfaith co-Coordinator for North America, maybe I'll investigate Second Life!
rowanf: (lego library witch)
Sabrina Pacifici -
Blogging - 50 million blooks tracked on technorati as of July 2006
The Blogosphere is over 100 times bigger than it was 3 years ago when technorati was incorporated.
All kinds of organizations are blogging - associastions, news orgs, academic, libraries, corporations, government, think tanks, political organizations, foundations, pubic interest groups, individuals (and companion animals).
Iran's president is blogging -
Hugpug (dog blogger) -
BBC blogs - and RSS feeds
about a dozen congresspeople - eg Patric Leahy are blogging

political: - blogs linked on front page

indexes is an international blog traker - Fortune 500 biz blogging wiki (law librarian blogs) (search by timeline)

Greg Schwartz - Podcasting

Go to the source like NPR or BBC

Search engines

Indexers of audio/video content - use short queries as the transcription is spotty (searches audio & video and you can get a feed of your search)

Other search (he ran out of time) - paid transcribers

Boy, the one on podcasting surely did assume zero background. Guess I'm ahead of the curve!
rowanf: (lego library witch)
Greg Notess - New Search Strategies/Advanced Search Techniques - tells you what features are available on various engines. (also undoc - Yahoo still has the various Inktomi commands available though not documented.) - has transfer search bookmarket that allows you to go from engine to engine without retyping the search.

Refine & Explore terms - Ask offer "expand search", Exalead ditto plus directory terms; Clusty gives you an idea about terms, Northern Lights is back with searching the business web - they narrow by clusters. Alltheweb (uses Yahoo db these day, may be subset) does live suggestions as you type.

Definitions, wikipedia, Google box has "definitions" right below the search box.. goes to also define:(word) in google search box.

Social bookmarking - What are the key sites? - good starting places for techie bookmarks with # of users who have bookmarked the term (one word tags, eg webdesign rather than web design)
Furl - more professional users not necessarily tech-related. So you can look for business topics, etc.
Connotea (from Nature)

Field searching allows us to dig deeply instead of widely - site, inurl, country, etc. (formerly MSN search) has "find macros" in "more" and you can create you own. Greg thinks Live updates more often and is worth looking at.

filetype:pdf at Google, live & Exalead
originurlextension:pdf at Yahoo
note that pdf indexing often misses first letters of a word - try searching with dropped first letter, eg "raq" instead of "iraq".
Exalead, "more" on the right gives what percent are in what file type and what language, etc. Might be interesting.

who links to a website link: not - find similar sites. Google, Live, Yahoo & Exalead all offer but Google is very incomplete. Yahoo or Live do better. Live also offers (where does loc link in croatia)

Exalead has proximity operators NEAR is w/n 16 words or you can do NEAR/# to define # of words.
rowanf: (lego library witch)
Russell and I had breakfast at Rosines and he left for work and I went to the keynote for Internet Librarian. The featured speaker was Judy A. Jance, a mystery writer. Evidently her current title is about a newscaster who gets fired because she is too old and so she starts a blog about it. Ms. Jance has had quite a life and didn't start writing until midlife. The woman next to me really recommends her books (there are 35 or so). She mentioned a series of three on an Indian reservation that sound particularly interesting. Perhaps I'll check them out. Ms. Jance particularly won me over by singing Janice Ian's song, At Seventeen. Ms. Jance was 6' tall in the 7th grade (I was only 5'10"... but I can totally sympathize!). She was told in 1964 at University of Arizona that she was ineligible for the creative writing class because she is female. I think she has indeed exceeded accounts received at 17. Go her. Oh! One of the other things that several of her stories made me think of - the ability of poets to do blistering satires... evidently one of her villians is a creative writing professor. *chortle* I liked her alot. She seems like a Great Lady.

Usually I go to the search track at IL, but I decided to do something different (since I actually could *teach* the content of the search track) and go to the Library 2.0 track this morning. The first session wass Paul Miller of Talis. He talked of Library 2.0 as opening the library out to where the users are and engage them with the services they need rather than trying to get them to come in and learn our systems. (podcast)

It is the participation rather than a given technology (wiki, blog, etc) that is important. How do we engage users to participate?

It is all very well to have open source if you have closed data. How do we open up and share our data? Why do we still pay for bibliographic data?

It all felt really useful for public and academic libraries but not at all useful for me. I could like to Mary Ellen Bates 30 search tricks but I think I'm going to play hooky and go shop. I have sessions and network until at least 7pm tonight so it isn't as though I'm shorting my hours.
rowanf: (Batgirl)
Last night I went to the Gay & Lesbian Issues Caucus and found (a) a free open bar - the liquor in this town is amazing and (b) about half the room was female! Item (b) is fairly new despite this being a 70% women's profession. I had intended to ditch the Caucus after the meeting and go to some of the vendor parties but Mary Ellen & Julie convince me that I should stay and go to the Caucus dinner. So I listened to The Web 2.0 talk by Dale Prince who does the Gay Librarian blog and went on to dinner with folks. I was sorry to miss Wiley's Goth party at Edgar Allen Poe's burial place. I mean who could resist and invite like this:
long description of my trade show )
My email is still not happening. So I guess I get to enter some Georges and read friends Ljs. :-)


Nov. 29th, 2005 03:54 pm
rowanf: (Default)
Yay! I went to lunch with [ profile] mr_kurt and [ profile] saffronrose... and I could actually taste it! Rapture! Not to mention that Parkside Grill had cream of cauliflower for the soup of the day. I just had to have some with my crab caesar salad. Happy, happy mouth!

A couple of blogs I read mentioned this library catalog as tag cloud idea. It really is a cool way to see what a collection emphasizes as a glance. Geeky coolness. :-)

Only another 40 minutes before I'm off to find a cache or two before heading off to the Solo Librarian meeting. (I came in early and made up for yesterday's lunch... it was too dark and rainy to cache before work. I *will* grab that one on Alpine some morning though!) I am falling behind the curve in Coin Quest. Forty three people have collected their coins already (out of 250). OTOH, I am at 158, so I may yet make it if I can just conquer the FTF thing. BTW, I'm up to 97 finds out of the goal of 100 by December 2. I do believe I'll make it with time to spare. :-)
rowanf: (Batgirl)
I never cease to be amazed at the price of articles. I ordered "Gunilla Borgefors, "Distance transformations in digital images," Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (CVGIP), Vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 344-371, June 1986" (My collection only goes back to 1995.) Academic Press has a $31 copyright fee on it! Sheesh. A 1986 article, almost 20 years old and it cost us $47.63. Grrr! You can believe that no author sees a cent on that fee. Makes me crazy.

I am grateful that last year 78 of 237 papers I retrieved came through individual websites. In the old days all of them would have come through a document delivery service. Thank you, each and every researcher who puts up a .ps or .pdf of your work on the web so that other researchers can get the information.

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