This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 23, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending April 22


Mary Carmen Chimato (Circ and Serve) has suggestions for revamping MLS programs.

365 Library Days Project: add 365 photos about your library.

FabGrrl reminds us that systems librarians are librarians too.

How to keep up with all the new tech stuff? Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) suggests application triage.

Annoyed Librarian doesn't like the LIBRARIAN Act of 2007.


New blog, Libraries and the High School Student: What If? to discuss hypothetical situations.

Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian) blogs about conference blogging.


from Real Life (comic strip): a sound-activated search engine.

Dave Pattern (Self-plagiarim is style) highlights some of the 100,000 ideas created by the Library 2.0 Idea Generator.


Computers in Libraries 2007 (April 16-18)
- thoughts from Helene Blowers (LibraryBytes)
- notes from Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian)
- notes from Michelle Boule (A Wandering Eyre)
- notes from Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101)
- notes from David Lee King

PLCMC 1 - Study Tour 2007 (April 2007)
- notes from Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian)

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 9, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending April 8


Monica (Caffeinated Thoughts) writes about the fairness/unfairness of library services for unincorporated areas.

via Boing Boing (and everyone else): Copyright Renewal Database makes it "much easier to find out what books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963 are now in the public domain."

Sarah Clark (Scattered Librarian) writes about student workers and how to use them effectively.

Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian) has conflicting thoughts about federated search.

Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran (Impromptu Librarian) explains how the Jackson County Libraries came to be closed.

Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) says, What about Library Association 2.0?

StevenB (Designing Better Libraries) has a two-part posting on designing your objectives.


Newest meme: Who are your blogger heroes? Answers from:
- Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector).
- Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free).
- Sarah Clark (The Scattered Librarian).
- Mark Lindner (Off the Mark).
- Jennifer Macaulay (Life as I Know It).
- Iris Jastram (Pegasus Librarian).
- Walt Crawford (Walt at Random).
- Steve Lawson (See Also...).
- Joshua M. Neff (the goblin in the library).


Customer-Centered Library presentation by Karen Hyman (April 4):
- notes by Travelin' Librarian.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (April 2, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending April 1


Sarah Clark (The Scattered Librarian) has a plan for dealing with information overload.

Pamela Snelson (Inside Higher Ed) asks, is this the dawn of an exciting new age in academic libraries? (via)

Annoyed Librarian writes about theory and practice in library education.

Dave Pattern (Self-plagiarism is style) a Quick OPAC Survey until April 14. He has posted some of the results to date.

Christie Brandau (Travels with the State Librarian) points to a piece by a retired assistant library director about
the public library as an asylum for the homeless


from Steven Aftergood (Secrecy News): "The Director of the Congressional Research Service this week prohibited all public distribution of CRS products without prior approval from senior agency officials." (via)

Cindy Fuerst (She Said/He Said: Kankakee Public Library Blog) points to ILA's talking points re opposition to HB1727 (which would mandate filters on public and school library computers).

Sylvia (Classical Bookworm) alerts us to imminent closing of British Columbia's 144-year-old Legislative Library. More here. (via)


Jason (Thus Spoke Pragmatic Librarian) has been thinking about anonymity in the blogosphere.

guenifhar says mailing lists are "just so last century" and wonders if it wouldn't be easier to replace them with Livejournal-style communities. Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (SpellboundBlog) thinks about archiving and weeding of listserv posts.

Joyce Valenza (NeverEndingSearch Blog) posted her answers (and links to others' answers) to American Libraries' follow-up article about school library bloggers.


ACRL 13th Annual Conference (March 29-April 1)
- reports from Katie (Young Librarian)
- reports from ACRLog
- Website - Blog

UCISA Management Conference 2007 (March 28-30)
- reports from Overdue Ideas.

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No "This Week in LibraryBlogland" this week

This week's "This Week in LibraryBlogLand" has been cancelled due to clement weather.

Back next week.


This Week in LibraryBlogLand (March 19, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending March 18


Karen G. Schneider (ALA TechSource) writes a letter to the Library of Congress re its bibliographic control public meeting at Google headquarters. Response from John Berry (Blatant Berry Blog). [see also Conferences, below]

Alec (Librarians at the Gate) writes on his library's comprehensive weeding plan.

Tangognat points to a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the free-ness of interlibrary loans.

Christopher Harris (Infomancy) started a classification discussion when he asked why folktales and fairy tales are shelved as non-fiction.

After a particularly unpopular change at her library, Rochelle Hartman (Tinfoil + Raccoon) wonders, when should a library try something new if patrons have not expressed a desire for change.

Archivist Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (Spellbound Blog) has some thoughts about how Google's new log retention policy could affect future historians.

San Jose State's SLIS Associate Director (slis21) has made the school's 312pp. re-accreditation self-study available for download


Rochelle Hartman (Tinfoil + Raccoon) posted links to the "16 much-visited librarian bloggers" featured in the March American Libraries.


- Analog tagging.

- Fun with WorldCat and Lorcan Dempsey links to the list of Top 1000 Works in WorldCat.


Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (March 8)
- (see also posts at the top of this TWiL).
- many detailed notes from Karen Coyle (Coyle's InFormation)
- thoughts and report from Andrew K. Pace (Hectic Page) before and after.
- Brief Meeting Summary on the LOC website.

Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17)
- blogs, course.

Discussion at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library (March 14)
- report from George (It's all good)

L2 unconference Melbourne (March 2)
- unconference blog
- report from Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian)
- report from Genevieve Tucker (reeling and writhing)

unconference for Western Australian libraryland (date tba)
- planning report from Kathryn Greenhill (Librarians Matter)

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (March 12, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending March 11

(When I said "back in three weeks," I miscalculated. Here's an abbreviated edition with just a few posts that caught my eye when I scanned the feeds. The full-size edition will be back next week.)

Tasha Saecker (Sites and Soundbytes) explains her concept of Library Director 2.0.

Law professor Lionel A. Sobel wrote the Copyright Navigator, a study guide for law students on the fundamentals of U.S. copyright law (via).

Mike (Techdirt) asks, is it still theft of service if it's using the free WiFi at the library?

From Neil Gaiman's blog, a letter from librarian Lynn Wiandt: "I have some first hand experience in dealing with the maelstrom that can engulf a library system when it is targeted by a group of 'concerned citizens' trying to save children from books and the internet and ideas and information in general."

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) posts his annual list of Ten Tech Trends for Librarians.

Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) has advice on how to stay current about technology when you don't have the time.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 19, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending February 18

NOTE: TWIL will return in three weeks.

(Older post, but I just came across it): In her "About" page, Lazygal (Killin time being lazy) posted what she calls her technology biases.

Roy Tennant (TechEssence.Info) wrote an Open Letter to ILS Vendors. Comments from John Blyberg (

Jessamyn West ( has a query about open source software in libraries.

Eli Jacobowitz (Clarifying and Explaining) on the virtues and limits of cataloging. (via)

via Thingology: "Simon Spero, library-geek extraordinaire, has released a nearly complete copy of the Library of Congress Authority Files."

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) points to a proposed Illinois bill that would prohibit public access to social networking websites on public libraries' computers.

Driek (Library Spring) points out that all online communities aren't -- and shouldn't -- be equal.

Kathy Gould (PVLD Director's Blog) has been thinking about fees -- specifically, fees for holds.

A Newbery-award winning book contains an anatomical word. Hilarity ensues.

Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) points to copyright website Know Your Copy Rights.

Also via Jill Hurst-Wahl: a 2-year project to digitize the backfile of ERIC microfiche reports.

French digital librarian Alain Patez (TeleRead) reports on E-books for disabled people in France.

Library Journal job satisfaction survey.


From New Jersey State Library: Three Reasons Why I Love My Library.

From Gail Borden Public Library: My Favorite Book.


Feel Good Librarian needs good thoughts sent her way.

"I RSS" (t-shirt). (via)


Two sets of library themed bookends. (via) (which has held previous law-related "hotties" contests) is taking nominations for their newest contest, hot law librarians (via)

"Books Are Good For You" (t-shirt). (via)


Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17)
- blogs, course, etc..
- Social Library Lurkers Wiki.

Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3)
- Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad) has links to presentations.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 12, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending February 11


David Rothman ( posted his rewriting of Ranganathan's five laws.

Jenny Levine (Shifted Librarian) posted some notes and links about public libraries and adapting to the change to virtual community. lajensen (Lauren Jensen?) (ACRLog) has a short piece about balancing the research and recreational needs of patrons when library computers are in short supply.

K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) brings attention to the federal government's zeroing out $47 million in appropriations for a decade's worth of digital preservation efforts.

For website designers: Corey Wallis (Tech Explorer) gives an example of an unwelcoming library website. Darlene Fichter (Blog on the Side) has an idea for helping to come up with names for new services on library websites.

K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) comments on Library Journal's article about LITA's Top Tech Trends.

Aimee (Centered Librarian) points to gridskipper's list of best libraries in the USA.

Lazygal (Killin' time bein' lazy) says librarians are important because we're generalists.

Steve Backs (Blog About Libraries) points out that professions do not stand still. Jennifer Macaulay Life as I Know It) says technical support should be a core competency.


A reminder from Peta Hopkins ( February 14 is Australian Library Lovers Day

Video: March of the Librarians, by Nick Baker.

The Illustrated Librarian Temporary Tattoos.

Video: Introducing the book


Y'know those new Snap Previews on Wordpress blogs?
- For readers: How to stop it.
- For Wordpress bloggers: Why stop it (and how-to).


Rutgers SCILS
- Janie L. Hermann (Library Garden)

Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3)
- Presentations. (recommendations from Richard Akerman (Science Library Pad))
- Darlene Fichter (Blog on the Side)

La Corporation des Bibliothecaires Professionnels du Quebec (Feb. 9)
- Links related to Elisabeth Lavigueur's presentation. via)

Information Online 2007 (Jan. 30 - Feb 1)
- Michelle McLean (Connecting Librarian)

Computers in Libraries 2007 (Aprl 16-18)
- Joomla in Libraries presentation.

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This week's TWIL

Due to a slight scheduling change at work, this week's This Week in LibraryBlogland will not be posted until Tuesday morning.


This Week in LibraryBlogLand (February 5, 2007)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending February 4


Will Sherman ( lists 33 reasons why libraries and librarians are still extremely important. More from Helene Blowers (LibraryBytes). David Warlick (2 Cents Worth) asks, If you had only a minute to support librarians, what would be your elevator answer?

Court rules that books on tape can be rented without copyright owner's permission (Techdirt discussion).

Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) asks how would you rewrite Ranganathan's Five Laws for the 21st century?

Top Technology Trends (LITA podcasts). Kathleen Kern (RUSQ) has tips for keeping up with library-related technologies (via). Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free) repeats, age or generation has nothing to do with being tech-savvy.

Speaking of tech-savvy: Dorothea Salo (Caveat Lector) writes about unfriendliness to newbies in the DSpace developer community. K.G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) says that this unfriendliness is a potential limitation of open source software.

Christopher Harris (Informancy) notes that, while Blyberg's SOPAC is exciting, it's still an OPAC, and therein lies the problem.

Steve Oberg (Family Man Librarian) explains how, on his library's website, they have turned the catalog inside out.

Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) wants to know what was your most successful library website redesign project.

Tagging: According to the latest Pew Internet Report, 28% of internet users have tagged or categorized content online such as photos, news stories or blog posts. Comments from Dan Giancaterino (ResourceShelf). Michel-Adrien Sheppard (Library Boy) recommends some background reading.

Jill Hurst-Wahl (Digitization 101) posted the beginnings of a bibliography on federated search. David Pattern (Self-plagiarism is style) has been playing with searching for books by color.

Jill Stover (Library Marketing) is collecting library marketing metrics.

Phil Bradley's memo to Google Librarian Central: Not all librarians are based in the U.S.

Dan Chudnov (One Big Library) discusses the energy footprint of ILL-ing a book versus buying on Amazon.

Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog) asks, if your school library position librarian proof?

Why did the student choose Iris Jastram's (Pegasus Librarian) college? In part, because of the librarian trading cards.

Susan Knisely (Nebraska Library Commission Blog) is book talking by adding audio links to Flickr notes (via).


How to keep personal and professional life separate online? Michele Boule (A Wandering Eyre) says, The answer is, you don't. As Steve Lawson (See Also...) points out, online double identities are like Clark Kent and phone booths. Mark Lindner (Off the Mark) comments on UIUC student legal services pamphlet, "What Employers Find on the Internet May Hurt You."


Five Weeks to a Social Library (Feb. 12 - March 17)
- participant blogs

Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2007 (Jan. 31-Feb 3)
- John Dupuis
- vonjobi (Filipino Librarian)
- conference blog

Computers in Libraries (April 16-18)
- Wiki

Information Online 2007 (Jan. 30 - Feb 1)
- slides from Dave Lankes (Virtual Dave...Real Blog)

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