Return of A Day In a Life of a Librarian


Back in July, I participated in a web-wide librarian event entitled Library Day in the Life.  This event was created by the terrific librarian-blogger Bobbi Newman to allow people who work in libraries to share the great variety of work we do with students, patrons, and fellow librarians.  For more on what I do, check…

A Day in the Life of a Librarian


Librarians everywhere are signing up for the Library Day in the Life project as a way of showing what we do to fellow librarians, library school students, and anyone curious.  I missed out on this the last time it occurred so I definitely wanted to participate this year, especially since I’ve been looking for ways…

On the brink with Twitter & FriendFeed


In my efforts to be more connected with the professional community at large in library world I’ve been a member of Twitter and FriendFeed for about a year.  I liked it at first reading other people’s thoughts and ideas, sharing my own, and seeing what news and links others posted that I might not have…

I’m a Twit


So, I finally gave in and registered for Twitter even though I really do not understand the practical purpose of the tool. I mean I understand what it’s for – telling people what you’re up to at every minute of the day – I just don’t know what it does for a shy guy like…

library links for 19 February 2008


To start things off today a fun Sesame Street clip, “No Cookies in the Library” (via the new WorldCat Blog): And now a couple of links about reading and writing: Resources for Book Suggestions by Brian Herzog (Swiss Army Librarian, 2/14/08) – an exhaustive list. Information Overload: The Blogger’s Worst Enemy and 8 Ways to…

Peter Brantley Lecture


The following are notes I took at a lecture I attended recently by Peter Brantley. The notes are a bit scattershot since Brantley spoke fast and I had trouble reading my own handwriting. I was impressed that he referred to a lot of current articles in his talk, so I’ve linked them where ever possible…

library links of the day


I’m so far behind on these “of the day” posts.  I’ll start this one off with a fun clip from the Star Trek animated series: via Librarian In Black And now the links, focusing mainly on Library 2.0, library humor, and all of the above.  The essence of Library 2.0? by Meredith Farkas (Information Wants…

Library Links of the Day for 22 January 2008


Data: Students + Facebook + Library Outreach (Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services, 12/15/07) – conclusion: some users think using Facebook to interact with librarians is weird but it’s worth trying anyway. AACR2: The Movie (The Other Librarian, 1/14/08) – librarian humor can be so obtuse. Ten Questions to Ask Every New Employee…

Library Links of the Day for 11 January 2008


On being in bed with Google by Paul Courant (Au Courant, 11/4/07) – a response to the criticism of the University of Michigan Libraries collaboration with the Google Book Project. Some of my earlier posts on this topic include Boston Athenaeum Lecture Series: Libraries and Copyright and Library Trick or Treat. Pew Internet & American…

Library Links of the Day for 27 December 2007


I’m on holiday break thanks to my union so I’m not thinking too much about library work right now, but here are three interesting stories I’ve culled just for you! Ten Stories that Shaped 2007 from LISNews (12/20/2007). Here are my contributions to four of the stories: 10. Movie Review of The Hollywood Librarian &…

Library Links of the Day for 17 December 2007


Striving to be “container neutral” as a Librarian by Laurie (Laurie the Librarian, 11/22/2007) via Librarian in Black – “Container Neutral is defined as choosing the best format for the information source based upon needs not upon a goal to collect resources in a particular format.” A Treatise on the Black Market of Holds by…

Library Links of the Day for 12 December 2007


“A Librarian’s Worst Nightmare” by Jacob Leibenluft (Slate, 12/7/07) is basically a screed against Yahoo! Answers. As always, Jessamyn West at librarian.net (12/10/2007) has a great rebuttal on how librarians (or a least one librarian) really feel about Yahoo! Answers. Steve at Library Stream (12/10/07) provides an excellent introduction to Library Thing, part of the…

Library Link Dump


In my last post, I promised I would no longer save up lots and lots of articles and blog posts and then put them all in one post, but I have a bunch of library news I’ve saved up over the past month. So this is my last “link dump”. In the future I’ll do…

Library Trick or Treat


In preparation for Halloween, here’s a nice bag of links about libraries. First, a trick: The headline of The New York Times article Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web (by Katie Hafner, October 22, 2007) is very misleading. Jessamyn West at librarian.net puts it best in her post Libraries Shun Deals to Place…

A couple of quick library funnies


The Modesto Bee runs another installment of “Ask. Mr. Library Man.” Highlights include: Q: Dear Library Man, since you’re a dude and a librarian, should we call you a “guybrarian”? A: New words, often called “neologisms,” are coined all the time, and some become official dictionary words. But “guybrarian” is just embarrassing. Let it go….

What Facebook is Good For


Prompted by invites from friends and discussions of it’s usefulness in the library blogosphere I joined Facebook at the beginning of August (See previously: On Facebook Now). Due to my age, ignorance, or perhaps even my anti-social tendencies, I wasn’t sure of what exactly I use Facebook for, but I plowed ahead anyway. Recently, Susan…

Librarian-Blogger


One of these days a talented young athlete named Samuel Adams will emerge from college as a two-sport star and like Bo Jackson before him end up playing in Major League Baseball with Milwaukee and NFL football with New England. But this post is not about Sam Adams: Brewer-Patriot. This is about all the great…

Friday Sillies: Unshelved, the library comic strip


Generally I select things for Friday Sillies that are new funny things I’ve discovered on the internet.  My hope is that I’m actually promoting something new as opposed to something that every online hipster saw years ago and is now old and tired.  Today, I’m promoting Unshelved, the online comic strip that’s set in a…

Attack of the Hipster Librarians


Recently articles in two New York City newspapers have set the library world abuzz with their coverage of hipsters who happen to be librarians. Or librarians who happen to be hipsters. Either way it seems that everyone has an opinion ranging from “it’s cool to be getting positive media attention” to”this is condescending trash!” I’m…

Tuesday at the ALA Annual Conference


Wow! Librarians certainly like to read a lot. I had 112 hits yesterday and my reports from the ALA Conference are looking pretty popular. It’s about time something gave my review of The Painted Veil a run for its money. I’m grateful for the Internet Cafe at the Washington Convention Center and apologize to all…