Best Things I Learned at Internet Librarian:

  • Best presentation hands down was Rochester University Library on researching students writing term papers, and it’s potential results to be used by the library.
  • Best keynote from an informative point of view was Wednesday morning with Shari Thurow
  • Best thing I learn, interviewing students to get their opinion is invaluable
  • Biggest Question: What do younger students use to communicate outside email, and how can we use it to keep better in touch?  Overdues and Courtesy Notices this way?
  • Second best this I learned: Students need a comfortable space to learn that has few distractions yet coffee and food is nearby because the distraction at the dorm and elsewhere is unreal!
  • Webfeat Express looks promising as a federated search system
  • The social computing seems to me to lack substance, time better spent elsewhere
  • Podcasts and RSS feeds could be promising for Public Relations
  • Ask students to design the best use of the space freed up on the first floor.


Other Interesting Things I Learned in Monterey:

o        Wealth without Work

o        Pleasure without Conscience

o        Science without Humanity

o        Knowledge without Character

o        Politics without Principle

o        Commerce without Morality

o        Worship without Sacrifice

Day by Day Rundown:

Sunday 10.22.06:

Pastors comments at Shoreline Church:


Object lesson with a kids hand stuck in water, made no real impression (lived a life that made no impact or impression)


Stuck his hand in sand.  (made an impact, but didn’t last, no real lasting difference or impact


Lastly he stuck his hand in wet cement, which made a lasting impression for a long-term difference.  Moral of the story: Lead a life with positive impact.


Did a “video minute” that was real upbeat and informative of what was going on at the church that week.


Lunch and dinner with Chad and Allison was a treat!


Monday 10.23.06



Opening Keynote: Monday 10.23.06


1250 attending the conference,  J. A Jance author as keynote speaker.


She gave a talk from an author’s perspective, and a very personal talk including her troubled husband and life as an insurance salesman before becoming a writer.  J. A. was an entertaining speaker, with a risk taker style.  Talked about what gives her ideas for her books and where they come from..  Then sang Janice Ian's song "At Seventeen", not something I’ve ever witnessed before and then another about overcoming the blues.  However, she did sing pretty well and the point was well taken.



Increasing use of Online Products (session 1)


Top 5 things:

  1. Create a dedicated online databases page
  2. Organize online database within the dedicated page
  3. give each online database a sort, meaningful description
  4. Provide remote access and ensure that it works
  5. Use language patrons will understand


Don’t use the word “Database” patrons get confused by it.  Online path finders are good things.


Do we have a complete magazine and journal list available on the home page?

Can we search the database list so they type “business” that shows all we have?

Categories of online databases available from the home page

Spot light on a database from home page each month


They had 1 search page with federated search using Webfeat


Tacoma Public Library


University of Pittsburgh:  Use federated searching to increate use of online databases. (also uses Webfeat, they branded it called “zoom”)


It tends to be slow, not instant like

Three access points, A-Z list, quick find and subjects list

Can we build our own search box that options books or articles?


Undergrad may not know Ebsco A-Z list, but grad students do, and like the quick access


Can we use the Video Minute idea at the library or a quick podcast of what’s coming up in Public Relations?



Ethnograpic data from University of Rochester (methods to know your users)


What do undergrads really do when they write their papers (34 staff took on this question)

Study was to improve reference outreach, facilities and web presence.


Used Retrospective interviews on recently completed papers.  Each step from the time they first heard of the assignment until it was turned in.  They had them illustrated it on a poster and video recorded and transcribed the session


Rarely did they talk to a librarian,

Did research from the dorm via the library website

Distractions when working were a real problem for students


Next they gave them a camera and had them do a photographic evidence of what they did.


Photos of what they took to class (students are highly scheduled)


Maybe we should do a photo essay contest based on this?


Students are on the go all the time

They do much more than attend class, they are interlaced

Students eat meals at odd times

Cary their belongings with them

They use technology everywhere

They need a variety of facilities and services

Every day is different


What do students need?

How can the library best meet those needs?

What makes a place attractive to students?


Ask the students to draw a design for the ideal library space (paid them 5 bucks) for 20 minutes.


Design the ideal library space, it is exactly the way you wanted it to be and you loved it and want to go there a lot.  Show us what it looks like.


Lots of windows

Long tables with bar stools and snacks near by

Meeting rooms with convertible tables

Comfy surrounding

Section with new books

Quiet but not silent

Info desk with staff

Computers at tables with rolling chairs


Mahogany bookshelves, old style lamps, nice cozy feel

Study rooms with sound proof walls

Movies and video games on big projection screen

No florescent lighting, no echoes

Coffee, chocolate and food

Big chairs and ottomans



Students want flexibility

Family room feel

Coffee and food

Big chairs

Attention to environment --- sunlight

Good indoor lighting, relaxing yet functional

Want technical help

Want books magazines DVDs reference books and popular reading


Rochester is providing a 24 hour space (limited area within the library)


Want to connect to people

Faculty, virtual librarian

Course needs

Audio of class lectures

Instant bibliography


Interviews outside the library

Considered the librarians generalist


Interviewed students in the dorm with video cameras

Freshman dorm on a weekday night is crazy

Lots of gaming going on

Major multitasking going on


Observations at the dorm

Lots of distractions


Video games

People moving (somewhat communal)

Face book

No book reading


Upper class were much more focused


Libraries need to provide a quiet place to read a book.

Peek time is late at night

They don’t bring laptops because they walk around too much for too long


Not afraid to ask questions, but see librarians as just a generalist.  People who work at circ are same as reference in their view.


Place to lockup laptops.  to see research material they can show.


When students were allow to redesign the library home page they designed a portal


One of the best sessions I have ever attended.



Cool Tools and Mashups for Webmasters


Google site map builder


Wink  (builds flash animations for free)


Mashups are like RSS feeds (pulls content from different data sources into something new)


Add locations of sites to Visions Project using api for Google maps ?



Federated searching: Webfeat is biggest player & Webfeat Express is the lower cost version



Tuesday 10.24.06

Day two, keynote: Overview of future librarian potentials in science and other areas.


Podcasting & Videocasting:


Podcasting:  Podcasting is the distributing or syndication of audio files over the internet using RSS technology


End users subscribe to your content and get automatic downloads of new stuff

Podcasting is about regularly updated audio content


To understand the technology and explore the possibilities

It fits into your organizational goals and marketing strategies

If it’s the right for your patrons


Podcasting is not a one time deal.  Recognize the commitment before plunging in.




Upcoming events and library news

Bibliographic instruction

Services for the visually impaired

Staff training/communication


9 easy steps to Podcasting

1. determine content and format

2.  assemble equipment and people

3.  record

4.  edit and export to mp3

5.  Listen

6.  upload file to server

7.  generate your rss feed

8.  publish feed url

9.  promote, respond, repeat (Beginners Guide to Podcasting)


Incolsa guy talking on video Podcasting   Jeff Humphrey


ITunes software is the end result of how patrons see it


Writes RSS field from scratch (apparently difficult)

Decatur Campus library


  1. make sure it feeds
  2. Promote
  3. Do interviews with interesting people
  4. use USB high end microphone
  5. using Audacity
  6. 96kbits/s MP3
  7. use feedburner (free service)
  8. listen to your listeners


Learning to Speak: creating a library podcast with a unique voice   (public relations in the library)



Wiki’s at NPR


Consider using the wiki for library wide information (anything related to the library)


RSS feeds from New York times for the latest articles in the wiki.            


MySpace & FaceBook:


Libraries using Myspace

  Creating an account on Myspace and having library information on it.  Had student assistant design it.  Maybe something for Kristen?


 Decoding MySpace article worth reading

Myspace for library friends?

My Own Café library space website


Facebook by Cliff Landis


Factiva at World Bank and the International Monetary Fund


The automatically ftp new articles into folders into a intranet database available within the World Bank intranet.  Everything is viewed locally within the World Bank website


The IMF uses Factiva directly via a variety of security interfaces, does not locally host the data like the World Bank.


Data comes in as xml


Wednesday 10.25.06


Wednesday Keynote: Web Presence for Internet Librarians

Search engine friendly information:

Don’t use Underscores

Use bread crumbs (paths to where you came from)

Have an opening paragraph

Make sure you put your keywords in title text

Text links are easier for search engines than images

Have two forms of navigation on your website


Lands End website is a good example


Tell people what you want them to do.


Site Must be ease to read, navigate, find, consistent layout and design and quick to download and Keyword rich,


Mobile computing with Megan Fox

Check out Sony’s new MLOL for $350  looks like a psp


Microsoft ultra mobile PC between 500 -1000

(uses dial keys)

Look at Sony’s new Ebook reader


Mobile Search, searching via mobile phones.  (worth checking out)


Checkout for mobile search with a smart phone (query keyboard is much better)


Brad Faust from Ball State on Mobile Computing via the LSTA grant they obtained.


Created a mobile home page, card catalog via z39.50 and a mobile journals site using a title search.  Recently added mobile video with video streams in Windows Media format.  (what web browsers on what mobile devices to use)  (Ball States University website)


Guide by cell:

Call a number via mobile phone, get an audio tour. . Audio recordings can be in multiple languages.  Organization gets real-time stats.  Can use a Integrate Voice System or a hosted system like guide-by-cell.


Simmons College had 22 areas of library function to guide by cell. 

  1. content development
  2. select people to record
  3. record audio
  4. encourage staff to promote
  5. add slide show on web with audio of each stop
  6. create marketing material and press release
  7. tour evaluation
  8. identifier throughout the library
  9. see Simmons college library tour web site for details  phone 418-794-2832


Cost about $200 a month (no way)


Final Keynote, Social Computing and the Information Pro


She admitted making up here presentation the day of and the results showed …


The Fun Stuff:

Run 7 Sunday on the trail between Monterey and Seaside

Swim 800 Monday morning at hotel

Run 5 Tuesday evening on the beach

Swim 800 Tuesday morning at the hotel

Gym 1 hour Tuesday evening Monterey Sports Center

Swim 1500 Tuesday evening Monterey Sports Center

Run 5 Wednesday morning Coastal Trail Pacific Grove

Total Walking: About 12 miles, around town and to and from hotel each day

Brunch at First Awakenings with with Chad and Allison

Salmon Dinner with with Chad and Allison at their home

Dinner with Chad and Allison at California Pizza Kitchen