Best Things I Learned at Internet Librarian:
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:
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
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:
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 google.com
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
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
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
Audio of class lectures
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
People moving (somewhat communal)
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.
Tinyurl.com/f63dj to see research material they can show.
When students were allow to redesign the library home page they designed a portal
Cool Tools and Mashups for Webmasters
Google site map builder
Wink http://www.debugmode.com/wink (builds flash animations for free)
Mashups are like RSS feeds (pulls content from different data sources into something new)
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
Services for the visually impaired
9 easy steps to Podcasting
1. determine content and format
2. assemble equipment and people
4. edit and export to mp3
6. upload file to server
7. generate your rss feed
8. publish feed url
9. promote, respond, repeat
http://www.sirsidynixinstitute.com/arcive.php (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
Learning to Speak: creating a library podcast with a unique voice
www.sarahlong.com/podcasts (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 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, 4info.com
4info.com searching via mobile phones. (worth checking out)
Checkout m.ask.com 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.
mobile.bsu.edu (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.
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