In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim Linton Weeks
Leading Change as a Library Administrator
I recently started my first job in library administration after serving in leadership positions both before and after beginning my library career a decade ago. This meant I had confidence in my skills, but no experience putting all my knowledge to use in this specific way. It's perhaps unnecessary to say that the prospect was (and still is) exciting but overwhelming. Rather than panic (never really an option), I turned to the group that was a big part of the reason I'd taken this step — my fellow Leading Change Institute (formerly Frye Leadership Institute) alums.
Keeping Up With... Gamification
Academic libraries can use the move towards gamification in higher education as a way to promote their collections and further engage and motivate students to learn more about library resources and services.
Spotlight: Bernan Press
Bernan Press is an award-winning publisher of reference works containing the most sought-after government-related information available. Bernan Press specializes in references that are no longer available from the government, such as Business Statistics of the United States, Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics, and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book.
When the U.S. Census Bureau closed their Statistical Compendia Branch, Bernan Press teamed up with ProQuest to publish the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States and it has received outstanding reviews. The forthcoming edition publishing in December 2013 contains 50 new tables on many hot topics.
Bernan Press publications are highly valued by the library and professional markets in the U.S. and abroad. For more information and to order these essential references go to Bernan.com.
Self-Service Photocopying & Cashless Payment in a Library Environment
Self-service photocopiers have long been expected by the public as a service of a library. Increased functionality in today's digital office equipment has led to increased feature offerings as well as patron usage. Patrons now can often get color copies, double-sided copies, or even copies on large paper and pay only for the features they use. However, with the advent of this increased functionality came incremental cost increases.
These increases, when passed on to the patron, led to increased revenue for the library. While this benefited libraries by helping cover the increased cost of providing these services it also added a hidden soft cost: handling more money. Additionally, while patrons enjoyed a wider array of service offerings they now had to carry more money on them in order to make the best use of the available services. So how do libraries continue to provide improved service to patrons while carefully controlling costs and without sacrificing patron satisfaction?
Spotlight: mk Sorting Systems
mk Sorting Systems specializes in providing automation solutions to simplify material circulation. mk Sorting Systems is a subsidiary of mk Technology Group which has over 40 years experience in factory assembly automation projects in the automotive, manufacturing, electronic and pharmaceutical sectors. The creation of mk Sorting Systems has allowed us to focus on high quality RFID and automated materials handling solutions for libraries.
If you want to learn more about our newest 24/7 service and community outreach library solution, click here. mk Sorting Systems is offering special pricing for all library solutions purchased by December 1. Find out more at email@example.com.
Best Practices: Not Just Card Catalogs: Libraries and Career Readiness
This summer I was reading Allie Grassgreen’s Inside Higher Ed article from May 15, 2013 entitled “Career Services Must Die.” In the article, Andy Chan, Vice President for Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University, stated that “The term ‘career services’ has been a phrase that has been used for several decades to describe what colleges have been doing…it’s not working… traditional models need to be totally rethought and resurrected as something different.” This past year in Texas, the laws changed and now first- time- in-college students are being required to have more career advising and readiness training that ever before. But much like many governmental mandates, it was left vague as to specifically how (or who) was going to have to take on this task.
Best Practices: The New Distance Learners: Providing Customized Online Research Assistance to Urban Students on the Go
This article provides an overview of the pedagogical theories surrounding distance learning while discussing the learning styles and characteristics of distance learners. The author describes how the use of social media and learning objects supports the pedagogical theory of connectivism. The author discusses how a mid-sized, urban university library uses social media tools, including YouTube and Twitter, to offer distance learning students the same level of research support as those studying on campus while examining other libraries that do the same. This method provides students with the opportunity to pick and choose online research support that is customized to their specific needs and timetable while still allowing for collaboration among peer learners.
Spotlight: Userful Desktop – Trouble-free Public Computing
Userful Desktop provides everything any size library needs to provide a trouble-free public computing experience. Userful Desktop updates itself and maintains itself and saves time for library staff. Easy cloud-managed administration, and features like time management, computer reservation, print cost recovery, digital display and education stations are all just part of this cost-effective and customized solution.
Grants & Funding
Funds are available for a broad range of libraries, including public, academic, medical and special interest. They include support in the form of awards, competitions, recruitment grants, and collection or program development grants.Read on
Spotlight: Paladin Caseworks
Paladin Caseworks offers complete media center solutions - library furniture, display furniture and custom designed furniture.
Our furniture is created from oak, cherry, maple and walnut, with a mix of supporting materials, such as Corian, acrylic, glass, metal, slat wall and melamine. In addition, we work with a wide range of laminate manufacturers - Wilson Art, Nevamar, Pionite, Formica, LaminArt, Abet Laminati and ARPA. Standard and custom edge banding is available. In addition, we offer stain matching to your existing color scheme.
The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed
Review of David Shumaker’s book The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed.
On a Lighter Note