Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Using Google Maps

Google Maps now allows you to "create and share personalized, annotated maps of your world."

Check out the Learning 2.0 Throughout the World map created by Minerva Shelved.

And think about the many ways you may utilize Google Maps to promote or advertise your library. Garrett Kuramoto, of the Sunnyvale Public Library, made a Google map of all Silicon Valley Library System (SVLS) libraries, complete with street address, zip code for GPS, and area code. San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has a link to the map on its website. Slick, eh.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

What's New in Podcasting

SirsiDynix Institute Webinar - What's New in Podcasting?

Presented by David Free, Public Services Librarian,
Decatur Campus Library, Georgia Perimeter College

Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 11 a.m. - noon Eastern / 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pacific
Register for this SirsiDynix Institute webinar.

"In the year since the SirsiDynix Institute first examined podcasting (May of 2006), there have been many exciting developments with this emerging technology. Mainstream news and entertainment media have embraced both audio and video podcasts as a method of distributing information and creating community. There are now tens of thousands of podcasts of all types included in the iTunes music store. Educational uses of podcasts to deliver lectures and other content have proliferated. And more libraries than ever are producing podcasts or considering podcasting as part of their teaching and marketing efforts.

This presentation builds on the previous SirsiDynix Institute podcasting series by examining developments in the library podcasting landscape over the past year, including a look at (and listen to) new podcasts created by and for the library community. Tips for considering, planning, creating, evaluating, and sustaining a podcasting program at your library are also included. Learn how to create quality podcasts that will engage your audience from one of the first library podcasters. "

David Free is the Public Services librarian at the Decatur Campus Library of Georgia Perimeter College. He produces the Georgia Perimeter College libraries' podcasts and is the podcast editor of The Chattahoochee Review literary quarterly. Free holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Clark Atlanta University and a master's in English from Georgia State University. He blogs at

If you have missed previous SirsiDynix Institute events, or are unable to make this one, we have an extensive archive.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Learning 2.1

PLCMC who first brought us Learning 2.0 or the 23 Things is now offering their staff and guests Learning 2.1. A wiki is also available for Learning 2.1 participants.

Thanks to the comment for this post in which Minerva reminded us that PLCMC also has a Ning group associated with the Learning 2.1 program.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting - June 6-8

The 29th Annual Meeting for the Society for Scholarly Publishing will be held June 6-8, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Librarians and students are invited to register for the SSP Annual Meeting for $250, almost half the member rate (if you are a librarian employed in a library as well as a member of SSP, this rate is for you too). SSP is the Society FOR Scholarly Publishing, not OF Scholarly
Publishers, and librarian viewpoints and input are welcomed. (Rates increase after May 11, so don’t delay.)

This year's program, "Imagining the Future: Scholarly Communication 2.0," promises
to be an exciting and thought-provoking event. Is "Web 2.0" just a buzzword, or are there real opportunities for scholarly publishing lying beneath the hype?

Featured speakers are Larry Sanger (Wikipedia/Citizendium), Paul Duguid (UC Berkeley), David Worlock (Outsell, Inc) and Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive).

Don't miss:

* Pre-meeting seminars (June 6) on hot topics: copyright in the digital world, content licensing, business usage data, and society publishing
* Fifteen practical and cutting-edge program sessions for publishers, editors, librarians, scholars, printers, agents, wholesalers, booksellers, and other participants: technology, digital content, institutional repositories, interfaces, and more.
* Nationally recognized experts in many aspects of scholarly communication
* Exhibitors' Marketplace and receptions
* Formal and informal networking opportunities

For more information, download the program brochure, registration, and hotel details.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

ACRL Top 10 Assumptions for future of academic libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) unveiled its Top Ten Assumptions for the future of academic and research libraries during the ACRL’s 13th National Conference held March 29 to April 1 in Baltimore.

The ACRL Research Committee developed the top ten assumptions after surveying member leaders and conducting a literature review. A panel representing community and liberal arts colleges, research university libraries, as well as an observer of the higher education environment reacted and commented upon the assumptions at the ACRL National Conference.

“These assumptions underscore the dominant roles that technology and consumer expectations are increasingly playing in libraries,” said Pamela Snelson, president, ACRL and college librarian at Franklin and Marshall College. “The underlying trends offer new opportunities for academic libraries and librarians to embrace the future.”

1. There will be an increased emphasis on digitizing collections, preserving digital archives, and improving methods of data storage and retrieval.
2. The skill set for librarians will continue to evolve in response to the needs and expectations of the changing populations (student and faculty) that they serve.
3. Students and faculty will increasingly demand faster and greater access to services.
4. Debates about intellectual property will become increasingly common in higher education.
5. The demand for technology related services will grow and require additional funding.
6. Higher education will increasingly view the institution as a business.
7. Students will increasingly view themselves as customers and consumers, expecting high quality facilities and services.
8. Distance learning will be an increasingly common option in higher education and will co-exist but not threaten the traditional bricks-and-mortar model.9. Free, public access to information stemming from publicly funded research will continue to grow.
10. Privacy will continue to be an important issue in librarianship.

Listen to a podcast featuring Snelson and Mullins discussing the top ten assumptions is available at . Read more by Mullins and committee members in the April issue of College & Research Libraries News.

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