The Failure of Middleware, Part 5: The Unintegrated Library System & Federated Searchlibraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 4/7/2005 with 1 comment

Sorry for the delay in posting the rest of this, but we were flying to Florida yesterday to visit family. Nice to be in consistently warm weather for a few days. When library catalogs were first developed, all of the electronic needs of a library system were fulfilled by the ILS. At the time, there …

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The Failure of Middleware, Part 1: What’s the Problem?libraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 4/4/2005 with 3 comments

In many libraries, we see collections that do not meet the needs of their users. This problem can affect small rural public libraries with limited budgets and prestigious academic libraries that have comprehensive print and electronic holdings. It’s easy to understand the problem of limited funds, but if a library has an excellent collection why …

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technology in information literacy: an appealblogging, libraries, our digital future, RSS and Syndication

by Meredith Farkas on 3/17/2005 with 3 comments

I’m going to be doing a presentation on information literacy in a few weeks, and I’m planning on looking at how new technologies can be used in information literacy instruction. I was thinking of looking at screencasting/flash tutorials (using camtasia, captivate, etc.), podcasting, wikis, blogging, rss, social bookmarking (del.icio.us, FURL, etc.), or anything else that …

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Movers and Shakers!blogging, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 3/15/2005 with 1 comment

Two bloggers from whose writing I get a great deal of food for thought were just named “movers and shakers” by Library Journal. Congratulations Aaron Schmidt and Michael Stephens! You two really should be proud — not of some mention in Library Journal, but for all you’ve done for your libraries and for librarianship. Rock …

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Screencasting? Finally something I can get behind!libraries, our digital future, reference

by Meredith Farkas on 2/28/2005 with 3 comments

I think Podcasting is cool, but not for me. I’m a visual learner, so listening to my favorite bloggers takes more mental energy to absorb than reading their blog entries. In graduate school, I hated listening to real audio lectures from my professors unless they were accompanied by lecture notes, powerpoint, or something visual. That’s …

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Questioning library terminologylibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/18/2005 with 0 comment

I just found this very interesting website via TangognaT. John Kupersmith, a reference librarian at UC Berkeley has collected usability survey data from various libraries as well as the library terminology used on library websites to create Library Terms That Users Understand. In it, he suggests best practices for library website usability testing and the …

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Giving the patron what s/he wantslibraries, reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/31/2005 with 0 comment

Steph at TechnoBiblio wrote about an interesting observation at a recent panel discussion she attended: The final panelist came forth with a statement that seemed to take the audience by surprise, but it really shouldn’t have… “Users don’t care.” They don’t care that the subject specific databases will bring back more relevant hits. They don’t …

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The place of the ALA in Salinaslibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/28/2005 with 1 comment

Michael McGrorty is an ALA Councilor and a man of conscience. He is one of the few people who has made more than a mention about the Salinas libraries and he pushed the ALA to approve a resolution about the libraries’ closing. He’s also a damn good writer. Please read some of his writings about …

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A day in the life…job search, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/28/2005 with 0 comment

Curious about what a library web manager does in an average day? Dave King offers us a glimpse into his work at the Kansas City Public Library: Checked email, bloglines, news sites (I really need to aggregate some news feeds). I did this constantly throughout the day. Met with supervisor about different projects – once …

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Philadelphia’s library problemsALA, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/27/2005 with 0 comment

People have been up in arms about the news that the Philadelphia Free Library system is running 20 of its 49 libraries without professional librarians. I think it’s awful too, but on several levels. Yes, it’s awful that the library system thinks these libraries can be run without a single MLS staffing them. I agree …

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