Information Literacy Online: If you build it… will they come?libraries, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 5/4/2006 with 10 comments

Before I started my job, there were no instructional materials provided to online students on how to use the library resources (there also was no distance learning librarian to create instructional materials). Not surprisingly, there were lots of students e-mailing the library every week with access problems and research questions. Students in certain programs — …

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Social software in academic libraries: what’s most important?libraries, tech trends, Vermont

by Meredith Farkas on 4/22/2006 with 19 comments

In mid-May, I’m giving an hour-long talk at the Vermont Library Association’s Annual Conference about using social software in academic libraries. The majority of the population I’ll be talking to has not used any of these tools, so I’m trying to figure out what would be most valuable to talk about. I’m torn between providing …

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Good readingALA, blogging, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/21/2006 with 2 comments

This has been a rockin’ week for reading — I wish I actually had more time to do it. Rachel Singer Gordon wrote an amazing column for Library Journal entitled “Secure Our Professional Future”. In it, she makes some very good points about the reality of the current job market and how important it is …

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The road to hell is paved with good intentionslibrarianship, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/12/2006 with 3 comments

I’ve been doing a whole lot of thinking lately about helping patrons, marketing our services, and just generally about making libraries better. Something Steven Bell wrote recently got me thinking about the idea that there are some librarians who just don’t want to improve libraries: Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that making …

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Let’s make libraries better, ok?blogging, libraries, our digital future, tech trends, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 1/10/2006 with 25 comments

Since the fall, I’ve pretty much been processing my thoughts about Library 2.0 on this blog in real-time. If one is going for ideological consistency, it’s probably not the best way to do things, but it is the most human way. I’ve been learning and reflecting and sharing those reflections with you. Walt’s excellent piece …

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