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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Google Movies!reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 2/24/2005 with 0 comment

Yes, another new Google search tool (it seems like there’s been a new one every day over the past few months!). Google Blog reports that Google has come out with Google Movie “just in time for the Oscars.” It’s not a whole new search engine, but an operator that you can use to search for …

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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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Fabulous mapsblogging, reference

by Meredith Farkas on 2/16/2005 with 1 comment

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve made a big effort to post regularly. Unfortunately, I slacked off last week. Well, I don’t know if packing, putting our junk into storage, and moving to the other side of the country is considered slacking, but I do feel badly about falling out of the loop and …

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The cool yellow pagesreference, search

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

If you haven’t already, go check out A9.com, a yellow pages for the future. More a reference work than simply a “phone book”, A9 allows users to not only search the yellow pages but it lets you leave notes on the places they find, it shows you what else is in the neighborhood, and sometimes …

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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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