Maintain IT Cookbooks libraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 2/17/2008 with 1 comment

Over a year ago I wrote about a project called MaintainIT, a three-year Bill and Melinda Gates funded initiative designed to identify best practices for maintaining public access computers. Well, since then, they’ve been awfully busy. In addition to going around the country talking to librarians who maintain computers, they’ve published two cookbooks, which are …

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Getting ready for Building the Social Library Online librarianship, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 1/19/2008 with 5 comments

Our classroom! Originally uploaded by librarianmer On Wednesday, the class I’m teaching for San Jose State University begins. It’s the first for-credit graduate-level course I’ve ever taught, so I’m really excited about it (and a little nervous). I spent the Fall developing the classroom and spent winter break finishing up the assignments and creating the …

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Understanding the culture of social networking technologies libraries, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 1/16/2008 with 6 comments

Andrea Mercado and Kate Sheehan have both written insightful posts about the importance of librarians being aware of the culture of the social technologies they’re getting involved in for outreach purposes. From Kate: It’s easy to become enamored of social networking sites and Web 2.0 toys to the point where they seem like a panacea …

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At the top of my must-read list instruction

by Meredith Farkas on 1/9/2008 with 1 comment

I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Information Literacy Programs in the Digital Age: Educating College and University Students Online Edited by Alice Daugherty and Michael F. Russo, ACRL Information Literacy Programs in the Digital Age: Educating College and University Students Online describes significant and innovative online instruction programs in a straightforward, narrative …

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Don’t take what you know for granted blogging, free the information!, libraries, reference, Wikis, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 1/4/2008 with 6 comments

As liaison to all of the distance learning programs at our University, I frequently deal with our Interlibrary Loan Librarian. We can’t do traditional book interlibrary loan with our distance learners because the loan times do not allow sufficient time for us to ship the materials to the student and for the student to consult …

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Happy holidays! hi

by Meredith Farkas on 12/24/2007 with 2 comments

I just wanted to wish a very Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. To those who don’t and are looking for entertainment on a day when it seems like everything is closed, here are two impossibly adorable and amusing videos I found on Cute Overload: Ok, I’m easily amused! Before Adam and …

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