Federated searching and why users aren’t finding/using your electronic materialslibraries, search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/16/2005 with 2 comments

Looking at my alma mater’s library website, I noticed that they are implementing a new federated search tool that searches eight resources (a mix of A&I databases and full-text). It’s powered by Metalib from Ex Libris, a company I think is pretty great. I was really excited at first, until I decided to test it …

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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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The job hunt heats upjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/10/2005 with 4 comments

I got a call yesterday from an institution I’d interviewed with over the phone last week. They want to fly me down to interview with the search committee, my potential supervisor, and anyone from the library staff or University faculty who want to watch me present on three topics (eeek!). I’m kind of excited about …

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Geek confessionsrandom

by Meredith Farkas on 3/8/2005 with 0 comment

Via the Eclectic Librarian, I learned about and helped to stop a grave injustice. What was this terrible injustice you might ask? It was poor Wesley Crusher (from Star Trek: The Next Generation) being again named the most annoying character on the show. The Eclectic Librarian pointed me to Wil Wheaton’s blog, which I’ve browsed …

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Finding a job far far away…job search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/5/2005 with 9 comments

I have encountered one major problem in my job search that may or may not be attributable to the generation gap: the fact that many libraries will not consider applications from people outside of their general area. This applies more to public library positions than academic ones, but really, I have no idea whether geography …

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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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RFID in Berkeley?our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 2/22/2005 with 0 comment

This month’s big library RFID news came when the Berkeley Public Library announced that it was spending $650,000 to place RFID tags on 550,000 library items. This is a library that has already exceeded its budget and has borrowed $500,000 from the city for the project: The library has slashed its books and materials budget …

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Good tips for beginning bloggersblogging

by Meredith Farkas on 2/20/2005 with 1 comment

Starting a blog can be indimidating. I remember when I first started, I’d considered it more of an exercise in writing commentary than something I was writing for an audience. That was mostly because I never thought anyone would actually read my blog, and I had no idea how to get people to read my …

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WikiBibliographyour digital future

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

The WikiBibliography pulls together articles and commentary on Wikis from a variety of areas. Most of the citations have links to the actual article, so it’s a great resource for those of you who are interested in what Wikis have to offer. It’s a really comprehensive webpage, and very useful if you can ignore the …

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Digitization 101our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 2/18/2005 with 1 comment

Thanks to digitizationblog, I just found an amazingly cool blog that I wanted to share with you. Digitization 101 is a blog created by Jill Hurst-Wahl for Hurst Associates. Hurst-Wahl writes some fantastic posts on just about every aspect of digitization (from the practical to the existential), including such topics as “finding digitization vendors”, “Digital …

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