Neil Gaiman isn’t a fan of Michael GormanALA, blogging

by Meredith Farkas on 2/27/2005 with Comments Off on Neil Gaiman isn’t a fan of Michael Gorman

Neil Gaiman isn’t a fan of Michael Gorman either (welcome to the club). I’ve been really amazed by the reaction of people outside of the library world to Gorman’s piece, but I was thrilled to see an author — whom I’m a big fan of — write an excellent, witty post about the whole ridiculous …

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Google Movies!reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 2/24/2005 with Comments Off on Google Movies!

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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Sometimes we all need a little reminder…libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/23/2005 with Comments Off on Sometimes we all need a little reminder…

Sometimes we all need a little reminder why we got into the library field in the first place. When you hear about the lack of a librarian shortage, the low wages, the closing libraries, the bureaucracy that keeps change from happening, etc., it can all seem pretty discouraging. From the listservs I subscribe to, I’ve …

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Questioning library terminologylibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/18/2005 with Comments Off on Questioning library terminology

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 Comments Off on The cool yellow pages

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 Comments Off on Giving the patron what s/he wants

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 future of virtual reference servicesour digital future, reference

by Meredith Farkas on 1/30/2005 with Comments Off on The future of virtual reference services

I’ve been reading a lot of great articles and posts about the viability of virtual reference and how we can make it better for our patrons. The Library Journal article, Virtual Reference: Alive and Well, by Brenda Bailey-Hainer, talks about how virtual reference services will only be cost effective when done as cooperative ventures between …

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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 Comments Off on A day in the life…

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 Comments Off on Philadelphia’s library problems

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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Libraries in the frozen northjob search, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/27/2005 with Comments Off on Libraries in the frozen north

I’m back from Chicago with two more interviews under my belt. It’s lovely to see that Illinois really seems to value their libraries — or at the very least, the communities value their libraries. Coming from Florida, a state where the Governor wanted to dismantle the state library and sell it off to a university, …

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