Google and the “great digitization”libraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/17/2004 with Comments Off on Google and the “great digitization”

I’ve been quietly reading about the Google deal with the libraries of Stanford, University of Michigan, Harvard, Oxford, and New York City, and the resultant debates/rants on various blogs. I didn’t really want to go off on a half-cocked rant of my own, so I’ve spent the last few days thinking about what Google’s digitization …

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Denmarklibraries, random

by Meredith Farkas on 12/11/2004 with 2 comments

When I looked at my page stats (which this time actually told me that someone other than my husband was reading my blog – woo hoo!) I found that people in Denmark had visited my site. I actually studied in Copenhagen for almost a year, and I think it is one of the best places …

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Graduating today, but still have a lot to learnjob search, libraries, library school, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/11/2004 with Comments Off on Graduating today, but still have a lot to learn

Wow, so today is the day I graduate. Being that my whole library educational experience was virtual (except for my internship and a trip to the ALA conference in June) it all feels somewhat unreal or surreal. Since I’m not driving up to Tallahassee for graduation, there really isn’t going to be any fanfare. Maybe …

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Bringing LexisNexis to the masses: LexisNexis Ala Carteour digital future, reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/8/2004 with Comments Off on Bringing LexisNexis to the masses: LexisNexis Ala Carte

LexisNexis is now offering its articles ala carte, which allows regular folks who are not affiliated with an institution of higher learning to search LexisNexis and buy the full-text if they so choose. You have to register to search (though the search itself is free), and then any article you wish to read costs only …

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Library education in the 21st centurylibrary school, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 12/6/2004 with Comments Off on Library education in the 21st century

I think our ALA president-elect, Michael Gorman, has the right idea on what the ALA should be focusing on. Education. According to the Library Journal, in a meeting entitled “The Future of Library Information Education”, Gorman expressed serious concerns about the state of library education and accreditation. Although I’ve only gone through one MLIS program, …

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Librarians asking for morelibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 12/4/2004 with Comments Off on Librarians asking for more

Rory Litwin has an excellent editorial in Library Juice this month. Undone by Flattery is about what librarians give up because we are so susceptible to flattery. After suffering daily with ungrateful and difficult patrons, we often feel like no one appreciates the service we offer to society. We love to hear people talk about …

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Libraries and RSSour digital future, reference

by Meredith Farkas on 12/2/2004 with Comments Off on Libraries and RSS

Tame the Web this week has a great little guide on Teaching RSS to Reference Librarians. He’s got great links to other resources that will educate and inspire librarians to get excited about RSS. The Kansas City Public Library System and the Minneapolis Public Library are good examples of public libraries that have embraced RSS, …

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What are libraries looking for?job search, library school

by Meredith Farkas on 12/2/2004 with Comments Off on What are libraries looking for?

I’m back from my wacky wild trip into our legal system. I’ll just say that I hope I’m never on the other side of the law, because it was nerve-wracking enough just being in the jury pool! And I don’t know if this is typical, but the courtroom was the coldest room I’ve been in. …

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Shelter from the storm?libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 11/30/2004 with 2 comments

Michael McGrorty has an eloquent article about the homeless and public libraries in his blog today. This is a really tough subject in public libraries. As librarians, we really don’t want to restrict access to anyone, but at the same time, we also don’t want to discourage many people from coming to the library because …

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Recent articles on blogging (some great, some not so great)libraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 11/30/2004 with 1 comment

There have been a number of recently published or written scholarly articles on blogging. Communications of the ACM has devoted most of their December 2004 anniversary issue to articles about The Blogosphere. I read the articles for free (one of the benefits of still being a University student) and didn’t really find anything in them …

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Great American History bibliographyreference

by Meredith Farkas on 11/28/2004 with Comments Off on Great American History bibliography

December 2004’s American Heritage magazine features America Unabridged: The Definitive Guide to the Greatest Books About Our Past. This annotated bibliography covers a wide variety of topics and all of the time periods in American History, with materials chosen by many well-known historians. It includes not only books, but movies, photographs, and other works of …

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Paraprofessional jobs?job search, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 11/27/2004 with Comments Off on Paraprofessional jobs?

This month’s LIScareer.com has an article about taking a paraprofessional job once you have your MLS. This is something I’ve certainly been thinking about now that I’m 2 weeks away from graduation and have seen what the job market looks like for an entry-level professional librarian. While Robert Newlen and Teri Switzer make good points …

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