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32 Tips to Inspire Innovation for You and Your Library: Part 1
"In part one of this three-part column, Stephen (Abram) reflects on his past 25 years since library school and shares insights about what has inspired innovation in his own life. If your job involves consensus decision-making, usability testing, or project management, you're sure to find useful tips to enrich your career and improve your library."




The Value of Libraries: Impact, Normative Data, & Influencing Funders

"...So, as I said, this story got me thinking about proofs to how the unfettered access to information and information services makes a difference in our various communities: public libraries, school libraries, university and college libraries, and special libraries. What is the real value of public, academic, school, and special libraries? Here are the highlights of what I found. I’ve included a selected webliography at the end of the article so you can enjoy more of the reading too.  Article continues


What's new ...  **


POMONA, CA. –  Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 35 years, today announced an industry first – the ability for libraries to offer online book-buying functionality to their patrons, while sharing in the sales revenue generated through the company’s AGent™ platform of products including VERSO™ ILS, Search and even the ILL Resource Sharing products. This groundbreaking program has been developed in partnership with Baker & Taylor – a worldwide distributor of books, video, music, and games – with the vision to provide public libraries a powerful revenue generating opportunity that supports the ongoing needs of their libraries, while increasing community awareness through word-of-mouth referrals and a library-branded website. This novel technology will significantly change the library market, expanding the library’s role from a borrowing entity to an online destination where patrons can easily and immediately purchase items.  Read more

**Section 9: Special Handling Instructions: Disaster Affected Collection Material

To avoid causing further damage to disaster affected collection material, staff should refer to the following special handling instructions. Appropriate handling depends on the type of material and the type and severity of the damage.

Material covered in this section includes:

  • Books, journals, pamphlets and newspapers
  • Large format sheet material
  • Small format sheet material
  • Artworks on paper
  • Easel paintings
  • Vellum, parchment and leather material
  • Photographic material
  • Electronic and magnetic media

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** H.W. Wilson Launches Free Resource for Librarians:
"Clearinghouse" of Free Tools for Collection Development
Over the course of a century, librarians have made the Wilson Standard Catalogs standard resources in libraries, for their help with collection development and maintenance. Today H.W. Wilson announced a free service for librarians that will "give back" to the is a free clearinghouse for tools for collection development: "Best" lists, Editors' picks, hot topics, periodicals lists, best professional books, librarian home pages and blogs, profiles of editors (and others) who shape the Wilson Standard Catalogs, and more.  >>more


E-metrics for Library and Information Professionals.  How to use data for managing and evaluating electronic resource collections

  Is your library getting every dollar’s worth out of that expensive database? Should you re-subscribe to that pricey e-journal? Are your indexes serving your users? Collection development and acquisitions librarians are facing tough new questions. Unfortunately for many, these were unanswerable questions until now. White and Kamal show how to use e-metrics to measure library performance and value in the digital age. With this book, you can learn how to use effectively the electronic data captured from various network activities to manage library collections, budgets, and services. Using e-metrics, the authors identify expensive and underused digital resources, visualise virtual search behaviour patterns and construct new collection development strategies. Authors: Andrew White and Eric Djiva Kamal 2005. 268p. paperback. 1-85604-555-2 Available at Amazon from $10.00  

Xiaorong Xiang and Eric Lease Morgan

This article describes the design and implementation of two digital library collections and services using a number of "light-weight" protocols and open source tools. These protocols and tools include OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), SRU (Search/Retrieve via URL), Perl, MyLibrary, Swish-e, Plucene, ASPELL, and WordNet. More specifically, we describe how these protocols and tools are employed in the Ockham Alerting service and MyLibrary@Ockham. The services are illustrative examples of how the library community can actively contribute to the scholarly communications process by systematically and programmatically collecting, organizing, archiving, and disseminating information freely available on the Internet. Using the same techniques described here, other libraries could expose their own particular content for their specific needs and audiences. 

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By Dennis Dillon..... The arguments for cutting library purchases of books and for outsourcing operations are well meaning. And the uncomfortable facts are that libraries are collections, publishers are distributors, and both collecting and distributing could be done online if enough money, organization, and expertise were put into the effort. But the arguments against those moves include a wealth of legal, financial, practical, political, pedagogical, and philosophical reasons.

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BookDrive® is the first and only automatic page-turning scanner. Unlike traditional scanners, BookDrive can flip pages of a book automatically by simply

 entering the number of pages you want to scan. BookDrive will digitize bound content in a variety of formats allowing the user to share and archive

 bound materials.

With patent-pending technology only offered by BookDrive, book digitization suddenly becomes an effortless task. Almost all of the book

scanning costs are now gone! You will never have to manually turn pages again.


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A Billion-Dollar IPO for Johns Hopkins


" ... our library has the most effective search engines yet invented — librarians who are highly skilled at ferreting out the uniquely useful references that you need. Rather than commercializing the library collections, why not export to the public market the most meaningful core of Hopkins' intellectual property — the ability to turn raw information into useful knowledge."  Read on ...



"Information Literacy in a Corporate Environment"
                         By Jane Macoustra

The concept of Information Literacy (IL) recently reared its head as part of a project I was working on. As an Information Professional, IL is a competency that I have taken for granted, because it is a natural part of what being an IP is all about. However, others in a corporate organisation may not possess these skills. IL has been around for a long time and is a well documented subject - especially in an academic context (7), but there is very little information available when it is translated across to a corporate or workplace environment. I have not specified putting IL into practice in any particular type of organisation, to enable the reader to understand the broad concepts that can be put to use. Due to length restrictions, this article is a brief outline of the main issues, and therefore is by no means fully comprehensive.

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Technology advisory boards for libraries

“One of the ways that libraries can engage their patrons in the process of building out the technical infrastructure inside library buildings and in online services is to create volunteer technology advisory boards which convene on occasion to give tech staff a chance to meet with and talk to techie patrons in the community.

This process can be as simple as networking from your staff and board and Friends of the Library to find the people they know who have tech expertise, and can be extended out in larger cities and bigger organizations to reach out to executives in tech companies in the area.”  Post continues


   "It has taken 15 volunteers more than three years to
   complete the cataloguing work, which is still continuing."


Searching and Browsing in a Digital Library of Historical Maps and Newspapers

Steve Jones, Matt Jones, Malcolm Barr and Te Taka Keegan
Department of Computer Science
University of Waikato



Digital libraries can empower end users through on-line provision of previously inaccessible materials, synergistic integration of related information collections, and tailoring of access mechanisms for target user groups. In this paper we describe the HistoryMap system that supports access to digitised collections of historical maps and newspapers, integrating searching and browsing between the two. We report on our solution to providing place name searching across maps that vary in accuracy, scale and orientation, and how newspaper text is dynamically reconfigured to include hyperlinks to maps containing given locations. Both the user interface and software architecture of the system are described, as are a usability study of the system and discussion sessions with target end users. Although some surface level usability problems were revealed by the study, target users of the system are enthusiastic about its potential.   Article continues

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

“This wiki was created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized.”


Using Firefox? Add an LCLS Web catalog title search to your Firefox Search bar

I decided I wanted to know how this worked, so today I came up with this:

I created one for LCLS and for MLS (because it was so easy).
This will let you do a title search right from the Firefox search toolbar, instead of having to load the catalog, and do it there. I will be posting this to our catalog to invite patrons to try it out if they are using Firefox.

Patron Choice

Glenn Peterson sends word of another patron

displaying on his blog a feed of what he has

checked out from his home library. How awesome is that? A possibility only because the staff of the Hennepin County Library provides RSS feeds for their patrons. Nice job, HCL!  In case you're keeping score, that makes two known instances of patrons displaying feeds on their own sites (the other one being Edward Vielmetti),

one patron who rolled his own feed because

his library doesn't provide them, and one person who created a LiveJournal feed of AADL's Book Blog.  I wish I had more examples to show in my presentations, but I don't think that will happen until we start seeing native RSS feeds out of our catalogs. I'm still waiting to see some real-world implementations of feeds that haven't been programmed by library staff in a live, working OPAC. Hopefully in 2006....




Find in a Library lets you use Web search sites such as Yahoo! and Google to locate books, videos and other materials in a library near you. When your search term matches words associated with a library-owned item—such as the title or the author's name—your search results can include a link for that item with the prefix "Find in a Library." 

A Framework of Guidance for Building

Good Digital Collections

This Framework has two purposes. First, to provide an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in the creation of good digital collections. Second, to provide a framework for identifying, organizing, and applying existing knowledge and resources to support the development of sound local practices for creating and managing good digital collections. It is intended for two audiences: cultural heritage organizations planning projects to create digital collections, and funding organizations that want to encourage the development of good digital collections.  Read the whole document



Harry Potter Book Raps


In conjunction with Lynda Davies from Griffith Uni, we are creating three Book Raps based on the Harry Potter Books. The first one is completed so far, the second is about to go live online...and the third one is currently being written. The first two raps cover the first three book in the Harry Potter series. The third rap will be developed for the latest novel.  


Feel free to enrol in the first Book Rap at any stage. The information can be found at:





Wet Books?




*Changing Things*

Tinker Massey

“ …What I have found interesting is the invitation to reorganize a complete library. The church that has adopted me has a library without a librarian. Some years ago this person spent endless hours cataloging a lot of books into an organized entity of Dewey labeled materials. She did a great job as far as I could tell, even developing a card catalog and procedures for check-outs, etc. The plea from the Church was that no one used it because they couldn’t figure out the system…”  Read the whole article.

 ALINET's Technology Conversations

podcast series

 features interviews with leaders in library technology. Lasting approximately 20 minutes and designed for portable listening devices or the desktop computer, each program is a brief take on a different hot tech topic. These sessions are also distributed via RSS



 Shakespeare Full Text and Full Image on the Web

Both Philipp Lenssen on Google Blogoscoped and Phil Bradley at SEW Blog have some in-depth comments about a special Google Book Search resource for full text materials (plays) by William Shakespeare. Here’s a quick list of a few, just a few, other sources, many offering full text that the ResourceShelf team compiled. 

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Do libraries matter? The rise of Library 2.0




 "Seven Deadly Sins (and Desirable Strategies) for Library Managers"
                      By Rachel Singer Gordon


During our recruitment and retention discussions, long-term managers
often give upcoming generations advice on how to lead. What, though,
are effective management strategies and styles in 21st-Century
libraries? Focusing on upper management in larger institutions drowns
out voices from smaller libraries, middle managers, and frontline
staff. Talking to working library staffers and up-and-coming managers
reveals some disconnect between received wisdom and what staff
actually need.

Library bars kids with no adult chaperone

WICKLIFFE - Libraries have tried monitors, private guards and even Bach and Beethoven to control crowds of rowdy kids. Now one Northeast Ohio library is insisting that children be accompanied by an adult during after-school hours.  Continue

is made possible by a major grant from The Wallace Foundation as part of the Learning in Libraries initiative. For more information about what the Foundation has learned about out-of-school time, education leadership and arts participation, visit the Knowledge Center at

This site is produced by The New York Public Library with the assistance of the

Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the teachers, administrators and school librarians at the New York City Department of Education.

One Day I Will Make It

(January 2005) The fourth and final report examining the implementation and effects of nine library literacy programs.

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NetLibrary reaches 100,000-title milestone

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a leading platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, has achieved a ground-breaking milestone in the eContent industry.  NetLibrary is the first eContent platform to offer academic, public, special and school library users access to more than 100,000 full-text eBook and eAudiobook titles.

"Being the first to reach the 100,000-title milestone shows NetLibrary's continued commitment to electronic content, and the breadth and depth of our collections," said Richard Rosy, Vice President of Content Management, OCLC.  "This milestone is a significant achievement for the digital world."     Read on ...

How to Repair a Book

The repair of antique, historical or rare books requires special knowledge and should be left in the hands of professionals. There are some basic repairs, however, that you can perform on most books.

Web 2.0: Building the New Library


'Web 2.0' is a hot story out on the blogosphere right now, with an army of advocates facing off against those who argue that it is nothing new, and their allies with painful memories of Dot Com hysteria in the 1990s. Even respectable media outlets such as Business Week are getting excited, and an expensive conference in San Francisco at the start of October had to turn people away as it passed over 800 registrations.

So, is Web 2.0 something real? Does it mean anything for the way in which we continue to go about our work? Or is it yet another bubble that will burst if we simply ignore it for a few months? 

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Add AIM presence to your blog or website

Jenny has made this excellent little feature available to Librarians on her blog.  Visit the article by clicking on:

 Presence of Mind
Add AIM Presence to Your Website with

a Simple IMG Tag!
“I spent a little time this afternoon working on my AIM Presence project. A lot of people want to put online/offline status icons on their websites so patrons and/or readers can see if the person is online and likely available


Are you planning a Narnia themed activity?  There are some excellent activity sheets available at:



"The RSS revolution: Using RSS: An

Explanation and Guide."

When he said that he monitored news on a particular company via RSS I was hooked. My only complaint? He didn't detail how to do so in that particular article. But that's okay....he wrote a book!    


Keeping Current: Advanced

Internet Strategies to

Meet Librarian and Patron Needs is a relatively short book with a long title; and it's chock-full of useful information on how to find current information on the web. Review continues  


Searching for teaching notes for novels.

First, if it is a well known publisher, go to their web site and look for a teachers OR readers section. You often find notes tucked away there.

If that isn't successful, go to Google and search on the string <title author teachers notes> (don't include the carats). You might have to use <readers notes>, especially for adult titles ( but if you have to fiddle any
further than that it's probably not worth it).

For Australian publications, search on Australian pages only.

It doesn't always work but then neither does my lawn mower. However I have
been able to send worthwhile sites to almost every recent notes request
using this technique.


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