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Bib records as perpetual betas

Christine Schwartz pointed me to a post Dodie Gaudet titled Perpetual Beta & Bibliographic Records. Dodie makes some interesting points about how we should think of our bibliographic records, but I think she’s missing one step. First, let’s look at what Dodie says: So rather than thinking in terms of one person completing the perfect bib record, perhaps we begin with CIP or publishers data or something else and build  [ Read More ]

Quiet in Libraries

Feel free to disagree with me – I know many of you will – but I miss the days that libraries were quiet places I spent the entire day in the library yesterday because I kept getting interrupted by running children and talking adults and the various combinations in between. A patron asked the librarian if they could have a quiet room for a meeting so as not to disturb  [ Read More ]

The Open Source Mindset

Over my years of working with Koha and libraries using Koha I have learned a lot. One of those things is that libraries need to understand that switching to an open source ILS is a game changing experience. You no longer follow the same rules you followed when with a proprietary vendor – in so very many ways. Owen Leonard (who’s library has recently switched support vendors – but not  [ Read More ]

2009 Library Automation Perceptions

Marshall has published the results of his annual library automation perceptions report. The top findings are as follows: Products and companies focusing on smaller libraries and narrower niches generally receive higher perception scores than those involved with larger, more complex organizations that and that serve multiple types of libraries. Apollo, a system adopted exclusively by small public libraries topped the charts in ILS, company, support perceived satisfaction and in company  [ Read More ]

Patron’s Book Browsing Habits

I got this email from a cousin of mine and I really wanted to share it with you all and see what you’ve experienced. Just got back from the library choosing a couple of “relaxing” books. As I browsed, I had these thoughts and then decided I’d send them to the family librarian :). Has anyone ever done a study about how people choose a book to check out? If  [ Read More ]

Open Source ILS Maps

David Friggens, Systems Librarian at University of Waikato in New Zealand, has been releasing a series of mashups that are close to my heart. They are a series of maps of libraries that are using an Open Source ILS. Academic Libraries Public Libraries Special/Corporate Libraries The maps pull data from libwebcats (another project I love very much) and plot the libraries on a Google Map. Since libwebcats depends on libraries  [ Read More ]

Open Source & the Letter of the Law

I’ve stayed mostly quiet on the issues that have been rearing their head regarding the newest LibLime software offering because of my connection to the company in the past. That said, I had to comment on Josh Hadro’s most recent post about the community uproar over LibLime’s Enterprise Koha. Josh starts his article by saying Typically, a revamped vendor product line doesn’t result in a flurry of open letters to  [ Read More ]

Stop Arguing and Do Something

A quote from a friend who will remain nameless: “i swear to god, if the library world invested half as much time in doing things, as talking/arguing about things .. the world would be a better place” I have to agree with this quote – especially after reading the comments on the recent article about Blacklight in The Chronicle of Higher Education and then the comment summary post on The  [ Read More ]

WordPress is for more than blogging

When people approach me about content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla I ask if they have considered WordPress – I almost always get a blank stare. This is because WordPress has a reputation of being for blogging – and just for blogging. I use WordPress for my book sites and for any other sites I’m asked to work on. I love using WordPress as a CMS, it’s so  [ Read More ]

Library Association Memberships

This is potentially a controversial issue – but it has to be said. I just renewed my SLA membership, the only library association I belong to. Why is it the only one? I love the people at SLA, the courses they offer and how they keep up with the times and technologies. Even with all of that, I wouldn’t be a member if they treated members the same way some  [ Read More ]

Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for March

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Bookmarks for March

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