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Physical Spaces Suck Too

Meredith points out that it’s not just our OPACs that suck – but also the physical spaces our libraries are located in. It's not just that our OPACs suck. The physical layout of our space sucks. I would guess if you did a survey of patrons, they would rather have a welcoming space and good materials than an OPAC that doesn't suck. I was talking to my husband last night  [ Read More ]

More on Millennials

When I was at Internet Librarian I had a chance to have a very interesting conversation about the newest generation (GenY, Millenials, whatever you call them) with Stephen Abram. He stated that I was a Millennial – but that my husband was a GenXer (even though we were born in the same year) – based on a few details I provided for him. At first, I was a little annoyed  [ Read More ]

The User is Not Broken

I want to quote the entire post found over at Free Range Librarian here, but it’s probably better that I just tell you to go read it! Snippets to wet your pallet: That vendor who just sold you the million-dollar system because “librarians need to help people” doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, and his system is broken, too. …. It is easier for a camel to pass  [ Read More ]

No need for search engines?

I just read this article on UIE Brain Sparks that states: [I]t's pretty clear that users choose to use on-site Search when the page they're on fails them. They scan the page for trigger words. Only when they can't find them, do they turn to Search. It's their trigger words they type into the search box. (In essence, they are creating their own links to the content, primarily due to  [ Read More ]

Internet Usage

When I started at Jenkins almost 5 years ago I sat in on one of our Internet CLE (continuing legal education) classes, Internet Basics. The instructor talked about how email is the reason most peope use the Internet … well today I found an updated report on the uses of the Internet and it looks like although email is still the main use, search engines are catching up. Unfortunately, blogs  [ Read More ]

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