Archive for February, 2008

Over at a Curious Expeditions the writers have put together a collection of photos of what they say are the most beautiful libraries in the world. I believe them because I can scarcely imagine that any library more beautiful than these could exist!


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Two of the things I most enjoy in this world come together very nicely at the Library Cats map.

ACRLog celebrates or, at least, enumerates obsolete library skills. Now that was a trip down memory lane! 

Then there are an amazing number of librarians to be found at YouTube, for instance: Super Librarian

And then there is: Librarian Lays Down the Law:

Searching on the title ” I am a librarian” will bring up quite a few videos– and, judging by the ones I looked at, most are just plain weird.

Also in the weird category are a series of short films called Erik the Librarian Mysteries. Erik is our favorite stereotype- the reclusive, nerdy reference librarian, who, in this case, appears to be listing towards insanity. The series is supposed to be funny but … judge for yourself. The episodes are short!

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I collect vintage postcards. They are a fascinating mini-documentary of life, fashions, and attitudes (political and social) at the turn of the century (the “golden age” of postcard production ran from (ca.)1898-to 1915). I don’t suppose that a single topic under the sun was not documented on a postcard.

While views of cities, buildings and tourist attractions are not my particular interest, I was, nevertheless,  delighted to find this site which documents America’s public libraries. It is heavy on the midwest with respectable offerings from around the nation. But I was struck by the complete absence of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi … really, the entire south. I know that public libraries were a relatively later phenomenon here and that might be enough to explain the absence. I don’t recall seeing any libraries portrayed on postcards, even as late as in the 20s and 30s. Does anyone know if such cards exist? Does anyone collect them?

I wonder too about early views of our Alabama academic libraries. Do they exist? It seems like such a collection of either academic or public (or both) might make an enjoyable session documenting the history of libraries in Alabama at some future ALLA.

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I recently came across this very interesting article about students and writing which will be, I think, of interest to everyone who provides BI or reference services to students: 

“The research process, by its very nature, can be both complicated and complex. For students it presents a gap between the known and unknown. They get a research assignment, usually broadly defined by the instructor, and then need to identify a topic without necessarily knowing much of anything about the subject.”

The article was originally posted on ACRLog on Feb. 4 and can be read there.

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LCCN Permalink

(Reposted from AUTOCAT with simple editing for clarity) 

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce “LCCN Permalink” — a new persistent URL service for creating links to bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).

LCCN Permalink is a convenient way to cite items from the Library’s collection in your bibliographies, reference guides, emails, blogs, databases, web pages, etc. Not only can you easily construct a permalink yourself, but we also display them as part of the bibliographic record in the LC Online Catalog (http://catalog.loc.gov/).

How to create an LCCN Permalink

Simply begin your URL with the LCCN Permalink domain name — http://lccn.loc.gov/ — then add an LCCN.*

Examples: http://lccn.loc.gov/82643250 or http://lccn.loc.gov/mm78044693

* LCCNs should be formatted according to the info:lccn URI =specification (http://info-uri.info/registry/OAIHandler?verb=3DGetRecord&meadataPrefix=3Dreg&identifier=3Dinfo:lccn/).

Instructions are also available in the LCCN Permalink FAQ: http://lccn.loc.gov/lccnperm-faq.html#n10

How LCCN Permalink works

An LCCN Permalink retrieves a MARCXML-formatted bibliographic record using the Z39.50/SRU protocol. Both valid and cancelled LCCNs (MARC 21 fields 010a and 010z) are searched. LCCN Permalink displays are based on the Full
Record display in the LC Online Catalog. Not only can you link directlyinto the LC Online Catalog, but you can also view the record in MARCXML, MODS, and Dublin Core formats.

More Information

The LC Permalink FAQ at http://lccn.loc.gov/lccnperm-faq.html provides additional information on this new service. Specific questions can also be sent to the Library’s Ask-A-Librarian service at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html.

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 (reposted from cus-l)

The Houston Cole Library at Jacksonville State University is pleased to announce that we are hosting a SOLINET Users Group Meeting for Alabama to be held on Friday, March 14, 2008. The meeting will be from 9:00 until 3:00 with registration beginning at 8:30. Cal Shepard from SOLINET will be presenting the SOLINET Update and a keynote address: “It’s a Web 2.0 World.” 

We will be offering three concurrent sessions that will present informative topics such as open source software, open access journals, digitization projects, best practices, new initiatives, social networking, and information about MARC. 

For a complete listing of topics and presenters, please see our flyer .


Registration is now open and the form, along with pricing information, is available at SOLINET’s site .
 If you would like more information or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you here.

Jodi W. Poe
Associate Professor, Distance Education/Electronic Resources Manager
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL  36265-1602
TEL: (256) 782-8103
FAX: (256) 782-5872
Email: jpoe@jsu.edu

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I won’t go so far as to say that blogs and libraries are a match made in heaven, even if it is Valentine’s Day.  However, libraries of all sorts are making very creative use of them.

The GSU library is a case in point.  Georgia State University Library has an unusually interesting page of “subject” blogs related to its departments, new acquisitions and, even, one related to news from the Middle East.  While some blogs appear to be more active than others, all make their content available in RSS.

The page itself not only lists the available  blogs but features a selection of  “Recent Postings from our Blogs” which is a nifty way to give prominence to items that might otherwise be overlooked, given the sheer number of  blogs. This strikes me as a very well thought out use of a very simple bit of software.

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