Archive for April, 2008

 I was perusing academic library websites again and was struck by the website of the Yavapai College Library. Yavapai College is a two-year college of unusual size (there are 5 campuses in Arizona with the two main campuses located in Prescott and Verde Valley  (Clarkdale)). The library website is visually very appealing and features its videos very prominently to promote library services. So for example, I found the following “caveman” feature:

Thrall and Zorga in… Let’s Ask A Librarian

Another video, An Afternoon Romp, uses an early 20th century silent film “theme” to promote borrowing films on video. This, in my opinion, is worth viewing more for the music than for anything else!

There is an interactive tour of the library catalog that features characters from the game World of Warcraft,  which I thought was very well done.


Now, videos are coming to me, instead of me going to them! Here is one I was alerted to just a few minutes ago. This comes from the University of South Florida and is probably the most sophisticated one I have seen yet. However, I must warn one and all that it contains: RAP! The library isn’t mentioned until the 2 minute mark, so some patience may be required. With no further ado, here is:

Chronicles of Libraria


Finally, a library related video with no redeeming value at all. It is merely amusing in a stereotypical way:


The Librarian Dialogues


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Mr. Parker has generated more than 200,000 books, as an advanced search on Amazon.com under his publishing company shows, making him, in his own words, “the most published author in the history of the planet.” And he makes money doing it. ” The New York Times reports; link via Library Link of the Day for April 14.

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There are a lot of library-related blogs in the blogosphere. I came across yet another interesting one here on WordPress called Closed Stacks and in its blogroll I came across the intriguingly named Library Link of the Day.  It proved to be the case that those are very interesting links, indeed. 

On March 13th this year, the site linked to an editorial in the Gainesville Sun recommending that the district public library be closed. The Huron Daily Tribune  (link works from Library Link of the Day but not when I copy it here, for some reason) feels somewhat differently about its public library and its editorial, Library More Relevant than Ever, was the link for March 27.  There is a wealth of interesting, informative news to be found in this one spot for all of us, who don’t have enough to read, as it is.


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Library Week Happenings

The Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology has Library Week featured on its Library News sidebar. Clicking on it takes one to the library’s blog where, among other things, readers are invited to nominate the “Best Book Ever” . Most of the novels chosen are likely to be familiar to all of us but I was surprised that the first one was Hesse’s Siddartha. Somehow, I thought time had passed Hesse by and that only a very few of us were left who could still find joss sticks and paisley bell bottoms at the back of our closets …

Chicago’s suburban libraries have an amazing variety of activities planned, though not all are, strictly, speaking, library related. The Sandwich District library is offering ” Make a Wee Robot”: 3:30 p.m. April 21 for grades 4 to 8. I must admit, this one intrigues me.

See the Beacon News Online for this and many more programs.

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“SUNY press has announced an initiative to sell .pdf files of new books for only $20.00 for a title that costs $75.00 in hardcover. And you can browse the first two pages of every chapter absolutely free! What a daring initiative! ” Read more at the ACRLog

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Researchers have completed the “IMLS National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums and the Internet,” a study that delves into the use of libraries, museums and the Internet. The study concludes that “the amount of use of the Internet is positively correlated with the number of in-person visits to museums and has a positive effect on in-person visits to public libraries.”

Read more at Interconnections

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A few weeks back I waxed lyrical about the blogs on the the GSU web site. I got to thinking today that it would be fun to look for other libraries doing things that are worth noting. I chose to look in Montana, just because. Just because it is so far away and I don’t think of it often. Just because it isn’t in the news all that often. So, I called up a list of academic libraries in Montana and started looking.

I was rather immediately drawn by its name to Little Big Horn College. Sure enough, when I clicked on the library’s home page, right there at the top were a long list of “Crow Resources”. It was clear that this was an institution that serves a Native American population. I was intrigued to learn that :

Little Big Horn College is a public two-year community college chartered by the Crow Tribe of Indians. The College is located in the town of Crow Agency, Montana Baaxawuaashe’, the capital of the Crow Indian Reservation in south central Montana. Eight Associate of Arts degrees are offered at LBHC. The courses of study offered are directly related to the job opportunities and economic development on the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. The majority of the students enrolled are members of the Crow Tribe of Indians.”

What great work community colleges, two-year colleges, or, as they were called where I grew up, junior colleges do! It doesn’t much matter what they are called. They really are in the business of making opportunities for education and training available to all. We owe them thanks and, I am thinking, a little more prominence for our Alabama two-years on our blog.

Would anyone like to write a post about the peculiar challenges librarians in such academic settings face? If so, I will gladly publish it.

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