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IE7: Is Your Library Ready?

Automatic Update Distribution of IE7 is rolling out on November 1st.  I urge all libraries to test out their current website to make sure it works with Internet Explorer 7.  While there isn’t anything that can be done about remote patrons updating in the coming weeks, libraries do have an option.  The Automatic Updates Toolkit for IE7 can be installed to block upgrades for staff and PAC terminals.

There will most certainly be questions on how to navigate with the new look of Internet Explorer 7.  It contains tabbed browsing, more security features, and improved printing options.  Time to re-write those “Internet Crash Course” lesson plans.  For more information visit the official IE Website.

Meet Ms. Dewey

Throw away that stereotype- the new digital & interactive librarian is here. Yes, Ms. Dewey has all your answers and loves to give smart remarks as you search. Enjoy! (Personally, I’ll stick with my local reference librarian).


Ms. Dewey [via CNET]

There’s No Place Like a Library

Michigan Library Association is having its annual conference this week and I’m signed up to attend a number of programs.  Below are the names, descriptions and times of the sessions I’m planning on attending.  I’m not sure what the Internet situation will be while I am there so don’t expect up-to-the-minute information.  I will, however, post something on each session by the end of the conference (Friday, October 13th).

Update (10-13-2006): I’m back from the conference but will hold off on the “sum up” post.  Since, we were promised that MLA would be posting most of the presentations on their site; it made sense to wait a while.  This way I will try to provide links to the various presentations when I post on the conference.  The whole experience was amazing and I can hardly wait to share some of the information gleaned.

TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 2-3:15 p.m.

TRACK: Technology

SPONSORING UNIT: Library Technology Division

TITLE: Top Tech Trends

SPEAKER: Sheryl Cormicle Knox, Technology Director, Capital Area District Library

PROGRAM: Top trends in technology and how they affect libraries—Among the bleeding edge inventions, what holds promise? As more and more libraries adopt them, how are yesterday’s innovations panning out? What trends in the consumer market are going to have an effect on our collections and services? Come hear one person’s educated guesses and share your perceptions.

TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 3:30-4:45pm

TRACK: Library As Place

SPONSORING UNIT: Conference Program Committee’s: Call for Presentations

TITLE: “Toto, I Have a Feeling We Are Not In Kansas Anymore!”

SPEAKER: Bambi Mansfield-Sanderson, Director, Crawford County Library System; Anna Biernat, Program Director, Crawford County Library System; Jennifer Dean, Director, Northland Library Cooperative.

PROGRAM: Hold on to your ruby red shoes…for this session will be a tornado of information and ideas that will help all libraries to become the “ Emerald City” of their own community. Join us as we show you how to change the dreary gray perceptions and stereotypes of libraries into a colorful world of excitement and enthusiasm. Attendees will be invited to peek into the minds of two crazy and creative women who have rejected doing things as they have been done in the past and have instead “Followed the Yellow Brick Road” to make their library system the Land of OZ… Warning: This session is not for those of you who are content with your library system the way that it is today, are comfortable in what you currently do, and are unwilling to consider change…

TIME: Thursday, October 12, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

TRACK: Technology

SPONSORING UNIT: Conference Program Committee’s: Call for Presentations

TITLE: RF I DO! Better library collections with RFID technology

SPEAKERS: Mary A. Kelly, Reference Librarian, Salem-South Lyon District Library; Derek Engi, Network Administrator, Salem-South Lyon District Library.

PROGRAM: RFID technology has much more to offer librarians beyond collection security and self check-out. This presentation will explain the potential to make a collection better by gathering real-time data using an RFID system. It will also describe how to use RFID technology to weed collections more effectively and to monitor library usage beyond circulation. There will be a demonstration of some of the data gathering performed at the Salem-South Lyon District Library with the use of the Checkpoint system inventory wand. Libraries currently using an RFID system will gain new insight to its capabilities, and those considering RFID technology will be amazed at its usefulness and versatility in the area of collection management.

TIME: Thursday, October 12, 10-11:15 a.m.

TRACK: Collections

SPONSORING UNIT: Access, Collections and Technical Services Roundtable/Library Technology Division

TITLE: Revolutionary Changes in the Out-of-print Book Market: Buying and Selling on the Internet for Libraries

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert Holley, Professor, Library & Information Science Program, Wayne State University

PROGRAM: The Internet has revolutionized the out-of-print book market. Now that any book owner can become a seller on Amazon.com or Half.com, buyers, including libraries, have near instant access to over 6 million titles. While availability is up to around 95% for 19th and 20th century titles, prices are down so that most popular works since 1950 are available for $2.95 or less. Libraries can now easily find retrospective materials to fill in gaps and to serve as an alternative to interlibrary loan. Libraries, especially those with active Friends groups who can list the books and take care of the transaction, can also become sellers and bring in much more money for rejected gifts and discards than the traditional book sale.

TIME: Thursday, October 12, 2-3:15 p.m.

TRACK: Leadership and Management

SPONSORING UNIT: Conference Program Committee’s: Call for Presentations

TITLE: Holding Critical Conversations: A Step-by-step Tool for Addressing Tough People Issues at Work

SPEAKER: Kathy Pyatt, Management Coach, Pyatt & Associates LLC, A Career Enhancement Company

PROGRAM: All too often, managers and others avoid having critical conversations with employees about poor work performance, unacceptable behavior, or personality conflict because they don’t know how to do it productively. In this session, participants will learn how to identify when a critical conversation is necessary and a step-by-step process for holding these conversations that will result in productive change. During the session, participants will see the facilitator, a management coach and trainer, role-play these conversations and then participants will plan one of their own and practice the steps themselves. They will leave with the tools necessary to use these skills immediately on the job.

TIME: Thursday, October 12, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

TRACK: Leadership and Management

SPONSORING UNIT: Public Library Division

TITLE: Before You Recruit: Developing an Effective Volunteer Program

SPEAKERS: Diana Rodriguez-Algra, Executive Director, Volunteer Centers of Michigan

PROGRAM: With budgets tightening and staff stretched thin, more libraries are looking to volunteers for help. How do you attract and retain volunteers that have the skills and commitment you need to do the job right? The Executive Director of Volunteer Centers of Michigan will share her expertise on using volunteers effectively, along with a panel of librarians who have made their programs successful.

Community vs. Contact Card

From my Library 2.0 Thoughts the other day I addressed in point #11 the following:

Have you created an online community? Is it so restricted that the flow of ideas between users is affected? It shouldn’t just be about the library connecting with the patron. It should be about connecting your patron with their niche community.

The University of Kentucky Libraries is currently in a hullabaloo over a recent decision from Facebook to disable their user account. Seems that the University had set up a user profile for the library, which is against Facebook policy. I give full props to the University for trying to connect with the community, but they went about it the wrong way. The library was merely connecting with the patron.

Facebook encouraged the library to instead form a group. Being a college student and avid Facebook user I couldn’t agree more. I don’t want to be friends with a library. I want to join a group where I can meet others that are library advocates like me.

If your library is trying to interact in a 2.0 environment take note that you need to form a community and not a contact card.

Library Zen Wallpaper

Sick of the classic library logo.  The Library Zen logo was designed by Gonzalo Rodriguez with an emphasis on Library 2.0.  The logo challenge was posted on designpost.ca in a month long competition.

You will notice that it resembles the classic library logo but looks much better as you desktop wallpaper.  Provided in three different screen resolution flavors.

800 x 600 | 1024 x 7681280 x 1024