Students at the School of Library and Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia have compiled a useful list of social media applications used by information management professionals. The responses to this post provide additional resources. I’ll certainly be taking a look at this, particularly to examine any tags used: Top 100 Ways Librarians Use Social Media The Search Principle blog.
I’ve just received my print copy of RDA: It’s a beast. It seems larger than the print AACR. A print version is useful for teaching purposes and may be cheaper in the long run, since a yearly subscription to the e-version is a little prohibitive. It saddens me to say that I had to use Amazon.ca to purchase this item. I have nothing against Amazon, and have been a happy client of theirs for years, but shouldn’t the Canadian Library Association be handling the selling of the print RDA? According to both the ALA and RDA websites, Canadian customers are directed to the CLA website to purchase the print RDA, but all you get is a dead link with NO mention made anywhere in the website about how I can purchase RDA. Amazon, bless them, delivered the print version three weeks ahead of their original schedule, which means that I have it in time for my advanced cataloguing class; I was even refunded 62 cents since the manual was cheaper now then when it was when I pre-ordered it. I’m sure there may be a valid reason for CLA to not be providing the print manual, but I must admit that it looks bad when our national LIS association is not stepping up, when ALA has for our American friends.
Public libraries in Columbus, Ohio, are embracing the growing popularity of e-readers by creating displays that show clients how they can integrate the library’s digital collection with their e-readers. I think this is an excellent example of going with a trend, rather than fighting it. Given my own love of digital collections and e-readers, I hope that all public and academic libraries will follow the example set by Columbus. I know that my local library system in Halifax has a growing digital collection and is lending e-readers; I think more can be done to bring this collection front and centre to the public and to integrate it more fluidly into the mainstream catalogue and to have full bibliographic and MARC records. I certainly will be discussing the cataloguing of digital media and e-books this term, as I think it’s important that catalogue records for these media not be seen as the poor relations.
I came across this interesting twist on library fines. The public library system in East Lancashire is planning to declare an amnesty on all library books that people have neglected to return. Somehow, I can’t get the image of the library cop from Seinfeld out of my head. At Dalhousie, our library system has a “food for fines” programme, whereby anyone owing book fines at the Dalhousie Libraries–or any library in the Novanet consortium– may donate food items for the food bank in lieu of paying their fines. For every non-perishable food item donated, fines areduced by $2, to a maximum of $20. Cash paid for fines during this period will also be donated to the food bank.
My research partner at Halifax Public Libraries, Laurel Tarulli, has created the following tutorial for the use of AquaBrowser: Online AquaBrowser Tutorial | The Cataloguing Librarian. Laurie and I are investigating how people use the social discovery systems AquaBrowser and BiblioCommons. One of the challenges is to engage people in using the social features of these systems, such as posting tags, ratings, and reviews. It will be interesting to hear people’s feedback on this tutorial, especially since the next phase in our research will be to study people’s motivations for using (or not) these social applications.
I write this post with great sadness and a sense of personal loss. Norman died last night at the Halifax Infirmary. Norman had been ill for some time, but still found time to phone us daily to keep up with what was going on at the School. The official announcements have been made; this is an opportunity for all of us to express our personal sentiments and memories.
Norman was a truly remarkable person; he’s the kind of person I’ve always wanted to be. Words and phrases that come to mind when I think of Norman are: Gentleman, kind, funny, sweet, caring, patient, generous, sensitive, empathetic, classy, brilliant, absolutely phenomenal and scary memory, soccer crazy. I could go on and on. I never heard an impatient or unkind word from Norman, and I’m sure he was more patient and understanding with me than I deserved. Norman’s contributions to the Information Management profession are legion and legendary; the people he touched and affected impossible to count. I can’t imagine the School without him.
My fondest memories of Norman revolve around soccer, a passion for which we both shared. Norman was an avid Manchester United fan, while I’m a Gunner (Arsenal) girl to the core. Norman and I would never fail to remind each other of our respective team’s victories, and commiserate or rejoice at the results of the World Cup, UEFA Cup, Euro Cup, and so forth. When it came to international competitions, Norman and I shared a common bond in our ever-optimistic support of England. I shall always picture Norman smiling down at me whenever I watch a Man U match, particularly if they beat Arsenal.
Norman left this world a far better place than he found it. We miss you, Norman.
“We are United.” Manchester United.