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Librarian Avengers

Librarian Avengers

Catalogablog Social Networking Librarian The Occasional Informationist Bibliographic Wilderness Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton-Jan Future of Libraries and Librarians - A library is organized for use and maintained by a public institution, corporation, or a private individual (Wikipedia). Dating back to 1900 BC, during ancient Egyptian times up to the millennium, librarians have been an influential part of a society's educational growth. Though libraries over time have changed and improved their efficacy, there has been even more of an evolution since the advent of computers and the Internet. The Internet's unforgiving speed is forcing changes in a profession that dates back millennia. Some librarians, after all, make it look easy to adapt. Library 2.0 Just in the past 20 years, libraries have relinquished the Dewey Decimal System, scores of printed encyclopedias, microfiche, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, and manual cataloging. The role of a librarian still holds consistent, serving as the intermediary between you and the information you are seeking. What's Next? Special Libraries Cataloguing, Inc. "Self-plagiarism is style" [ update: slightly revised stats are available here! ] We’ve just started collecting in-depth data about how students are searching Summon (keywords entered, facets selected, etc) and I thought some of you might be interested in an early analysis from the last 7 days (just under 40,000 separate searches by 2,807 students)… notes: [1] – One student copied & pasted the following 356 word title & abstract into the search box! Peter J. [2] – Normally, you search Summon by entering your keywords then, after the results appear, you select facets to refine your search and each facet selection invokes a new search. [3] – Mostly, the publication date facet is being used to limit the search to the X most recent years. [4] – The vast majority of the content in our Summon instance is in English and, apart from one search that refined the results to just Italian, every use of the language facet was to refine the results to English only.

Attempting Elegance ¿Y si las librerías tuvieran futuro?: DILVE como fundamento del cambio Uno de mis héroes indiscutibles es DILBERT, que suena a DILVE, ese oficinista norteamericano que haciendo de necesidad virtud convierte la obtusa y anodina vida del trabajador de cuello blanco en una disparatada comedia cotidiana donde todos nos podemos ver retratados. A veces, cuando pienso en lo que libreros y editores hacen, me acuerdo de esa escena en la que, reunidos los principales miembros de la empresa donde Dilbert trabaja, planean una página web por departamento, para facilitar la interconexión y el trabajo cooperativo que “contenga la suficiente información para ser difícil de mantener y no tanta que pueda resultar útil”. Además, por si cupiera la remota posibilidad de que algo funcionara, “tomarán la precaución de hacerla todo lo aburrida y desorganizada que quepa para que no pueda leerse”. La ignorancia no es o no debería ser un punto de vista, como dice Dilbert, y parte de la solución está aquí cerca.

Literary Transgressions blog Information Literacy meets Library 2.0