Tips for Wanna-be Librarians

Few years back, a reputed librarian shared her from the exhibit halls at the ACRL ( Association of College and Research Libraries) Conference in Denver. At these time these tips seem invaluable, practiced and proved. Though changed in nature over the time. She shared- a modern perspective (for that era), highly selective, completely subjective list of what’s new and what’s cool in library technology – in quite informal fashion culled from her ...

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Social Perspectives of Martial Arts and Trainees Safety

“It pays a bad teacher if there is still a student.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, 1885) This quote refers to the possibility of making a choice, that of self-realization for those who have the tools and social environment to gain control of their emancipation. This does not mean at all that some people are excluded, but they should be aware of what holds them to grow and evolve. Think freely on what is happening around ...

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Gap Between Technical and Public Services Librarians

Technical & Public service librarians are divided by imaginary line which indicates their professional polarization in the field of library science. The two groups are often seen as being mutually exclusive, in part due to prominent characteristics regarding personality differences.

The concept of the Technical Services librarian conjures up cliched images of the public librarian from 1950s and 1960s television: bookish, quiet, somewhat quirky and not very social or outgoing, as depicted in the Ghostbusters ...

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Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information

Publishers today increasingly act globally to provide electronic information, and it is incumbent upon libraries to act globally to express their market positions on the pricing and other terms and conditions related to the purchase of that information. This document sets forth concerns about the current electronic information environment, the desired environment for the future, and the preferred practices for library consortia and their member libraries to achieve the desired outcomes. In a rapidly ...

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Sailing into the Future with ADLIB

Swets & Zeitlinger B.V. of Lisse and ADLIB Information Systems B.V. of Utrecht have concluded an agreement to ensure the future development and maintenance of SAILS, Swets serials management software package.

ADLIB, through their UK sister company ADLIB Information Systems Ltd. of Swindon, will take over the existing SAILS product. This includes responsibility for support and maintenance of the current SAILS customer base of around 50. As part of the agreement the existing SAILS technical personnel will transfer to ADLIB Information ...

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India’s Panjab University Library Taps 3M for Turnkey Conversion to RFID Circulation Management and Security

3M Library Systems has been awarded a turnkey project that will provide radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for circulation and inventory management and security at the Panjab University Library in Chandigarh, the capital of the Punjab region in northwest India.

Known officially as the A.C. Joshi Library, in memory of a distinguished university vice chancellor, the 61-year-old library contains nearly 700,000 books and audio/visual items. Panjab University, established in 1882, is one of India’s oldest and most respected schools of higher ...

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Ingram Digital selects Summon for MyiLibrary

With the Summon service, Ingram Digital will provide metadata for all the titles in its MyiLibrary e-Book platform. MyiLibrary includes more than 185,000 titles with an additional 5,000 titles being added each month. Ingram Digital is part of a burgeoning movement of publishers and aggregators who are choosing to make their content more discoverable to students and faculty via this service. The Summon service launched worldwide beta testing in January with key content providers ProQuest and Gale, plus other contributors ...

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Project Management – A Law Librarian Survival Skill

As jacks of all trades, librarians are often called upon to manage complex projects. Project management is not a course that is typically offered in information science programs, but as a matter of survival, many of us have learned to juggle several balls in the air. Many of the techniques librarians intuitively use are clearly articulated as a formal structure with specific guidelines and regularized vocabulary.

Before planning a project, there are some preliminary underlying principles ...

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Second Life: The Virtual Grid of Life

Second Life was developed by Linden Lab in San Francisco and was launched on June 23, 2003. It is an online virtual world and has over 900,000 active users as of now. Linden Lab emphasizes that Second Life is not a game.

You can access the virtual world from Linden Lab’s client programs or by third party viewers. The Second Life users are known as Residents; they are virtual representations of their own selves called avatars. They can intermingle with ...

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Stephen Abram exits SirsiDynix

SirsiDynix announced today that Stephen Abram, its Vice President for Innovation, will leave the company to join Gale Cengage as its new Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets. Abram has taken a highly visible role for the company, especially on the speaking circuit. He has also overseen the SirsiDynix Institute, an educational program of the company that provides free Webinars, delivered primarily by individuals outside the company, on a variety of topics related to current library issues. Abram joined ...

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