#libday6 for Thursday January 27, 2011

The thing about staying home nursing this cold is: I got plenty of time to read the accumulated unread emails in my inbox. Also read some more online articles.

  • Helped a colleague to figure out how to create a permanent/persistent link for a fulltext article on WilsonWeb. Rather surprised that Wilson doesn’t give it by default. Found a work around: use their Export –> (other) Bibliographic Citation option, then copy the given PURL. Their help page indicated that one could just right click the article link and copy the link. But it didn’t work when I tried out; Wilson use a javascript. Too bad.
  • Administering ASIS&T mailing list: subscription requests, moderating posts that get stuck for moderation for whatever reason.
  • Testing out off-campus access for some e-resources, either through ezproxy or the institutional login/shibboleth.
  • A fellow librarian sent wide email queried about BeBook and then asked me about the accessibility aspect of it. Apparently a faculty asked him about using it to access and read our e-resources, especially ebooks. The faculty has had difficulties reading articles and ebook on his PC monitor. Unfortunately, e-ink display like that is not optimized to access our e-resources directly and read the ebooks. Refered him to our RCPD unit (Resource for Persons with Disabilities.)
  • Worked a bit on ER&L website. Added the preliminary schedule.
  • Helped my friend reviewed his documentation on crediting images used for an exhibition
  • Read:

#libday6 for Wednesday January 26, 2011

More cold snafus. Staying home. But still have enough energy to work on some professional development stuff.

#libday6 for Tuesday January 25, 2011

  • Man MPOW’s twitter account to see if there’s anything this account need to act upon (questions, tweets worth RT-ed, announcement, etc.)
  • Worked on Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) website, adding Michael Porter as our last keynote speaker
  • Testing out calibre, the ebook management application. I’d like to see the output of converting PDF into epub or .mobi format. Based on one experiment, forget it. You will need a PDF with good structure. Also, calibre apparently can’t convert Word documents as well. But, it can convert RTF nicely.
  • Standing meeting with supervisor.
  • Received queries from Technical Services about oversized-books that they’re working on. Withdraw one per GovDocs librarian’s input and keep another per Humanities librarian input.
  • Conference call with a vendor on their statistic package application. We covered updates and future releases.
  • Started creating individual page for each of code4lib 2011 programs for the Wednesday schedule.
  • Read the OCLC report “Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community”. Still chewing on it. But you can read the conclusion (PDF) yourself, if you want to.

#libday6 for Monday, January 24, 2011

  • Investigated Google Analytics auto report to track use of QR codes. Doable.
  • Investigated CINAHL mobile for our Health Science librarians. They reported that they received an EBSCO login page instead of the mobile version of CINAHL database. Apparently EBSCO peep gave them a wrong URL. Tested the correct URL from my mobile phone and they worked fine. Whew.
  • Discussed possible Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) project for our Agriculture Extension digital resources. There are three possibilities: create a completely new PLN with new institutions that are not LOCKSS member; contact LOCKSS members and ask if they’re willing to participate; submit our Agriculture Extention collection to LOCKSS team for further processing. So far, we’re leaning toward the second option.
  • Worked with our Accounting staff renewing our SurveyMonkey subscription.
  • Meet with chaps from the Library, campus’ Administrative Information Services (the folks who manage records and billing, student systems, stuff like that), and campus’ Academic Technology Services (the folks who maintain network backbone, shibboleth, sentinel, campus servers, stuff like that) on our Community ID, non-credit courses, and access to library e-resources. All we need to make it happen is to make sure new Community ID who registered to our non-credit courses will get the necessary entitlements for their access to library e-resources. Now that our new financial system is in place, let’s hope the programmers will finally put their time to make this happen.
  • Analyzed list of e-resources backfiles from Wiley. I might order a couple of them for my Museum Studies subject.
  • Analyzed list of potential Social Science ebooks from Emerald Publishing. Some of them might be useful for my Museum Studies subject, but none of them is specific for Museum Studies. Tabled.
  • Slowly chipping in emails backlog. Seventy seven more to go.
  • Received notification from our GOBI ordering system on new monographs available for order. Will review the choices later.
  • Ordered six monographs per Museum Studies faculty’s request. Good thing they’re not that expensive.
  • Reviewing agenda for the upcoming CIC IT Accessibility meeting in U of Wisconsin-Madison – http://www.cio.wisc.edu/cic-accessibility-usability-conference/. We finished our proposed responses to the DOJ request for comments on ADA and Web Accessibility and the CIOs are currently reviewing it. The next meeting would be in interesting one about this topic.
  • Cough attack. Will go home soon.

Presentation: The Re-emergence of Orality

A tad bit different than the usual stuff I post here. For the last couple years or so, I’ve been intrigued by the the concept of context preservation. It’s all started whenever I see a big spike on a certain page of our website, or when page request came from certain domain/area. What’s going on that day? What makes this particular page suddenly so popular on that day? Did one of the librarians do a bibliographic instruction? Has somebody list a link to our web page from somewhere?

The news about Library of Congress that will archive the public tweets is also intriguing, especially when the researchers or anthropologists start pouring over the content and try making any sense of the myriad things people shared on twitter. How to make sense of a conversation when it’s done between somebody with public tweets and the other has his twitter account protected (and thus his tweets are not archived by the Library of Congress)? Do any of the hashtags make any sense at all? When a hastag is trending, does it get captured and preserved too?

Interestingly enough, my colleague at work, Ruth Ann Jones, also intrigued by the change in the scholarly communication, from writing formally to writing in oral style. She also has questions on how this will affect collection development for the libraries. We usually collect resources that are printed/published through a formal channel (publishers, databases, associations) and now any scholar can communicate through various channels. Discussions happen spontaneously and free flowing.

Given that trend, how do we preserve the context of information or conversations? We don’t know, at least not yet. So, we asked and tried to poke some brains.

(by the way, looks like Internet Explorer might have a problem displaying this presentation. Let me know if that’s the case.)

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