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WAAL10: Rachel Singer Gordon - "Getting Unstuck"

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on Friday, April 23, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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Rachel Singer Gordon - Getting Unstuck* The "Brisket" Story - great-granddaughter was still cutting off both sides of the brisket before cooking, because that's the way her mom did it - but it was originally only because the pan was too small.* Why do we do things the way we do them?  Just because the person before us did it?  What's the purpose behind the action?  Did we cut back at one point and then forget to go back to full service?  Don't stop asking!* Librarians can be agents of change for our constituencies* If you don't promote yourself, you're doomed to defend yourself* Your career is not your job - look at your job as a single piece of your career puzzle - where do you want to see yourself in 1, 5, 10 years?  Are your activities moving you towards those goals?  You may need to do things outside of your...
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WAAL10: Information Literacy in a Biology Lab

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on Thursday, April 22, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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Information Literacy in an Animal Behavior LabSusan Heffron and Eric Thobaben, Carroll University* Front-loaded into first two semesters of Biology* 1st library session - * Overview of applicable library resources* Scholarly vs. popular, primary vs. secondary* At end - ok, everyone feel 100% confident about these resources?  [they think they are]* Lab -* Observation of an organism (amphipod) in clear plastic cups of water, with leaves and twigs - model system* What questions can you generate?  "Just be 10" - totally open to anything* 2nd library session -* We pair students and have them highlight words in printed article abstracts that relate to these organisms* We compile a master list of keywords from students' reports back - keywords, and what they think the article was about* "OK, now get started!"  [They realize they've forgotten everything from 1st library session.  We're comfortable with their discomfort.]  "Who would like a refresher - which...
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WAAL10: Preserving Intellectual Freedom in the Face of Googlization

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on Thursday, April 22, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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The Google Books SettlementProf. Michael Zimmer, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee* http://michaelzimmer.org/* "Spheres of mobility" - can be physical, intellectual, digital - freedom to improve ourselves* Historically, we've had general freedom to move about in these spheres without people looking over our shoulders* Much of our mobility has been redefined and converged through Google - Siva Vaidhyanathan: "The Googlization of Everything"* Faustian bargain - may constrain/restrict our ability to move about in these spheres* Data-vaillance - surveillance of personal data - built into Google's infrastructure* Searching is not anonymous - cookies identify your computer, Google encourages creation of accounts - including Gmail, actions increasingly linkable, data is retained, their goals include selling advertising personalized to you* Google Book Search - launched Google Print in 2004; they already had a digitization service in place* UW-Madison and Wisconsin Historical Society Library joined the project* Notable lawsuits: US Authors Guild, Assn of American Publisher - Settlement proposed...
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WAAL10: Digital Archive of Wisconsin Aerial Photographs

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on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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Wisconsin Aerial Photographs Jaime Stoltenberg (UW-Madison's Map Library)Melissa McLimans (UW System Digital Collections Center)Michael Bricknell (State Cartographer's Office)* "Changing Landscapes of Wisconsin", soon to be released* Thousands of photographs* ~900 Gb in storage for 1930s images* Original purpose: to determine crop acreage* Modified Dublin Core metadata schema (14 fields, some automated) - includes geospatial references* UWDC has other digital map collections, in different formats* Hope to connect multiple collections, so one search on particular parcel will return aerial photo, land patent, etc.* Typically, you would come into the library and look at an "index map" to determine which photographs you want to look at - this project involved software that matched points on map to GIS coordinates...
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WAAL10: Fun with FDSys

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on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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Fun with FDSys (Federal Digital System)Beth Harper, UW-Madison Memorial Library* FDSys  = New database from U.S. GPO (Government Printing Office)* Designed to handle changes in digital formats* Intended to replace GPOAccess (15+ years old), which was difficult to navigate and annoying to search* Search box is front and center, results include keywords in context and date, able to perform faceted browsing, better metadata for files* Help file is decent - explains all about what publications are produced by different agencies, with sample searches* Facets: Collection, Date, Government Author, Person (can also be place), etc.* Advanced search allows searching in various fields, including full text, SuDoc number, etc.* Citation search - shows you what a sample citation looks like for each collection* Some collections can be browsed (alphabetical or date published)* Intended to collect documents from many agencies, all branches* Includes news media transcripts - interview on Jay Leno, etc.* Currently only...
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WAAL10: Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking

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on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in WLA Blog Archive
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Wisconsin Environmental Public Health TrackingMarni Bekkedal, WI Dept. of Health* Part of National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network* Face difficulties with combining environmental hazard datasets + exposure datasets + health effect datasets.* Need to agree on definitions of terms* Owned by different governmental agencies and private entities across country, requires negotiations.* How do you match data sets geographically?  Some sets use zip codes, some use counties, some use GIS coordinates for monitoring stations which are only located in a few places, etc.* Which data can/should/will be released to the public online?  Some is "suppressed" for privacy reasons, others considered "unstable" because not large enough statistical sample.* Websites are very user-friendly, visual; Wisconsin's has built-in logic that only allows queries that will result in data...
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