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WAPL - Luncheon: The Writer's Real Life, or Be Your Own Boss! Work at Home and Pray for Universal Coverage

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on Thursday, May 01, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Jay Rath is a Madison area journalist, playwright, and author. He is a third generation writer. Rhonda Puntney (WAPL) chair gave a personal introduction. Jay started by noting that tomorrow's lunch speaker is an athletic coach who would most likely talk about teamwork. He presented the opposing view, since writers work alone.He quoted Edna Ferber who said: "I hate writing, I adore having written. ..." Much of his work is free-lance which requires knowing about a lot of different areas. He therefore visits the Madison Public Library about every other day.He joked about rewriting Dickens' Tale of Two Cites for the 21st Century and used "smiley" icons for punctuations of the opening sentence. He then cited some of the stereotypes of writers with references to pop culture portrayals.It is really hard to capture the essence of a humor talk. Jay was a great speaker, a series of laughs. Great stories. He...

WLA 2007: UW-Madison Libraries/Google Partnership

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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UW-Madison Libraries/Google Partnershipa presentation by Ed Van Gemert, Deputy Director, General Library System, UW-Madison; and Irene Zimmerman, Head, Cataloging Department and Google Project Manager, UW-Madisonhttp://www.library.wisc.edu/digitization/. What is Google Book Search (GBS)? http://books.google.com/Wisconsin's involvementGBS allows you to search the full text of books, if the item is pre-1923The books in GBS come primarily from 2 sources:publisherslibrariesOnce you've searched GBS and found a book, you can...browse books online under full view, limited preview, or snippet view (if item is post-1923; in copyright)search within the bookfind similar titlesbuy the book or request it through interlibrary loandownload public-domain booksdigitization of books is achieved through non-destructive scanningonline items are not preservation quality; it's all about discovery & access to materialsWisconsin's involvement:UW-Madison initiated discussions in early 2006established partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Societycontract agreement negotiations from May-Oct 2006developed "Statement on Principles and Values"the agreement stipulates a university digital copy of each file, including items that are still...

WLA 2007: Those Who Can, Teach: Becoming a More Effective "One Shot" Trainer (and Explainer)

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Those Who Can, Teach: Becoming a More Effective "One Shot" Trainer (and Explainer)a presentation by Michele Besant, Director, School of Library and Information Studies Library, UW-Madison; Carrie Nelson, Associate Academic Librarian, UW-Madison; Pamela O’Donnell, Academic Librarian, UW-MadisonOutline of today's presentation:Strategies / tipsCollective wisdom (sharing)Debriefing / critiqueExit with a renewed passion for teachingMichele's main message:less is more (honestly) -- try not to overwhelm learners with too much informationvalue your teaching -- believe that what you have to convey has value to learnersit's all about the story -- narratives help you make a connection with learnershave fun! -- if you're having fun, your learners might have fun tooCarrie's concerns: feelings and how they affect our teachingreading from a script -- try to break from your script to keep things freshgiving up control -- try to get comfortable about feeling uncomfortableembrace the weirdness -- enjoy the unexpected and unscriptedPamela's premise:what's in a name (a...

WLA 2007: David Maraniss keynote

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on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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I discovered as I was about to blog my first event of the conference that a) my laptop battery is dead, so I need to keep it plugged in to type; and b) wireless access is password-protected in the conference rooms. I couldn't do anything about the former situation, but was happily able to get the login info from conference center staff later in the day.----------------------------------------I've missed all of David Maraniss' speaking engagements in Madison since *They Marched into Sunlight* was published, so I was pleased to see that he'd be the keynote speaker at this year's WLA conference. He didn't disappoint!On libraries and his family... "My dad always said his church was the public library."On a writer's life... "50% is boring - you have to sit in a chair and write. The other half is exciting!"Maraniss recounted his visits to about a dozen formal libraries and archives, plus informal collections...

WLA 2007: Real World RSS: Developing a Current Awareness Service for Your Patrons

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Real World RSS: Developing a Current Awareness Service for Your Patronsa presentation by Rebecca Holz, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison; Stephen Johnson, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison; and Andrew Osmond, Health Sciences Librarian, Ebling Library, UW-Madison http://ebling.library.wisc.edu/~ This slides for this presentation are available at http://www.slideshare.net/eblinglibrary/ ~Why might RSS be the answer for a current awareness service?flexiblescalableportableProviding RSS feeds of the tables of contents of journals of interest to faculty; some of which are available full text because Ebling subscribes to the e-journaliGoogle and Google Reader as the aggregators of choiceMethods of communication used by the staff for this project:intranet used as a communication tool for staff working on the project (agenda, minutes, report of activities)staff blog also used to communicate progress (both of the above create transparency for the project's progress)decided to meet once a week for no more than an hourset up a wiki to manage the...