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WLA 2008: Keeping it all Together: One Library's Strategy for Electronic Resource Management

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Bill Doering from UW-La Crosse Murphy Library presented on the Access database that he created to manage the increasing number of licensed electronic resources. The database tracks everything from vendor contacts, passwords, journal subscriptions to database payment information and much more.Bill started off reviewing what an ERMs (Electronic Resource Managment Systems) is and they can do for you:Provide contact information when a product is down.Help you keep track of what e-resources will be up for renewal.Help you to forecast e-resources expenditures for the next year.Provide you with cost over time for a productBecause commercial ERMs can cost tens of thousands he decided to build one for UW-La Crosse and has made it available to any library to download for free. It can be downloaded at http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/erm/. The web site includes a download for the current version and instructions. Bill only asks that you let him know that you will be using...

WLA 2008: Discussing Leadership: An Open Forum with Library Directors

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A panel discussion by Peter Gilbert (Director of Seeley G. Mudd Library), Carrie Kruse (Director of College Library, UW-Madison) and Lysianne Unruh (Director, Mount Horeb Public Library). Moderated by Anna Lewis (UW-Madison).This, standing room only, session was a started off my the moderator Anna Lewis who asked the panel to share how participants ended up in the leadership roles they are in today and what the best piece of advice they were given. While their career paths are interesting, all English majors turned librarians, I won't take space here for that, but rather share the advice they were given.Peter Gilbert:Appear to be judicious regardless of how you feel.Do a twice daily walk around the building.Say "It will be ok."Listen to staff more than you talk.Lead by example.Lysianne Unruh:Believe in the good, that people are doing their very best.Hire good people.Learn to let go - Use the 80/20 rule. Do the 20%...
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WLA 2008: The Cross Generational Workforce

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My first session of the 2008 conference was The Cross Generational Workforce presented by Rachel Singer Gordon, author of The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide. Rachel started off her presentation telling a family story about how one day her husband was given an egg on a plate of pasta. Not sure why he was given egg he asked his mother "why an egg?" The response (not an explanation) was "Everybody likes an egg". Now while this story brought back memories of my Italian family and the many times I got an egg, the point was that we often do things without knowing why and that even when someone asks why respond with "Everybody Likes an Egg". This was the first of many things that hit home for me during this well paced and presented session.The session was about how we can all work across generations. We need to start with the idea...

WLA 2008: Genealogy and Local History Resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society

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A presentation by Rick Pifer, Director of Reference and Public Services, Library/Archives Division, Wisconsin Historical Society.Richard Pifer said about genealogy info at WHS, "Start with the premise that yep, we have it."Range of resources available at the WHS -- a paper trail of cradle to grave records created about people:Births: registrations, baptismal records, announcement in newspapersChildhood records: school records, attendance records from rural schoolhouses, school censusMarriage records: newspaper announcementsProperty records - deeds (most are in the county Register of Deeds office)Tax records - assessment rolls & tax rolls for 19th & 20th centuryCensusDivorce records - through the Circuit Court case files (date range varies on the county which provides the records)Prison recordsNaturalization records - 19th century to 1980'sDeath registration, church burial records, newspaper obituary, probate records, wills, probate case filesWHS has genealogy info on:WisconsinU.S.CanadaLocal history records:local historiesnewspapers - huge collection, perhaps 2nd only to the Library of Congress; largest Native American...

WLA 2008: Constructing Questionnaires and Questions: It's Harder Than it Seems

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This presentation by Thomas D. Walker (UW Milwaukee) covered the fundamentals of questionnaire construction.Surveys are instruments to gather data for empirical analysis.Some questionnaires can accidentally turn into "fishing expeditions", and ask too many questions.There are three crucial tasks:sampling the populationdetermining the medium - f2f 1 to 1, in groups, written formdesigning the questionnaireAdvantages to written Questionnaires:more cost effective than interviews, especially with large sample sizes or large regionsmost cost effective medium for large numbers of questionscan be easier to analyze, depending on the construction of the questions; some aspects can be automated (#2 pencil)are a familiar mediumcan reduce bias associated with oral questionnairescan be less instusive than oral surveys (more anonymous)Disadvantages to written questionnaires:lower response rates (equals lower confidence levels)questions are usually very focused -- no elaborations are possible ("well yes, but ..." qualified answers aren't possible)no visual cues (no body language observable by interviewer)hard to know who's fillig it outmay...

WLA 2007: Conference Wrap-Up

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As a follow-up to MATS' blog coverage of the 2007 WLA Conference, presenters' handouts and PowerPoints are starting to show up at the WLA conference web site.If more presentation materials are found elsewhere, we'll link to them here; if you know of some, please send us the links by adding a comment to this post.We had a great time "blogging the con", and hope to round up more MATSians to blog the WAPL Conference next spring!Thanks to Amanda, Nanette, Beth and Pete for all the bloggy goodness!...

WLA 2007: The 411 on Mashups

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The 411 on Mashupsa presentation by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Seeley G Mudd Library, Lawrence UniversityJulie's bookmarks that include links for her presentation: http://del.icio.us/wlamasha mashup gets info from more than one sourcethe first mashups were primarily using mapsphoto and social is where the most growth is happening in the last 6 monthshttp://programmableweb.com/why are mashups a big deal?easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulateHow do I make a mashup?add this app -- Facebook apps; iGoogleclone -- Yahoo Pipesprogram...

WLA 2007: The 411 on Mashups

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Presented by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Lawrence University.Mashups are applications that use more than one source to create something new. Mapping mashups are about 32% of what's out there right now, but photo and news mashups are becoming more popular. Check the Programmable Web for more info.Mashups are:easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulatethe future of web stuffExamples:Facebook: The Visual BookshelfGoogle Maps APIDaily MashupNewsmapBook CarouselPlaceopediaUSGS Earthquake HazardChicago Crime StatisticsHousing MapSuprGlu (FrickeGlu)Frappr (blogginglibrarians)How do I make one?add this app (point & click - like iGoogle's widgets, Facebook apps)clone (yahoo pipes is an example)program (server side - Google API for example)Implications for libraries:Intellectual property: know when you can use the data or site, so you're not violating copyright; make sure you know when it's okay to remixCopyright: check for Creative Commons licensesProvenance: pay attention to the origin of the info and authorityScale and dependency: can you get support for using...
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    Orchestr8's AlchemyPoint is another mashup builder platform made available in recent weeks. It offers a variety of capabilities n...
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    For people interested in Mashups, I'd suggest that you take a look at MashupMania.com - it's another web based visual mashup tool ...

WLA 2007: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricks

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Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricksa presentation by John Leonard Berg, Coordinator of Public Services, Karrmann Library, UW-Plattevillebegin with some proof that you're in the right place, headed down the right family linestarting with an obituary to find cluesWhy did people immigrate from Europe in the 1850's?religious freedommilitary service; "Sons of the Soil" were expected to serve in the militaryindustrializationtaxationeconomic stagnationpopulation growthunstable political situationsinheritance laws -- in some areas only the oldest son could inherit land, so siblings would need to marry into another family or live on as a kind of servant to the eldest; in some cases the land could not be "parceled out" to divide among the children"American letters"; people who emigrated to America wrote to those still in Europe; if someone had already made the journey it provided some motivationsolicitation -- businesses needed manpower to work on railroads, in the factories & homestead land (the...

WLA 2007: Taking the "Non" Out of Non-User

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Presented by Jill S. Stover, Undergraduate Services Coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University. Check out her blog at http://librarymarketing.blogspot.com/.The first step is to decide what it is you want people to do. Examine and/or develop your:mission and value statement and objectivesstrategic plangoalsbehaviors (what you want to see)Use SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).See Hennepin County Library's Framework for the Future [pdf].See Ansoff Growth Matrix. (She emphasized using this matrix, so be sure to take a look!)After deciding what behaviors you want to see, decide who you want to reach. Look for holes in services provided in your community and target that market to fill the need.Once you've decided who to target, watch people who are already doing the thing you want to promote. Talk to them to find out what their unmet needs are, so you can meet them and attract non-users. Have your users be ambassadors to your non-users to help...
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WLA 2007: UW-Madison Libraries/Google Partnership

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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: The New Media Ecology

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The New Media Ecology: How the Growth of the Internet and Cell Phones Have Changed the Way People Deal with Each Other, Receive Information, and Create and Share Mediaa presentation by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Washington D.C. http://www.pewinternet.org/Five hallmarks of the new digital ecosystem:media and gadgets are ubiquitous in everyday lifethe internet -- especially broadband --is at the center of the revolutionnew gadgets allow people to enjoy media, gather info, and carry on communication anywhere; wireless; mobile devices; the Internet is part of everyday life; no sense of being "online"ordinary citizens have a chance to be publishers, movie-makers, artists, song creators, and storytellersdifferent people use these technologies in different waysMySpace and Facebook ="dashboards for social life"19% of online young adults have created an avatar that interacts with others online9% of all adult internet users have done thisA Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users...

WLA 2007: The New Media Ecology

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Presented by Lee Rainie, Director of Pew Internet Project. This session is being heavily blogged, so I'm going to share things that stood out to me vs. a blow-by-blow of the presentation.Some numbers:93% of teens (ages 12-17) use the Internet88% of college students (cs) own cell phones81% of cs own digital cameras63% of cs own MP3 players55% of online teens have created social network profiles - 2/3 of them have taken steps to limit the kinds of information shared in their profiles20% of online adults have social network profiles39% of online teens share their own creations online (artwork, photos, stories or videos - twice the level of adults)33% of online teens have created or worked on web pages or blogs for others (13% of online adults do this)33% of college students blog and regularly post - 54% read blogs (for adults: 12% have a blog and 35% read them)about 1 in...

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

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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: 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...

WLA 2007: Podcasting as a Library Tool

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This session was presented by Keith Schroeder, Library Media Specialist for the Howard-Suamico School District. He has collected a wealth of links to sites about podcasting, including the PowerPoint from his presentation, so be sure to take a look at that, too.What is a podcast? The speaker shared some basic podcast features:content - audio or video - created for an audience to listen to how and when they wantmultimedia files that are distributed over the Internetfiles that can be played on a computer or a portable devicefiles that are distributed through an RSS feedpodcasts are compatible for Mac or PC usersWhy should we use podcasts?library news updatescontent learningdistance learninginterviewingself-paced learninglectures and teaching - playbackHe shared several model library sites. Be sure to take a look at these sites, because these libraries are doing really cool things!Denver Public LibraryLansing Public LibrarySunnyvale Public LibraryKankakee Public LibrarySeattle Public LibrarySchroeder highlighted the need to educate...
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    What a great use of Podcasting. I need to fill in a blank. You say create an RSS feed via feedburner. Feedburner masks your origin...

WLA 2007: Putting Library Services Where Our Users Live and Work: Future of the OPAC

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Putting Library Services Where Our Users Live and Work: Future of the OPACa presentation by Matt Goldner, Executive Director, Cooperative Collection Services, Columbus, OHMarket trend and user behavior / expectationsLeveraging library resources"A Brief History of WorldCat.org"Marketing Trend #1:Changing distribution model -- Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, Google scholarMarketing Trend #2:Changing nature of "content" -- Web 2.0, the wisdom of crowds, social networkingMarketing Trend #3:Changing user expectations:users expect customized information -- iGooglepersonally programmed devicescollaborating at a distanceHow do users see libraries in this changing environment?Perceptions of Libraries and Information ResourcesThe good news:libraries are used and viewed favorably as an information sourcewhat students value:collections: authoritative contentservices: research assistancecommunity: the library as a placeThe bad news:people think of libraries as just being about booksHow can we summarize the cause and effect of this rapidly changing info marketplace and it relation to libraries?:Then: users built their workflow around the libraryNow: the library must build its service around...

WLA 2007: Applying Survey Methodology in the Real World

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Applying Survey Methodology in the Real Worlda presentation by Thomas Walker, Associate Dean, UW-Milwaukee, SOISIntroduction to surveys:What are they?How to plan a surveyHow to collect dataSamplingQuestionnairesI. What are surveys?a formalized method of gathering info about a group of people through a samplea carefully chosen sample can be used to project results to a larger populationSurveys are not...collected from 100% of a populationcollected entirely from a self-selected groupcollected from a group just because that "sample" is easy to get data fromData gathered systematically:standardized proceduresnot data from individuals -- should be anonymousdata should form a composite profile of the wholeLibrary surveys:usually to assist in the planning processassess community needsassess community perceptions of...- what libraries are- what libraries should beSurveys and methods of collection:telephonemailin-person at the library or other locationweb site or emailwhile methods of data collection can be used to describe the type of survey, methods should not be the main reason a...

MATS Blogging the 2007 WLA Conference

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The MATS blogging team is at it again! Like we did at the WLA 2006 Conference, 1 regular WLA blogger & 3 guest bloggers will be posting their notes about WLA Conference happenings here on the WLA blog.The bloggers are...Nanette Bulebosh, Kiel Public Library (Blogger profile)Beth Carpenter, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Appleton (Blogger profile)Pete Gilbert, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Lawrence University, Appleton (regular WLA bloggin' guy)Joy Schwarz, Winnefox Library System, Oshkosh (Blogger profile)Amanda Werhane, Kurt F. Wendt Library, UW-Madison (Blogger profile)Blogging the conference on their own blogs are these good folk:Leslie Farrell, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System (Blogger profile) at http://posterhead.blogspot.com/Tasha Saecker, Menasha Public Library at http://sites.menashalibrary.org/Look for their write-ups & photos of WLA happenings here all this week!We'll also be linking to presenters' PowerPoint presentations & handouts, posts about the WLA Conference seen on other blogs, and Flickr photos with the tag "WLA2007"....
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    I am also blogging at Thoughts from a Library Administrator (http://michaelgolrick.blogspot.com)...

MATS Blogging the 2007 WAPL Conference

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The 2007 WAPL Conference will be a great place to be, but not everyone can get away to Eau Claire May 2nd-4th. Good news; three WLA Media and Technology Section (MATS) members -- Nichole Fromm, Joy Schwarz & Terry Dawson -- will soon be posting their notes about conference programs & sessions, here on the WLA blog. And Stef Morrill will be blogging about WAPL programs over on her Ning blog too....