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Koha is up and running

November 14, 2006 by

The problem was a directory that hadn’t been installed. I posted my problem to the listserv for Koha today and found that information. Tonight Dan looked at the file and uploaded the necessary file and we are uploading MARC records.

SirsiDynix put on a great webcast this morning entitled 25 technologies in 50 minutes. This was very well done. I am happy that 90% of the technologies I have used. Now I just need to learn the other 10%. One of the best ideas I got from the class was to just spend 15 minutes a day learning the new technologies. With that we should be able to keep up.

As I have now been at work for 13 hours, I think it is time to go home. I can guarantee that I will be back here at 7 am tomorrow for the fun of uploading the records to Koha. It feels so good to have made progress.

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From Educause Quarterly

November 10, 2006 by

I read the article Disconnects Between Library Culture and Millennial Generation Values  in the new issue of Educause.  A checklist is mentioned that would be good for libraries at all levels to ask themselves:

What is your library doing to:

  • Support the user’s affinity for self-paced, independent, trial-and-error methods of learning? – Are we putting up online tutorials for students to look at when they need to?  I have seen some libraries that have iPod guides for library tours. Currently, I have built some online tutorials for using the Alaska Statewide Databases.
  • Create opportunities to make library information look and behave like information that exists in online entertainment venues?  This may be the best place and time to install Worldcat buttons and the new search features of Google for each of our libraries.  Websites that interact with the students rather than sit there and wait for student to search and the OPAC to distribute information.  Why haven’t we added the ability for students to leave their book reviews in our OPACs?  I think a lot of this has to do with the software we have at our disposal.  I am hoping that this is something that will be able to the added to Koha down the road.
  • Explore alternative options for delivering information literacy skills to users in online environments and alternate spaces?  I return to the online tutorials for students to gain information.  In my position, I am usually not at the student’s side when they need the information.  I am connected through three different IM programs for students to get a hold of me when they need to.  The problem I am finding is how do I advertise this so it is there when students need it.
  • Apply the typical user’s desire for instant gratification to the ways that libraries could be using technology for streamlined services? I am not sure how we can meet these needs.  I do know what I do which is offer inter library loan so that users know that their needs are met, even if it will take a week to get the book.  I have added downloads to my district’s wiki of sites that give students the information they need to meet different standards.
  • Redefine administrative, security, and policy restrictions to permit online users an online library experience that rivals that of a library site visit? I think we need more audiobooks that are downloadable and a better way to provide this service.  Copyright stipulations need to be met, but I would love to figure a way that students have access to the electronic resources, electronically rather than having to visit the library.
  • Preserve born-digital information?  This is a matter of who is willing to stand up and pay for the storage medium.  It is easy to be in charge of the digital medium as long as you are willing to ensure that the materials are always accessible through current technology.  I think we have seen enough errors in this by now that we know how to keep abreast of changing technologies that we can revisit our ability to preserve materials on a yearly basis. — or am I the only one who lost all my MARC records by using an antiquated back up method?

I hope this gets us thinking to how we can provide the millennials the best library experience they can get.  We have moved a long way with technology.

My high school librarian was so afraid that the computer would make her unnecessary to the research process that she actually removed subjects, ISBNs, authors, and other parts of the MARC records so that students would have to come to her for the information.  I only know this because I became a library aide there before getting my own school library.  I spent the year adding full records and deleting a LOT of books that wouldn’t ever be used.

We need to embrace the technologies that our students are embracing and make sure that our libraries will always be the place that our students can gain more access to information.

Posted in Automation, Collaboration, Collection Development, Connecting with people, Education, Koha, Library Wiki's, open source, Professional Developement, Professional Outlook, Teachers, Technology, Web 2.0 | No Comments »

Lesson Given

September 8, 2006 by

Today I finished some online lesson for students in fourth-sixth grade on how to use the Alaska Statewide Databases. The first lesson was to introduce the students to magazines and have them answer the questions about why they would want to learn from magazines. The second lesson was on one of the specific databases. This lesson went well, you could tell that I was more familiar with the lesson building software.

The students were told at the beginning that this project had been done as a project for a class for me. The only improvement comments they had for me was to add pictures to the first lesson and one spelling error to fix. I think the students enjoyed critiquing my work.

I enjoyed learning a new software program/language. The online modules are writen in XML language. Somewhat like HTML, but not really. The program that I used was Connexions. Connexions is a non-profit start-up launched at Rice University in 1999 that aims to reinvent how we write, edit, publish, and use textbooks and other learning materials. While it was a rough couple of days to get my brain around the program I think this will be a great format to provide lessons for anyone in my district or Alaska.

Connexions is an open source software program that allows people to write these modules.  You can work in groups.  The material is licensed under Creative Commons license so anyone can share the work and make the modules better.

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What is Web 2.0

September 1, 2006 by

I am vehelment about librarians need to know about and embrace Web 2.0 in all the ways it can help our patrons. I feel that I am fortunate with the vastness of my job that I work with both adults and students to meet all their neeeds. I really liked this Library 2.0 article from Library Journal

I found the links at the end of the article to be particularly useful.

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