Wednesday 3rd March 2010 is my last day in post in the Staff Development team. This blog will no longer be updated, but the existing content will remain. I’ve had over 1,500 hits in 9 months – thanks for reading!
This image shows all the Staff Library tags that are currently being used in SOLO. Tags with a date, e.g. stfnew-nov09 show new books added to the library in that month. Tags with stfsuggestion show suggested reading for different Staff Development courses. The larger the tag, the more items it represents.
When you book on an OULS Staff Development course, you are asked to quote the course code to help those who process your booking.
Course codes look like this: OULS/INF/VOI
‘OULS’ relates to OULS Staff Development on the system we use for making bookings. ‘INF’ refers to the group of course relating to information, and ‘VOI’ to a specific course (in this case, voice coaching).
It can be helpful to prepare for a course, or follow up afterwards, by finding a relevant book in the Staff Library to study.
To make this easier, I have added some tags in SOLO to give you some suggested titles for each course series:
stfsuggestion-ouls-bit Bite-size management (includes contracts, recruitment, navigating change)
stfsuggestion-ouls-cpd Continuing professional development
stfsuggestion-ouls-hsa Health and Safety
stfsuggestion-ouls-inf Information (includes people with disabilities, mental health, harassment)
stfsuggestion-ouls-man Management (includes leading change, performance management, supervisory skills)
To find these titles, start from SOLO, click on Tags and search for the tag you’re interested in. You will then see the list of suggested titles.
Happy new year 2010!
Have you made any resolutions this January? Are you planning to learn something new?
In 2 weeks’ time, on 18th January 2010, 23 Things Oxford will begin. This is an online learning scheme which takes place over 12 weeks. Each week, you will learn new things about Web 2.0 and how libraries are using this technology.
The aim of this programme is to introduce all library staff (whatever their role) to Web 2.0 technologies – working on the principle that exposure is the first stage in learning. Over the 12 weeks, the aim is for staff to spend a little time each week working on the project, building up their own skills as well as adding to their abilities at work. It is called 23 Things because there are 23 tasks to complete. 23 Things Oxford is based on the original 23 Things program which ran at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in the USA in 2006.
This programme is open to ALL staff in Oxford libraries regardless of their position and status (full and part time). It is a self-discovery programme which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to use their lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and tips both in person and through their blogs. There will also be 3 drop-in sessions offered to support this programme.
For further information, including how to register, please see http://23thingsoxford.blogspot.com
A meme is a cultural idea or practice which is passed on between individuals, and is becoming an key part of internet culture. For example, when a YouTube video “goes viral”, we mean that it has spread rapidly between users, often via social networks.
This is also happening on Twitter. As well as topics that are trending, there are many sub-trending-threshold ideas which also gain momentum and entertain or provoke thought for a limited time. When Nick Griffin appeared on the BBC’s Question Time programme earlier this autumn, #bbcqt was a lively Twitter meme for some hours before appearing under trending topics.
Last week, #librariantvshows brightened my Friday and though it didn’t trend, it entertained many people as a bit of pre-Christmas fun. The object was to think of a TV show (this later blended to include books and films) whose title could be adapted to make it into a TV show involving libraries or librarians.
Here are some of my favourites:
walkyouhome: Queer as Folksonomies
nikkikaram: Loan & Order
archiwicz: Star Trek: The Next Circulation
polianarchy: The ALA Team
Mitchley: D.O.I. SOS
daveyp: Talis from the Crypt
ifbook: Blind Data
EmmaP: shelf location, location, location
bethanar: How I Metadata’d Your Mother
orangeaurochs: Indexer Morse
ifbook: Whose Fine Is It Anyway?
meimaimaggio: SFX and the City
Mitchley: The SF-X Files
chrisl1953: The Ex Libris Factor
julianbeckton: EBSCO to the country
abbybarker: Have I got (Over)dues For You
Mitchley: Da UKS-G Show
Viche: A fines romance
daveyp: Beverley Hills 902.10
Emma7114: Pimp my RFID
stuartbenjamin: Top of the OPACs
bethanar: the weeding planners
Emma7114: Open (access) All Hours
walkyouhome: Play Your Discards Right
bethanar: Blind Date Stamp
I found this interesting. The user experience of TV has definitely moved on in recent years, but it’s nothing like Web 2.0. Yet…
Cory Doctorow – Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future – Z551.DOC
Graham P Cornish – Copyright: Interpreting the law for libraries, archives and information services – Z551.COR
Sheila Pantry and Peter Griffiths – How to Give Your Users the LIS Services they Want – Z674.4.PAN
Alan Gilchrist – Information Science in Transition – Z665.GIL
Rachel Singer Gordon (ed) – Information Tomorrow: Reflections on Technology and the Future of Public and Academic Libraries – Z678.9.GOR
Nicole C. Engard (ed) – Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data – Z674.75.ENG
Danuta A. Nitecki and Curtis L. Kendrick – Library offsite shelving: guide for high-density facilities – Z675.S75.NIT
Christina Osborne – Managing Your Boss – HF5548.83.OSB
Kay Ann Cassell – Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An introduction – Z711.CAS
Lawrence Lessig – Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy – KF3020.LES
Pamela H. MacKellar – The Accidental Librarian – Z665.2.MAC
Kathy Dempsey – The Accidental Library Marketer – Z716.3.DEM
Mark Gould (ed) – The Library PR Handbook – Z716.3 GOU
Rachel Singer Gordon – What’s The Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros – Z682.35.GOR
Ruth Kneale – You Don’t Look Like A Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age – Z682.KNE
From the Blue Skunk Blog:
“I walk into too many libraries with signs like this:
What might happen if we replaced our welcome signs with ones like these?”
The Staff Library now has shelf labels indicating some of the major Library of Congress divisions in the collection:
There is also a cross-reference by the new books to help users identify classmarks from subject headings:
I’m hoping this will make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for:
Have you visited the library and found this helpful? Please let me know in the comments.
Over the past week, my blog has received 43 views and 13 people participated in the poll.
9 people read the blog via RSS, 2 read it on the web and 2 said it was their first visit to the site.
Thanks for voting!