RAIS Reference Roundup January 17
January 17, 2011 Comments Off on RAIS Reference Roundup January 17
Reference, research and information articles and links for those who work in libraries. Some of the articles you’ll be able to get in full-text if you’re an ALIA member, through ALIA’s LIS journals subscription.
The latest issue of The Reference Librarian is available. This is a double issue, volume 52, issues 1 & 2, with a special theme of Mobile Reference: Papers from the Handheld Librarian Conferences. Articles include tweeting at conferences, blending the reference interview and information literacy, and Text Message Reference Service: Five Years Later, about the experience of the Sims Memorial Library of Southeastern Louisiana University, the first US library to launch a text message reference service.
Stahr, Beth ‘Text Message Reference Service: Five Years Later’, The Reference Librarian, 52:1, 9 – 19.
GS naturally creates controversy among information professionals. It rankles bibliometricians, who, having scrutinized its retrieval, criticize its butterfingered handling of citations. … Watching a student use GS when your library offers 200 subscription databases can really take the wind out of one’s sails – if not bring down all the masts. It positively maddens everyone who took database integrity and transparency for granted. But GS encourages others, who, having embraced Web 2.0’s perpetual beta, see it as a prodigious vehicle for attracting more users to library Websites, increasing use of library materials, and improving the status of libraries.
Tomaiuolo, N. 2010. Kicking Tires. Searcher, December 1, 20-32.
Logins and online identity are discussed in The Trouble With Logins: The Challenges of Online Identity.
Most librarians have had the experience of a patron coming to the reference desk, asking for help trying to get into some account to which the person has forgotten the login and/or password. It could be a personal e-mail account. It could be the campus course management system. But whatever the service, the patron cannot log in. And often at some point in the reference transaction the patron will express frustration at all of the logins and passwords he or she needs to remember.
Ovadia, Steven ‘The Trouble With Logins: The Challenges of Online Identity’, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 29:4, 296 – 300.
In December last year Kathryn Greenhill of Librarians Matter asked RSS reader use — increasing, decreasing? Was RSS still relevant? Hadn’t it died? Actually, no. Sure, RSS is dead — Just like the web is dead according to Mathew Ingram on Gigaom. Mark Suster delivers a blog post on The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery. The latest issue of The Reference Librarian, mentioned above, also has an article on Making Twitter Work: A Guide for the Uninitiated, the Skeptical, and the Pragmatic.
This article highlights the advantages of librarians and libraries establishing a professional or institutional presence on Twitter. This basic introduction to the web service also discusses innovative ways to shape your Twitter account into a successful professional development, reference, and outreach resource.
If you get into these email, Facebook thumbs-up/thumbs-down settings, a paradoxical thing happens: even though you’re alone, you get into this situation where you’re continually looking for your next message, and to have a sense of approval and validation. You’re alone but looking for approval as though you were together–the little red light going off on the BlackBerry to see if you have somebody’s validation. I make a statement in the book, that if you don’t learn how to be alone, you’ll always be lonely, that loneliness is failed solitude.
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