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Understanding the MLNC/MOBIUS Merger October 29, 2008

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In early October a Merger Exploration Task Force was created to discuss the viability of merging MLNC and MOBIUS.  MLNC, or the Missouri Library Network Corporation, provides OCLC related services and training as well as discounts to Missouri libraries on a variety of databases. MOBIUS is a consortium of academic libraries and cooperating partners that seek to provide information resources to students, faculty and staff in libraries throughout the state.

According to the task force white paper, it is believed that a merger between these organizations would produce greater participation in the MOBIUS delivery system by all libraries (not just academic), expand existing MLNC training and support, and allow the merged organization to possibly participate in the development of next generation technologies.

Shirley Baker, Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources and Dean of University Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis, is a member of this task force.  In reference to any changes that might take place in the event of a merger, Baker states, “On the MLNC service front, what changes we experience will be those that are mandated by OCLC as part of their on-going development rather than things attributable to a merger.  On the MOBIUS front, one of the advantages could be using the MLNC experience with serving public libraries to speed up the process of incorporating more public libraries into MOBIUS.  There are technology and organizational issues involved in expansion of MOBIUS membership, but with time most could be resolved. ”

The only effect of the merger noticeable to library users will be the increased access to information resources.  According to Baker, “Patrons would see a broader range of materials when they click the MOBIUS button and our volume of MOBIUS activity might increase as users find more materials they want to borrow.”

Since their initial meeting, the task force has set up a blog to field questions.  They will also host a town hall meeting on Friday to continue the discussion of a possible merger.  The task force expects to make a recommendation on the exploration of the merger to the boards of MLNC and MOBIUS by November 10.  A positive recommendation would initiate a detailed feasibility study.

Connecting librarians and professors October 29, 2008

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The last post got me thinking of the best ways to connect with instructors and ultimately embed information literacy instruction in the classroom.

In the instance referred to in the article, the librarian happened to work on a curriculum committee with the professor.  This simple interaction opened the door to collaboration.

From personal experience, in what other ways have individuals been successful in collaborating with professors?

Mathematics and Information Literacy October 23, 2008

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In the most recent issue of College and Research Libraries News Marsha Spiegelman and Richard Glass had an interesting article about how they integrated information literacy skills into mathematics courses at Nassau Community College.

Be sure to read the entire article for more information, but basically the information literacy assignments were structured so that students were asked questions that required research from different sources (websites, library databases, etc.), answers were placed on a course wiki and then student teams voted on the best answer.

The librarian, Marsha Spiegelman, conducted effective searching and website evaluation workshops for the assignments and was available to answer student questions.  Richard Glass, the instructor, provided mathematics instruction for the courses as well as some wiki instruction.

IL assignments were meant to be fun and engaging.  For example, “the calculus class played the Grateful Dead Scientists Game in which each had to research a scientist, create a course that one of them might teach, and then register for the course they would most want to take. The winner, as in academia, was the course with the greatest enrollment.” (Spiegelman and Glass, 2008).

In this one collaboration experience Glass and Spiegelman effectively integrated web 2.0 technologies, gaming, mathematics, and information literacy.

What are your interests? October 23, 2008

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STL LIS Job Roundup – Public October 17, 2008

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Library Page
St. Charles City-County Library

Library Page
Jefferson County Library

Library Clerk
Jefferson County Library

Circulation Assistant
St. Louis County Library

Library Clerk II
St. Louis County Library

More St. Louis County Library Jobs

Assistant Branch Manager
St. Louis Public Library

Associate or Librarian in Cataloging
St. Louis Public Library

Branch Manager (Regional)
St. Louis Public Library

Manager of Acquisitions and Collection Development
St. Louis Public Library

Regional Youth Services Librarian
St. Louis Public Library

More St. Louis Public Library Jobs

Information Technology/Reference Librarian
University City Public Library

LL Chat: Barb Knotts October 16, 2008

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MyTracs Program (Image courtesy of Barbara Knotts & SLPL)

Barb recently worked with the MyTracs Program - click the picture to learn more!

Since taking over the administration of this blog, one of the things I hoped to do was talk to local librarians about what their work entails, what skills they thought were necessary for their position, and basically anything else they would like to share with us.  (If you are a librarian in the area and would like to be featured, please send me an email.)

Anyone who is currently enrolled or recently graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia – SISLT and attended classes in the St. Louis area is probably pretty familiar with Barb Knotts, instructor for the Introduction to Information Technology course.  Barb was kind enough to recently sit down and talk about her job with SLPL and the Mizzou program.

Barb Knotts (Manager, Electronic Content & Collections St. Louis Public Library; Adjunct Faculty for MU) MLS from California State University—San Jose with undergraduate degree in History from University of Wisconsin.

1. What is your typical day like?

One of the best things about my job is that I don’t have a typical day. One day I could be evaluating and purchasing reference databases, reviewing license agreements, or training staff. The next day I might be writing for the website, helping patrons with online job applications, and hiring new staff. Another day I might be off to Jefferson City to participate in State Library committee activities. And, some of my favorite days are those that don’t end when I walk out of St. Louis Public Library. These are the days I get in my car and drive to UMSL. Now I get the privilege of being part of the instruction team for MU’s Introduction to Information Technology class. Each day is so different; it is one reason I rely so heavily on my Outlook calendar.

2. What do you find the most interesting aspect of your job?

I love when I can show patrons or staff how technology can help them accomplish their goals…that technology is a tool we can all understand and use. I call it the ‘epiphany’ moment. You show the patron how to set up an email account and open an attachment. Then watch their eyes light up when they see a picture of the grandbaby for the first time—and know they can come back to the computer tomorrow and do it by themselves. Or show a staff member shortcuts available on a favorite database and hear them say ‘I never knew it did that—wait unit I show the other staff.’

Website created by Barb Knotts. (Image courtesy of Barb Knotts and SLPL)

Louisiana Purchase website recently worked on by Barb - click on the picture to learn more!

3. What type of skills do you find necessary to work in your field?

I believe the most successful librarians (and those who find the profession most rewarding) are those with inquisitiveness and patience. One of my ‘Barbisms’ is: ‘if you stand still, you will fall behind.’ Librarians who are always digging deeper and thinking broader have so much to offer to their organizations. At the same time, sometimes we have to be patient. That can mean taking a deep breath when patrons ‘don’t get it’ or organizations have priorities that differ from ours. With a bit of patience the patron will get it and your project will become your organization’s ‘Emerging Idea.’

4. What is the best part of being a librarian?

I hope I can answer this question with two thoughts. First, at the end of the day We Have Made a Difference. Public, academic, school, special library—it makes no difference. The services we offer, the customer service we provide, and collections we make available to all change lives (yes I do believe that). Second, whether we are just starting out in the profession or are still active almost 40 years later, there are always new challenges and opportunities for us. This year in addition to my teaching, I have been involved with MyTRACS, a program where I worked with St. Louis teens. So different from anything I had done in years; so rewarding and such a wonderful example of why I love being a librarian.

STL LIS Job Roundup – Academic October 16, 2008

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Library Coordinator of Technical Services
Harris Stowe State University

Web Services Assistant
St. Louis University

Rare Materials Catalog Librarian
St. Louis University

Catalog and Metadata Librarian
SIUE

Art/Modern Graphic History Library Assistant
Washington University in St. Louis

Senior Cataloging Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

Clinical Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

Evening Manager for Business Library
Washington University in St. Louis

Japanese Catalog Librarian/Subject Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

Cabinet level copyright position created October 15, 2008

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On Monday President Bush signed into law a bill that would effectively create a cabinet level position for the enforcement of copyright.  The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act) of 2008, formerly known as the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, will also increase the penalties relating to copyright infringement.

Organizations such as as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Procter & Gamble, and NBC Universal are championing the bill as beneficial for the economy.

“What the Congress recognized and the president has ratified is the critical importance of innovation, technical invention, and creativity to the U.S. economy,” said Rick Cotton, executive vice president and general counsel of NBC Universal. “This law will dramatically move the priority of IP enforcement up the agenda in critical ways.”cnet news

In contrast, the American Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, Public Knowledge and others have been critical of the bill, finding the extent of the bill questionable and unnecessary.

In a letter sent to Senators in September, major library organizations and others stated, “Title III of S. 3325 expands both the civil and criminal forfeiture provisions of several areas of IP and related law. Unlike similar provisions in H.R. 4279, the civil forfeiture provisions here do not require that the seized property be owned or predominantly controlled by the infringer. Given the distributed nature of online content and Internet communications, this provision subjects the property of unaffiliated, noninfringing third parties, such as online service providers, to forfeiture.

This act was not passed with the highly controversial civil enforcement measure that would have allowed the Attorney General to bring a civil suit on behalf of a copyright holder against copyright infringers in lieu of criminal charges.

More info:

Albenese, Albert.  “DoJ Opposes Controversial Copyright Bill, Calling One Provision UnconstitutionalLibrary Journal.  September 25, 2008.

Condon, Stepanie.  “Business, labor urge Bush to sign RIAA-backed copyright bill.”  Cnet. October 8, 2008.

Condon, Stephanie.  “Bush Signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law.” Cnet. October 13, 2008.

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act. Library of Congress.

Kravets, David “Bush Signs Law Creating Copyright Czar“. Wired. October 13, 2008.

Public Knowledge.  “Statement on Signing of PRO-IP bill“. October 14, 2008

Are You a Literati? October 14, 2008

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The St Louis Public Library’s Young Literati is having a party in the Central Library with food and fun.  This is a chance to hang out with fellow librarians and people who appreciate libraries.  Below is the press release for the event. 

Central Library Spooks St. Louis’ Young Professionals

 

St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Young Literati to host downtown fright fest

 

ST. LOUIS – Just in time for Halloween, St. Louis’ newest young professionals group is hosting a haunted evening in one of downtown’s most historic buildings. Friday Night Fright will feature bestselling mystery author Angie Fox, drinks, appetizers, music, tours and a literary scavenger hunt throughout the 100-year-old Central Library. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.

 

Angie Fox will be on hand to discuss her debut novel, “The Accidental Demon Slayer,” and will sell and sign copies of the book. DJ Raven Fox will provide music while guests enjoy drinks and appetizers provided by Lucas Park Grille. Lucas Park Grille is located around the corner from Central Library on Washington Avenue and will offer drink specials for all Friday Night Fright guests who want to continue their evening after the event. Other activities scheduled for the night include tales of St. Louis’ scary past and a scavenger hunt where participants will be entered into a drawing to win prizes provided by local businesses.

 

“I am so excited to be part of such a diverse group,” said Kimberly Blackwell, analysis consultant, Wachovia Securities and member of the Young Literati Steering Committee. “The Young Literati are passionate about promoting a strong urban Library and Friday Night Fright is a fun way to introduce everyone to Central Library while promoting a new and amazing local author.”

 

“Central Library is the perfect setting for the Young Literati’s first BIG event”,” said Liz Reeves, director of development and communications, St. Louis Public Library Foundation. “It is full of history and will provide a colorful backdrop for a night of spooky fun.”

 

Admission to Friday Night Fright is $20 for the general public and $15 for Young Literati members. Those who join the Young Literati that night will receive free admission. Guests will be able to tour the Library and hear haunting stories about St. Louis’s past. They might even hear about Central Library’s very own ghost.

 

Friday Night Fright is sponsored by, Commerce Bank, The Riverfront Times, Lucas Park Grille and the St. Louis Public Library. Proceeds from the event will go to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation to support the Library’s mission. For more information or to RSVP, contact Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403 or ereeves@slplfoundation.org.

 

Earlier this year, the St. Louis Public Library was named the No. 2 urban Library in the nation, marking the fourth straight year that the library has been ranked in the top three. This ranking helped St. Louis increase its score in the national rating of America’s Most Literate Cities, finishing number six overall among the country’s 69 largest cities (populations of 250,000 or greater). The study was conducted at Central Connecticut State University in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy and Social Research and was authored by CCSU’s president, John W. Miller. For more information about the St. Louis Public Library, visit www.slpl.org.

 

Created in 1989, the St. Louis Public Library Foundation supports the St. Louis Public Library’s programs and services through fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the library’s work. Its pivotal project will be to undertake a capital campaign to support the complete restoration and modernization of the downtown Central Library, designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1912.

 

For more information about the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, visit www.slplfoundation.org or call 314.539-0359.

Participate & Network at MOBIUS 2009! October 14, 2008

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Do you have a great project or paper that you just completed for class?  Are you working on an innovative project for work that is related to libraries?  If so, you should consider submitting a proposal to present at the 2009 MOBIUS conference.

MOBIUS is a great way to meet librarians and learn what libraries throughout the state are working on.  Proposals are due by October 31, 2008 so don’t delay!  For more information check out the MOBIUS website.