I attended/hosted a SLA ClickU session "The Value of Corporate Libraries".
My main "take away" points from this session in no particular order:
- Need to be in balance between the demand of management and users (customers, clients, patrons) and the resources and services supplied by the library staff and management
- Historical methods of evaluation from earliest to most recent: Anecdotal; service statistics; standards (benchmarking); efficiency; effectiveness; value. – determine which ones your own management values and provide these. May be a combination of methods
- Serve the important strategic departments not everyone
- Find the most important group strategically and find out how to help them achieve the strategic goals of the corporation
- Work directly with sales staff in the field and not walk-ins if necessary
- Users trust the person they know. Virtual can be a problem as you are not a physical part of the “team”. Therefore get out and meet people – go to meetings – go to see people and deliver materials in person – be seen – attend staff meetings
- Know your firm – know which are the key groups and really understand them and their needs
- Focus on realigning to serve the strategy of the firm – no benchmarking – no statistics
- New paradigm is – go to them – don’t wait for them to come to you
- People want to do searching now – he feels this will pass
- Need to be thought of as a colleague not as a “function”
- Be a part of the team (embedded)
- Be an “involved” librarian
- Have library staff physically located in the departments strategically important to the firm
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This is a SirsiDynix Institute online web seminar
- Photo blogs
- Steaming Media
- Google Office
- Instant Messaging
- Meebo, trillian and Gaim
- Second Life
- Virtual Reference
- Folksonomies and TagClouds
- Blinkx, singingfish, etc.
"Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP) has announced a change from the existing page numbering to an article numbering system, starting January 1, 2007. Initially, the transition will only be implemented on the journals Nanotechnology and Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The remaining journals in the IOP portfolio will make the transition in 2008."
From Knowledgespeak http://www.knowledgespeak.com/newsArchieveviewdtl.asp?pickUpID=3090&pickUpBatch=506#3090
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Library 2.0 in Action : How Special Librarians are Using the Latest Tech Tools
Blogs, RSS Feeds, RSS Readers, Podcasts, Wikis and more...
Panelists will make brief presentations about their experiences using the latest information tools and then lead roundtable discussions giving attendees the opportunity to share their triumphs and tragedies using these new tech tools.
Panelist and Roundtable Leaders :
Connie Crosby, Library Manager, WeirFoulds
Amanda Etches-Johnson, Reference Librarian, Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University
Dave Hook, Manager, Operations Information and Configuration Management, MDA Space Missions
Carolyne Sidey, Manager, XRCC Library, Xerox Resarch Centre of Canada
Roundtable Facilitator: Daniel Lee, Research Librarian, Navigator Limited
Thursday November 23, 2006
5:30-6:00: Registration and Networking. A light dinner of sandwiches, salads and desserts will be served.
6:00-7:30: Presentations and Roundtable Discussions
Location: MaRS, 101 College Street, Toronto, Room CR-2A
SLA Members: $15.00
The SLA Toronto Chapter requires payment with registration. Payment can be made via Paypal or by cheque.
For registration details visit the website at: http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/events/register.asp?eid=145
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Telling Our Stories - Contest Rules: "How has the public library made a difference to you or your family?
Telling Our Stories -- the magic of Public Libraries is a personal story-writing contest that celebrates the impact of Ontario public libraries on its citizens and their communities.
What types of stories are we looking for? We want stories that tell about how a public library has inspired, informed and transformed you!
Was it something you read, something you saw, something you heard?
Did a librarian help in an extraordinary way?
Did you learn a new skill or how to think differently?
Do you or your family members have a wonderful memory to share?
Over $5000 will be awarded in cash prizes, and the contest runs from October 16-November 30, 2006."
The 12 Consumer Values to Drive Technology-related Product and Service Innovations was created by the Washington, DC-based research and consulting fir
From this site
This need some time to digest. I have printed it and posted it over my desk for regular thought. Very interesting.
Stephen's Lighthouse: News from SirsiDynix Institute
Congratulations to Stephen Abram. Now he is, in addition to his current position as VP Innovation, Chief Strategist for SirsiDynix Institute.
Monday, November 06, 2006
LIS RECEPTION at ARMADILLO’S TEXAS GRILL (Thursday, Feb 1st, 6pm)
The Graduate Programs in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario are pleased to invite LIS alumni to a social gathering at Armadillo's Texas Grill, 146 Front Street West. Come along and meet old friends and reacquaint yourselves with colleagues and LIS faculty and staff! RSVP by Friday, January 26, 2007 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-447-1044. Please state your name, phone number, e-mail and that you will be attending the LIS alumni reception. See y'all there.