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NET EFFECTS:

How Librarians Can Manage
the Unintended Consequences
of the Internet

Edited by Marylaine Block



Chapter Four: Adapting To the Changing Expectations of Library Users

Basic Starting Points:

  • The Shifted Librarian : the Web Site http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/

  • The Shifted Librarian Presentation http://www.sls.lib.il.us/infotech/presentations/infoshifting/infoshifting.ppt
    Jenny Levine's power point presentation explains how our users' expectations and information-seeking habits have changed, and how we need to change to meet their needs.


    Library Blogs

  • BlogBib http://blogbib.blogspot.com/
    a nice annotated review of the literature and resources on blogging, especially library blogs.

  • Blogger - "Push-button Publishing for the People" http://blogger.com/
    blogging software

  • Blog spot - blog hosting http://blogspot.blogger.com/
    Another popular blog hosting service.

  • "Blogs for Libraries" http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=1432
    an article by Greg Schwartz about the benefits of blogging, for librarians and for their patrons.

  • Communicating off the Page." Library Journal, September 15, 2001.
    http://libraryjournal.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleId=CA155178
    an article I wrote about librarians' blogs.


    RSS Feeds

  • Introduction to RSS - WebReference.com http://webreference.com/authoring/languages/xml/rss/intro/
    "Rich Site Summary (RSS) is a lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other Web content. Think of it as a distributable "What's New" for your site."

  • Making an RSS Feed http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/03/04-rss-making.html

  • RadioUserland http://radio.userland.com/
    blog software that lets you post and receive news updates from sites you like.

  • RSS for Non-Techie Librarians http://www.llrx.com/features/rssforlibrarians.htm
    Steven Cohen explains why and how to post your blog to a news aggregator

  • RSS Workshop http://utahgov.net/rss/
    a tutorial from the Utah State Library


    Some Examples of Library Weblogs

  • Catalogablog http://catalogablog.blogspot.com/

  • Library Weblogs http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html
    Peter Scott's index of librarian blogs and articles about them.

  • Peter Scott's Library Blog (formerly Library News Daily) http://blog.xrefer.com/

  • Urbana Free Library Construction Updates http://urbanafreelibrary.org/bldgblog.html
    Blogs can be a great way of keeping your users up to date on changes in the library.

  • Waterboro Lib Blog http://www.waterborolibrary.org/blog.htm
    And they're very useful for readers' services. This is one of the best sources of current info for readers.




    Virtual Reference and Other Interactive Services

  • Collaborative Live Reference Services http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/~b-sloan/collab.htm
    Bernie Sloan stays on top of all the info on virtual reference and shares it.

  • Digital Reference Services Bibliography: a Supplement. http://alexia.lis.uiuc.edu/~b-sloan/digiref.html
    another Bernie Sloan webliography.

  • DIGREF listserv http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dig_ref/

  • Distance Education and Virtual Reference: Where Are We Headed http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr01/coffman.htm
    Steve Coffman discusses how well these systems work and the long-term implications for libraries.

  • LiveRef: a Registry of Real-Time Digital Reference Services http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/LiveRef.htm

  • QuestionPoint Collaborative Reference Service http://www.questionpoint.org/
    "a collaborative reference service the Library of Congress and OCLC worked together to develop."


    Personalized Portals

  • brarydog http://www.brarydog.net/

  • LITA Internet Portals Interest Group http://litaipig.ucr.edu/

  • MyLibrary at Cornell http://mylibrary.cornell.edu:8080/MyLibrary/index.jsp


    Adapting Services to Hand-Held Devices

  • E-Book Library at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/ebooklist.html
    Over 1800 downloadable public domain titles formatted for the MS Reader and Palm

  • The Handheld Librarian http://www.handheldlib.blogspot.com/
    "Librarians sharing news, applications, and ideas of interest with others working with handheld computer technology."

  • PDA Zone - University of Alberta Libraries http://www.library.ualberta.ca/pdazone/index.cfm
    including pages of science and technology resources for the PDA, health resources, PDAs in education, buyers' guides, downloadable e-texts, etc.

  • Wireless Librarian http://people.morrisville.edu/~drewwe/wireless/
    Wireless librarian Bill Drew talks about his own library's experiences instituting a wireless LAN, and also includes links to articles, LibWireless discussion group, vendors, and other related resources.


    Using the Library Web Site To Deliver Innovative Services

  • Beyond the Basics: Interesting Services on Library Web Sites http://marylaine.com/services.html
    A presentation I delivered in March, 2003.

  • Public Library Of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Family of Web Sites http://www.plcmc.lib.nc.us/family/family.htm, including StoryPlace, Book Hive and brary Dog.

  • Wilton Library: Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/innovate.html
    a great virtual tour of some of the most creative web services by librarians.


    Additional Articles

  • Creating Your Niche on the Net http://marylaine.com/exlibris/xlib185.html
    an article I wrote about creating unique and critical services to your community on your web site.

  • Google Meets E-Bay: What Academic Librarians Can Learn from Alternative Information Providers http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june03/kenney/06kenney.html


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    Updated August 12, 2003