We're here, we're bored, it's 3AM and we ain't takin' no mediocre theory no how from nobody!

Whodunnit?

Whodunnit?

How many times have users posted to the listserv that they'd like to learn all about cataloguing, but they only really have time or the desire to input the Author, Title, and Publication Date? (Or subject, or what have you...) There's a wide array of special Librarians that have to deal with publications that are unique to their organisations. By having the fields tied to the icons and text boxes, but hidden from the user, there should be a lot less fear in this approach.

Guided Cataloguing

Guided Cataloguing

This part of cataloguing will present the greatest challenge to describe and to implement. I've wrestled for many years in trying to teach volunteers and others how to catalogue. I'm still not secure that I've any authority to do such a thing, but the books must be found.

I'm convinced that what we're doing is more or less a repetitious dance, sort of like a line dance. Ginger Rogers would most certainly make things look better than I, and so it is with Sandy Berman, but we all must do it, and we all _can_ once we learn the process. But what to do before that?

Is it too much?

Is it too much?

I've a navigation bar on me Mac. I've a navigation bar in World of Warcraft. I don't recall ever seeing a decent, graphical, interactive navigation bar in Library Software. Sure, it's a hassle to programme, but once it's done, we'd be the cool kids on the block again.

Cataloguing Screen One

Cataloguing Screen One

Having a step between the general intranet screen and the types of cataloguing available might serve to alleviate some of the user's text information overload.

Open Lecture at Closed Prices

From time to time, I get emails from various listservs that I'm a part of. This time, my mailbox had a letter from Simmons GSLIS.

The Open Movement and Libraries
Online -- February 1 - 28, 2009
$250 ($200 for Simmons GSLIS alums)

Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this picture? If we're talking about Open Source and Open Access, why are we insisting on closing doors by charging several hundred dollars during a Depression? (Sure, folks are calling this a Recession right now, but that's another story.) The very nature of this screams professional hypocrisy to me.

Not This Welcome

Not This Welcome

It's just too busy and too text intensive. I get lost right away. I do like the news box, but maybe that could be smaller on the lower left of my ideal one.

New Welcome Screen

New Welcome Screen

I don't like the text boxes about me text, but it's the best I could manage with what I've got. Ideally, there'd be a text box under circulation that would allow a barcode from either a patron or a book for issues. I'd love to have it so that the middle part of the flow let you flip over to transfers and holds since there's motion in the triskelion graphic. From this screen, or maybe even the log in box, you could have little flags at the bottom for language selection.

All I Really Needed to Know about Administration, I Learnt from Arathi Basin

All I Really Needed to Know about Administration, I Learnt from Arathi Basin

BWS Johnson
mhelmanATillinoisalumni.org

Who I Am

Who I Am

Just what gives me the right to stand up here and lecture, anyway?

Welllllll

I was the Director of the Hinsdale Public Library for four and a half years. If you've not been a small rural Library Director, you're missing out, particularly on baked goods. During my tenure there, I snuck onto the Executive Board of the Regional Library System, and even the State Aid Review Committee, while they weren't looking.

What World of Warcraft (WOW) Is

What World of Warcraft (WOW) Is

World of Warcraft is a Fantasy genre Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game or MMORPG. Players battle monsters to gain experience in order to advance in level. In Burning Crusade, the level maximum is 70. Players can talk to other players in close to real time and make friends provided the friend is a member of their faction. The humans, night elves, dwarves, and draenei are all members of the Alliance. The orcs, trolls, tauren, blood elves, and undead are all members of the Horde. The Alliance and the Horde are bitter enemies, though in later game schemes are forced to cooperate.

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