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Can you at least get it on the shelf?

Posted by arlekeno on June 16, 2014

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Looks good, then you look underneath. Why I don’t let other people shelve books.


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Looks good, or is it?

Posted by arlekeno on June 5, 2014



Looks good so far, all in order.. But





From the back, the books have been pushed out.





One of them is even inside another!


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Be careful who dusts your library.

Posted by arlekeno on April 10, 2014


This may look innocent enough, a nice little section all in order.


But if you look closely, it is UNDERNEATH the 531’s !


And to the left of the 534’s



Someone decided to dust the shelves, and moved this tiny section, and then

put it back on the wrong shelf!



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Why I hate students putting books back.

Posted by arlekeno on March 25, 2014


First photo is a lovely shot of what happens when someone only looks at the label’s first letter and not the actual last name of the author ( let alone first name, or book title etc).

But since It is between 3 books by the same author, and how famous that series is, the lack of care is ASTOUNDING!



Looks like a well put away set of books?




But look from above! The book is pushed back, by a careless returner of books.





Eventually this happens! and books “vanish” for monthe.

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Why I don’t let non-Librarians put books away.

Posted by arlekeno on February 20, 2014

IMG_20131121_090641[1] IMG_20131121_090802[1] IMG_20131121_090922[1] IMG_20131121_090926[1]Welcome to 2014 people. The new school year is well underway and I thought I would change things up. Staring with the reason I don’t like letting those who are not librarians put books away. This could be my relief, my patrons or the Goblins who live here.
I think they have an IDEA of dewey, but sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing…. though I suspect most of the time it is not caring.



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Kill the User. (Syracuse University iSchool).

Posted by arlekeno on September 10, 2013

Information is not a thing, it is not extracted and removed. is it observed? Copied?

The user view of Library patron/customer.  VERSUS the view of participation.

The user view does say that If the system does not help the user to the info, it is useless.

But the User is still separate from the information.

compare that to a platform, e.g. iphone. You download the apps you want. e.g. facebook, you have a platform but you do all the info for it.


History of User-Orientation

Grew Out of a Systems Perspective

Defines a Simplistic Dialog

Not Social
• Increasingly Synonymous with Consumer

Those Who Championed “User-Based” are
Abandoning It as Too Limited

Quest for a Better Term: Participant,
Member, Creator, Prosumer…

Don’t construct the perfect front page for users. Let them build their own home page. We are participants in the community.

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Week 4: Community & “Share, Don’t Lend”.

Posted by arlekeno on September 9, 2013

Week 4 Introduction

This week’s content will focus on issues withing the community and how librarians engage with that community.

Topic Overview

  • View the library as an institution that helps a community share resources and expertise, rather than as  storehouse of resources owned by the library.
  • View the members of the community more than as users who consume services and lack investment in the library as an institution.
  • Viewing community members as aspirations and dreams, instead of deficits and problems.
  • Review criticisms of new librarianship and the Atlas of New Librarianship.

 Share, Don’t lend.

  1. Sharing: Combining resources together to
    create a richer commons
  2. Lending: Allowing people to borrow from a
    common resource

The more you share, the more you have, the more you lend, the less you have. (dinner party v pot luck)

Libraries are like dinner parties, if we get one copy of a book, only one person can have it at a time. Even if you link to other libraries. This is the limitation of lending libraries. Wait lists.

The original subscription library, everyone brought in their own resources. We can do this with the community, with their resources or skills. The Library as platform. Library has collection, but through the library, we can share amongst the community.



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Syracuse Library MOOC week 3 notes: Libraries.

Posted by arlekeno on September 5, 2013

Week 3 Introduction

This week’s content will focus on libraries as institutions. The week will begin Monday, July 22 and end Sunday, July 28.

Topic Overview

  • What is the mission of a library and aspects of a good mission statement?
  • What are the justifications for libraries as institutions?
  • Seeing the library as a less a place and more as a necessary function throughout the communtiy.
  • How libraries and libraraians can work together to improve society as a whole.

Video: The Mission of Libraries: Expect more than books.

More than books, the mission is more than the tool, and books are the tool. The Mission is Knowledge.

(also a good history of how libraries became associated with books.)

We no longer have information scarcity, we have attention/time scarcity amongst the information overload.

also have to ADVOCATE! all the same things we advocated to physical resources, we need to advocate for the digital world. Across platforms, copyright, access. EVERYTHING. (think the eBook Battles, fight the artificial scarcity).

Mission Statements:

(just watch the video).


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Improving society: Librarians in the community.

Posted by arlekeno on September 2, 2013

We have to help improve society ( but what is improve? )

New Librarianship involves knowledge, facilitation and VALUES…

Our values can compete with the desires of the community.  Pressure of improvement v Pressure of participation.

Value of Learning. All we do is in the name of LEARNING, OPENNESS (which is where we can get a lot of pressure). AND

Intellectual honesty not unbiased. We spend time thinking about things, we are not neutral, but we think about and declare our bias.

Intellectual freedom and safety. A safe place to learn, physical and mentally.


Leadership and innovation.      (in which we discuss Hipster Librarians and we are allowed to fail as well).

There is the idea that innovation is not part of the Job, Lecturer says it is essential part of job. It is good to be a worker bee, but also good to find new and better ways to do our jobs. How can we expect our patrons to adopt change if we wont?


Innovate where you can when you can. Even if it is the smallest part of the job.



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Future trends in information organisation

Posted by arlekeno on September 20, 2012

It is always useful – and interesting – to try to look a little way into the future. If we can get our predictions right, then we are positioning ourselves well, and the organisations we work for, to cope effectively into the future.

You have already seen that this subject looks at a broad view of the world of information organisation. In Module 1, for example, you thought about the convergence of libraries, archives and museums in the digital environment, and examples have been used from different kinds of information centres throughout the subject. This convergence is one of the likely trends in the near future – in fact, it is already happening.  (ETL505, Module 7)

Reading Hider Chapter 15. Talks about how internet has changed catalogs (for the better) with the focus now on information, not physical location.  No idea about this really.

A future info bibliographic organisation or Resource access and description 😉 may be.

  1. Self-describing info resources – created with embedded tags for metadata
  2. More selective of use of cataloging and indexing expertise – Price pressures will mean catalogers only do a Core of books, and maintain the vocabulary and standards while the rest is done by creators or para-professionals/amateurs.
  3. A more complex network of information retrieval systems. – resources more than books, more than one location. requiring greater interoperability and cross institute co-operation.

Librarians will still be info-mediaries, but use different tools. (pg 314)

Ranganathan’s 5 laws of library science.

  1. Information is for use,
  2. To every user his information,
  3. To all information its user,
  4. Save the time of the user,
  5. An information centre is a growing organisation.

Hider (2008) lists major factors which will have significant impact on how information professionals organise knowledge in the near future. They include:

  • Change is always present
  • Doing more with less
  • The catalogue as gateway to global information sources
  • The Internet as the primary mechanism for networking information resources and services
  • Different kinds of information resources
  • Library professionals are collaborating with other information professionals to improve the organisation of knowledge
  • Auto-cataloguing and metadata
  • Users of library and information retrieval systems have a strong voice

Hider (2008) also notes (page 301) that:  

Even the terminology is changing. No longer do we talk about cataloguing, or even bibliographic organisation or bibliographic control: now it is resource description

… This term emphasises one important aspect of the present information/library reality – that we are primarily interested in resources, not only those in our own information centres but also those whose existence we want to bring to the attention of our users, no matter where these resources are located.

Why do you think that information professionals increasingly prefer to talk about resource description rather than cataloguing, about metadata rather than bibliographic data? Does it matter?

WE no longer only do books, so it makes more sense to talk about Resources. It doesn’t matter much, we still talk about records/albums, but this is more accurate.

Some of the major issues in contemporary bibliographic organisation are mentioned by Hider (2008) on pages 301-308. Which do you think is the most important issue for metadata specialists (or cataloguers) to address in the next few years?

Finding something that matches google, and setting a standard we can work too and user

There are many issues, of course, which may impact on the future of information organisation. Two issues will be highlighted here: the ‘bibliographic chaos’ of the World Wide Web, and the very survival of cataloguers in a changing world.

Organising the internet

Given the centrality of the internet in the modern information world, one challenge that librarians and other information professionals certainly have is how to make the most of the millions of web resources now available. Often information seekers resort to ‘surfing’ the net. Just as the catalogue supplements library patrons’ browsing of physical shelves, so gateways and other bibliographic tools are needed to help users find the best web resources. Subject access to these resources is particularly challenging – we have already seen how keyword searching, even via sophisticated and powerful search engines, does not always produce satisfactory results.

Read pages 312-314 of the textbook, the section on the semantic web. In a way this parallels the old library vision of universal bibliographic control (see Module 6). The semantic web promises to be a much more proactive, intelligent type of network than what we search through at present; indeed, advocates argue that we are on the cusp of another information retrieval revolution. Even the most optimistic advocate, though, would admit that it’s not going to happen overnight.

For more on this concept, read an Introduction to the semantic web by Sean B. Palmer.

Will cataloguers survive?

Janet Swan Hill and Sheila S. Intner believe that the traditional skills of the library cataloguer in describing and analysing information resources, with the aims of providing access to them for users, will be critical as we move into knowledge management. They ask:
Who will provide knowledge management? Library catalogers probably know more about the processes for organising knowledge than anyone.
However, new skills and new ways of thinking will be needed to make the conversion from cataloguer to knowledge manager:
Organizing knowledge supposes being able to connect user queries and the contents of library materials … [and] In order to function as a knowledge management tool, the new catalog must be designed to identify and control knowledge itself, not the packages in which it is distributed. Janet Swan Hill & Sheila S. Intner (1999). ‘Preparing for a cataloging career: from cataloging to knowledge management’.
In a similar vein Webster states:
… librarians already catalogue images, maps, music and seminar presentations, so cataloguing people seems a logical next step … (Webster, M. (2007). The role of library in knowledge management. Knowledge management: social, cultural and theorethical perspectives. Ed. R. Rikowski. Oxford: Chandos publishing; 77-91.)
Michael Gorman (who was the original editor of AACR2) frequently comments on the place of cataloguing in today’s information universe. Gorman sees a natural continuation of the skills and expertise of the library cataloguer into the internet-dominated environment libraries are now part of. He asserts that:
… we librarians have the tools, experience, and the capability to preserve and organize recorded knowledge and information on a global scale, to realize the ideals of Universal Bibliographic Control … For cataloguers particularly, the future is challenging and bright. … Some have speculated that cataloguing and cataloguers may be obsolete – I firmly believe that the opposite is true and that cataloguers will have an increasingly important role to play in the future of libraries and of society. (Gorman, M. (1997). What is the future of cataloguing and cataloguers? 63rd IFLA General Conference – Conference Programme and Proceedings, August 31 – September 5, 1997.)

We will leave you to make up your own minds about whether Gorman’s view is likely to be correct, or not.

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