Category Archives: Library Issues

Letter to the Honorable Joe Wilson

The Honorable Joe Wilson
House of Representatives
2229 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4002
Re: Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution
Dear Representative Wilson:
This week, the House of Representatives will consider amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution. This amendment submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding specifically for libraries. Please vote NO on this amendment. 

Here in South Carolina, public libraries provide invaluable services to the communities that they serve. The American Library Association states that in South Carolina, the return on investment for every $1 invested in libraries, they return $4.48 to the community in services. Here in Richland County, in addition to the free Internet services provided to the public, the books, audio and video services provided at no cost to county residents, the library provides assistance in creating resumes, job training and even practice interviews at no cost. Professional resume services can cost over $200, something many residents would not be able to afford.

Please ensure that these and other invaluable services provided to our community by our libraries continue to be available. Vote NO to Amendment #35 to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution.

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Advocacy Matters

One of the most important things for any grad student to learn is how to advocate for his or her chosen profession. As an MLIS candidate I am calling on my blog readers to advocate for the profession today. US Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, has put forth Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution. This amendment will zero out the funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is a federally funded grant agency which provides money to libraries and museums throughout the United States to fund a variety of programs. For those of us who are students at University of South Carolina, it recently provided us a grant to give 7 doctoral candidates a fully funded 3-4 year program, including travel expenses for education and research. To view other grants that the IMLS has funded, head over to their website to search through the grants.

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Bookmarking with Diigo

When I posted about the major explosion of the blogosphere regarding the possible shut down of Delicious, I told my readers that I would be reviewing other bookmark sites to determine which I would be using in the future. (Full disclosure: although a group I volunteer with uses Delicious, I did not use it personally.) I’m starting with Diigo, because the online sites I looked at described features that I thought I would like. As a graduate student beginning research for a major paper this semester, the highlighting functions of Diigo could be useful. In addition, my volunteer group may be looking for a new bookmarking site, and Diigo has an opportunity for group creation, so we could build a group and then each member to add it to their own Diigo groups list for future use.

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Welcome to the Public Domain

We’re back to copyright today, because a new year welcomes a new group of people to the public domain. Works of authors who passed away in the year 1940 enter the public domain in many, but not all countries.

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Farewell Del.icio.us…Or is it?

The blogosphere exploded with the news Thursday that De.licio.us was being shut down by Yahoo! following various cutbacks. Indeed, some blogs claimed to have confirmation of the plans, although later updates have changed that information.

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Bookshelves Runneth Over

My bookshelves runneth over.

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Is the Internet Public Domain?

Picture by MikeBlogs at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeblogs/3020966666/#/ and used under a creative commons attribution license.

Simple answer. No!

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Libraries, Archives, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag

QR Codes like the one above are becoming more and more common. (This code was created using a free generator produced by the ZXing Project.) They appear on documents, posters, blogs, websites and other forms of advertisements. The prevalence will only increase in the future, because QR code generators are rampant on the Internet. A Google search of the phrase “QR Code Generator” on 11/6/2010 returns over 12 million results, and a Bing search for the same phrase returns 102 thousand results. (Note: these numbers were accurate at 12:15 a.m. on 11/6/10 future searches may return different numbers). Anyone can use a QR code generator to hold business card, appointment, website and text information to name only a few functions. Denso Wave created the QR code in 1994, although mainstream use is much more recent.

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Copyright? What’s that?

It’s a hard question to answer. The simple answer, is that copyright is a law that protects the rights of a creator to their work. Classes and volunteer work have recently brought home the complexities of copyright law. I’ll discuss some of the complexities below.

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Watch the tags!

We are an electronic society full of taggers. For those librarian readers out there, you all know that tags are important. They’re metadata! They tell us who or what is in a picture or a document, and that’s important. But tags have gotten somewhat out of control. We tag almost everything. I’m guilty of adding 3 or 4 tags to each of my blog posts. Hopefully they’re useful, but I have to wonder if anyone even reads the tags. And there are many times when I question just how useful tags can really be.

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