Thursday, December 28, 2006

Library Marketing Blog by Jill Stover

So if you read the prior post and did the modules on what library marketing is and the benefits you are in a good place to understand what the heck folks are talking about. One place to ramp up to speed is the Library Marketing blog by Jill Stover.

She has opinions, she point out example of libraries that are doing outreach to teens such as a library in North Carolina that has a Gaming Zone once a month.

The Library Marketing blog is loaded with tips, definitions, examples and common sense ideas that most of us can put into place. Well, almost. She has a link to an article that talks about the similarities of a retail store and a library and with a little adjustment to the layout you could increase foot traffic. The actual article is located at

I dunno. If I'm craving Cherry Garcia Ice Cream I know I have to go to the refrigerated section. If I'm pinning for Japanese Short Stories then is there a way by design to get me to that section faster? I'm sticking with Dewey on this one but will check out the article. So should you.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Library Marketing - Star Power

Sometimes it is not what you know but who you know. And if you happen to know any celebrities that have a love and passion for libraries it might not be a hard sell to get them to make a Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Deep within the ALA web site there was (is?) a campaign to support and encourage library use. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins appear in a PSA for library support and usage.

I can't post the videos directly, there appears to be a broadcast fee but you can go to the web page to take a look. There are well done and speak about the richness and quality of information found in libraries.

It is not a bad idea but not being able to circulate the videos kind of defeats the purpose of promoting libraries. To be fair, this appears to be an old campaign and the ALA may have seen this as a means to generate funds for the organization.

But if they decide to update the idea I hope that it would allow folks to practice a little link love.

P.S. "Link Love" is when you share a link from a blog or web site that you like and respect. Folks that know and like your blog/web site are trusting your judgment as to the quality of the link.

Library Marketing - Where Do You Begin?

I was at my desk looking out the window. The sky was cloudy and then the sun came out and then it rained buckets of water. A living metaphor for what is going on in my head.

On the one hand I am studying to be a library paraprofessional; An assistant, a grunt, a helper a doer not a big thinker. (Okay, I hear ya. We think. We over think. Say it loud, word junkies and proud. I know, but go with the bit.)

On the other hand there are ideas and concepts busting out of my skull and people are sending me all kinds of juicy stuff that is in development or coming down the road. Much of these new technologies and concepts can easily be adapted to a library setting.

Marketing, particularly library marketing to making patrons and the community aware of the services that the library provides is a growing discussion area.

Well isn't that a discussion for "real librarians?" Yes. No. Maybe?

What if you are the "real librarian?" In a school, or in a satellite library? It could happen. It does happen. But even if you are going to be a support person then knowing some of the buzz words and concepts can help you understand what people in the industry are talking about.

Because as a library consumer and as a support person you have a stake in this discussion. We all have a stake in keeping libraries viable. So in the spirit of just in case you might need to know, I'd like to introduced you to some of the discussions about how to attract people into the library.

So let's start with an on-line primer. The Ohio Library Council has a six part tutorial on what exactly is library marketing and why it is important. These tutorials are designed for folks that are new to the topic or need a refresher course.

I started at Module 1 and it answered my first question , Why market? The answer: Libraries are not the only informational source anymore. Patrons have other options. Libraries need patrons. Therefore, if you want libraries to exist you have to attract and develop customers into the library.

By working your way through the modules you can start to build a vocabulary and concepts about how do you get folks to come through the virtual or physical door of a library. It is a easy, non-technical introduction on developing relationships with library users on some, not all of their terms.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Acquisition Technician for Chapman University

This may be of interest to you, it was posted in the Sunday Los Angeles Times Job Section.

Chapman University in the City of Orange is looking for an Acquisition Technician.

  • Receive all new materials ordered by Acquisitions Dept. for Law School library.
  • BA or equiv. desired;
  • Experience w/ bibliographic utility & library techniques & knowledge of INNOPAC & computer generated records.
  • Prior library experience..
Apply online at, or submit 2 resume/applic.
& salary history with jobs #171-06 to Human Resources, 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866.

Capital Group Companies Position Available

Mrs. Kim just received a job listing from the Capital Group Companies. There are looking for a Subscription Assistant. Here are the details:

We're The Capital Group Companies, a 75-year-old investment management company that prides itself on creating an environment in which our associates feel they can succeed and be valued for their contributions. We're the home of American Funds, one of the three largest mutual fund families in the United States. The benefits of working at Capital include interesting work, exceptional colleagues, a comfortable workplace, competitive salaries and bonuses, and
health and life benefits from day one.

We are looking for a Subscriptions Assistant to work as a part of the Subscriptions and Book Services group in the Research Library and manage subscriptions to print and electronic resources.

Responsibilities include:
  • Placing orders, renewals and cancellations;
  • Processing invoices; investigating and resolving problems that arise with delivery, access, payments, etc.;
  • Maintaining the database in the library system software;
  • Serving as the library's liaison with subscription suppliers.
This associate interacts with clients in any of the Capital Group offices, Finance and Accounting, other groups within the Research Library, and numerous vendors and suppliers.

Hiring Criteria:
  • Experience in library serials or acquisitions, or in purchasing
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks in response to varying time pressures
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Consistency and dependability in performing work assignments
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience with establishing effective working relationships with clients and suppliers
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet searching)
  • Willingness and capability to accept new tasks and responsibilities as needed
  • College degree preferred
  • Experience with library system software desired
We offer excellent salaries, a progressive environment and a premier benefits package that includes:
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage effective day one
  • Three weeks vacation in year one
  • 15% of annual salary plus bonuses contributed by the company to your retirement plan, up to IRS limits
  • Generous educational assistance
  • Health club subsidy
  • Paid, comprehensive training programs
  • Team-oriented working environment
  • Business casual dress
To apply, please visit

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Student JPL Part-Time Employment

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (JPL) has a student part-time position.

From the employment page the duties include:
  • Supporting the Library, Archives, and Records Section by shelving books and periodicals
  • Serving at the public service desks, updating archives, library, and records databases
  • Preparing reports, and maintaining on-site collections.
  • Assist with photocopying and scanning/digitization projects.
  • Perform other duties in support of archives, records, and library activities.
If you are interested in applying contact Barbara Amago at
She is definitely interested in hiring a student in the library technology program so if you are looking for part-time work you should absolutely follow up on this opportunity.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

State of Main Library Use Calculator

I saw this at one of the library blogs but I wanted to call attention to it. It is an interesting idea.

This is on the State of Main website

What is the value of the library's internet service? How much are you making in renting out the middle conference room? What is the dollar value of the number of reference questions answered by staff?

I'm not a library administrator nor librarian so I sat and thought about how much time I used to log into various library computer stations before I got a computer. At $10 per hour I could have bought a junker of a car with the value of my time. And certainly it cost the library a heck of a lot more to provide those services in the early 1990s.

If the library didn't exists how much would we have to pay for access? Or would we have access at all?

Library Staff Blogs - An Overview

I've been yapping about blogs, vlogs and podcasts. I've tried to show folks why this may or may not have a relevance in your library careers, no matter if you are going toward becoming a librarian or hanging out in the stacks sniffing books.

Well, I think I have a few examples of how library staff blogs can be an internal help to library workers.

We start our journey at the Bailey Library at Washtenaw Community College staff blog. This blog is used to keep the staff up to day on the library issues of the day, re-caps of seminars and lectures that staff members have attended and information tips to aid them in helping their patrons.

The Ottowa Library is similar to Bailey but there are some added features like a permanent reminders of the circulation procedures and a page for new employees. It is a fairly new blog but I hope the staff can find a way to integrate it more into their work life.

I really like this next blog. First of all there is more than one person working on it. Personal bias showing, sorry. The Noreen Reale Falcone Library Staff Blog really talks about the day to day things that happen at the library from snack time to "don't let that guy take out a single book."

The archives have information on security issues, database problems and my favorite, Reference Announcements - if there is a hot topic that a librarian or staff work has found the answer they can share it with their co-workers.

For example, there was a problem with patrons using a free database site called Someone found out that the site allows only two free searches and then wants the user to pay for the professional version. A solution has been found and now the entire staff has the information they need to deal with the problem.

So there you have it. Library staff blogs can help workers have access to the day to day information that gets lost and found all day long. These blogs can document upcoming information request by patrons and provide helpful or necessary tools and suggestions that the staff needs to do their jobs.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sausalito Public Library Assistant Position

For those with a burning desire to move up north this is an employment opportunity at Sausalito Public Library in Northern California.

Sausalito Public Library - Library Assistant II, 37.5 hours per week
Pay Rate $3,007 - $3,665 per month plus benefits.

For those folks up north you can stop by to pick up a packet in the Administration office at 420 Litho St., Sausalito, by contacting the Job Line at (415) 289-4100 ext.630.

To get a taste of what the Sausalito library is like visit the web page at

The position will close on December 29, 2006. You can download an Adobe PDF job information sheet at

LACC Library Technology Job Positions

The Los Angeles Community College system will start accepting applications for Library Technician positions from December 11, 2006.

FYI--Our District has two positions--Library Assistant and Library Technician. Library Technician is the higher level. If you are interested in applying please contact:

Barbara Vasquez, Chair Library Department
Los Angeles City College
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 953-4000, EX 2407

The home page for the library is

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Library Blog Quickies - What Folks Are Talking About

The Amused Muse has an interesting post about LC versus Dewey. Actually I don't find it much of a "versus" post. To me it is more comparing and contrasting the two types of classification systems. Both have strengths and weaknesses.

It is a quick read but it helped me understand some basic concepts of LC and Dewey.

Over at Rambling Librarian he has got an interesting post how it may not matter if patrons use DDC or any other classification system. In a future time they might have a Personal Digital Assistant Device (PDA) that guides them to the books or maps out the areas in the library where they might find what interest them.

And finally an unexpected treasure for those of you planning on working with kids, Library Kid Music Blog is a review of the various musical artists that make music for the younger set. It doesn't have to sound like dribble. There is good stuff and more appropriate than a three year old trying to sing the words to "Gold Digger"

Take One Down and Pass It Around - Book Mooch

Let's say that you had a burning desire for a book. But you didn't want to go into a store and you don't really want to visit or It is not about selling. It is more of making sure your book is going to a good loving home. Have I got a place for you.

Book Mooch is an extension of a growing idea of recycling information and culture. You have a book that you've read and enjoyed but your not going to read it again. You can post your book or certain magazines on Book Mooch and trade with other people. You pay for the shipping if you are the sender but you pay nothing if you are the receiver of the book.

But wait, there is more. You earn points for sending books and receiving books. You can also donate books to certain charities that are on the lookout for what you have, such as prisons, libraries and hospitals. Cool, huh?

You can sign up for a free membership. You earn or lose your reputation by the number of books you give and take. For more information visit:

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dr. Angelou's Book and Fond du Luc High School

I was catching up on my library reading and Maya Angelou's book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is being challenged, again. This time in Fond du Lac Wisconsin.

You can read the local news paper articles:
My understanding based on the news articles is that the parents objected to their child reading the book. The high school made an accommodation to the parents by allowing the child to read another book.

The parents wanted the book removed from the English reading list but it would remain available in the library.

There are a number of side issues but this is a question that school libraries continues to face on a semester basis. What is appropriate reading material for, in this case, high school students?

Is a true factual story of childhood rape too intense for contemporary teenagers?

At what point does a society begin to engage young people on difficult real life issues? Do school libraries have a role to play in that process. Or is it a matter of community standard must be respected and upheld?

Sorry folks, I have far more questions than answers for you today.

Library Freedom PSA

I am currently taking an online cyber-ethics class. My instructor posted this video for the class to consider. It was originally created by the Ad Council, it is no longer on their site, nor is this particular campaign active.

How much security? How much regulation? What is the balance of intellectual access version national and civic security?

You are studying to be library assistants. Does this concern you or do you pass the buck to the librarian in charge? Or are you the de facto librarian in charge?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Zotero - Firefox extension to cite, manage, collect research sources

"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself."

This tool works well with LibX another Firefox extension that integrates library resources.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Liszen - A Library Blog Search Engine

When I am searching for library specific blogs I general use Google Blog Search It helps but I still have to wade through a bunch of junk to find the types of blogs that I am searching for.

Liszen makes it easier to find library based blogs. You just type in the search term and it will only look at a subset of library specific blogs. What is interesting about Liszen is that it is built using Google's search engine architecture.

To simplify, users get to make your own search engine with the power of Google behind you. So if you wanted to create a search engine that looked for natural science web sites you can construct it with help from Google.

I don't want to mislead you. You need a certain level of technical skill to pull this off. For more information on how to get started visit

In the meantime I'm diving into

Urban Dictionary – Putting the Funk in Your Wagner's

Keeping up the the latest slang can be a full time job. Just when you think you know your "Boo" from "fo shizzle" here comes a piece of dandruff to make you go whack. Fear not, help is at hand.

The Urban Dictionary is a catalog of past, present and just created about 10 minutes ago words and terms used by the young, the gifted and the scatologically inclined. If you are easily offended you do not want to visit this site.

The Urban Dictionary is a safe way to figure out what is on the minds of folks and how the language, in this case English is being recreated. Text messaging, emoticons and mashed in standard English are giving birth to a new strain of communication.

For example:
  • Shoulder surfing – talking to one person but on the look out for someone better to talk to.
  • D & D – Drug and Disease Free (for posting on a dating site).
  • I Ain't Fronting Holmes – I'm telling you the truth, my friend.
Not to be confused with the other meaning of Holmes which you will have to research for yourself.

You can sign up for RSS feeds to keep you in the know on new words as they appear. You can also receive them via your cell phone or post the word of the day on your site or blog.

Sunnyvale Library Assistant and Specialist III

For our visitors from up north and anyone else who is interested here is a position in Sunnyvale courtesy of Ken Lin. Tight deadline on this one folks so if you are interested hurry, the deadline is Friday, November 17, 2006

The Sunnyvale Public Library is currently recruiting for Library Assistant and Library Specialist III positions.

Library Assistant

The Library Assistant helps prepare library materials for the public by adding materials to the library's online catalog and modifying and deleting records to update the catalog. In addition, the Library Assistant coordinates the physical processing of materials, develops procedures as appropriate, provides general office management support such as maintaining records and files, preparing meeting minutes, and other reports, as well as monitoring, ordering and receiving supplies.

Library Specialist III
The Library Specialist III position, under general supervision,performs library and related clerical tasks of moderate difficulty;work is of a routine and non-professional nature and may involve varying degrees of public contact, and performs related work as required.

If you are interested in either of these exciting opportunities,please submit your City of Sunnyvale employment application to the Human Resources Department no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2006. Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page at

Contact Person:
Steve Sloan, Administrative Librarian
Sunnyvale Public Library (408) 730-2768

South Pasadena Clerk Position - Still Open

Seeking part-time computer and Microsoft Office-literate records management staff member, 20 hours/week to assist two-person City Clerk’s office.

Duties include preparation of meeting packets for City Council, conducting research to fulfill public records requests, scanning documents and researching records using Laserfiche document management software, and assisting with file reorganization.

Must be available Fridays; hours flexible on other days. Salary range $9-$10.94/hour. City application available at For information and job flyer, contact Sally Kilby , City Clerk, at 626-403-7232, email

Adobe PDF Job Description Flyer:

O'Melveny & Myers Technical Services Assistant II (Cataloging)

O'Melveny & Myers LLP, a global law firm with 13 offices worldwide,has an immediate opening in our downtown Los Angeles office for a Technical Services Assistant II (Cataloging).

Responsibilities for this position include:
  • Performing copy cataloging of print, audiovisual and electronic resources using RLIN and other biographical utilities,
  • Processing and labeling library materials,
  • Updating the automated library catalog and
  • Participating in technical services projects.
Previous library experience, as well as knowledge of cataloging principles, MARC records and LC classification, highly preferred.

Familiarity with legal materials and experience with bibliographic utilities, preferably RLIN, and automated library systems such as Horizon, also preferred.

Must be able to input and interpret data, have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and be detail-oriented. A four-year college degree is preferred.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package, which includes a transportation allowance. For consideration, please submit your resume. Visit us at Response will be given to candidates who closely meet our requirements. EOE M/F/D/V.
No telephone inquiries please.

Contact Information
Company: O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Fax: 213-430-7857
Reference Code: Cataloging

Alliant International University - Job Opportunity

Another full-time Library Assistant position information from Jamie Holguin. Thank you, Jamie!

Alliant International University
Los Angeles Campus

POSITION: Library Technician - Access Services

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under supervision, the incumbent is responsible for interlibrary loan (ILL), circulation, course reserves, and stacks maintenance. Specific duties include:

INTERLIBRARY LOANS: In cooperation with other libraries, use the Innovative Millennium, OCLC, and Docline systems to receive and process ILL requests from AIU students and other libraries.

CIRCULATION: Oversee circulation desk activities, including processing all notices and billing for unreturned materials. Direct the paging of inter-campus and LINK+ materials and the use of materials booking function. Resolve patron circulation problems. Assist patrons with special needs and requests.

COURSE RESERVES: Compile and manage course materials as listed on instructors' book request forms and course syllabi.

STACKS MAINTENANCE: Oversee shelving of library materials, general shelf maintenance including shelf reading, searches for lost items, space planning, and shifting of the collection as needed.

SUPERVISION: Supervise student assistants working at the circulation desk, including hiring, scheduling, training, and daily supervision of students. Evaluate student assistants' job performance each year. Maintain circulation procedures. Oversee a variety of projects assigned to student assistants.

Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree or Library Technician Certificate, and experience with library access and/or technical services.
  • Experience using the OCLC ILL system and Docline.
  • Experience with Innovative library system and LINK+ preferred.
  • Good supervisory skills and experience.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Accurate typing and word processing skills.
  • Strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment and to take initiative when appropriate.
STATUS: Non-exempt, full-time (37.5 hours per week), with the possibility of some evening and weekend hours.

If any of you want to apply this position, read the job description carefully. Then send your resume, cover letter and three references to:

Maria Diaz, Information & Access Services Librarian
Alliant International University
1000 S. Fremont Ave., Unit 5
Alhambra, CA 91803

Monday, November 06, 2006

American Library Association Job List

ALA has a new job board for seekers and employers -

Some of the features of interest to library job seekers are:
  • Ability to upload your resume
  • Using RSS to subscribe to job leads that match your selection criteria
  • Tips and helpful guides to aid in your employment search.
For those of you seeking work as a librarian or IT Library Technicians this is a promising resource. I'd keep an eye on it.

For library staff workers I'm not so sure you would want to use this a primary resource but it could be used to target and identify potential places of employment.

Thanks to Mary Ann Laun for the head's up about this site.

South Pasadena Needs Your Skills

Seeking part-time computer and Microsoft Office-literate records management staff member 20 hours/week to assist two-person City Clerk’s office.

Duties include preparation of meeting packets for City Council, conducting research to fulfill public records requests, scanning documents and researching records using Laserfiche document management software, and assisting with file reorganization. Must be available Fridays; hours flexible on other days.

Salary range $9-$10.94/hour. City application available at

For information and job flyer, contact Sally Kilby , City Clerk, at 626-403-7232, email

Visual Thesaurus - Seeing The Connections

What if you could see the connections between words? Visual Thesaurus is a cross between a thesaurus and a computer mind mapping program.

Who uses a product like this? Advertisers, writers, word junkies or those that want to build their crossword/anagram skills.

You can try out the program by typing a word at the top of the web page. The results will be displayed with the links to the associations with the word in question. In addition to the program this website contains

Virtual Thesaurus can be rotated to show 3D views of the relationship with other words, additional languages and access to the magazine articles that are teased on the front page.
These features are not available in the online sample version.

This is not a free program. There are purchase options. You can buy the program or purchase a monthly subscription access online.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

UK Library Assistant Steals Books - Sells To Ebay

Every group has its bad seeds. I regret to inform you this is one of ours. I had heard this news story but assumed it was a patron.

It was indeed a library assistant who gave a new meaning to shelving. The BBC has the story:

Norman Buckley stole antique books and rare editions. He kept most of the books but he made a killing selling Chaurcer and John Dunne.

Tsk, tsk.

California State Library Blog & Wikipedia Page

I think this blogging thing is catching on. The California State Library has just uploaded their blog This blog will help support the CSL's mission and also provide a way for folks to communicate with the state library.

I suspect that the page is ADA compliant. The text is much larger than I am use to seeing on a page. The background is color neutral. It is a good thing to be aware of and put into practice.

The real kick is that the state Library has put up its own Wikipedia page.

It gives full information about what the state library does, the branches and a great link to the California Research Bureau. If you want to know about the issues and regulations that affect dogs on California beaches this is your place.

It is an intriguing question. What if more librarians and library workers claimed ownership of Wikipedia pages?

The Bookshelf Project - What's On Your Shelf?

You meet someone new. You like him (her). For some of us the first thing we do (on the sly of course) is to check out the bookshelf. It is a great way to find out who you are really talking to.

Now you don't even have to leave home to check out other people's books. Flickr is a photo hosting web site. 1,119 people have uploaded photos of their stash of books. Amazing. You can post photos for private or public consumption.

It is not just the books but how they are stacked, piled and housed. What the person is reading and what it reveals about what this individual cares about.

I'd do it except that I need to keep a low profile - The number of books and papers I've got might be violating a couple of fire codes.

Flickr is free and, if you are a Yahoo member, you can log in with your user name. You can create a Flickr page in no time. It is very easy to upload photos. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Corporate Librarian - Supporting Business Users

If you are looking into the possibility of work in a corporate or business library you might want to take a look at the Corporate Librarian blog.

The Corporate Librarian shares valuable information about getting corporate library jobs, cataloging issues, the role of technology in corporate libraries and how to market your library and still support and add value to the company.

This is a view of the real day to day situations a corporate librarian or library worker might face on the job. One of the posts I read talked about having to give an accounting of how the time is spent and the return on the company’s investment in the department.

Definitely worth a visit -

Chapman University Library Assistant Position

Chapman University in City of Orange is recruiting a Library Assistant III: Perform public service at Circulation Desk & provide material access. Catalog & process items in Reserve. Requires knowledge of library automation systems, preferably Innovative. Excellent customer services, communication skills, & supervisory skills are must.

Apply or submit 2 resume, applications & salary history with Job #159-06 to the Human Resources Department, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More job leads from Mrs. Kim

Library Associates is recruiting 3 Lib Tech openings (temporary) for a ten-week project. Pay is $13-13.50/hr. If you are interested in applying, send an e-mail to Keith Gurtzweiller with your resume and letter of application in attachment. On your e-mail subject line, type Position ID #531.

Library Associates seeks three (3) experienced Library Technicians for a full-time 10-week project in a corporate library in the (West) San Fernando Valley. Among the Technician's responsibilities will be:

* Eliminating the library's paper backlog,
* Creating entries into the Genie library database,
* Entering abstracts.

The project is slated to start on Monday, October 30th 2006. This position is contingent upon being awarded the contract we are bidding on.


* Previous experience as a Library Technician required.
* Experience doing data entry required;
* Experience using Inmagic / Genie preferred;
* MLS or coursework towards and MLS degree, a plus.

When Worlds Collide - David Lee King's Video

It really is a small world after all. I've never met David in person but we've exchanged a few forum posts in the Yahoo Videobloggers group.

David King is the Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. He is also a blogger/videoblogger who writes about Library technology (informational technology) issues. This is what happends when you cross the two:

A video and a song about blogging. Here are the lyrics:

Are You Blogging This?
2006 by David King

My picture is flickring around technorati
And I just discovered I am such a newb, I’m on YouTube

Are you blogging this?

Delicious myspace then tell me with meebo
Drop my feed into bloglines, I’m so web 2.0

Are you blogging ths?

Blogger blummy skobee ditto seekum suckingfish
Auctionmapper frappr zoomr feedwhip blish
Rollyo seekum previewseek swicki wink
Flickr scanr talkr cheapr soonr kitchen sink

All Ourmedia’s confusing me
Maybe I need to read a Wikipedia entry

Are you blogging this?

Google froogle blogger SketchUp calculator talk
Code news catalogs academic search
Finance images video alerts
Mobile SMS picasa translate search

Are you blogging this?

Now if you haven't caught the blogging bug just yet the humor in the video is that it makes fun of all the buzz words, concepts and what the hip kids are talking for the future of libraries and user generated content.

Er, nevermind. I meant to say I like the song and it has a good beat. Enjoy and I'll Digg you later...

Unshelved - Your Library Comic of the Day

Well it is about time - Unshelved is a daily comic (think newspaper not Jay Leno) that gets its inspiration from the library world.

Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum are the team responsible and if you plow through the archives you will find something to take your mind of your troubles. Not you reports and projects, just your immediate troubles.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Rancho Cucamonga Library Job Openings

This deadline is kinda tight folks. Both positions deadline is Oct. 19, 2006 5 pm.

City of Rancho Cucamonga Library
  • Library Assistant I: Reference & Technology -- $14.52/hr
  • Library Assistant I: Children's Assistant and Storyteller -- $14.52/hr.
For more info:

Thanks to Jamie Holguin and Mrs. Kim for the head's up.

Art Center College of Design Library Staff Openings

Art Center College of Design in Pasadena still has two library assistant openings. If you are interested in applying for these two part-time positions, send your cover letter and resume to

In your cover letter write the "Library Assistant" position. To check out the college visit

The best,

Joanne Kim, Coordinator
Library Technology Program

Monday, October 09, 2006

Warrior Librarian Blog

And they say librarians are boring or without a sense of humor! Hah, they haven't checked out this blog.

What do you get when you mix a MLS degree and (insert the name of your favorite funny person). You could waste a good hour or so plowing her 200+ pages of an alternative view of library and library related issues.
You might want to visit her ASAP, she is having trouble renewing her domain name. She doesn't know if she will be able to post on October 17th or not. Let's hope she slays the dragon computer that holds her URL captive.

Hail Biblia!

Dave Hook - The Industrial Librarian

There are all kind of librarians. Dave Hook is a librarian working in the Canadian aerospace industry. His blog is located at

Dave certainly writes about special libraries and library specific topics. He also has an interest in Canadian genealogy. This works out because well, he is Canadian. Dave is very good a spotting and explaining trends on the library horizon.

He also had a post for library technology blogs, both for IT and Library Support Staff.

There was one that looked promising, but unfortunately has since been put on hiatus. Meaning the odds are slim to none it will be started up again. Not to say there isn't any value in the blog. I plan to troll through the long blog roll to come up with more goodies.

Job Opportunity at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Jamie Holguin, who took Library 104 last semester, sent me a job information at Cal Tech. Please follow the Cal Tech link if you are interested in this position. Thank you Jamie!

Library Support - CIT13264DT - (CIT13264DT)

If you have a problem with the above link you can use

Summary From CalTech

This is an occasional position. Under moderate supervision this position will perform a variety of clerical functions in the Circulation Services Department of the Library System. On-the-job training will be provided.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Library Musical - The Video

Yes, the two words have been combined and god help us, it available for viewing online or downloading.

I'll watch this when I get home from work but you never know what you will find on the world wide web.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Squidoo – Informational Social Databases In Practice

Squidoo is a information social database. It is also a means to make money or capitalize on what you know. This is a little different from a web page or blog.

Here is an example. What if you are an expert in one specific thing? What if you gained experience in “comic book collecting” and you want to share that knowledge with others?

You could start a web page or blog but you don’t necessarily want to commit to posting every day. There are Wikis but other people could contribute or distort your content and there is a bit of a learning curve until you learned how to code in Wiki style.
Squidoo Logo
Squidoo pages are called lenses. Each lens is a person who writes or explains about a topic. The person also can provide links to related material (and possibly generate affiliate income) and offer suggestions to other places that a visitor might want to check out.

Here are some examples of Squidoo Library Lens
Squidoo gives you get the opportunity to share information and establish a reputation. You also get the opportunity to directly profit from creating a Squidoo page. You tell other people about Squidoo and bada bing, there is a viral exchange of information.

The reality of using Squidoo is that there are some people who know their topic very well and have the talent to write about their subject. There are others folks that put up the bare basics of information but have a lot of affiliate links. Many of the lens are abandoned or never started because the person truly didn't understand the amount of work it would take to make a quality expert page.

Squidoo also has to compete against other information sites like Wikipedia and all the other wikis in cyberspace as well as the beloved Google, and a couple of million blogs. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Backpack – Free Information Storage Locker

You are bouncing from your home computer, laptop and school computer. You have notebooks, textbooks and pounds of paper. There are team members and projects to coordinate up the wazhoo. Not to mention the ideas and brainstorms that you’d love to keep in some kind of order.

Backpack is cool. And for library students it is double cool. Here is the deal. You are given a free space to keep track of lists, research, shopping notes or whatever you want to monitor in you academic or personal life. Or, if you have team project, each member can post what they found in a simple centralized place.

You don’t need to know a lick of code or HTML. If you can type and get to a web page you can use Backpack.

You can keep your list private, only allow team members to view or contribute to a project or you can share information with all who stroll by your locker. It gets better. With Backpack you can send email that will appear on your page. Another option you have is to upload information from your cell phone or from a Personal Digital Assistant device.

What is the catch? There really isn’t one. You sign up at the web site. Then you are given space on the Backpack web site. For most people the free space is enough to manage a single project. If you need more space then, yes you would have to pay for it.

It really is a neat tool you can access anywhere -

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Too Many Books - So Little Time - A Blog That Understands Me

I blame Rod Serling. There was an episode of the Twilight Zone that marked my need for books for life. I'm not letting the end of the world find me under-read or book deprived. No siree, I've got my pile of books and there will always room for one more.

I found a blog that shares my pain on not getting to every book I lay eyes on. Too Many Books, So Little Time give brief opinions and reviews of books. I can get a glimmer of what is out there and make notes to keep an look-out for the new goodies that are being published.

P.S. Beware of blog posting at 4:30am. You are not at awake as you think you are.

Advanced Information Management - Library Staff Jobs

Advanced Information Management (AIM) is a staffing agency for temporary and permanent placement agency. AIM specialty is library and information based jobs for Northern and Southern California.

This company services academic, public, and corporate libraries as well as other business that might need the skills of a trained or experienced library worker.

You can search the job database to get a sense of the kind of jobs that are open. However when I used the database there was only one position. As an experienced temporary employee, I know that many positions are filled within an hour or two so this is not a knock against the database.

One of the pages that I found really helpful is the Events calendar - it is a listing of some of the library events and conferences that are happening around town and in California. This is always a good way to network and making connections to the folks that may eventually hire you.

Using a specialized staffing agency like AIM can help you get the experience that you might need. It can help to supplement your income or give you a chance to find out if you really want to work in a law library.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Job Leads From Mrs. Kim

You might have missed the e-mail that Mrs. Kim sent a few days ago so here is another chance to check out employment opportunities.
  1. INTERNSHIP at PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY: This is non-paying internship and you gain one unit by working 90 hours at Pasadena Public Library this fall semester. Contact Joanne Kim for this sign up.
  2. Paid INTERNSHIP at THE CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEALS LIBRARY: This Library would like to hire two LT Program students by paying $13/hr. Public transportation cost or parking will also be reimbursed. 30 hrs.per week divided to two students. Send your letter of application and resume by FAX to (213) 897-2429. Or contact: Carol Ebbinghouse, Court of Appeal Library, 300 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 830-7241.
  3. Paid JOB at a parochial school: Immaculate Heart High School is seeking a part-time library staff. 15 hours/week, M-F, 3-6 at a private middle and high school for girls. $10.00/hr. Basic Cataloging, supervising & assisting students, circulation and special projects under the supervision of the Assistant Librarian. FAX (323-462-0610) resume to: Ms. Virginia Hurst, Principal, Immaculate Heart High School
  4. Charles Drew University Library is seeking a Library Technician.
  5. Art Center College of Design in Pasadena is seeking a Library Technician. Inquire at:Anita Flynn, Human Resources, Art Center 1700 Lida Street Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 396-2270 or (626) 683-0559 FAX

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Banned Book Week - September 23 - 30, 2006

Would our world be a better place if you were prevented from reading The Diary of Anne Frank? What about To Kill A Mockingbird? Could we function as loyal Americans if we did not have access to George Orwell's 1984? There are people that want to remove these and other books from schools and libraries.

Banned Books Week poster ceated by student artist
Camden Forgia from Arizona State University.

The American Library Association's Banned Book Week calls attention to books that have been challenged or removed from libraries because a person, a group or an organization found the book to be obscene, salacious or have the ability to generate subversive thoughts.

These are the same books that have educated, inspired and guided generations to greater understanding of ourselves and each other. To get you up to speed here are a few places to visit to help you learn, discuss and help educate others on the importance of protecting books.

ALA has a page on their site that contains information about Banned Book Week where you can download flyers, read the FAQ page and listen to an audio public service announcement. Also, check with your local library, they might have an event that you can attend or participate.

ALA also has a page on book burning, sadly this is happening even in the 21st century.

Google Book Search has a list of the 100 most challenged or banned books. I prefer to see the list as a starting point for essential reading -

For those of you who work with kids or in classroom situations Read Write Think has a page of lesson plans, activities and resources to get the little one connected with books.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Integrate library content into your web browser

Integrate library content into your web browser with some of these tools

Some of these tools won't work completely until the PCC library gets EZProxy implemented.

Try the bookmarklets from OCLC below with your favorite library whenever you visit Amazon or BN and many other sites which lists the ISBN of the book.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Google News Archive Search

As a student in the program I love having access to newspapers and magazine archives via ProQuest. Yep, it was a-ok with me. A little bit of a learning curve but volumes of goodies.

Just introduced, Google has a news archive search. This isn't the same as when you use Google News to look up past stories. This news archive will place the subject of the article either in a search context with the dates available or in a time line view.

I'm still going to use ProQuest (and I'd advise you to learn to do the same if you value your grades) but I like have another web tool to play with.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fact Check.Org - Truth vs. Facts

Fact is a nonprofit, nonpolitical resource for citizens that have learned to verify before trusting anything from a political, corporate or public resource.

Funded by the Annenberg Center on Public Policy and located at the University of Pennsylvania, Fact evaluates the truthfulness of statements made by politicians, advocacy groups (both politically left and right) and other organizations that use the media to advance their message. It accepts no monitary donations.


On the day that I visited there was an explanation that a false e-mail is being circulated that members of Congress don't pay Social Security taxes. The site provides the documentation to validate that members of Congress do indeed pay Social Security taxes and can received benefits.

Another section deals with the claim that the Republicans created the Department of Homeland Security when in fact the White House resisted the departments creation. Again there is documentation to support that fact.

The Democrates do not get off easy either, they ran an web video that associated terrorism with undocumented workers. The video has since been removed.

With the political season about to begin this site is a necessary resource.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hindsight Is A Wonderful Thing...

I'm excited, new school year, getting closure to my goal of graduation. I gave the first of my presentations to the Lib 104 class.

Yikes! The class must have thought I was a nut job. I was talking really fast and presented a lot of topics without enough explanation. Here is the thing. I knew what I wanted to say. I did say it but I discovered I did it backwards. I either talk too much or too fast.

Doing presentations is hard. But learning to give presentations is an important part of the program. It is also a part of the library assistant's job when you have to explain concepts to patrons and/ co-workers.

The only way to learn how to do them perfectly is to muck up once in a while and then find the help that you need. So after beating myself up for a few minutes, the length of a 25 minute bus ride, I think I can find some help.

The first place I checked out was Ask Oxford's section on giving presentation. Very helpful.

Another page on Oral Presentation Skills by Mark D. Hill had a section on Academic Interview Talks which kinda matched what I was trying to do in format. I'm sleeping with that printout.

Guy Kawasaki is one of the pioneers of computing. He was around when Apple computers were just being born and is well known in computer land. Guy is also a great writer and speaker. He gives great tips on his blog.

Finally, from an unexpected source, Dyslexia at College has a really neat page on helping dyslexic give presentations. It is a brief, step by step guide. I don't have Dyslexia (I think) but it really made a lot of sense to me.

So here is what I should have done:
  1. Slow down. I had twenty minutes. I used 15 of them.
  2. Ask the question "How many folks know what a blog is and have you been to one? I did do this but asked at the end of my presentation. I could have helped people understand better what blogging is and gave a better foundation for the talk.
  3. Give an overview of what blogging is and show a few examples.
  4. Introduce the PCC Library Tech blog
  5. Explain why it is important for my classmates to know how to do this, and more importantly what is the return on the investment. Like job opportunities, networking, skill building, gaining information. The good stuff.
  6. Ask for their contribution to the blog.
  7. Offer to train anyone that wants to learn how to blog. It really doesn't take a lot of time.
Now that I have my tools in place I will be ready for the next classes. I can't promise that I will slow down, (I can try) but I do think it will be different.

I hope. If you were in the Lib 104 class and actually followed up on the "unofficial homework" please leave me a comment. Just click the comment link down below and you can tell me what you experienced.

NewsLib - Specialized Library Blog

Newslib is a specialized library blog for Librarians, News Researchers and library workers who support newspapers, television programs and documentaries.

For example, if a reporter needs background on a topic a News Librarian can help gather accurate information.

Sometimes a News Researcher can help generate news stories. There is a great example in an article found on the American Journalism Review site; where a News Researcher plowed through the statistical data to find fraud in Katrina based assistance.

On the blog you can also find job openings, networking opportunities and links to others news librarian sites. One of the best is a link to the Special Libraries Association News Division web site. You can get a good feel for what it would take to work in the profession.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Matter of Translation - Altavista's Babelfish

Within the space of three weeks I have been communicating with people who speak French or have had someone send me a message in French. I do not speak French, nor can I read or write it. It is not that I lacked opportunity.
Altavista's Babelfish

It is because I was a 13 year old person who could not perceived that this would be a good thing to study. I and some other ding-a-ling in my class made the point to our French teacher that we didn't know anybody that spoke French and would never meet anyone so why waste our time.

Idiot! This is when you need time travel to go back and whack yourself upside the head.

Which brings me to today's post. I got a message from one of the list serve that was in French. I could make out Lebannon and library but nothing else. This is the blog of the original post:

I'm interested but can't read it. Not a problem. I visit

I type in the website or blog address, choose my language and click translate.

It is not perfect. It is a machine translation so I can get about 75 to 80% of the intented meaning of the blog. You also can just type or copy a block of text to get a translation.

I have been communicating with some folks in France and I find that I need to be careful typing English that will be translated by Babelfish.

In a multi-language world it is good to have a back-up at the tip of my fingers.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Quick Study - Consumer Information Guide

Part of my time was spent watching way too much television, especially the UHF channels. In pre-21st Century television this was the main place to check out cartoons created in Japan, old Sci-Fi television programs and commercials for the Ronco Veg-A-Matic.

There was also an abundance of public service announcements. There were plenty for what is now known as the GSA Federal Citizen Information Center, aka that place in Pueblo, Colorado.

The Consumer Information Guide is a gateway to free or low cost publications that help citizens and consumers make informed decisions. You can use it to get up to speed on a topic, as a free hand out to help patrons requesting information or as a starting point in researching a topic.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mrs. Manoogian's Blog - A Librarian's Journey

Wow - you never know who you will meet and meet again. A while back I did a small video clip of Mrs. Manoogian. She just found out about the clip and was kind to send me a comment.

I followed the trail and discovered that she has a blog

She has been blogging since August 2004. Mrs. Manogian has been everything from a library volunteer, library assistant, teacher, librarian and now she is studying for her Ph.D at UCLA.

It is a small world. if I get the chance I need to do some serious talking with this lady.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Song Mnemonics - Help Learning Classifications

Any kid who watched ABC-TV's School House Rock knows what a conjunction is, how a bill moves through Congress and those pesky multiplication tables.

Songs can really help you remember information. When I was taking Library 103, I could not remember the Dewey Decimal System. No amount of dry reciting was sticking classifications in my head. I needed something catchy like "Interplanet Janet".

Or perhaps an old jump rope tunes like "Pizza, Pizza Daddy-O" or "Old Lady Mack aka Miss Mary Mack" A number jump rope song like "Ten-20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, A 90 is okay if you are shaky on the 10 tables but it didn't work for Dewey.

I had to simplify. I needed to get the number and the classifications together. I needed something I could say as I walked to the bus stop or doing laundry. The light bulb moment hit me at the 99 Cents Only Store.

Zero generalities books on the wall,
Zero generalities of books,
Take one down and pass it around,
Zero generalities of books on the wall.

Yep. For learning the ten major classifications of the Dewey Decimal System you can you use a time honored classic like "99 Bottle of Beer on the Wall". This does work but like anything else you have to practice it. Which I did for the mid-term but not enough for the final.

Library of Congress Classification system? Well I'm still working on a song that I can remember but one of my classmates, Gordon, had good luck with " A Your Adorable, B Your so Beautiful. SuDocs? - You are on your own.

Just For Fun

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Net Neutrality - Tier Access

This is my attempt at explaining the concept of Net Neutrality-Tier Access and how it could affect not only Shatford Library but all libraries and the general public. It is a complicated subject, but at the core is the right to control information.

A Wee Bit of Technical Background - Simplified

The phone companies provide the transmission “backbone” of what is now called the Internet. Every second of every day data is traveling through the phone company infrastructure.

The current data that is transmitted is plain old telephone service (POTS), E-mail and most forms of Internet connections. It is also includes Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP or Internet Phone services) Audio and Video content not to mention data from cable, satellite and broadcast television stations.

My Understanding of Tier Access

The phone companies are actively pushing for new legislation to create a tier or metered access. For example, would pay more for having more traffic and using more bandwidth than I would pay as a blogger.

Shatford Library may not generate the same level of bandwidth as but there is a cost to provide library Internet services. There would be an increase the amount PCC and Shatford would have to pay to provide those services.

As a blogger and consumer of audio/video content, the phone companies feel that I should pay more for my bandwidth usage than a person just sending and receiving e-mail.

The phone companies want the freedom to increase the cost of providing the services without restriction or regulation. On the surface it seems fair; you use more, you pay more.

The reality is that does pay more money for access. They purchase multiple high speed transmission lines. Shatford Library also spends quite a bit of money to provide web access to staff and students. As a blogger, I pay for my ISP connection to the Internet as well as my normal phone service.

The phone companies are getting paid. They now want the right to more compensation. A lot more.
  • With Tier or Metered Access would be required to pay much more money because they are using a certain level of bandwidth as determined by the phone companies. Not only that but if a competitor of wanted to purchase an exclusive contract that a certain section or domain of the Internet is “Sponsored by” the phone companies could block access to
  • Shatford Library would pay a much higher rate because staff, students and faculty would generate a certain level of usage. If the rate becomes excessive the college would have increase the budget or the library would have to reduce or eliminate providing its current level of access.
  • If my Internet Service Provider could no longer eat the cost of the number of member free web sites and blog traffic it could make the decision to reduce, limit or charge me more for my access and content. I might also lose the company that host the videos and the company that provides free blogging services.
This has real implications for all library patrons, workers and book junkies alike. Okay, maybe not the Luddite bookies but it would have a dramatic effect on users who cannot afford home access and depend on libraries for Internet connections. What happens when libraries can't afford to provide anything more than basic connection?

More Information:

There are many sides to this topic. Tier Access is just one aspect of the discussion about Net Neutrality.

Dive in and join the discussion.

Make a New Plan - DIY Planner

I used to be a free thinking soul. I could remember 10 different things to do and tack on the 11th for fun.

Alas, those days are gone. I now put the keys in the same spot. I have paper and computer calendars. I have to write it down and review once a week and that is just to remind me to look at the pile of the "to do's" and "you gotta's".

Yeah I know I have to register for classes. You didn't know - we meet up on August 28th!

Fear not, we have a bit of help. DIY Planner doesn't care how you organize your life. You can be analog or digital person. The site will help you get it together, er... so long as paper is involved.

The categories on the left of the screen offer tips on the various ways you can get your life in order. Best yet, there are many free downloadable forms you can print out and use to help you stay connected with you ever increasing life duties.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Library Job

You can’t have too many legitimate library job and career resources. It is even better when they are created by a librarian. Sarah Johnson is a librarian at Eastern Illinois University. She created the site back in the prior century but it is up to day with viable listings.

If you are looking across the country or in your back yard you might want to give this site a look over. You can search by the type of library, for example academic, federal, or special library or you can the whole shebang.

Another resource that Sarah has is the book she co-wrote with Rachel Singer Gordon “The Information Professionals Guide to Career Development Online.

The authors pool their employment finds into a master list of even more jobs at

California Library Association Career Page

In our classes we are constantly checking in at the ALA web site – for very good reason s but let us not forget the home grown stuff.

The California Library Association has valuable links for library staff workers, librarian newbies and wannabies (honest these are technical terms ;-)

If you are looking for information about the career paths into the field they have links on the main page that will guide you to various information paths. The EDD Labor Market link that I followed gave me an insight to what the California job market for library workers is and the current pay rates for librarians. A link further down the page has similar information for Library Assistants.

If your goal is to become a librarian there are links to San Jose State and UCLA programs. And if you want to teach rug rats and ankle climbers (okay, not technical terms but you catch the drift) then you can check out programs for library/teacher credentialing.

Still want more? Got you covered. There are downloadable Adobe PDF's on "Day In the Life Interviews"

Meet The Classmates - More Conversation with Terry

People often say they don’t know how to network but it is something that is done everyday. One of the easiest ways to get the hang of networking is actually talking with your classmates.

This is the QuickTime Version

This is the Windows Media Version

In my most recent classes both on-line and real world, I have met a screenwriter, a future medical librarian, a bunch of writers and videographers, technology nerds & geeks, artists, painters, poets, activists, and I think there is a horticulture person in the mix someplace.

Oh, I almost forgot the guy who restores old homes in New England.

You don’t know who you know until you ask. Why dig up a resource from scratch if you have a built in experience person who can give you a short cut or quick perspective on how to approach to a topic?

You might have a person like Terry, who in this interview segment gives his perspective on the advantages of being a male library staff worker in a High School library setting.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Career Change - Interview with Terry

There is something to be said for experience. Terry was involved in the publishing industry when he decided to make a career transition.

This is the QuickTime Version

In this video, he talks about the process that lead him into the Library Technology program.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Library Tech Older Worker Job Search

Some of my classmates have expressed concerns about being hired. For those that are middle aged or seniors this is a question generated from experience. Having experienced both sides of age discrimination, I know where the question comes from. Fear.

I have no affection for companies that are bone dumb about hiring older workers. If anything, it makes me pro-active about making sure I find the companies and employers that can see past a birthday and look at the qualification of a person.

I have two sites that mature library technology students might want to take a look at for possible job listings.

Retired is a web site listing employment specifically for older job seekers. The job listings are gathered from private employers and employment agencies. There is an job section divided into categories. I found three categories for Library, Library Technician and Library Assistant employment. It is not perfect.

I checked all three sections. Don't bother with Library Assistant section; it is a dumping ground for all clerical positions and many jobs listed that have nothing to do with working in a library setting.

Library Technician had a few more library employment positions but the listings contained every job that had the word "technician" in the title. The best category was Library but their were only five jobs listed. I would recommend this as a site to check once a month. There are other employment features on the site but I would give it a "C" at this point.

I'm still a little young for AARP but on the web site they do have a section for employers that are willing to hire older workers. They also have tips for those folks that need age specific strategies for finding employment. AARP has an association with The direct link to the AARP/Monster job listing is

There was a combined category for Education/Training/Library but you can type in a keyword. It had a similar problem as Retired Brain - it pulled up all listing with the word "library" but there was no way to filter to get exactly what you wanted. Still I did find library tech and library assistant positions. I am not convinced that this is any different than the regular entry into Monster's job database but I could be wrong.

To both sites credit, they did have employment related support information. AARP has an easy to view and accessible menu to all the job support information. Check it out, you never know where you might find an opportunity.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A Bit of Library History

I know, I know. Get a life, but I'm finding really good stuff here. Larry Nix from Wisconsin has information on Library History and Equipment on his site

It is mainly text and link references but he has got some good stuff. I like the post card page,

I didn't know this topic had so much information available. Maybe I am in the right place at the right time because this site lead me to

You click the section of the map and library themed post cards will be displayed. From Berekeley to Gilroy, Los Angeles down to San Diego. Yowser!

Okay. I'm going outside now.

ALA Wiki for Librarians, Support Staff & Students

There is a wiki meme flowing through the the electrons. American Library Association has a new wiki. This is the link that explains how it came into being

Great ideas are coming out of conferences. The trick is to maintain them long after the thrill is gone. They are going to have to do much more outreach to the next generation. This is a good start. If they can attract enough consistant contributors I think it is a great idea.

I clicked on resources pages and found many sites I want to check out.
On the liberal side of the fence is the Library Underground and on the conservative side is Conservative Library Land which is a Yahoo user group. It appears to be closed group because I can't view anything without becoming a member.

Hmmm. I think I'll leave that one alone.

Movie in Production - Hollywood Librarian

There is a possible movie being made about librarians in the context of American movies. Amy Seidel is the writer/director and from the sound of it - may be a librarian. From what I gather, she is trying to contrast the reality of librarianship with the positive and negative portrayals in the cinema.

Amy has been doing presentations around the library circuit. You can view an talk she gave to the California Library Association in 2005. The videos are available in QuickTime, Windows Media and Real Player format.

This seems to be the kind of video that is the type that PBS would likely air on a Monday night.

Ah, ya gotta love Los Angeles. All things are possible.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Blog

Hello Everybody,

Gena asked me to look at a couple of blog links and asked me to comment on them. I'm afraid I haven't been as timely as I would have liked, but here I am at last with a little bit about's blog.

Well, first of all, let me start by saying that as much as I enjoy my job, my new goal is to win the Lotto and blog to my heart's content (or I get a bad headache from staring at the computer screen too long). Anyhow, what a cool site!! Thanks for sharing this, Gena!

For those of you who have your own personal library and would like a way to organize it, this is for you! It's also wonderful for those who love cataloging (admit it, I know you are out there!). PLUS, it's a cool way to meet other bibliophiles who share the same interests as you.

I encourage you to check out and its blog. It's not only fun, it's very useful, too!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sylva Manoogian

I am always on the look out for a good story and this one is a heart warmer. This society ignors the contributions of women, especially older women. Mrs. Manoogian is a wife, mother, teacher, librarian and very active doctorial student at UCLA.

This is the QuickTime Version

This is the Windows Version

In this video, Mrs. Manoogian tells her story of meeting a little boy and the man he will become. Many of us can recall a person that encouraged us to take that next step, or was there to support us no matter our surface appearance. Mentors come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages.

Mrs. Manoogian was speaking at a forum to encourage folks to concider library careers. This was recorded at the Glendale Public Library.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Employment Tips - LISWiki

I know how some folks feel about Wikipedia. There are serious questions about accuracy, misinformation and deliberate vandalism. But what if librarians had their own wiki?

John Hubbard has done just that, created a wiki that is librarian specific and information validated. In this post I wanted to call attention to the "How To Prepare for A Library Job Page".

The focus is on librarian employment but library techs can benefit from much of the information presented. The information is listed in 7 steps. Each step clearly explains tips that you can use to snag a library job.

I really liked the In-Person interview section. It addresses the kind of questions librarians and library support people may face in an interview situation. It is worth a visit.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

FYI - The DaVinci Institute - Library Trends

I promise - this has nothing to do with the book or the movie. The DaVinci Institute is a futuristic think tank that seek answers and anticipate changes in society.

From my reading of a few pages on the site it seems to try to explain the future to entrepreneurs, business leaders and folks with a passion for information. There is a very interesting article on library future trends that you might want to check out.

Some of the trends mentions? Time compression of patrons, the transition to a verbal society and how library will shift from a center of information into a center of culture. My understanding is that in addition to the current roll libraries play they will also take on function similar to schools, museums and entertainment gathering places.

I can see that one already - my local library has presented weekly movies for years. The Brand library in Glendale has a series on classical music that is well attended.

It is a though provoking article.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Marcia Easterling - The First Interview Question

It is the season of graduations and new beginnings. And for some of you the search for a job or career begins. For some of us it begins again.

Marcia Easterling, from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, gives a great tip on preparing to answer the very first interview question. You don't have to be a high school person to goof this question up but a little pre-planning can move you a bit closer to the job of your dreams.

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For more information on the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Project visit the

Saturday, June 17, 2006

"You've Got To Find What You Love" - Steve Jobs

This may be preaching to the choir but as I was cruising the Career/Job Placement site I came upon the link to the text of Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University.

Most people would like their lives to go in a straight path. School, Work, Play. If you are lucky it doesn't quite work that way. The courageous learn early to take a different road. The rest of us figure it out eventually.

PCC Career/Job Placement Center Videos

An often neglected resource is the PCC Career/Job Placement Center. I think a mistake that many students, especially older students make is that there is nothing but part-time or entry level jobs available or that the Career Center may not hold anything of value to their particular subject interest.

What they may not consider is that some of the rules of looking for employment have changed in the last 5 to 15 years. There have been changes in resume formats, in applying for employment, particularly electronic application methods and the types of questions that can be asked at an interview.

One of the best unspoken feature about using the PCC Student Employment and Career Center is that you have a employment counselor that is more than willing to talk with you about your issues, for free.

A neat feature I just discovered is the Career Center has a Multimedia page that contains videos on career topics that you can view from your home computer. If Asking Questions, Telephone Interviews, and Dining Etiquette (yes, you might have a lunch interview) is keeping you up at night then I suggest a quick visit to this section of the site.

The videos are in the QuickTime format – you will need the QuickTime Player which most folks have on their computers. If not, you can download a free copy by visiting

Women At Work - A Non-Profit Career Center

For Library Technology students and graduates this is great local resource in addition to the the PCC Student Career Center. Part of our challenge is to locate traditional and non-traditional jobs that can use our specialized skills.
Sometimes employment assistance can be as close as across the street and up the block.

Women at Work in Pasadena has been helping people from a variety of backgrounds find employment. It is a unique non-profit organization. I should know. I started out as a client, volunteer and later an employee of the center. It is open to all people, all income levels and has a wide variety of services, many of them free or low cost.

Here is what they have to offer. The Resource Room is open to anyone, men and women to view the daily job listings that have been submitted by employers. The employers range from small businesses to major companies like Avery in Pasadena, ABC-TV and The Walt Disney Company. The contact is made between the job seeker and the employer.

There is a request for a small donation (whatever change you have in your wallet) but no one is turned away from the Resource Room. There are special programs that are geared to older workers trying to find employment, counseling to address your specific job needs and a variety of workshops on job and career topics.

Women at Work has jobs forums where representatives from various industries come to talk about what it is like to work in a specific areas like finance, entertainment, health care and other career paths.

For more information and to view a calendar of events visit

Sunday, June 04, 2006

From Student to Teacher – Jitka Hora

One of the unspoken questions that come up for myself and my classmates is “Are we going to survive these classes?” or “Is there life after Lib102 or Lib105?” Sometimes you need to see a living example of those that came before you in the program, just to let you know that this is doable.

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Jitka was a student in the Library Technology program and now is a staff member in the Technical Services department. Our class had a session on preparing books and she was our instructor for the evening.

A very patient instructor. I can't tell you the number of books that we mangled, more from nerves than anything else. Well that and clumsy fingers. She was very calm and reassuring.

This is just a quick video on what we experienced. We hope to get a lot better at prepping books. We can't get any worse. I'm looking forward to the repair class, I have a book or two in need of repair. I will not be so worried about goofing up a brand new book.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


This is the future home of the Pasadena City College Library Technology Program Blog. In the weeks to come we plan to post items of interest to library technology students, library support staff, and all other interested folks.

It is an exciting time so stay tuned.