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 -