Sunday, February 24, 2008

Free Rice Word Game - Do Good and Build Vocabulary

There are times when you can do a lot of good by playing a game. Stop by Free Rice and test how many word you know.

Free Rice Word Game

The more words you know the more grains of rice fit into the bowl. If you miss a word, no problem. The game will adjust to your vocabulary level and you build from there.

I wish I could say that for humanitarian reasons I return to the game again and again. I am not that evolved. I want to break past word level 50. It is so frustrating! I punk out at 42 and slide back words.

There is a much higher purpose than playing the game. You help to feed another person somewhere on the planet. This is part of a greater initiative.

Twenty two developing countries have pledge 0 .7% of their annual income to donate to a world pool of $195 billion dollars per year. Some countries have met their goal, others like the United States of American have yet to contribute. So whether you want to feed another person or make it to level 50 in victorious style make time to visit and drop something in the bowl.

Internet Archive Library Collection Development Blog

Oh the joy, the rapture! There is so much good stuff here I don't know where to begin. The Internet Archive main purpose is to record and display historical materials that are in a digital format.

Internet Archive Library Collection Blog

If you start collecting items you have to have some kind of collection development process. Part of that process is to display the goodies that you have acquired so that your patrons have a reason to stop by and use the collection.

Hence, the Internet Archive Library Collection Blog. Here is just a sampling of what you can find at the collection blog:
  • Tribute to Thomas A. Edison with links to videos of some of the first movies to be created.
  • A September 11, 2001 television archive link to the events of that day using news reports from the ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC.
  • Marriage as viewed from 1950's videos, videos from 2004 San Francisco Same Sex marriages and link to a lecture on the historical changes in marriage.
  • There is a section on Airships and Balloon, the Archive has a collection of text and motion picture items on air powered flying machines.
  • A collection was build around "Talk Like A Pirate Day" with examples from movies, audio, animations and text materials.
There is more but I have to pace myself. You on the other hand should dive right in and soak up the richness of combining our analog past with the digital future.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Library Assistant Romance Novels

This is too cool. Not just librarian romance novels but library assistance romance books from the 1930's to the 1960s.


Jen Wolf has put together a review of a collection of 23 books that featured librarians, library assistance and even bookmobile workers all sorting books while looking for love.

The pay is lousy, but the perks, you gotta love the perks of the job. Gosh I wish I had found this site last week!

What Are You Worth? Salary Guides

One of the most annoying things about finding a job is being asked "What is your salary range?" My mischievous side wants to say "$100,000 base with full benefits, liberal vacation time and a cookie."

However in the real world it is a challenge to find out the salary range, particularly if you don't know what the actual base level of the salary is in the first place. Knowing the salary range can help you negotiate to a higher starting salary or the inclusion of perks to make it worth you time.

Before we jump into salary resources, I have the need to beg, implore and otherwise strongly suggest that you know what your true budget requirements, what does your lifestyle require and the income you need to support it. There are times when you do have to take the first thing offered but even then take a moment to make sure this is a good financial match.

Certainly you should pay a visit to the PCC Student Services Career Center in Building L Room 103, the online version contains links to many helpful and vetted sources of information. Use both!

Salary Surveys

Pay and ERI have figures for LT and Assistants. The good news is that California techs seem to be paid more but when you factor in our cost of living expenses it balances out with other cities.


You will have to check the sites to see if this includes or excludes benefits. That will add to the overall compensation package.

Salary Information

Everyone should know about Job Star - Currently this is managed by the Bay Area Library and Information Systems. Yes, an employment online resource developed and maintained by


And in this particular section of Job Star not only do you get the links to other online salary sources but what to do with that information.

Other Resources has a full page on career information on Library Assistants. The LIS Wiki has a short post on evaluating Library Technicians and Assistants job offers.

Another way to get career information is to listen to someone who has been where you want to go. CareerTV displays videos on a wide range of companies and careers.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

American University of Health Sciences Library Seeks Library Assistant

The American University of Health Sciences Library (in Long Beach, CA) is seeking a full-time (40 hrs/wk) Library Assistant to perform day-to-day functions that support effective library operations.

The Assistant is responsible for managing and processing new books, periodicals, handling the library mail, maintaining the library physical space, ordering library supplies and interacting with library users as necessary.

This position requires knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel), and the Internet. Please email Pat Taylor, Librarian or Gregory Johnson, COA at You can also call (562) 988-2278, ext. 13.

University of LaVern Law School - Cataloging Assistant

The University of La Verne has an opening for a Cataloging Assistant in the College of Law Library. The position is responsible for creation & maintenance of bibliographic records and serials control.

Primary duties for this position include:
  • assisting the Cataloger with copy cataloging of the Law Library’s materials in all formats
  • maintaining serial holdings including the creation of MARC holdings, title changes, etc.
  • performing routine database maintenance on the library’s bibliographic holdings
  • placing library’s holdings in OCLC’s Union List and maintaining the database according to current cataloging standards and practices and other duties as required.
This position requires an Associates degree (A.A.) in Library Technology with coursework in cataloging or equivalent experience.

You can obtain a MS Word or Adobe PDF application by visiting the Classified Application Procedures page. To apply, please send a complete application in Word or PDF format to:, or mail to Human Resources, University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750. Or you may FAX your application to: (909) 392-2791.

A Look At Gazetteers References and Resources

A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary or directory. It can be a list of names or characteristics of a location. Most gazetteer citations have descriptive or statistical information associated with a specific place.

Gazetteers are great for learning about area history, they can be used for genealogy research and as a way to prepare for a vacation or travel plans. This is a brief survey of some of the web based gazetteers.
Columbia Gazetteer
The Columbia Gazetteer on Bartleby is a good place to start. You can search for information on Canada, United States, Mexico and the Carribean by typing the name of the location.


You can also select from an alphabetical index. This is a year 2000 version of the directory.

It is not to be confused with the subscription services at Columbia Gazetteer Online. This version, published by Columbia University Press, is a complete encyclopedia of geographic locations.

The most bare bones version of an online gazetteer is located at the U.S. Census Bureau Gazetteer.

You can type in the name or the zip code of your location. You will then view results from the 1990 Census about your area.

At World Gazetteer you can find information on almost every country on the planet. The website gives information on population figures, the original name if available in the original language, latitude and longitude.

World Gazetteer

At this site you can also get the current world population, pictures of national flags, and a variety of statistical information. World Gazetteer data can be displayed in English, Spanish, French and German.

Gazetteers are not just for earth based locations.


The USGS Planetary Nomenclature is a listing of planet names and their astro-locations. Click a planet, find the region or area and you with see statistical information. You can also download images and topographical maps of the planets as well as links to interactive maps and photography.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Taft College in Kern County Need A PT LibTech

Mrs. Kim forwarded the following information. Taft College is part of the West Kern Community College District. They are looking for a part-time Library & Learning Resource Technician for the college library.

Terms of Employment:

The salary range is $1535 to $19.60 for a 19 hour work week. This is a 12 month position.

Position Definition:

Under general supervision, to perform clerical and technical duties and assist with the overall operation of the Library and Learning Resources program; assist students, faculty, staff and the public.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work at a desk, a conference table, or in meetings of various configurations.
  • Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to see for purposes of reading laws, codes, rules, policies, other printed matter, and observing students.
  • Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels.
  • Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand a normal conversation.
  • Ability to bend and twist.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach in all directions.
  • Manual dexterity.
Minimum Qualifications:

Associate degree in library and information technology or equivalent. One year of experience with computers in the workplace or the successful completion of 3 semester units of office software courses. Library experience preferred.

Application Filing Deadline:

Your application materials must be received in the Taft College Human Resources Dept. by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2008.

The following application materials must be submitted prior to the filing deadline for consideration by a screening committee:

1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) a completed District classified application; 4) a copy of your transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); 5) pre-employment data form (voluntary) and return to the Human Resources Department.

You may include accompanying information and letters of recommendation that you feel will enhance your application.

For further information contact:

Taft College
Human Resources Department
29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, CA 93268
Telephone (661) 763-7805 Fax (661) 763-7828