Sunday, March 30, 2014

Libraries Are Important - UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Maps Library

Sometimes I get into conversations with people and the word "library is mentioned. If I am talking to younger people they don't mind the idea of a library but they won't step foot into one. That is okay, I guess because some of them are accessing library content via their devices. Still, there is a preconceived notion that libraries are not relevant to real people.

I was participating at a video storytelling workshop where my team members were assigned to a library. There were polite groans about what story can you find in a library. I tried to tell them thousands of stories but they still thought they drew a bum hand.

This video is from another team who interviewed Brian Quigley at the UC Berkeley Earth Science and Maps Library. There is one point in the video that Mr. Quigley made that is was really important. You have to have a collection and build upon that collection before you need it.

So, I don't think it matters if you are a library lover, an assistant, technician or librarian. I think we need to speak up for and encourage usage of the physical buildings called libraries. I don't think it should be analog versus digital content. It is the protection and preservation of what came before and what is to come.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Shatford Library Student Association New Blog

Hello! The SLSA has a new blog! You can view and follow it here:

Thank you all for your continuous support! Hope to see you at our next meeting! (Details will be provided at our new blog.)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Updated information on Library Technology Certificate Program

PCC Library Technology Certificate Program Description
Skilled paraprofessionals are needed for various levels of employment in public, academic, school and special libraries. PCC's Library Technology Certificate Program prepares students to work in the dynamic information and technology based world of libraries.

The program focuses on job-related skills and practices needed to enter and succeed in the library workplace. The program provides training for paraprofessionals entering the field and also provides continuing education opportunities for those currently employed.  Program courses, developed in consultation with library employers, cover all phases of library public services and provide training and practice in the use of library automated systems including public access, reference, cataloging, circulation, databases and Web search techniques.

Students can earn a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate in Science Degree:
  • Certificate of Achievement  
    The Pasadena City College Library Technology Certificate of Acheivement prepares students to work as highly skilled paraprofessionals in various levels of employment in public, academic, special and school libraries and information centers. The Certificate of Achievement in Library Technology requires the completion of 8 required classes (20 units).  
  • Associate in Science Degree
    Students not planning to transfer or complete a bachelor's degree can also pursue an Associate in Science degree in Library Technology by completing the 20-unit program along with general education requirements and electives for a total of 60 units.  Students are encouraged to meet with a PCC Counselor to discuss the requirements for this degree.
  • Students planning to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree are encouraged to meet with a PCC Counselor to discuss their academic goals to determine the type of Associate degree to pursue. Specific requirements vary for the types of Associate degrees. (See PCC Degree & Transfer Programs)
NOTE: the Associate in Science in Library Technology is an option but it is best for students who don’t plan to transfer because the general education requirements for the AS don’t fully meet the general education requirements of the transfer institutions, even when students are selecting only transferable courses from the AS general education pattern.  Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree should follow the requirements of their intended transfer school making sure to consult with a counselor to ensure the one is clear on those requirements.  Students planning to continue on for a master’s degree in Library Science can pursue any major relevant for the type of library work they plan to pursue.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A Declaration for the Right to Libraries Poster

With information oozing from all kinds of sources most people would think that there is no need for a library. Not us, because, hey we are by our very nature, are informed people.

You Can Download a PDF of the Full Poster.

ALA President Barbara Stripling wants to guide the organization to re-think how libraries service communities. This discussion has been going on for some time but it never hurts to keep chipping away at the huge amount of information illiteracy that is being pushed through our multichannel public discourse. You can find a full copy of the poster at her site.

We know that people need help in finding information that meets their needs. We know that it is important to find viable, credible sources. And we know that there are vested political and commercial interests that want keep that from happening.

So this is a reminder to all of us as to why libraries are so important.

So if you need a talking point or a reminder of why we need to master the reference interview this Declaration is as good as reason as any.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

Post by: Shatford Library Student Association

I want to start off by apologizing profusely. I am so sorry that this post is so late.

Congratulations to our first place winner Kelly Cole and our runner up Elizabeth Donahue! This contest has been a lot of fun and we hope to have more in the future!

Here are their images, if you'd like to see them again.

Frog and toad together  
 Lost in the woods   
Where the sidewalk ends   
A family of poems 
-Kelly Cole

Not like I’m jealous or anything   
Would I lie to you
-Elizabeth Donahue

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Poetry Foundation Poetry App for Android and iOS

Wanting to read poetry shouldn't just be confined to April. There are times when you need a bit of Auden or a touch of Anna Marie Hong. The good news is that Smartphone and table users can download the free Poetry App from the Poetry Foundation.

You can sort by title, the first line in the poem or type in the name of the poet. Some of the poetry is in audio format so you really could listen while you work. And because we live in sociable times you could share a poem you really like via Facebook and Twitter.

I installed the app on an inexpensive tablet. It worked fine. I was able to select what I wanted to read. I did have trouble playing back the audio poems. I'm 99% sure my device is the problem but I just wanted to put it out their that there could be an issue.

So if you have wanted a way to read more Naruda or Christina Rossetti then this app could work for you.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Book Spine Poetry Photo Contest Finalists

Post by: Shatford Library Student Association

Hello everyone! Sorry about the wait, we had 33 wonderful entries to vote on. After much deliberation we have come up with not four, but six finalists. (Yeah, they were that good.)

So, without further adieu, I give you the finalists.

¡Ask a mexican!  
Everything you need to know about latino history  
The end  
-Yvonne Romo

Let your life speak  
All things bright and beautiful  
The winged energy of delight  
Taking tine to just be  
Something to remember me by  
-Thomas Elrod

Ride the big red cars  
Scenic view ahead 
 Out with the stars  
Los Angeles  
The California I love 
-Tiffney Sanford

Not like I’m jealous or anything  
Would I lie to you  
-Elizabeth Donahue 

Come to me in silence  
Never let me go  
Come my beloved  
Come be my light  
-Zack Elkhaldy

Frog and toad together  
Lost in the woods  
Where the sidewalk ends  
A family of poems  
-Kelly Cole

Congratulations to the six finalists! 

Vote here. One vote per person please.

The winners will be announced at our potluck on Monday, April 29th. More details about the potluck will be included in an email coming to you soon. If you are not on our mailing list our email address is on the sidebar. Just shoot us an email and we will add your address to the list.