Saturday, December 17, 2011

At the Close of the Semester

As of today I’ve turned in my last final and my time in the PCC Library Tech Certificate program has come to a close. I could say that it has been a long, strange trip, but closer to the truth is the fact that it has been a self-fulfilling and enriching experience. I have learned finer details about librarianship that I was unaware of before starting the program. From LIB1 to LIB 105A I have had amazing teachers who were passionate about their work and wanted to impress upon their students the importance of everything from the steps of reference service to the need for customer service skills in helping patrons.

While my teachers were amazing, I also have to credit my fellow students who I have taken this journey with throughout this past year. Though we attended class tired after a long day of work and just wished to sit and absorb information a few us became friends, and shared our own unique views on the program. Part of my success in gaining the certificate was the support, outlooks, and life experience that we as students were willing to share with each other. We became more than casual classmates and were invested in the achievement and success of the strangers sitting next to us.

Each homework assignment, each quiz, each rigorous test, and each group project we spurred each other on to do our best and truly understand what our courses were trying to impart. High marks were incredibly important, but so were our opinions and views of why and how practice and procedures should be applied. That little push helped the lessons take root and become something to be acted upon, rather than just another sentence in a long book or lecture.

As the semester draws to a close please look back upon your achievements with pride. For those of you just starting the program, and for those of you who have finished, you have taken an important step in gaining knowledge in the library career field. I wish you well in the career steps you will or have begun to take. I hope you all have had a sane finals week, please enjoy your winter break.

Friday, December 16, 2011

CLA-CSLA's UCLA Career Forum Part 1

When I went to the CLA-CSLA conference, I had the chance to attend UCLA's Career Forum. Even though this was geared for future librarians, much of the information can be used for library paraprofessionals as well. There was a series of four workshop sessions which were: The Juggling Librarian: Getting the Most Out of Part-time Jobs (something that many of us are familiar), Getting the First Public Library Job, Using Research to Prepare for the Current Market Research, and The Independent Librarian (focus on school libraries). I will be sharing what I learned in a series of posts in relation to job application tips, interviewing tips, and in the event of obtaining/not obtaining the desired position.

Job Application Tips

In looking for where jobs are posted, the Public Library session offered these tips:

-Professional websites
-City webpages
-Listservs such as PubLib, Calix
-Facebook, LinkedIn
-Craigslist (especially good for private school libraries)
-Networking, word of mouth

Make sure your resume is up-to-date. It is advisable to have a master resume and then pull from that resume to create a resume to match up with the job position you are seeking.

-Read the job announcement
-Use job description wording
-List relevant work experience
-Don't lie about your experience
-Type, don't handwrite
-Apply early and online if possible

The reason it was suggested to apply online if possible is you can apply anytime of the day, usage of spell-check and you'll have more space as needed. Granted, when responding to possible supplemental questions, one should construct well-edited, concise responses. Remember your application is not the only one Human Resources is reading. Being able to express your thoughts in a paragraph or two is best. Think of it as a mini-interview where you would also keep your answers relatively brief and concise as well.


Supervisory references need to have been your supervisor. In addition, it was noted that last and present jobs usually do not allow supervisors to give professional references.

Making the Cut

Remember that the Library and Human Resources are two separate departments. Primarily, you will be dealing with Human Resources at this stage. Due to the current job market and economy, libraries are getting an influx of applications. So unfortunately, this is forcing libraries to have to upgrade posted minimum qualifications to the ideal qualifications as a means for narrowing the list of potential candidates for possible testing and then the interview process. If you do have a question about your eligibility after receiving notice that you did not qualify for the position, contact Human Resources and not the Library. You do not want to burn your bridges for possible future opportunities.

The Next Round-The Interview

Part II will cover tips for preparing and getting through the interview. Good luck as you go through what can seem the tedious application process! Here's a quote to keep you going:

"Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it." Arthur Ashe, tennis player

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CLA-CSLA Annual Conference and Exposition

Earlier this month I had the privilege to attend the CLA-CSLA Annual Conference and Exposition in Pasadena. I was given a pass to the exhibition hall and took a few pictures as I visited different booths. This was my first visit to the conference and I learned a great deal from talking with vendors and booth staffers.

I was also able to speak with vendors likeShowcases for technical services to see what new and innovative products they had to offer. The staffers at the University of North Texas booth were very friendly and explained what their library science program had to offer. I also visited the San Jose State University booth and learned a little bit about their graduate program.

I met a friendly booth staffer named Jozi at the Better World Books booth. She was very helpful in explaining how her company works with libraries to find new homes for their discarded books at no cost. In doing so the net proceeds are shared between the library and a non-profit literacy partner.

Baker and Taylor (their mascots are on the bag above) very informative. I’d learned a bit about them in class before regarding acquisitions, but I learned at the booth that Baker and Taylor has other services to offer such as RFID tagging and cataloging services. I also came across a booth showcasing a service called HealthyCity, which is a website-based portal that helps a user find different types of social services and cultural programs locally in California.

The vendor Boopsie provided a fun mobile application that I was able to use for this conference. The app was very useful for the convention as it served as a pocket guide. Yet it was more than just a reference guide as I could select different workshops and presentations and schedule them within the phone with reminders.

And last but not least, I was able to pick up this bag with this fun quote. If you missed this year’s conference, the 2012 CLA-CSLA conference will be held in Anaheim.(Please see edit below.)

For a full listing of the different exhibitors please check out the Exhibitors Guide.

11/29/11 Edit: Sorry, the information about next year's conference is incorrect. CLA and CSLA will not be holding a joint conference. The CLA conference will be held in San Jose in 2012.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

CLA-CSLA Conference - It's Not Too Late!

Still debating whether or not to make the trek to the CLA-CSLA Conference? If you think it's too late to register, students who are CLA (California Library Association) or CSLA (California School Library Association) members still get the same discounted price of $95 registering on-site. If you're not yet a member of either organization, you can sign up while registering. If one just wants to attend the exhibits, the cost is $25 per day.

So, why go? Attending can be a great way to network and see what's new in the library world. Usually, various prospective employers will have booths set up in the exhibit area. Also, if one attends various workshops, this can be an excellent chance to meet other librarians and library staff.

The exhibit area will be open Friday afternoon from 3-6pm, all day Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 10am-2pm. If you are around Friday afternoon, don't miss the Book Cart Drill Team Competition which is always a hoot to watch! One can also catch the All School Student Social at Camille's Sidewalk Cafe from 6-8pm Friday evening.

I plan to volunteer Friday at the Registration Desk in the afternoon and attend the conference all three days. Hopefully, I'll see some of you there in attendance.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


LibraryThing is a library-esque service for those interested in cataloging and managing an OPAC on an individual level. It is a user based cataloging and social networking site, something like Facebook but for books. LibraryThing is pretty easy to use no matter how big or small your collection might be. Members add in as much or as little information as they wish regarding tags, reviews, and even some light cataloging information like call numbers and book physical features. The books listed need not be owned to be added, if you have read it, or want to read it in the future, there is a place for it on LibraryThing.

One great feature of LibraryThing is the ability to categorize books by using tags. This allows a search via interest rather than by subject heading. A tag search is incredibly useful when looking for books that contain specific elements desired by the reader. For instance LibraryThing uses a style of search called “Tagmash” which looks for several tags listed together. The Tagmash then identifies books which possess all of those tags. Books which have been tagged repeatedly will come up higher in the results list. For example the tags “1990s,” “magic,” and “school” point toward several of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. The Tagmash search would simply be written out like this:

1990s, magic, school

The comma between each tag is needed for a successful search. Otherwise the search words would be looked for as one whole tag and not three separate tags.

There is also a recommendation feature LibraryThing bases upon your current collection. It compares your collection to other members who have similar collections of books and then makes suggestions based on the types of stories you and members with similar tastes prefer. For all of the above features and more, LibraryThing is free to browse and if you join you can add up to 200 books to your profile. A small fee is required if you want to add more than 200 books.

LibraryThing also has a very nice feature called LibraryThing Local which is a calendar list of library events in any given neighborhood. Not all library events are listed, but it is a good, quick general reference for events near you. The LibraryThing Local search can be modified by distance, location, library/bookstore/institution name, or by the type of event being held. These events are independent of member collections and can be browsed without an account.

I’ve had my own LibraryThing account for a few years now and really love being able to look at a virtual representation of the books I’ve had to box up and put away for the time being.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Library 2.011 Free Virtual Library Conference

We are pleased to announce the Library 2.011 World-wide Virtual Conference, November 2 - 4, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, will be free to attend, and will all be recorded! The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor.To be kept informed of the latest conference news, please join the Library 2.0 network--this actually registers you for the conference as well. More information on the conference is here. You can see and/or comment on the accepted conference submissions click here. The conference schedule has been posted and you view it based on your time zone here, which also gives you information on configuring your computer to attend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

LIB 103 and Me

Today I had the opportunity to take the Page/At-Will test with the City of Pasadena. I had taken the Page test many years ago and vaguely recalled the type of questions that would be presented. Back then I knew librarianship was something was a field I wanted to go into, but I had not yet done the research on what was required at the level of library technician. As I sat there with the test I tried my hardest to sort numbers as quickly as possible, but it was not a task I was all that familiar with.

Fast forward a few years and the completion of my certificate is a little over a month away. Today, I felt much more confidant while taking the test. And I was very pleased at the recognition of some concepts that I learned in my Introduction to Circulation Services class. I could see how my concept of library service had changed this past year and a half of classes. Certain questions were viewed in a new frame of mind, especially those that related to customer service.

Introduction to Circulation Services taught me that what you think you know and what libraries require of their technicians may be two different things. I enjoyed my time in LIB 103, and though it was many months ago I still recall some of the finer points of the lectures clearly in my memory. Practicing with the ShelveIt program, reviewing some of the finer points of customer service particular to libraries, and an increased confidence of my own skills lessened my anxiety about this test.

I’m not sure where I may end up on the list of the pool of applicants, but the PCC Library Technician Program has certainly taught me skills that have boosted my confidence.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Saturday, October 22, 2011

Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 03:26:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [calix] Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Saturday, October 22, 2011

The 6th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

Los Angeles history comes alive at the 6th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, the annual event celebrates the diversity of Southern California’s history. For scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles, discovery awaits everyone at the Archives Bazaar. This event is free and open to the public.

The Archives Bazaar draws its
strength from the breadth and variety of its participants’ collections.
Large institutions such as the Autry National Center of the American West and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be represented at the bazaar along with smaller organizations and private collections whose materials fill the gaps left in the city’s official history. Other participating organizations include the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the California African American Museum, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, and the Japanese American National Museum. In all, more than 80 archives are represented.



Ever wondered how to get started with your Los Angeles research—or research in general? This presentation will provide a detailed overview of how and where to start, including basic research tips useful for anyone working with primary and secondary source material. Topics will include researching from home, visiting archives, the ins and outs of reading rooms, and more.

This workshop—presented by Natalie M. Fousekis, Director of the Center for Oral and Public History at Cal State Fullerton—will introduce attendees to the process of conducting oral history interviews. Subjects to be covered include preparing for interviews, proper recording equipment, transcription, and the kind of paperwork needed for depositing the results in an archive.

HISTORYPIN: PULLING PHOTOGRAPHY INTO THE FOURTH DIMENSION Launched in 2010, Historypin is an online database of more than 30,000 historical photographs from museums, historical societies, newspapers, and individuals. Founder Nick Stanhope will introduce the website and show how combining digital tools like Google Street View with vintage photos results in a four-dimensional mosaic, where historic scenes and user-submitted anecdotes overlay contemporary streetscapes.


Using exclusive interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage, 41st & Central follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its Black Power beginnings through to its controversial end. The film explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the LAPD, and the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

in production, Man in the Middle recounts the life and mysterious death of Rubén Salazar, a prominent twentieth-century Mexican-American journalist. Director Phillip Rodriguez will present a twenty-minute trailer from this work-in-progress and discuss the process of bringing to screen the story of Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, middle-of-the-road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement.


READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP: L.A. IN THE MOVIES As the epicenter of the filmmaking industry, Southern California has been the backdrop for countless movies and television shows. Film historian John Bengston and documentarian Jon Wilkman will discuss how decades of filming have shaped popular perceptions of the city and turned parts of Los Angeles—even those that no longer exist—into iconic landmarks recognized around the world.

LALO GUERRERO: THE FATHER OF CHICANO MUSIC Born in 1916, Lalo Guerrero developed an early love for music, learning at age nine to play the guitar—an instrument that rarely left his side over the next eight decades. In performing everywhere from concert halls to classrooms, neighbors’ homes to the White House, Guerrero became internationally recognized as the “Father of Chicano Music.” His son Dan will share stories and clips of Lalo singing about the struggles and triumphs of his Mexican-American heroes.

WEST COAST/WEST WING: THE NIXON AND REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES While the seat of American political power is 3,000 miles away in Washington, D.C., one only has to navigate our local freeways to visit the libraries of two prominent twentieth-century U.S. presidents. Supervisory Archivists Gregory Cumming (Nixon Library) and Mike Duggan (Reagan Library) will discuss some of the unique materials that link their collections to Southern California.
Reposted from CALIX post by Michael Palmer, MLIS Claremont, California

InfoPeople online courses: CORE Reference Fundamentals (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)

NOTE: PCC Library Technology Students are eligible for the 'library' rate.

Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:55:30 -0700
From: "Gini Ambrosino" <>
Subject: [calix] Infopeople's online course "CORE Reference Fundamentals "

Since some people who may be interested in participating might not receive this notice directly, we would appreciate it if you would print and post or route this announcement to staff and colleagues. Thanks.

For the full list of Infopeople training offerings please see the <> 2011/2012 Training Program.
Title: CORE Reference Fundamentals (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)
Dates: November 8 - December 19, 2011

to register for this course: Click the link to Online Registration at:

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

Libraries of all types provide reference services to their users. To provide effective reference requires staff who understand and can apply the underlying values and methods needed to assist users in finding the best possible resources to meet their information needs.

Are you stepping into the role of providing reference assistance for the first time in your library career?

Is it time to brush up on your basic skills because you are returning to work at the reference desk?

Do you want to be able to quickly identify and locate information in all formats?

Whether you have been recently promoted to support reference services, or are returning to reference work some years after you completed your library degree, you'll need a clear understanding of how to determine the real information need behind users' questions and where to look for authoritative answers. This course will acquaint you with why, when, and how to do an effective reference interview, which resources are best suited to which types of reference questions, how to use both print and Web-based resources appropriate to the user's need, and how reference work fits into the mission of your library. You'll learn how the physical layout of your library, and signage and shelving for various collections can impact reference service.
You'll become familiar with alternative methods for delivering reference, such as email, chat and instant messaging, to help your users no matter where they are or when the library is open.

Course Description: This online course will provide you with opportunities to learn and practice an effective reference interview, as well as to explore a wide variety of print and Web-based reference tools. Through individual and group exercises, you will discover ways to assist diverse groups of users, including those with physical disabilities and those with whom you do not share a common language. You will learn to think like an indexer and apply that perspective to answering reference questions. We will spend time examining specialized resources for homework help, government research, and inquiries about images or sounds. The instructor will provide sample policies, templates, tip sheets and a webliography, as well as simple, practical techniques that can be applied immediately.

During the course, you will be doing exercises and taking quizzes. You will also participate in weekly online discussion forums as part of the online learning process.

Preliminary Course Outline: Using your web browser and your Internet connection, you will log in to the Infopeople online learning site and complete the following learning modules:

Week 1: The Reference Interview

o Goals and components of an effective reference interview

o Helping with sensitive questions

o Phrases to incorporate into your reference interview

Week 2: Library Users' Rights to Privacy and Open Access

o First Amendment, Library Bill of Rights, and ALA Code of Ethics

o Working across barriers of physical ability or communication skills

o Responding appropriately to library users of different ages

Week 3: Reference Resources in Your Library

o Building layouts

o Special collections

o Your library's website

o The structure of your library's catalog

Week 4: Construction and Use of Indexes

o Comparing and contrasting print and online indexing

o Databases and ready reference work

Week 5: Evaluating Reference Tools

o Print tools

o Online resources

o Search engines

Week 6: Contemporary Ready Reference Tools and Delivery Methods

o Nontraditional reference sources, like Flickr and YouTube

o Government publications (online and in print)

o Niche inquiries, including homework, sports, and celebrities

o Roving, passive versus active reference services, for profit reference

Instructor: <> Francisca Goldsmith. Francisca worked most recently for the Halifax Public Libraries (Nova Scotia) and Berkeley Public Library (CA). She has managed branch services for a regional library system, served as the collection management librarian and head of teen services, and provided reference services in both academic and public libraries. Working with school and public library staff, she has provided training to support up-to-date reference assistance and to design local weeding projects. Francisca has taught a wide variety of Infopeople courses and also consults as a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) trainer for staff development institutes.

Time required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 3 hours per week over 6 weeks, for a total of 18 hours. You can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night. However, it is recommended that you complete each week's assignments within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone from the library community who provides reference service. This course is appropriate for paraprofessional staff new to reference work or librarians who need updates on contemporary tools and methods that support excellent reference service.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC): This course is approved as covering the Reference and Information Services competencies for the LSSC program <> .

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

After the official end date for the course, the instructor will be available for limited consultation and support for two more weeks, and the course material will stay up for an additional two weeks after that. These extra weeks give those who have fallen behind time to work independently to complete the course.

If you would like to subscribe via RSS and be notified whenever new Infopeople training events are available, you can use these links:
**For new on-ground or online workshops:
**For new podcasts:

Monday, October 03, 2011

Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards

NOTE: PCC is nearing completion of approval for our courses to count toward the LSSC Certification and our students will be eligible for these scholarships. (10/11/11)

A New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards Offered by LSSIRT and Six States

Trish Palluck, Chair of the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) announced today that LSSIRT is offering another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge, and to enhance their library’s service to the public.

The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table will be offering 50 Registration Assistance Awards this fall. These Awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC registration fee. Successful award recipients will pay the remainder of the fee. An application form to apply for the Registration Assistance Awards is available on the LSSIRT Website at The recipients of the Award will be chosen by a random drawing in late November.

Six states are also participating: The Colorado Library Consortium, Idaho Commission for Libraries, State Library of Louisiana, Mississippi Library Commission, Oregon State Library, Washington State Library, and the Wyoming State Library.
The state-level organizations have up to 10 Awards to distribute. To apply for an award from the participating states, please contact the participating state organization. Only library support staff living in that state are eligible to apply at the state level.

Applications will begin to be accepted on October 1st and will continue until November 15th at both the national and state level. You may apply at both the national and state level, however only receive one Award.

The LSSC Program is partially funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) provides a path to recognition and awareness of the critical role that library support staff play in the delivery of quality library service. To achieve certification, support staff must achieve six of ten competency sets either through development of an online portfolio or taking approved courses. The competency sets are: Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services; Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collection Management; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services.

Nancy Bolt, Co-Project Director of LSSC commented, “The LSSC Program is really pleased that LSSIRT is continuing the Registration Assistance Awards. Library Support Staff will receive the recognition that they deserve by participating in LSSC. We appreciate IMLS’ support in recognizing the importance of qualified library support staff in providing excellent library service.”

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Assistance Award, applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and have worked for the equivalent of one year (1820 hours) as a library staff member or volunteer within the last five years.
Detailed additional information on support staff certification is available on the LSSC website:

Ian Lashbrook -
Research Associate
American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
50 E Huron St. Chicago IL 60611-2795
312.280.2424 800.545.2433 ext 2424 fax 312-280-3256

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Banned Books Week 2011

With this week more than half way over, you may think it's too late to do anything for Banned Books Week. It's never too late. Pick up a book or watch a movie based on a banned book.

Earlier this week, I was in Chicago for a couple of days and discovered at the bookstore that the Harold Washington Library Center of Chicago was hosting an event called, "Books on the Chopping Block" which entailed the City Lit Theater Company reading the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2010. What was so amazing about these ten titles is that they are all young adult and children's books. Imagine that! Why there is so much fear about allowing teens and kids to view the world as it really is through fiction is beyond me? But alas, there is fear that these books will instill the wrong ideas in to children's heads. That is a sad premise to hold onto. The one good thing about a book being challenged and/or banned is that just makes that particular book all the more appealing. I am sure the censors never see it that way.

I have many favorite books that have made it to the banned and/or challenged list. My top two favorites are by Judy Blume, "Forever" and "Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret." I cannot imagine having grown-up without having Judy Blume books in my life. Did anyone try to stop me from reading either of these books? Actually, my mother made me put "Forever" back on the shelf deeming it not appropriate reading material ever. Well that made me even more determined to read the book, so I decided to see if the library would tell me I could not check out that book as well. The very next day after school, I found the book right where I had reluctantly put it back and checked it out without a problem. I was thrilled that to discover that the library wouldn't be trying to censor what I read.

I'd love to hear what your favorite banned and/or challenged book that you have read or even a movie or play based on one.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Announcement: SJSU MLIS Program Open House

To learn more about the MLIS degree program,<> sign up to attend one of theupcoming online open house events scheduled for
August 25 and August 30,2011, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PDT.
Space is limited, and advance registrationis required.

As a reminder, deadlines to apply for admission in Spring 2012 are as earlyas October 1, 2011. Applications are processed in the order received, so itis best to apply early.

Additional information about the SJSU MLIS current and new programs:

For more information about the School of Library and Information Science, weinvite you to explore the following web pages: Prospective Students: <> Facebook: <> MLIS Program: <> Open Houses:

Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 09:49:00 -0700
From: Nicole Purviance <>
Subject: [calix] San Jose State MLIS Students Benefit from New Course Options

If you're thinking about earning an MLIS or know someone who is, please
continue reading this email or forward it to a friend.

More Electives, More Career Pathways
The SJSU School of Library and Information Science electivec ourses:
Internships: <>
career pathways: <>

newest electives, which MLIS students can take after completing core classes:

* Geographic Information Systems
* Data Mining
* Curation of New Digital Media
* Using Social Media for Competitive Research
* Technology Forecasting
* Participatory Service and Emerging Technologies
* Marketing Your MLIS Skills in a Networked and Changing World

New for Fall 2011 - French and Spanish courses. The online classes were
developed specifically for our School's MLIS students to prepare them for
interaction with French-speaking and Spanish-speaking information clients.
The courses also focus on finding resources in French and Spanish, as well
as building professional relationships with librarians and public agencies
in French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quick Look At the Helioid Search Engine

I have friends and relations that kinda sorta know how to use Google. They don't know about Bing, or the other search engines that are available. Then again, a lot of folks believe that Facebook is a search engine.

I am restricting how many semantic wars I can handle in a day.

You, on the other hand, should know about the diversity of options you have when it comes to web search engines. This is a new one called Helioid.

Helioid Search Engine
The above screen capture is from the Quick Help at the web site. Basically you can type in your search term/keyword and not only do you get a list of viable links you get a side category of topics that are color coded to your search results.

I did a test search using SuDocs (The Superintendent of Documents classification system) These are the topics area that were visible on the left side of the screen:
  • Libraries
  • Department
  • 2011
  • Document Classification
  • Publications
  • Documents SuDocs Classifications
  • SuDocs Classification System
  • SuDocs Classification
  • Number
  • SuDocs
Not perfect but not too bad for a general purpose search engine. 2011 refers to SuDoc links that have a 2011 date of publication. Number refers to the word "number" in relation to the word "SuDocs."

Now if I want to see only the SuDocs Classification System items I click on the yellow circle and I only see the four links that match.

I like that.

Helioid is new so there are thing that are missing like being about to type in a search date range or selecting .edu or other specific domains. That will come in time.

So I encourage you to check it out and offer feedback to the Developers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ALA 2011 Virtual Conference

If you were wishing you could have been in New Orleans for this summer's American Library Association's annual conference, it is still possible to get in the fun and wealth of information and resources that this conference can offer.

Check out ALA's 2011 Virtual Conference and see what they have to offer. It's being held July 13-14th online and only costs $69. If I wasn't so busy with my two summer school classes that begin this next week, I would definitely check out these two workshops:

“Download This! How One Library Embraced Its Downloadable Future”
Sponsored by PLA
In 2010 the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County conducted an evaluation of its downloadable materials collection. A team collected data on 83 other libraries' collections, ranking the collections and noting best practices for presenting and supporting those collections. The team recommended dramatically increasing the Library's downloadable budget, improving its catalog and website, marketing its collection, implementing staff and customer training, and improving customer support. The session will present the results, one year later.

“Seriously Social: Leveraging Social Media”
Sponsored by PLA
Explore the fundamentals of social media, learning how to effectively use social networking to engage patrons and foster personal relationships. Discover how the Grand Rapids Public Library leverages the power of social media to provide outstanding customer services and promote their library. A live demonstration of Twitter and Facebook (or the reigning social media at the time of this presentation) will illustrate the assets embedded in online relationships.

This is just a sample of these wonderful workshops that ALA is offering for those who simply could not get away or afford traveling to beautiful New Orleans for this year's annual conference with ALA. This educational resource is great for anyone who works in libraries.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Online Continuing Education in Library/Information Technology

Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:59:38 -0700
From: "Mark Stengel" <>
Subject: [calix] Library/Information Technology Continuing Education Courses at Cuesta College

Online Courses @ Cuesta College

*** Includes Certificate of Specialization in Library Services to Children

Cuesta College offers a mature and robust program in Library/Information Technology for those wishing to enter the field or to continue their education within it. Cuesta College is a regionally accredited California Community College, offering an Associate degree in Library/Information Technology and Certificates in Library/Information Technology and Web Development Technologies.

We would like to inform you of some recently approved Certificates of Specialization that are based on present classes which many of you may have already completed.

Please consider applying for one or more of these free certificates as they would be a great addition to your resume, portfolio, or serve as an asset in current or future employment.

Below are the new Certificates of Specialization and the requirements for each.

  • C.S., Essential Skills for Internet Research (Approved by the Board of Trustees on 5/11/11)

    LIBT106 - Introduction to the Internet

    LIBT113 - Advanced Internet Searching

  • C.S., Library Services to Children (Approved by the Board of Trustees on 5/11/11)

    LIBT101 - Introduction to Library Services

    LIBT110 - School Library Media Center Services

    LIBT118 - Connecting Adolescents with Literature and Libraries

    ECE 234 - Children's Literature

  • C.S., Web Page Coding (Pending Approval in June, 2011 by the Board of Trustees)

    LIBT207 - Web Page Development with XHTML

    LIBT120 - Fundamentals of Cascading Style Sheets

    The application form is located at

    Fall classes begin August 15, 2011.

    Since many of our classes tend to fill early, prospective students are advised to register as early as possible in order to maximize their choices. An online application to the college must be completed and accepted before one can register for classes. Information on the application and registration process is available at
    <> . Tuition, set by the legislature, is currently $36 per semester unit for in-state students.

    For more program information visit our course website <> or call Kathy DeCou at (805) 546-3190.


    Introduces students to the different types of technologies used in a distance education course. Students will determine if distance education is right for them and learn academic and technological skills for success in distance education and technology-mediated courses.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in DIST 101
    Advisory: ENGL 156 with a grade of C or better.
    Surveys the history, organization, services, personnel and functions of libraries and information centers. Provides beginning library/information technology students with an introduction and overview to the field and identifies job opportunities. This course has a mandatory orientation meeting on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the SLO campus in room 3406. Call (805) 546-3190 for more information.


    This class introduces students to the wide range of concepts and technologies involved in web publishing, and management as well as employment opportunities.


    Designed to prepare students to use the Internet for personal and academic needs. This course is an introduction to various features and components of the Internet. Emphasis is also placed on the location and evaluation of Internet resources. Materials fee $5.00.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Introduces supervisory skills within the context of libraries.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Surveys library services provided to the public--including the philosophy, policies and procedures associated with reference/information and circulation services. Emphasizes skill building in defining and executing search strategies.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Explores the role of the school library media program in the educational community. Provides students with basic skills and competencies necessary to deliver effective school library media programs for grades K-12.

    Prerequisite: LIBT 207 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor Introduces the fundamentals of JavaScript and web page design techniques. Materials fee $5.00. Repeatable 1 time only.

    Prerequisite: Completion of LIBT 106 with a grade of C or better.
    Moves beyond general Web searching and focuses on advanced search techniques and strategies for searching library catalogs, research databases and Web resources. Students will learn how to select appropriate databases, formulate search queries, and retrieve information from these resources. Repeatable 2 times only.

    Focuses on ethical and legal issues of information access and publishing as applicable to the Internet. This will include a basic knowledge of copyright laws, security and privacy issues, Internet advertising, and the appropriate use of the Internet as an information delivery system.

    Introduces the fundamentals of CSS for the Web Page Developer. The essential elements such as selectors, positioning, floating, and vertical alignment, tables, and other topics will be explored.
    Prerequisite: LIBT 207 or CAOA 269

    Advisory: LIBT 106
    Designed to prepare students to understand XHTML and the steps necessary to the effective design and development of a web site. All elements of web page design will be covered including such topics as content, navigation and aesthetics. Materials fee $5.00. Transfer: CSU.
    Repeatable 1 time only.

    An information literacy course for students wishing to improve their research skills. Transfer: CSU.

Mark Stengel
Director, Library/Learning Resources and Distance Education
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
voice: (805) 546-3159

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CLA Scholarships and Awards

Each year, the California Library Association recognizes current and future leaders in the library community with numerous scholarships and awards. Winners are determined by volunteer committees comprised of CLA members. All CLA scholarship and award recipients are recognized at the association's Annual Conference.
Deadline extended to August 1, 2011

The CLA Scholarship For Minority Students In Memory Of Edna Yelland supports ethnic minority students in the attainment of a graduate degree in library or information science. Candidates must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a master's program in an ALA accredited library school to be eligible. CLA awards three scholarships annually, in the amount of $2,500 each. The amount of each scholarship may change, depending upon available funds and the financial need of applicants.
The CLA Reference Services Press Fellowship, encourages college seniors, college graduates and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship. Candidates must be a California resident attending or planning to attend an ALA-accredited library school masters program in any state or a resident of any state planning to attend or attending an accredited library school masters program in California. One fellowship of $3,000 is awarded annually.
The Begun Scholarship supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children’s or young adult librarians in a California public library. One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded annually.

Deadline extension announcement from Wayne Walker, Operations Manager
California Library Association, 650-356-2125,

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

School Days - Year Ending

As I have been wrapping things up this past week at the elementary school library I have worked at for the past three school years, I have been pondering many things. What projects should I tackle before the school year ends as it seems we have even less time to finish up things this year as we lost about another five days due to budget cuts.

Even though in the back of my mind, I have been somewhat prepared for the possibility of my position to be eliminated or have reduced hours due to the budget. What I'm facing now, I did not anticipate as I should have. This past Saturday I receieved an email from the CSEA union VP from my school district outlining the various cuts to classified employees in the school district I work at to be voted on this past Tuesday. Among those in being having their position eliminated or hours reduced were 9 out of the 13 elementary school library aides. I was not on the list, thankfully or not so thankfully.

Even though my position is not being eliminated or my hours being reduced (currently, I have 20), I now am waiting to see if my phone is going to ring informing me to come down to HR. While my position is safe, I am not safe from being bumped from my position by someone with more seniority if they choose to do so. So now, wait I must. My immediate boss has told me to think positive. I am trying but the end of the school year always brings a twinge of sadness for me as I say goodbye to students, teachers and staff for the summer. Now the question is whether I shall be returning for the next school year or will someone else be running the small library I have worked very hard to improve in the past three school years?

Someone told me that one should not become too attached to one's job. I suppose she has a point. But I have become very attached to my small school library. I have nurtured her with new books which I have spent countless hours on my own time searching at used bookstores, the closing Borders, Friends of Library bookstores, Scholastic Warehouse sales and more. I have spent hours weeding out old books, repairing books (sometimes the very same ones over and over), reorganizing the library's collection to facilitate better use of the collection and more.

Almost like the process of grieving for a lost one, I find myself grieving what may be the loss of this position. Granted, I am trying to remain positive in light of the situation but it is easier said than done. First it was denial, then sadness, then anger and now more of an acceptance, all done in a matter of a few days.

If it comes to that I do actually get bumped from this position and am told I can bump someone else if I do have seniority, I have already decided to decline such action. Even if I were to lose my position because someone else needs that job, I cannot bring myself to do the same to someone else. At this time, if it comes to that, I shall look at this as an opportunity to explore new experiences and challenges.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Library 103 Field Trip to Cal State Northridge Oviatt Library

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Library Tech Program's 103 class met at the Cal State North Oviatt Library. Mike Villalobos, Circulation Service Supervisor, gave us a tour of the Circulation Department and an overview of what he and his staff members do on a daily basis. We also got to see the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in action! It is the first use of an ASRS in the library field. The books, surprisingly, are in bins according to size, not call number.

Here's the ASRS retrieving a bin of books!

The Bin of Books Retrieved by the ASRS

Mike Villalobos Discusses the ASRS

(Thank you to Eva Rios for the pictures!)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Laura Graff's Video on Closing School Libraries

This is a video by librarian Laura Graff on what could happen if the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is successful on closing all of the school libraries in the district.

The video is open captioned.

By now most folks have heard of the LAUSD's decision to remove library workers and close the school libraries. The focus now changes to the teacher librarians who are duel credential instructors.

The administrative hearing what to determine if those people could be transitioned to a classroom. The sticking point is that the teacher librarian had to be actually teaching within five years.

Over at the Library is Not A Fruit blog there is a detailed account of what the teacher librarians experienced during there two day LAUSD administrative hearing.

You should read as much of it as you can before your anger takes over.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Typical PCC Student?

During my time here on the PCC campus, I have met many students. Recently, I was having a casual conversation with a PCC student who was on the tech crew of a production I was in off-campus. He wondered why he had never seen me on campus in the two years he had been in attendance here. I mentioned that I spent a good portion of my time in the library. Imagine my shock when I heard him say that he had never ventured into the Shatford library the entire two years he has been a student here!

Of course, this made me inquire how he did his research for school. Jokingly, I asked, "I don't suppose you Google everything?" He said, "Yes, and I use Wikipedia." Right away, I started shaking my head and explained that the library has valuable tools and resources to access good sources of information. He still clung to his opinion that he did not need to come to the library.

It is my philosophy that LIB 1, which teaches basic library research skills, should be a requirement for every incoming student but we most likely would not have enough faculty on hand to accommodate all of these students. It does make me wonder how many teachers bring their classes into the Shatford library to introduce their students on how to do proper research.

With recent news of LAUSD teacher librarians having to defend their positions and other school librarians getting pink slips, students will be the ones to suffer. For those that think libraries do not have a place in schools, think again. Without libraries, students will not have access to textbooks or computers they may not be able to afford to purchase, a quiet place to study, and assistance to locating resources whether print or digital.

The typical PCC student probably does not utilize the library as much as he should but it would be nice if we could change this. What do you think could entice the average PCC student to come in to the library or at least access the library's databases at home rather than going straight to Google or Wikipedia? This is the question that I will continue to ponder and leave with you as well.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Prototype Tablet App for Shelf Reading

The iPad gets all of the attention but there really area other tablets in production and there are Apps (application) that are being designed to make shelf reading easier.

This is a prototype of an application designed for the Android system that was presented at the ACRL 2011 Conference in Philadelphia, PA. This application used with a computer tablet or smartphone would make circulation a lot easier.

This is just a prototype. There are issues about spine width, the types of classification system use or perhaps even thinking about using QR codes that could embed the DDC/LC systems instead.

If this is transferred into libraries it might mean there is one less library support person necessary. On the other hand the gizmo can't walk itself and there will be some materials that will not lend themselves to use by the App.

Monday, May 09, 2011

America's WILD READ Book Club

I just tapped into this fabulous national virtual book club! It is meant to engage students, educators, nature lovers, and conservation minded readers. Here is a video about it.

You can participate at

More info at

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cory Doctorow on New Vision for Libraries

Cory Doctorow is an author and he writes for the very popular blog, Boing Boing. This is a video of his ALA’s Privacy and Youth Conference talk about a possible change of focus for libraries.

The talk is about 22 minutes long and then there is a question and answer session after his main talk.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship

Dear members of the MLIS community:
The SLA Southern California Chapter Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2011 Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship. Please help us spread the word among MLIS students currently taking courses who are permanent residents of California and Nevada.
The Scholarship
The Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship consists of a one-time award in the amount of $3,000. The Scholarship was created in 1993 to honor the memory of Karen Sternheim, a UCLA librarian and a member of the Special Libraries Association, Southern California Chapter (SLA-SCC).

Eligibility Guidelines 1. Applicants must be members of SLA and members of the SLA Southern California Chapter. [SLA membership information may be found online at:

2. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in a career in special libraries, and must be taking classes in a master's degree program in library and information studies at an ALA accredited library school per:
3. There is no geographic restriction on the school in which the applicant is enrolled. However, applicants must be permanent residents of California or Nevada, and must submit a photocopy of their valid California or Nevada's driver's license, identification card or voter registration card.
Deadline for Consideration The deadline to apply is June 30, 2011.
The Chapter Scholarship Committee must receive an MLIS student’s completed and properly-formatted application containing all requested information no later than this date in order to be eligible for consideration.

How to Apply
For complete information on the criteria, guidelines, required information, and application instructions, please refer to the Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship webpage on the SLA-SCC website, found at this URL:

We wish to thank the professional members of our community for helping us to get out the word among currently-enrolled MLIS students! Best regards, SLA-SCC Scholarship Committee Rita Costello, Chair Emi Bevacqua, Committee Member Keith Gurtzweiler, Committee Member Jay Springer, Committee Member Norah Xiao, Committee Member

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Preservation Week

If you haven't checked out the Preservation Week display in the Rotunda of the PCC Shatford Library, it will be up till April 29th. The west side of the Rotunda is dedicated to a glimpse of Pasadena City College history from how the campus went from being a high school to a community college. Memorabilia from the Archives can be viewed as well. The east side of the Rotunda focuses on the preservation and repair of materials. A slide show is also set-up showcasing pictures from PCC's history.

This display is in conjunction with the Pasadena Digital History Project which has been a collaboration between Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena Museum of History and PCC Shatford Library.

The American Library Association has more information about Preservation Week on their website. If you stop by, don't forget to grab one of the cool Preservation Week and Pasadena Digital History Project bookmarks.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Library Week Freeze Mob

In support of National Library Week, I thought this was clever!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

$3,000 Reference Service Press Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

Reposted from Calix Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:03:44 -0700 From: "Holly Macriss"

Subject: [calix] $3,000 Reference Service Press Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

Application deadline is May 1

Calling all college seniors, college graduates, and beginning library school students interested in preparing for a career in reference/information service librarianship. This Fellowship, which has been offered annually since 1993, is provided by Reference Service Press , the only publishing company in the United States specializing solely in the development of print and electronic sources of information on financial aid for specific groups, including women, minorities, the disabled, individuals interested in going abroad, and veterans, military personnel, and their dependents. <>

To apply for this fellowship, please visit CLA webpage for the Reference Service Press Fellowship

For more information please contact Dave Tyckoson <> , Reference Service Press Fellowship Chair. More information Please help us spread the word and forward this message to the college seniors, graduates and beginning library students you know are interested in a career in reference/information service librarianship. Holly Macriss, Executive Director California Library Association <>

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2011 One City, One Story

It's not too late to participate in Pasadena's 2011 One City, One Story events. If you're on campus at Pasadena City College on Friday, March 25 from 10am-12:30pm, you can catch Hillary Jordan in the Crevelling Lounge as she shares her experiences as an author. This will most likely be a smaller event. One of the final events is Conversation with Author - Hillary Jordan on March 26 at 3:30-5:00pm at the Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom. The Pasadena High School student photography display at the Central Library in conjunction with this month long event will be up till March 31st. All events are free.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

US Statistical Abstract on Chopping Block!

Edited from CJC-L ... Please excuse the cross postings.

The Census Bureau has had to put the US Statistical Abstract on the chopping block for 2012. This budget estimate is currently sitting at Congress. See University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center’s blog entry about it here, with links to the actual document:

Contact representatives in Congress to advocate that the Abstract be continued. (

Please note that the County and City Data Book and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book are also on the chopping block.

I hope that we as individuals and groups within ALA can work together to save this invaluable resource.

Liane Taylor
RUSA Reference Services Section Vice-Chair, 2010-2011
Serials Acquisitions Librarian
Albert B. Alkek Library
Texas State University - San Marcos601 University Drive • San Marcos • TX • 78666 • 512.245.2643

Monday, March 14, 2011

UNT/CSUN Greater Los Angeles MLIS Program

UNT/CSUN Greater Los Angeles MLIS Program
Onsite Information Sessions March 29 – April 2 – see locations below
Dr. Phil Turner, UNT DLIS Professor and Director of the UNT/CSUN Greater Los Angeles MLIS Program will provide information on the unique blended MLIS program delivered in partnership with CSUN. Information will be provided on the academic program, on-site attendance requirements, admissions, and costs and there will be opportunity to ask questions.
To review information about the program, please visit and select the “Distance Locations” item and review the information about the Greater Los Angeles Program. Admissions information and forms can be found at under the “Prospective Students” item.
For further information on this unique program, see the Greater Los Angeles flyer,
For questions on the program, please contact Dr. Phil Turner or Michele Lucero

There will be five information sessions conducted March 29 through April 2. No RSVP necessary:

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Terrace Room, Shatford Library, Pasadena City College
    , 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 Parking on campus is $2.00
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Community Room, Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Board Room, Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018 Come through gate entrance on Cimarron Street into parking lot. Library entrance is on left side down the staircase.
  • Saturday, April 2, 2011 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Auditorium (2nd floor), Glendale Public Library, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, CA 91205 Library Visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.

NOTE: UNT/CSUN Greater Los Angeles MLIS Program Student Association will sponsor a Library Career Day at the Glendale Public Library from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Potential students welcome! Please RSVP for the Library Career Day to Michele Lucero
-- Kind regards,Michele A. LuceroUNT CSUN Local

Restrictions on library e-book lending threaten access to information

E-Books and Public Libraries

ALA Press Release

excerpt from: BoingBoing:
American Library Association task forces to take on ebook lending
Cory Doctorow at 9:23 AM Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011
The American Library Association has struck two new task forces to investigate the future of ebooks in libraries: the Equitable Access to Electronic Content Task Force and the E-book Task Force. The objective is to come up with a nationwide, coherent strategy to address the fact that some publishers will not make their books available as lendable ebooks, while others require ebooks to be packaged in crippleware formats that self-destruct after a certain number of checkouts.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Registration Assistance Awards for the ALA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

Registration Assistance Awards for the ALA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

Note: this is an alternative to PCC’s Library Technology Certificate Program. It is primarily intended for library workers with experience but no coursework. Information about ALA’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

Information and application for the registration assistance award is online:

The full registration fee for LSSC is $350 ($325 for ALA members). The Registration Assistance Award (RAA) is for one-half of the full registration fee ($175). The RAA is applied at the time of registration as a credit for one-half of the total amount. LSSIRT will be offering 50 Registration Assistance Awards. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2011. The Award recipients will be notified in early May.

Eligibility Requirements:

· Must have worked in a library as a staff member or volunteer for at least one year (1082) hours in the last five years.

· If you are a recipient of the award, you must apply to be a candidate for Library Support Staff Certification within three (3) months of receiving the award. If you do not register within 3 months, the award may be given to another applicant.

· Submit a paragraph indicating why you would like to become a Certified Library Support Staff.

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Ian Lashbrook -
Research Associate
Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 8:30am - 4:30pm
50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611
(o)312-280-1411, (f)312-280-5297