Monday, June 21, 2010

ALA 2010 conference - panel discussion on career growth and promotion

If you can find the time during ALA annual please come to this session which I helped to organise on career growth and promotion...

Dr. John C. Tyson Award Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association will host a panel discussion on "What do I Need to Know? Strategies for Career Growth and Promotion at ALA Annual 2010 Conference, Washington, DC. The workshop will be held at Four Points Sheraton in the Franklin C/D rooms on Sunday, June 27, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The purpose of the What Do I Need To Know? Strategies for Career Growth and Promotion" program is to impart career strategies to librarians preparing for promotion and leadership. A panel of veteran librarians from various areas of the profession will discuss their career paths to higher management positions and provide similar strategies for 21st century librarians.
As we continue to plan the presentation for ALA 2010, we would like to hear from you. What would you like to hear from our panelists regarding career paths and strategies for 21st century librarians and information specialists? To facilitate this process, we have created a blog for you to post your questions, comments or suggestions. The blog is located at the following URL Please visit the blog and be part of this discussion. We want to hear from you!

RDA Toolkit available - complimentary access period June - August 2010

The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Toolkit is now available to help catalogers navigate from AACR2 to RDA. RDA is the new, unified standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users. The RDA Toolkit will be available at no charge for everyone to try from mid-June 2010 through August 31, 2010.

Here is a link to a webinar on how to use the RDA Toolkit:

Some RDA Toolkit highlights:
-RDA instructions that are searchable and browseable
-AACR2 Rule Number Search of RDA instructions
-Workflows, mappings, examples: tools to customize the RDA instruction set to support organizational training and processes
-Two views of RDA content—by table of contents and by RDA element set
-What you need to evaluate and implement RDA; to make cataloging decisions based on principles; to increase efficiency; to facilitate collaboration; and to help position the community for the future by making bibliographic data accessible on the Web
-Full text of AACR2 with links to RDA

The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. The RDA Toolkit is published by American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and CILIP (through its publishing imprint Facet Publishing).

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Librarian's spin on Lady Gaga's Poker Face

A group of University of Washington librarians and library science students have made their own rendition of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" -- library-style, of course.

"You got a question that is causing you some pain," the rewritten lyrics go. "Typin' keywords into the search engine again." Can use my, can use my, you can use my catalog... don't forget the databases. View it here: