Monday, September 30, 2013

This blog had migrated to Tumblr!  The new link is http://www.tumblr.com/blog/markstawecki

Sunday, September 22, 2013

During library school, I bookmarked many different links for further reference ex. Medline, the GPO and a couple pf  guides from Cornell, one on doing an annotated bibliography.  There's always a process to learn.  Right now, it's the news IOS features on my iPad.  I prefer the previous graphics.   It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Apple conducts change for the sake of looking like your company is on the cutting edge.

*A group of cats is called a clowder.  I knew this before it was revealed on The Big Bang Theory.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today was spent reviewing a few textbooks and organizing notes.  Now, the technology ones tend to be outdated quickly , but I did place mark several pages for quick access.  More textbooks and my assignments on the horizon.  Part of building your confidence is performing maintenance on your knowledge base.   I like to think of one's knowledge in a discipline like a house.   It can be repaired, remodeled, added on to, torn down, redesigned.  It always requires a good foundation.

I've recently begun seeking out other library blogs to view.  Any suggestions?  After all, a library without a community is like [insert own analogy, the first that comes to mind.]



 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Bohyun Kim in American Libraries, Sep/Oct 2013, p. 22:

"...A growing number of people are mobile-only Internet users.

The mobile web is no longer an inferior or complementary means of accessing the internet.  It is a competetitor to the desktop web and may soon be accessed more frequently than the desktop web.  That is why offering only a basic set of information and limited features on the mobile web is no longer a viable strategy."

I currently do not have a smartphone, but I do have a tablet, and these words ring strong with me.  Consider also the increase in digital services and resources that perpetrates our field.

Remember how the movies used to show the future as an outward experience?  Cars we'd drive, colonizing, fashion.  It seems it all actually starts with what we can hold in our hands (hybrid cars still have yet to really catch on in my opinion.)


Sunday, September 1, 2013

I was flipping through my library magazines and came across an article I found interesting.  A reference librarian created a "questions" board where she posted some of the questions she had received and the their answers.  It became a "board of learning" for other staff and patrons.  A great way to mix some FAQS with trivia!

Monday, August 12, 2013

I've been a member of the ALA's New Member Round Table (NMRT) mail list since last year, and mostly what I get in my inbox are job positions across the country or advertisements for library products....not much discussion.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Local job searches still just show advanced positions.   I wonder what the odds are of being interviewed and getting an "entry" level job in another state?  I need to save up some "time off" from work so I can be able for interviews.  That'll take about a month.  In the meantime I'll do what I can to get familiar with different databases and Boolean searches.

I'm trying to think of a bad pun with Boolean cubes, but probably best to let it go....