The following was the Carnival of the Infosciences, entry #15, at Ask Nettie Day, originally posted November 14, 2005. I’ve been asked to host this entry for her. A.N.D. is no more but we wish “Nettie” well with her career!
Matthew at Well Dressed Librarian tells it like it is as The Well Dressed Immaculate Assistant (11 Nov 05). He exposes the truth about getting ahead in any kind of libraryit’s all in the details, so pay attention to your co-workers and remember their favourite hobbies and cats’ names, if you want any reciprocity at all.
Kelli at ‘Brary Web Diva reports on the latest installment of the CODI (customers of Dynix Inc) conference in Are you still on “classic” Dynix?; anyone in a library system that has moved from keyboard-driven to mouse-operated catalogues will remember the difficulties of acclimatizing their patrons.
Christine at NexGen Librarian enlightens new librarians to tricks of the trade at the reference desk in Everything I know about doing reference I learned on the job. Not everything is on Google, and weirder things are found in reference books.
Meredith at Information Wants To Be Free wonders why there is a tendency in academia of creating an “us vs them” mentality when it comes to technological skill-sets. Remember to share and play nice, and we’ll all be the better for it, she says. [I have had a similar experience in public libraries, actually.]
Another academic library situation is explored by Tangognat, who is experiencing B.I. Burnout (Bibliographic Instruction); she also lists her methods of de-stressing. (Good luck, it’s almost the holidays!)
Rochelle of Tinfoil & Raccoon also writes for LISnews, where she recently exposed the “ignorant rant” of a newspaper editorial that states how bookstores can replace public libraries. (I like how it’s mentioned that a bookstore would “serve better coffee”. Ok, they got us there…) Rochelle responds with the ironic Let Bookstores Take Over for Libraries; and so does Liz B of Pop Goes at the Library with Bookstore or Library?
In the same breath, Tim Rogers of InfoCommuner discusses the lofty topic of The Future of Public Libraries. (To serve better coffee, maybe? Har.) This anecdote illustrates how public libraries serve the community in so many more ways than providing bestsellers for free.
This was a fun exercise, and I learned about some new blogs and enjoyed the different points of view. Thanks Greg of Open Stacks for carrying on the carnivals! The next one will be found at Library Stuff.
On a final note, I just want to say thanks to my blog-buddies who rallied and entered their submissions, despite a prevailing feeling of ennui towards blogging right now. I hear you, and understand (and especially commiserate with Marielle of Chez Shoes, who is simply too busy with end-of-term assignments). But it’s just these type of social blog activities that keeps it all worthwhile, n’est-ce pas?