By Adam Winger, Utah State University Library
As part of my education in the Library Science program from the University of North Texas I enrolled in a class titled Academic Libraries. The Utah State Library Professional Excellence Grant financially supported my efforts for the class, for which I am very grateful. The Academic Libraries class instructed me in the variety of services and resources that many academic libraries provide. I learned much about government repositories, such as the Merrill-Cazier Library in which I work. I also learned about many of the current technological trends such as Radio Frequency Identification tags used for organization and inventory of library collections.
The Academic Libraries class helped to inform me about the many things occurring in modern academic libraries. The knowledge will continue to evolve over time but I have gained a sound base upon which I may build my career as a professional librarian within the academic community.
Take a look at what your colleagues are up to! Click on any image to get started, and then the “Next” link below that image to see what’s next. (Really, this is just because Shelly just discovered a great new plugin for displaying images that she thinks you folks will like!)
Update: I found another cool feature of this plugin – the NextGen Gallery by Alex Rabe – Scroll down to see the Polaroids! Double click on any pic there to get started.
Ready for the next workshop? We are! We’ll be getting together at the State Library in SLC on Sept. 9th 2008. During the day we’ll go over some minor changes to WP (we’ll be upgrading to the newest version of the software around that time!), and there will still be plenty of one-on-one design time. Mark your calendars!
If you’ve looked around the site a bit, what practical tips can you give us? Things to make the sites even better? Keep in mind we all have day jobs and have not been accused of being geeky. Except for maybe Shelly.
Small libraries frequently face quite a challenge when it comes to getting their library represented on the Web. Lack of technical skills (and the time to develop them!), lack of funds, and lack of certainty of how to begin are common barriers for many librarians trying to create a web presence for their libraries and their community. In 2007, the Utah State Library teamed up with BCR in an attempt to find a sustainable solution to this problem for the state’s many small libraries. Join us to discuss our approach to this common dilemma, to take a peek at some of the websites that came out of the project, and to hear from some of the librarians involved.
Come and hear Colleen Eggett of the Utah State Library, Shelly Drumm of BCR, and Public Library directors in Utah discuss this project. Location: Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City UT, Lower Level Salon 1. See more about the conference: http://www.ula.org/conference/2008conf/index.php