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February 24, 2010

Cataloging Teleconference Available for 30 Days

If you missed the live streaming version of last week's College of DuPage teleconference on cataloging, you can see a recorded version of it online for the next thirty days or so.

Cataloging: Where are we now? Where are we going?

How in the world we got here not covered. ;)

Send an email to mtxref at umn.edu for the link to this recorded webinar.

Minitex makes this and all DuPage teleconferences available forever, or at least as long as DVDs are compatible with your viewing device. Request a DVD copy of this and other past sessions here.

February 12, 2010

January Reference Notes

The January 2010 issue of Minitex Reference Notes is now available online.

Within its fourteen pages, you'll find numerous entertaining and informative articles. So numerous, in fact, that we grouped some of them.

  • Trends to Watch
  • Including a library economic outlook report, mobile Internet report, and digital trends report
  • MILI Tools for You To Use
  • ELM Spotlight
  • Including a note about a recent exclusive content debate, an in-depth look at Science Reference Center, a message about a new Gale iPhone app, and an ELM training reminder
  • AskMN: The Librarian Is In @ LARL
  • WebJunction Minnesota
  • On the Road with Reference Services
  • Including reports on a site visit to Northwest Regional Library System and workshops in Thief River Falls
  • Library Cats Know What They Like To Read
  • A Dust-Up Over the Future Of The Library
  • 2010 Library Technology Conference
  • ALA Midwinter Highlights
  • Including write-ups of conference events on the building of nonprofit influence, top technology trends, and web-scale discovery systems; along with coverage of a women's history treasure and the Boston Athenaeum
  • This 'n That From The Web
  • Including a report on Wikipedia, a note about the biggest change ever in search engines, an article on a website called Boolify, another one on a website called RoomAtlas, and one more on a website called Facebook

February 5, 2010

Making the Best of a Shrinking Budget

The archived version of last week's College of DuPage teleconference on creative practices in times of economic contraction is now available online. But only for a short time. View "Making the Best of a Shrinking Budget" online for the next month or so. After that you can borrow it on DVD from Minitex, along with all past DuPage presentations.

Join Leslie Burger, Director of the Princeton (NJ) Public Library and founder of Library Development Solutions, Alice Calabrese-Berry, Executive Director of Metropolitan (Chicago) Library System and Mary Case, Director of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a discussion of best ways to deal with these difficult budget trends. What principles should guide librarians in saving money? How can we sustain our core services? Our panelists will share their knowledge and experience and explore creative library practices in this new economy.