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December 22, 2010

December Reference Notes, thanks to YOU

As we take a moment to review 2010, our prevailing feeling is thankfulness. As instructors, we're thankful for our curious and devoted colleagues across the region. As library professionals, we're thankful to work in a state where library service from all sectors is innovative and collaborative. And as newsletter-makers, we're thankful you take time out of your busy day to read Reference Notes.

From all of us in Minitex Reference Outreach & Instruction, best wishes for a happy holiday season and a joyful new year!

On to business: The December issue of Reference Notes is now available.

This month's issue unveils the new ELM logo, explores QR codes (which are "ready to hit the U.S. mainstream"), and looks ahead to 2011 with some important consumer trends to anticipate in the upcoming year.


Trends to Watch in 2011
The First Step Is the Hardest
QR Codes to Reach Mobile Patrons
School Librarians in the News
AskMN Update
Walden University Enters 6 Millionth Question into QuestionPoint
New Look to ELM Logo!
'Tis the Season with ELM
Finding Multimedia in ELM
Scribe 3.5
Think Green, Think "Deep Web" Government Resources
Professional Development Opportunities
2011 NISO Webinars and Open Teleconferences
Minnesota Digital Library
Highlighted WebJunction Online Courses

December 20, 2010

WebJunction and MELSA kick off free Jobs and Small Business Webinar Series

From OCLC Cooperative News:

Starting in January and extending through May, WebJunction will be hosting a series of webinars produced by MELSA, the Metropolitan Library Service Agency in Minnesota, on topics related to serving the workforce in your community. The first event in this new Jobs and Small Business Webinar Series will focus on Understanding Unemployment Insurance and Its Impact On Your Customers.

This webinar will take place on January 27, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

We will be joined by an Unemployment Insurance Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, who will explain how the service works. In addition, Alice Neve, Public Service Manager at St. Paul Public Library, will describe how your library can support UI customers. Using her library as an example, she will describe how to collaborate with local UI offices, analyze challenges and implement solutions throughout your library system. This webinar is free and open to all.

To register for this webinar

December 16, 2010

Goodbye Delicious, Hello Diigo?

If the uproar is true, Yahoo! will "sunset" its Delicious bookmarking tool sometime soon. Although Delicious is, by anecdotal accounts, a popular and well-loved tool, Yahoo's "organizational streamlining" seems not to leave room for it on the product shelf. From a Yahoo! press release, posted by Tech Crunch:

"Part of our organizational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond.
We continuously evaluate and prioritize our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months such as Yahoo! Buzz, our Traffic APIs, and others. We will communicate specific plans when appropriate."

If those specific plans do indeed involve Delicious, you'll be happy to know that you can export Delicious bookmarks to other online bookmarking applications. Our friend @lovelyleann recommends Diigo.

December 14, 2010

QR Code Generator

Check out the ELM Portal's QR Code!

ELM QR Code.png

Generate your own QR Code:

Or perhaps you have a QR Code Generator you'd recommend!

December 1, 2010

ACRL Webcast - A Mobile Bridge: QR Codes and Libraries

Live Webcast
January 26, 2011
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Registration for this event is now open!


One future of library services lies in applying mobile technology to bridge the gap between print media and digital information. QR Codes are two dimensional barcodes scan able by smart phones that link real-world objects to online data. They offer an opportunity to leverage mobile devices to access digital information and extend the power of rich print or analog media into mobile learning and research environments.

This webcast will introduce this powerful yet simple mobile technology and will explore the many possible applications of QR Codes in academic libraries. Joe Murphy (Yale Science Libraries, libraryfuture on Twitter) will discuss the implications of QR Codes for information engagement, learning, and discovery in a mixed media age and will demonstrate the potential power as well as the complications of leveraging this emerging technology in our libraries. Learn how best to create and employ QR Codes to enhance library services, collections, and spaces to keep our libraries part of our patrons' information flow in a digital and mobile world.

For more information and to register visit:

RSS Service Achievement Award

From RUSA Listserv:

When you think of RSS, does someone in particular pop into your mind?

Do you know someone who is always willing to step up to the plate and help RSS attain its goals? Or perhaps this person has made a significant contribution in one aspect of RSS?

If you know someone, shouldn't this person be commended for his/her work?

If you answered yes, then take a few minutes and nominate him/her for the first annual RSS Service Achievement Award!

Nominate someone today!

The Reference and Services Section of RUSA is pleased to solicit nominations for its first annual RSS Service Achievement Award. This award, which will be presented at the annual RSS Open House and the RUSA annual awards ceremony, honors an RSS member's contributions to the section. The recipient will be chosen based on either sustained contributions towards attaining the goals of RSS or a single significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section. To make a nomination please send a letter detailing specifically how the nominee has met either of these criteria to the award committee chair. The deadline has been extended to January 15.