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February 19, 2009

The plot thickens

Follow-up to Facebook Terms and Conditions from When I grow up I want to be a Librarian!

I have just been sent this by our electronic resources librarian - any comments?

Do you trust facebook?

Should Libraries (or any organisations for that matter) be concerned about what facebook might use their content for at a later date - even after they have deleted their pages?

February 18, 2009

Facebook Terms and Conditions

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Very interesting - it seems that facebook is rewriting its terms and conditions in light of users concerns about information sharing.

I have to admit I havent read it all yet - but I will, and may post more comments here.

Any views?

July 01, 2008

Library Blogs

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I have just read the post over on BasementJack and it reminded me that a while ago I was considering trying to revive and revamp the old blog that the Science Team here at Warwick used to maintain before I came.

Library blogs are Warwick have been used to great success in some areas, for example, for supporting students using bibliographic management software blogs have been great. When we have RefWorks there was a RefWorks blog and now that we have EndnoteWeb, there is one for that.

Other blogs, aimed at specific subject areas have also been used (like our old Science Team one) and I think there could be space for improvement in getting these into shape.

I've discussed with the team the possibility of getting blogs back up and running for us (they have not been used since the staff who set them up left about 2 years ago). I wonder if having a set of blogs to cover specific subjects, rather than one general Science blog would make them more relevant to readers and make their usage more likely.

In some subjects we have quite notable web presence on the departmental sites, most impressively at the Medical School, where Sam Johnson (BioMed Librarian) is mentioned in the right hand column of many of the pages which deal with course materials.

I wonder if there is the option of RRS feeding subject-specific blogs onto departmental web pages? Potential content could include:

  • Details of training sessions/drop ins being offered
  • New titles received
  • E-resource trials
  • Hints on how to use different web services
  • Useful links
  • Requests for book suggestions

Any views?

Would you be interested in a subject-specific Library blog?

May 23, 2007

Inspire visit

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Jess and I met with a lady through the Inspire scheme. She is currently working in an FE library and is trying to decide whether or not she wants to make the move to HE (where she has previous experience). This lady is already Chartered but has been out of the Library sector for some time so is in the process of making decisions on her future career, and is considering applying for jobs similar to the ones that Jess and I do.

She wanted to meet with us to find out about what we do and how we fit in to the University.

A whole day was planned for her within Warwick Library, including meetings with various members of staff and visits to various departments. She spent one hour with Jess and myself discussing our roles.

We prepared in advance by finding and printing off various documents, such as our job descriptions and the terms of reference for the working groups that we each belong to etc. We also found examples of some of the work we have produced or been involved in (resource guides, customer guides, publicity work etc.) which she could take away. She had a lot of questions and we tried to answer them, but I did feel a bit like the session was not really long enough to cover all the things that Jess and I had planned for it. 

I also felt that the session could have been better planned, more structured and then we may have covered more material in a way which she might still have been able to absorb. I think this illustrates one of my many fears of teaching. I am not great at planning sessions or putting materials together. Structuring things for other people is not one of my strong points.

It also highlights the fact that there is little time in the day to do these things.  Jess and I had about half an hour to meet and plan for the session and after that we had to find the written information, print and collate it, book the room, set up the pc, log in to the LMS and various bits of web sites we wanted to use and generally figure out what was going on. The first and only meeting we had about it was the afternoon before, and this left us with preparation to do at home. 

Being involved in things outside of my normal job is important to me. But again, I have to be careful not to take too much on (see this entry).

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