Librarian Stuff

The Arrival of Our New Kindles and Procedures for Cataloging the Kindles and Kindle eBooks

Today Roxanne and I unboxed our five new Kindles (more are coming) and began the process of setting them up for circulation.  We also took a couple of hours to finalize our thinking on the procedures and protocols for cataloging the Kindle readers as well as the Kindle ebooks.  You can access the documents below by downloading them from SlideShare, or you can get them from our new Kindle LibGuides page.

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I also have created a little “update” video post; we’ll be trying to create more of these as to chronicle our journey and process of piloting our Kindle program at The Unquiet Library.

Two things we discovered today that we did not know:

  • You can charge the Kindles through your computer (it has a power supply/USB cable similar to iPhone/iPod).
  • The instruction manual does not indicate how long it takes to charge the new Kindles; it would be helpful for Amazon to include this information.

Our next step is registering and cataloging the devices this week; we’ll also be purchasing our Kindle eBooks and cataloging those as well as loading them onto the Kindles.  Please stay tuned for more updates!

LibGuides Magic: Copying Content from One Guide to Another

One of my favorite features of LibGuides is the ease of copying over one piece of content you’ve created for a guide into another guide.   If you are constantly creating research guides/subject guides/research pathfinders like I am, this feature is a dealmaker.  See how it works in this video:

Free eBook and Lesson Plans: From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians

http://digital-literacy.syr.edu/projects/view/83

Center for Digital Literacy via kwout

I’m very proud to have been one of the contributors to the Syracuse University Center for Digital Literacy e-book project, From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians. Check out this free e-book that is available to everyone!  Here is a brief overview of the text:

From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians is CDL’s first e-book project made possible in part through an IMLS grant awarded to CDL in 2008 to update the AASL standards in the S.O.S. for Information Literacy database. This 275-page free downloadable resource contains dozens of lesson plans that implement AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in the context of the curriculum. Contributing authors include more than 30 teacher-librarians. The book, edited by Marilyn P. Arnone, Ruth V. Small, and Barbara K. Stripling, was more than a year in the making and features a foreword by Barbara Stripling and graphic design by Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. If you are looking for creative ideas that target the standards to implement in your school library, this book will help you jumpstart the process. Download the publication and please pass on this link to your colleagues in the school library field.

Pew Internet and American Life Project: Digital Technology Trends Impacting Today’s Libraries and Librarians

For more information, please view the report page here.