Posted by: joyweesemoll | October 18, 2008

On-line Resources Related to MLA Conference Presentations

Here is a round-up of on-line resources provided by several of the speakers at the MLA Conference.

Meeting Without Meeting presented by Tom Peters
The Virtual Book Scene presented by Joy Weese Moll
Collaborating in the Cloud presented by Robin Hastings
Beyond Library Learning 2.0 – Library Learning 2.1 presented by Bobbi Newman
Reaching Your Patrons in the Brave New World of the Social Web presented by Bobbi Newman
Posted by: jborgerding | October 10, 2008

Becoming a Federal Depository Library PowerPoint and Handout

Now you can download the PowerPoint presentation and handouts from the program “To Be or Not to Be: The Move Towards an Electronic Federal Depository” by Gail Kuetzer, Anna Sylvan, and Tove Klovning.

federal-depository-library (PowerPoint, Right Click-Save As)
federal-depository-library-data-miner (Word, Right Click-Save As)

Posted by: jborgerding | October 8, 2008

Blogging Handout

Now you can download the handout from Tom Pearson’s program “Blogging for Your Library, Your Society, or Yourself.”

blogging_hyperlinks (Word, Right Click-Save As)

Posted by: jborgerding | October 8, 2008

Art & Science of Interviewing PowerPoint Now Available

You can now download the PowerPoint presentation of The Art & Science of Interviewing. This program was conducted by Tracy Byerly, Executive Director of the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC).

interviewing (PowerPoint, Right Click – Save As)

Posted by: colldev00 | October 8, 2008

The Virtual Book Scene – Friday morning, Oct. 3, 2008

Blogging for MLA …
This morning I attended a program titled “The Virtual Book Scene” which was described as ‘a tour of online hangouts for readers and writers.’ The presenter was Joy Weese Moll, who is a Librarian Consultant and currently works, I believe, with the Botanical Gardens.
She spoke about a number of online sites which offer opportunities to list what you, yourself, are personally reading and connect with other similarly like-minded individuals: LibraryThing, Goodreads, Shelfari and a new one, Visual Bookshelf. She talked about some book blogs created by individuals which can provide interesting commentary or reviews of a number of books and authors: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (two women who read and comment about romance titles with funny and snarky commentary); Booksquare (one individual but more about the publishing industry); and So Many Books (one person with more of a literary tone to the titles and authors being discussed).
She then mentioned some book blogs where individuals can get involved in different kinds of online book related events: R.I.P. III (an online reading event which runs from Sept 1 through October 31 for reading scary stories); Bookworms Carnival (themed online book carnivals run by a different blogger each time); Read-a-Thon (a one-day read-a-thon with the next one scheduled to start at 12 noon GMT on Oct, 18, 2008); and A Novel Challenge (a site for finding out about any reading challenges which are being sponsored online).
Next, Joy listed some specific book challenges: LibraryThing: 75 books for 2008 Challenge (challenge yourself to read 75 books in a single year); Goodreads: 1001 Books You Must Read Before Your Die (a reading challenge based on the book of the same name); 43 Things: Do the TBR Challenge (a goals site where you choose 12 titles in December from your personal To Be Read (TBR) list and then challenge yourself to read them during the next year); and 43 Things: Keep Track of all the books I read in 2008 (which is exactly what it sounds like, listing and tracking all the books you read in a single year).
Then she discussed some sites for writers listing them under the heading of ‘Writers are Readers, too’ which offer links to authors who are members of and contribute to online book sites: Library Thing Authors and Goodreads Authors. These were followed by some specific author blog sites such as: Dave Barry‘s blog (the humorist and all around funny man), WWdN.In Exile (from Wil Wheaton, a former of Star Trek child star, now an online author) and Word Wenches (with seven historical romances authors blogging together on the same site).
Next she listed some writing group sites for aspiring writers to practice their craft and receive feedback from published authors who contribute to the site:; Coffeehouse for Writers; and RWA Online(must be a member of RWA to use this one). Then Joy listed some additional writing outlets where folks could practice their writing skills: (described as a Facebook for grownups); Helium (with writing contests by topic); Ezine @rticles(a user generated online magazine); and FanFiction.Net(where folks write stories based on their favorite characters from books, tv, anime, etc. Joy warned that there can be LOTS of really BAD writing here but the good ones usually rise to the top due to comments from other FanFiction contributors).
And finally she talked briefly about the National Novel Writing Month site, NaNoWriMO, which has a
competition that occurs in November and offers a prize for the best 50,000 word ‘novel’ produced during the month. There is also a comparable site for Young Adult writers: NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program.
Joy provided a link to an online document which links to all of the sites she spoke about during the program. See her link at:

Lucy Lockley
Collection Development Manager
St. Charles City-County Library District
Posted by: cpryor01 | October 5, 2008

Trustees and Friends Breakfast with Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan, Missouri Secretary of State, spoke at the Trustees and Friends Breakfast on Friday morning of the MLA 2008 Conference.  Books and libraries have always been a major part of her life.  Her mother has written several books and just got the go ahead for yet another title to be published.  Her father was a supporter of MOREnet from the beginning to provide access to information in rural communities to work towards continued growth.

She spoke for a couple of minutes about the Missouri Digital Heritage Website that has recently been launched by the Missouri State Library.  It was a collaborative effort between the State Archives and libraries.  Robin spoke about how customers are really not concerned about where they get their information but that they just want to get the information.  She strongly encouraged everyone to embrace this website and to add collections to the site.  She said that there were 23 million hits on this website last year alone.

She then moved forward to talk about the budget issues in the legislature this year.  She reiterated that the budget is going to be tight and it is going to be harder than it has been in previous years.  She encouraged us to get legislators into the library so they can see how the library patrons are appreciative for what we do.

LSTA grants were also covered.  Only about half of the attendees of the breakfast currently receive LSTA grants.  She encouraged more libraries to try as they can make a difference for the constituencies.

In closing, she stated that our educational system, our access to information, and ability to change puts us as librarians on the frontlines of ushering us forward through this time of transition in the state as well as throughout the country.

Posted by: jborgerding | October 3, 2008

Our Honored Dead

Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian, St. Louis Public Library.

Finding death and burial information on American veterans and soldiers. When someone dies in the military, a DD Form 1300 (available through the military branch) is filled out to get casualty information. There might be restrictions on current information, such as a close relative. National Archives has information on military service records, pension records, and more. There is more information on accessing military records on their website. National Personnel Records Service (located in St. Louis) has additional information on their website. Recently, missing air crew reports from WWII were added to the National Archives Database. Soldier’s Records Database is on the Missouri Digital Heritage website (though the Secretary of State’s Office). Searches records of Missouri soldiers from War of 1812 – WWI. Illinois State Archives also has a searchable database of military archives. State Honor Rolls are records of military personnel who are buried in a state (Illinois for example). Department of Veteran Affairs has a list of National and State Cemeteries. (subscription) has a list of US Military Burial Registers 1768-1921.  Overseas cemeteries databases can be found on the American Battle Monuments Commission site. You can search by different wars. You can also check grave locator sites such as There are also grave site photos on Fliker and Google Image Search. Information on US and international war memorials can be found at The Social Security Death Index can be searched online. Also check newspapers and other news sources for casualty lists and obituaries. When searching the catalog for books some keywords to search for include “registers of the dead.” Also check out the local historical and geneaology societies.

Download a copy of Tom’s handout: honored-dead_hyperlinks (Word, Right Click-Save As)

Posted by: jborgerding | October 3, 2008

Pius @ 50

John Waide, University Archivist at Saint Louis University

Pius XII Memorial Library will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009. The past of Pius will help plan for the future as they plan for renovations.

Saint Louis University was founded in 1818. One of the earliest significant acquisitions was when the library received a collection from Belgium Jesuits. Many of these books are housed today in the Rare Books department at Pius. A lot of the collection at this time was in Latin, but the early catalog records were written in English. For most of the 19th century the faculty were Jesuit priests, so the collection was mostly religious books, in 1858 was 13,000 volumes. A separate student library had 3,000 volumes in 1858. The library moved to DuBourg Hall in 1888 where it was housed until Pius Library was built in 1959.

By 1945 DuBourg Library housed over 150,000 volumes. By 1958, SLU had over 11,000 students. A new library, the DeSmet Memorial Library was planned as a new library for SLU. After elaborate plans and models were produced, plans were scrapped because of lack of funds. As an alternative, it was proposed to ask Rome to help create microfilm copies of all of the materials in the Vatican Library. It was approved and in 1953 microfilming project began. It was completed in 1957. A new drive began to raise funds for a new library to be named after Pope Pius XII. Ground was broken June 1957. The library officially opened May 1959. The official dedication took place that fall.

John showed several pictures of the history of Pius.

Posted by: jborgerding | October 3, 2008

Learning Objects In Libraries

Marcus Richter – Truman State University

Learning Objects are digital resources that be reused to support learning. These could be syllabus, PowerPoint presentations, on-line quizzes, HTML pages, Word documents.

Websites for Learning Objects: ( Minnesota Online

Digital Exchange (MODE) ( and NROC (

Research Guides can be learning objects. LibGuides ( is an example.

Be aware of copyright issues.

Posted by: jborgerding | October 3, 2008

Information Literacy and Technology

Erin Lanham and Theresa Flett of St. Charles Community College talked about technology and information literacy.

Theresa talked about online tutorial created to accommodate off campus freshman taking Orientation to College. Now used to deliver LI sessions to 800 students in two weeks. Tutorials are online so students have access to the tutorials anytime through WebCT. Some of the tutorials include database searching. It is important to create the tutorial so students will understand the concepts before they can move on to the next section. Camtasia is a good software for creating tutorials. There are a lot of editing tools in Camtasia such as creating a Table of Contents, quizzes, and add additional audio. The tutorial can be converted into other formats such as Flash, MP3, CD or DVD (AVI).

Another way to communicate with students is with a library blog. STCCC uses WordPress for their blog. There is a feed on their website that links back to blog posts.

STCCC uses Meebo to instant message with students. A chat box widget is placed on the page and students who visit the page can then instant message with a reference librarian. The student does not have to subscribe to an IM service like AIM or MSN to use Meebo.

Erin then talked about librarian driven instruction. Students take COL 101 face to face with a two shot LI session. Created an Online IL Pre-Test. They adopted questions from Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC) Information Literacy Toolkit’s Assessment Instrument ( This test is in WebCT. Then there is an in-class exercise where the students work on the concepts as they are being taught various LI concepts. Subject research guides are linked in WebCT.

In WebCT there is an embedded librarian within the course. The librarians could be “teaching assistants” or “students” within the class. In one example there is an Ask-A-Librarian thread within the course discussion board that the librarian maintains. They also monitor the other class emails and discussion threads for other possible library assistance.

Online course (COL 104) created for research. Class is offered for 12 weeks. Content is introduced through interactive tutorials. Databases, such as Lexis-Nexis, have good tutorials. No textbook for the course, but most of the materials are HTML or PDF. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) 21st Century Information Fluency Project has great PDFs. There is an assessment with online timed quizzes, discussions and graded assignments. Evaluation at the end of the course provides student feedback.

Recommended book: Teaching Web Search Skills: Techniques and Strategies of Top Trainers by Greg R. Notess.

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