How can we get the latest career information to patrons?
What should we do about our underused magazine and newspaper collection?
How can Library staff stay up-to-date on career trends?
Library Databases: Most of the print periodicals in the Career Resource Library were also available through our subscription databases, e.g., Academic Search Premier . We wanted to eliminate this duplication in the collections, as well as take advantage of the hundreds of additional sources indexed in the databases.
World Wide Web: We also wanted to inform our patrons about new career-related content and tools elsewhere on the web, such as this directory of international corporate employers, launched earlier this year.
<ul><li>Set-up for Database Content: </li></ul><ul><li>First, we selected several relevant databases and developed search strings for the topics we wanted to cover. </li></ul><ul><li>Then we set up alerts to notify us of new content via email. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Set-up for Free Web Content: </li></ul><ul><li>To track WWW content, we identified sites with RSS feeds on career and business topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Then we created a news aggregator account to manage our subscriptions. (In the example below, recent entries from another blog about job search issues alert us to resources that might be of interest to our patrons.) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Daily Operation: </li></ul><ul><li>Student workers monitor the email alerts and news feeds, selecting an item of interest each shift and writing a brief entry for the blog, with a link to the full resource (~20-30 minutes). </li></ul><ul><li>The Career Resource Librarian reviews and posts a new entry each morning, via user-friendly blogging software (~5 minutes). </li></ul>
CareerNow! Blog entries are published directly to the Career Resource Library home page, branded as CareerNow! (College web staff helped us embed this feature in our existing site.)
Metadata: Each blog entry is assigned to one or more categories. Users can select a category to browse all entries for that topic.
Patrons can have CareerNow! delivered via RSS to a personal home page or feed reader.