CARL DIG April 2009

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“Reference Desk Toolkit”

A Moderated Discussion Hosted by CARLDIG-South and the Mt. San Antonio
College Library

Friday, April 17, 2009
9:00-9:30: Registration and continental breakfast
9:30-12:30: Presentations and moderated discussion
Founders Hall, Mt. San Antonio College

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CARL DIG April 2009

  1. 1. The Reference Toolkit <ul><li>What’s in your toolkit? </li></ul>Michelle Leigh Jacobs CARL DIG Workshop April 17, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-Dorothy Parker </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style for Esquire Magazine </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>From the chapter Elementary Principles of Composition: </li></ul><ul><li>17. Omit needless words. </li></ul><ul><li>Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. </li></ul><ul><li>Many expressions in common use violate this principle. </li></ul><ul><li>It is as if they were predicting SMS/Text Messaging </li></ul>
  4. 4. What I do
  5. 6. What’s Happening
  6. 7. “ We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” -Marshall McLuhan 1964
  7. 8. Social Current hot tool ...
  8. 9. Social NOW
  9. 10. Tagg ing
  10. 11. Text ing
  11. 12. IM ing
  12. 13. Googl ing
  13. 14. MicroBlogg ing
  14. 15. Download ing
  15. 16. Facebook ing
  16. 17. Gam ing
  17. 18. Feed Read ing
  18. 19. Tweet ing
  19. 20. What is the ING ?
  20. 21. The I nformation N ow G eneration
  21. 22. library ING
  22. 23. Are We Relevant?
  23. 24. H mmm
  24. 25. <ul><li>what is relevance? </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>how do we keep ourselves relevant? </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>what is information </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>is my collection relevant? </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>what belongs in my library? </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>what technology is relevant for me? </li></ul>
  30. 32. <ul><li>New Books </li></ul><ul><li>Library Hours for the Day </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Events </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Closures </li></ul><ul><li>Who is on the Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Course Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Popular Questions on the Reference Desk </li></ul>
  31. 34. <ul><li>Familiar </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous </li></ul><ul><li>Text Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility of OUR TIME </li></ul><ul><li>WE can use it for: </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile applications </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Web pages </li></ul>
  32. 36. <ul><li>Talk up for area </li></ul><ul><li>Create a yelp for locations within your library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study Places </li></ul>
  33. 38. <ul><li>Upload slides as images </li></ul><ul><li>Look at what user group posts </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Getty Image Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul>
  34. 40. <ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of the Website </li></ul><ul><li>One-shots </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Endless </li></ul>
  35. 42. <ul><li>Course Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with other Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of a Website </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Let users know who you are </li></ul>
  36. 44. <ul><li>Wow too much to list!!!!!! </li></ul>
  37. 45. ING
  38. 46. Knowledge is Chang ing
  39. 47. Libraries are Chang ing
  40. 48. We are Chang ing
  41. 49. We are Learn ing
  42. 50. Thank You

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