Internet Librarian, part 8

Jody Turner, keynote

Jody Turner spoke about trends.

Youth today:

  • Be who you are
  • Do what you love
  • Define what having is

“Data is the new social capital.”

Empathy = Innovation = 360-degree design

Community: “If my town does well, I do well.” Invitational.

  • Sensemakers
  • Factual
  • Innoventers
  • Connected Community

Have a personal mission statement.


  • Unstuck
  • A Whole New Mind
  • Art of Innovation
  • Baked In
  • The Power of Pull

4 types of online attention:

  • Story of you
  • Story of us
  • Story of me
  • Story of we

Value-Added Research

Amy Affelt talked about the customized clipping and alerting service she provides for her organization: what they might not have found themselves or didn’t know existed.

“Requestors like the attention. You read the news so they don’t have to.”

“If you ask, people won’t want it. but if you just start doing it, then they like it.”

Gets the major financial papers on Kindle now. Uses USB to transfer files to or from PC. Kindle has a “my clippings” folder. Can use it as an ad hoc flash drive. Kindle has lots of advantages over iPad. This is an area librarians can become experts in.

Can order an e-book from Amazon and have it downloaded to the user’s app (!).

Daniel Lee talked about the media monitoring he does. His boss needed info about women parliamentarians quoted in newspapers.

Content analysis. “Conversation audits”: social media, web forums.

Similar to cataloging; lot of data entry in Excel.

Concise writing, curiosity.

Search analytic software does facets (e.g., by author, by source).

Data visualization: tag clouds, heat maps.

Factiva, other media monitoring companies are doing these things now.

Qin Zhu, of HP, talked about putting information in context.

Case study: Finding publications by HP Labs researchers for the annual report.

Compiled from various databases, reformatted and sent out by e-mail, in XML, etc.

Searched by affiliation and date range, then deduplicated. Format as HTML, plain text, RSS, XML. Posted on library web site, bibliographic database, e-mail bulletin, RSS feed integrated with internal bulletin — with links to full text.

Contineud doing updataing to provide regular alerts.

Use RSS Feeds to get info and to distribute.

In context: Understand your organization and your users. Distribute info where your users are.

Best Free Stuff for Broke Libraries

Sarah Houghton-Jan of San Jose Library talked on this topic. She mentioned many specific tools, but I’m mostly going to list the types of stuff available. Her complete presentation is available online. (If your network blocks Slideshare, you can see a similar post on her blog.)

Operating system: Ubuntu

E-mail/Calendar: Gmail, Google Calendar

Browser: Firefox, Chrome

Financial: GNU Cash

Office software: Open Office, Google Docs

Typefaster Tutor

Adaware, Spybot

Free E-Books

Free Databases, Articles

Reference tools: Chat, VOIP, etc.

Software to pop up help info if a user has been on a DB for x minutes

Online meeting tools

Social networking: check if your preferred user name is available. Good for keeping your user name consistent across multiple sites, which other speakers at the conference recommended.


Website management:

  • CSS picker: Typesetter
  • Google Analytics

Google Translate

To find more, follow these sites:

Evernote: for saving notes Vitual business card

Digital Librarianship: Web 2.0 and Open Access:

Edwin Henneken and Donna Thompson from the Astrophysics Data System talked about what it is and how it started. It’s one of the primary indexes in its field.

Started as metadata only, now full text.

Retrospective coverage of nearly every astronomy journal

Notification service available

One-box searching

OpenURL linking

“Private libraries” allow users to share a bibliography (for example, with co-authors or students)

Connections with archives, repositories, journal publishers, services (such as libraries, Worldwide Telescope)

2004: Indexed in Google


Restructuring system architecture
Improving user interface (facets)
Extending search capabilities
Enhancing personalization, recommendations
Incorporating semantic web

Historical literature project:

Including older astronomic literature that was not widely distributed
Books to microfilm to scans
Page where users can help index

Jeremie LeBlanc of Natural Resources Canada spoke about his library.

They merged libraries, web sites, ILSes (went with Evergreen)

Integrated knowledgebase: integrating library catalog into intranet search engine

Weekly bulletin:

  • Library acquisitions
  • Key trade publications
  • Scientific publications by staff (approx. 1,300 a year!)

Doing training on:

  • wiki
  • blogs
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Web 2.0 librarian:

  • Tech mentor for deputy minister (a political appointee near the top of the org.)
  • Involved in collaborative and innovative projects

Linked Google with library catalog and GeoScan (NRCanada’s database of geological literature about Canada)

Linked GeoScan with Google Maps

Library catalog links to Google Books preview

Adding Value with Visualization

Liz Lawley did the closing session. As usual, she provides all kinds of food for thought. Her slides are on Slideshare. Her favorite links are on Delicious. So, I’ll just list a few high points.

Shoutout for the Tufte books.

Boing Boing’s Is the Web really dead? shows how Wired misread the data.

People are not necessarily good at typography or desktop publishing.

The Felton Report is a personal annual report.

What if we could get graphs of our library checkouts?

Panlibus magazine on library graphics (pages 14-15). More at

Manyeyes: Shakespeare’s favorite words

A bathroom scale that makes a graph of your weight.


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