30
Sep
2009

An Inflection Point for American Public Libraries

In the Library with the Lead Pipe is pleased to welcome another guest author, Jean Costello! Jean is a technical project manager for a prominent STM publisher. She is a passionate supporter of public libraries and blogs regularly as The Radical Patron. By Jean Costello 2009 may be an inflection point for public libraries. This year,...
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16
Sep
2009

Why isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?

In the Library with the Lead Pipe is pleased to welcome another guest author, Kristine Alpi! Kris is the Director of the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University Libraries. Why do document delivery technologies limit information transfer? By Kristine Alpi The technologies that libraries use for interlibrary loan and...
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2
Sep
2009

Outreach is (un)Dead.

By Emily Ford Outreach is dead. It’s time we put its body in a coffin, say our collective prayers and move on. You see, for most of the summer I undertook a long series of “outreach” trips to promote and educate the public at large about a grant-funded project I’d been working on for the past...
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19
Aug
2009

Sense of self: Embracing your teacher identity

Welcome to another guest post at ItLwtLP. This time we bring you thoughts from Carrie Donovan, an instruction librarian at Indiana University Bloomington. Enjoy! By Carrie Donovan Once upon a time in libraries, you could call yourself a good teacher if you spent more than 30 minutes planning a lesson, if you wowed students with your...
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5
Aug
2009

We’re Gonna Geek This Mother Out

By Ross Singer I am not much of a book reader.  I have a home computer.  It has a working internet connection.  Any interest I have in genealogy or local history could probably be exceeded serendipitously by talking to family or neighbors and by wandering around the city.  As a family, we do not watch many...
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22
Jul
2009

W-E-B-S-I-T-E, Find Out What It Means To Me

By Brett Bonfield It’s interesting how many people don’t really understand the concept of open source. People often describe freeware as open source, or they’ll describe free web-based applications as open source, or applications with APIs that allow for mashups. There are articles all the time, on some of the most popular websites, that recommend free...
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8
Jul
2009
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A Look at Librarianship through the Lens of an Academic Library Serials Review

By Annette Day and Hilary Davis Talk to any librarian or library vendor and you’ll hear the same thing – the global economic downturn is hitting hard. Libraries everywhere are taking an axe to their collections; libraries are cutting book budgets, canceling serials subscriptions, allowing institutional memberships to lapse, and letting go of databases. Libraries and their stakeholders...
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10
Jun
2009

A Conversation with Char Booth

Welcome to a special audio edition of In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Ellie Collier talks to Char Booth, E-Learning Librarian at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University, a book length research report recently published by ACRL and available...
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