2
Dec
2009

So you want to write about libraries?

By Brett Bonfield In the Library with the Lead Pipe is a little over a year old now. We published our first article on October 8, 2008, and we’ve now published thirty-five in all, along with five group posts. By most measures, we’re still a new publication, but we’ve also been pretty successful. About 2,250 people...
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11
Nov
2009

Not Just Another Pretty Picture

Not just another pretty picture By Hilary Davis Introduction I’m a slave to spreadsheets. Trying to decide between a stacked column bar chart and a 3-D area chart is par for the course in my work. Microsoft Excel© is great for many practical needs, but it doesn’t always support the need to create simple, compelling and...
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28
Oct
2009

[RE]Boot Camp: Share Some. Learn More. Teach Better.

By Ellie Collier Setting the Stage Last fall, as a part of the Texas Library Association’s “Transforming” initiative, my library held its own transforming retreat. Austin Community College (ACC) Library Services has gone through a hiring spurt recently, adding 10 new full time librarians in just the last three years. This retreat brought together all 23...
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14
Oct
2009

Learning to teach through video

By Kim Leeder It’s a truth so many of us keep in the dark corners of our lives as instruction librarians: we were never taught to teach. We’re not unusual, really, and the same is true of many of our higher education colleagues. We study a field, we gain some expertise in that field, and then...
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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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