The Latest Resource Round Up

November 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello everyone,

The latest offering is a tad thicker than usual; think of it as storing up for winter, or giving yourself something to do this weekend while you adjust your clocks…

A couple of the folks I often link to (Stephen Abram, and George Needham/Joan Frye Williams) will be Keynote Speakers at this month’s AzLA Annual Conference in Tucson.  There is still time to register!

@ your Computer


Motivation Refueled: 12 Ways to Find It if You Lose it Along the Way

Staying motivated until you reach your goals and dreams isn’t always easy. There are often roadblocks, plateaus and valleys along the way where you can get into a slump. Or a rut. And feel like your motivation has flown away.

So today I would like to share 12 ways that I have used to find that motivation again.

Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

The ACRL Board of Directors has approved a comprehensive revision of the association’s seminal Standards for Libraries in Higher Education(SLHE). Grounded in nine principles reflecting the core roles and contributions of academic libraries, the newly revised version of SLHE provides a guide to libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. The full text of the revised SLHE is available on the ACRL website.

To provide additional information on the new version of SLHE, ACRL is offering a free introductory webcast on the standards at 1 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Presented by Iannuzzi, the webcast will provide an overview of the revision, highlighting ways the standards can benefit libraries in the strategic planning, program review and self-study processes. To RSVP for the webcast, visit

Thinking Out Loud about IT and the Five Laws of Library Science

In this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take a look at IT in libraries – more specifically, about the relationship between library culture and IT culture. What do libraries look for when hiring IT people? What sorts of skills are needed? What might be reasonable expectations for libraries to have?

Live Webinars for November 2011

November webinars.  Go learn stuff!  (From NEFLIN)

Create and Share Interfaces to Our Digital Cultural Heritage

From the Library of Congress:  We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new site,, a platform for empowering curators, archivists, and librarians to provide access to the digital cultural heritage objects they are preserving.

Citation Obsession? Get Over It!

From the Chronicle:  My university recently convened an emergency “summit” for librarians, tutors, and concerned faculty members to solve a citation crisis.



Stephen’s Lighthouse

Does Your Library Design Services? – Of course it does. But do you think about service design principles?

Cloud Management and Helping Management Understand Clouds – One of the things we need to do is to explain the cloud to management. Content has been in the cloud for years as databases and more.  Now lots of other ‘stuff’ is moving to the cloud. What’s the point?

How the Millennial Generation Uses Mobile – I’ll remind you that the majority of the Millennials are now out of college and working and starting or ready to start their own families. K-12 schools are already dealing in total with the post-Millennials and the academic sector would be wise to get ready for the next group.  Scary enough for a Halloween story?

The beginning of the end of feature phones and what it means for libraries – I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  I think we’re about to see an extreme decline in the production of feature phones or flip phones or just those ordinary mobile phones we’ve been using for years.

Rethinking the Textbook – An entertaining and interesting brainstorm of potential textbook models of the future.

Transactions to Engagement – I’ve long been a proponent that libraries focus too strongly on transactions and counting same.  I am a believer in transformational librarianship.  That means that we should spend more time understanding and focusing on the transformations and this is largely in engagement strategies with our publics and users.

Evil HR Lady

5 Steps to Taking Charge of Your Career – Is your career stagnating? Are others moving ahead of you? Here are 5 things you can do to put yourself back on the ladder to success.


Publishing Fat Cats, Collection Curation, and Serving Today’s Patron – I want to cultivate services that are right for our patrons now, but also desire building a library that is sustainable into the future. How are your libraries reacting as publishers keep an iron fist and ebooks proliferate, all while patron driven acquisitions meet immediate needs? Where do you find balance?

Experiencing the Shift – I spent a few days last week at a fascinating conference called MobilityShifts held at The New School in NYC (full disclosure: I was also a presenter). The tagline for the conference is An International Future of Learning Summit, which I definitely found true: attendees from all over the world ranged from faculty and administrators to publishers, students, activists, and librarians, and were interested in education at all levels. It would be impossible for me to do justice to all of the great talks and panels I experienced at the conference, but here are some notes on a few that piqued my interest that seemed especially relevant to academic librarians.


U.S. Government: NIST Goes Public with Cloud Computing Tech Road Map – The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released for public comment a draft “road map” designed to foster federal agencies’ adoption of cloud computing. The road map also will support private-sector cloud efforts, improve the information available to decision-makers, and facilitate the continued development of the cloud computing model, NIST officials said.

Humanities Researchers and Digital Technologies: Building Infrastructures for a New Age – Europe’s leading scientists have pledged to embrace and expand the role of technology in the Humanities. In a Science Policy Briefing released today by the European Science Foundation (ESF), they argue that without Research Infrastructures (RIs) such as archives, libraries, academies, museums and galleries, significant strands of Humanities research would not be possible. By drawing on a number of case studies, the report demonstrates that digital RIs offer Humanities scholars new and productive ways to explore old questions and develop new ones.

New Preprint: Library Use of Web-Based Research Guides – This paper describes the ways in which libraries are currently implementing and managing web- based research guides (aka Pathfinders, LibGuides, Subject Guides, etc.) by examining two sets of data from the spring of 2011. One set of data was compiled by visiting the websites of 99 American university ARL libraries and recording the characteristics of each site’s research guides. The other set of data is based on an online survey of librarians about the ways in which their libraries implement and maintain research guides. In conclusion, a discussion follows that includes implications for the library technology community.

A New Guide from the Digital Curation Centre: How To Cite Datasets and Link to Publications – This guide will help you create links between your academic publications and the underlying datasets, so that anyone viewing the publication will be able to locate the dataset and vice versa. It provides a working knowledge of the issues and challenges involved, and of how current approaches seek to address them. This guide should interest researchers and principal investigators working on data-led research, as well as the data repositories with which they work.

Copyright Industries in the U.S. Economy 2011 – The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) today released its 2011 study on the economic contributions of the copyright industries. Among key findings, in 2010 the U.S. industries most dependent on copyright protection:

  • Added over $930 billion in value to the U.S. economy, almost 6.4% of the total GDP;
  • Employed nearly 5.1 million U.S. workers – nearly 5% of the total private employment sector – with jobs paying an average of 27% more than the rest of the workforce; and
  • Accounted for $134 billion in foreign sales and exports, far more than sectors such as aircraft, autos, and agriculture.

The Final Version of Guidelines for Subject Access in National Bibliographies Has Been Submitted – The Working Group on Guidelines for Subject Access by National Bibliographic Agencies is pleased to submit the final version of the Guidelines for Subject Access in National Bibliographies for approval by the Sections on Bibliography and Classification and Indexing.


National Archives Digitization Tools Now on GitHub – NARAtions, the blog of the U.S. National Archives has announced a collection of National Archives Digitization Tools Now on GitHub. Included in this announcement are the File Analyzer and Metadata Harvester as well as the Video Frame Analyzer.

5 Amazing Free Data Visualization Tools – Want to create your own maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams but don’t have the software to do it? Here are five top-notch applications which will let you create professional quality data visualizations for free.

Top 10 Tricks for Dealing With Email Overload – After taking a few days off last week, I returned to find my email inbox full of hundreds of new messages, so I am looking forward to reading Whitson Gordon’s Top 10 Tricks for Dealing With Email Overload at Lifehacker.

October Library Conference Roundup: 25 Stellar Presentations – There were some amazing library conferences last month. And those of us who weren’t able to make it to all of them can still benefit from the innovative ideas and discussions that were presented by accessing the conference papers, slideshow presentations, and videos online. Here’s a roundup of some particularly interesting and informative presentations…

21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians – Cloud applications, platforms, and services are being embraced by libraries and librarians around the world. If you’re just getting started or want to learn more about this increasingly popular trend in computing, here is a collection of 21 articles, blog posts, and conference presentations to get you started…

techsoup for Libraries

Finding Funding from Foundations: The Foundation Center – Every year, foundations give more than 45 billion dollars in grant funding. And while last year saw a slight drop in funding, forecasts for 2012 are very optimistic for increased giving. While grant opportunities from very large foundations are sometimes very competitive, there are also regional foundations that give only to local organizations and may have less challenging proposal requirements. Do you know how to locate these opportunities?


Alphabet Soup in the Cloud: Understanding “aaS” – There’s a new one born every minute. I don’t mean the P.T. Barnum quote, I mean acronym. Today it seems to be Infrastructure-as-a-Platform (IaaP), to join all the other “as a” acronyms that are difficult to keep straight. If technology could just hold still for a few years, everybody could get up to speed on all the terminology. Alas, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. If you’re new, or new-ish, to cloud services you’re probably a bit muddy on what all the different “-as-a-Service” terms are. Want to know your SaaS from your PaaS and your IaaS?

The CIA Open Source Center Tracks the Pulse of the World Through Facebook & Twitter – The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a crack group of analysts tracking the Internet, including tweets and Facebook messages, that takes the pulse of the world. Located in McLean, Virginia analysts at the CIA Open Source Center are known as the “vengeful librarians” according to a report from the Associated Press. These librarians are tracking up to five million tweets a day from places like China, Pakistan and Egypt.

Future Ready 365

Systems Thinking – A Lens for Future Growth – Systems thinking is best used to address complex problems where solutions seem elusive as well as problems that reoccur in an organization, especially problems for which past fixes have failed.

Boxes and Baubles – Unless we connect a new application or technology to our patrons’ lives, it will remain at best a shiny bauble, briefly smiled at and then discarded.


The Great Tech War Of 2012 – Everyone reading this article is a customer of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, or Google, and most probably count on all four. This passion for the Fab Four of business is reflected in the blogosphere’s panting coverage of their every move. ExxonMobil may sometimes be the world’s most valuable company, but can you name its CEO? Do you scour the Internet for rumors about its next product? As the four companies encroach further and further into one another’s space, consumers look forward to cooler and cooler products. The coming years will be fascinating to watch because this is a competition that might reinvent our daily lives even more than the four have changed our habits in the past decade. And that, dear reader, is why you need a program guide to the battle ahead.

A Trip To The World’s Largest ‘Art Museum’ In Print – At 18 pounds, The Art Museum spans thousands of years and shows more than 2,700 works from more than 650 galleries. The ambitious project bringing together the best of museums worldwide is 10 years in the making. If this one museum were real, there would hardly be any need for another.

Kept-up Academic Librarian

College Students Live In The ‘Curated Me’ Always On Generation – What’s changing for young people is changing for all of us. How we connect, how we share. How we present our digital selves.  If we understand that young people’s relationship to the web today is already, in many ways, the behavior we’re all seeing broadly in the always-on world. Millennials have grown up with a 24/7 news cycle and reality TV. They know the power of branding and publicity. Every day they act as their own digital publicists, curating and monitoring the ‘me’ brand. Said one young person, “I’m on Twitter all day.” And another, “I can’t put my phone down.” [Includes an interesting short video].

Resource Shelf

Internet Librarian Keynote: Libraries and Learning Communities – From Pew Internet : Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the Internet Librarian conference that examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities” – both physical and virtual.

Just for Fun


The Real Story Behind BYOD

…it is amusing to hear that bringing your own device has been elevated to a “trend.”


What Number Human Are You?

The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life?



Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL): February 22-24, 2012

The University of Alberta Libraries will be hosting its sixth Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) February 22-24, 2012. This training event will provide strategies and skills for finding, evaluating and retrieving online published statistics and will be useful to information professionals working in academic, public and special libraries.

The conference is restricted to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $250.00, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch for all three days.

Call for Presentations deadline for The Center for Intellectual Property’s 2012 Symposium

The Call for Presentations deadline for The Center for Intellectual Property’s 2012 Symposium in Maryland has been extended from Monday, October 31, 2011 to Friday, December 2, 2011. The website reflects that update and has additional details for submission. Please let me know if you have any questions. You are encouraged to pass along the extended deadline information to anyone you may have contacted. Submissions from any interested individuals or group/panel requests are welcome. Submission reviews will begin the following week. Accepted submissions will be notified in early 2012.

2013 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting a program proposal for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on January 10, 2012,  for ACRL units and members interested in submitting a proposal for a 2013 ALA Annual Conference program.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines, and planning tips.  Please note that the Annual Conference program planning process spans twenty months, until June, 2013.

To RSVP for the January 10 virtual meeting, visit  Once log-in instructions are available, you will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.



Dan Stanton

Government Information Librarian
Arizona State University Libraries
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006


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  1. Loved the resource round-up. Did you calculate where you are in the human birth order? I am 2,824,346,432nd that explains a lot.

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