Tuesday, March 28, 2006

back to it

so I ended up inviting mysel"ves" many times ( well, + turning on/off, clearing cache/cookies, switching browsers and screaming at the monitor..... ).

[Laurie- IF you HAVE TO DO THIS..... please let your boss know that you won't be able to do this while sitting at the reference desk + IF you don't have enough email accounts ((hotmail works the best.... all you need to do is to accept the invitation set up the account shut down the counter and invite yourself again... Then you'll get a new invitation..... you can't really cheat w/ the gmail accounts :( ))
It may take you days to finish it..... ]

In return, there are lots of accounts set up w/ the same email account. Office of eln has become the CENTRAL CONTROLLING SYSTEM of them ( well, one email add is always better than 30+ email address + 30+ sets of usernames and 30+ sets password.... gee........ ).

It is very easy to retrieve password/ user id for me now. All I need to do is to "forget" my username. Then the system will send me all the user names registered w/ the email address.

hee hee....

It is always worth investing more time on setting up the accounts then spending time keeping track of the usernames/pswds....
OR simply make friends w/ the techsupport of this hostsite.... lol...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Library Collections of the Future

Suggestions so far include Books and E-books, and Streaming Video. To recap where BC ELN is with collections of information: there are a total of 79 databases licensed on behalf of partner libraries; a list can be found at: http://www.eln.bc.ca/dbs/select.php. This includes fulltext databases, the netLibrary business e-book collection, and abstracting and indexing services.

We have been adding an average of about 3-5 databases per year. Decisions about priorities are made on the basis of the suggestions and voting by BC ELN Partner Library through the annual Resource Forum and Ranking Survey. Information about products and services are made available through the BC ELN web site.

There has been much exciting activity in this area in the past year, with the provincewide (post-secondary) license to Hospitality and Tourism index, the provincewide post-secondary / public / school libraries license to Encyclopedia Britannia, and of course the e-HLBC consortium is currently in the process of implementation.

Public Library Services Branch is moving forward in the area of shared electronic collections, as outline in the Libraries Without Walls strategic plan. The school libraries also have their Educational Resources Aquisition Centre, for which BC ELN has provided consultation services.

Many BC ELN libraries are producing new kinds of collections, for example digital collections such as SFU Library's Multicultural Canada Collection. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs' Resource Center, which serves the Institute of Indigenous Government, has created the Our Homes are Bleeding Ditigal Collection. University libraries are participating in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Institutional Repositories progam - have a look at the search service to see what has been done to date - making the work of their own faculty and students openly available over the internet. One example of how this changes things: many institutional repositories include students' theses. The thesis, until recently available only through a very few print copies and perhaps one microfiche, is now often openly available to anyone.

SFU Library, in partnership with UBC's Public Knowledge Project, provides hosting and support services for the open source Open Journal Systems publishing platform, used by publishers throughout the world.

With 25,000 new student spaces being created in the next future, new possibilities for collaboration, new technologies and kinds of projects, there could be many new opportunities for services at our libraries, and for libraries to work together. What might these opportunities look like?

Resource Sharing: the next few years

To recap where BC ELN is now in the area of resource sharing:

BC ELN shares the provincial OutLook OnLine system (portal for library catalogues, union catalogues, and integrated ILL system) with B.C.'s public libraries. BC ELN libraries also use the GODOT link resolving and ILL requesting system. We have a provincial electronic document delivery network, thanks to 2001 provincial funding, featuring scanners and Ariel software, to be upgraded early in the new fiscal year. In the past few years, we have streamlined ILL invoicing, standardized costs for different services, and moved to annual invoicing. Most recently, BC ELN libraries have unanimously agreed to drop charges for returnables (books).

There are many environmental factors that could impact resource sharing in the next few years. What kinds of factors do you see as changing the landscape for resource sharing? What might libraries - and BC ELN - do to enhance services for students and faculty?

25,000 new student spaces: what does this mean for academic libraries?

The Province of British Columbia is in the process of creating 25,000 new student spaces. What this means for the province is new student opportunities, reduced study costs, an expanded supply of skilled workers, increased research, and increased jobs and investment (from Achieve BC web site).

At Simon Fraser University, where the BC Electronic Library Network office is housed, creation of the physical infrastructure to support all these students is well underway. This is the first time I've ever worked at a place where flagpersons were needed to steer pedestrians through all the construction! This is happening elsewhere, I know.

This is more than just spaces, too - many of these new students will be in new, often more advanced, programs.

What is or will be happening at your institution, space-wise and program wise? What will all those extra students and faculty need in terms of library services?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Evolving technologies (Electronic Brainstorm new look example)

Greetings - if you have been following Electronic Brainstorm, you may have noticed the new look and feel! This was not intentional - there must be changes affecting the stylesheets at Google (similar changes are appearing on one of my other blogs). The basic font appears to have changed; I'll look into some intentional changes, now, to make the blog easier to read.

The joys of working with evolving technologies! Actually, it's great to know that Google is continuing to develop the blogger software.

My hunch is that BC ELN libraries will be working in an evolving-technology environment for the next five years or so. Thoughts?

Update: the problem has been resolved! A little piece of code, the kind of thing you would never have guessed would have done something like this...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It took 3 sfu, 2 eln, 2 hotmail, 1 collegeclub, 1 yahoo, 4 gmail email accounts to ~set up the member accounts~in 2 days part 1

It was not an easy task to set up the e blogger accounts.

When Heather asked me to set up the members on e blogger (and "no rush"), I told her it would be done in a short time (i never knew it would actually take me more than 4 hrs... not exaggerating.... ) sigh........

To become a member of the blogger is very easy. It takes approximately 3 mins to register. However. . . . to be con't ( yes, it's about time to go back to work.... )

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Could ELN host Library blogs?

So what do you think about ELN looking into hosting blogs for its member libraries? And if they included RSS feeds, it'd be one more way for us to reach our client base. What do you think?


Cariboo and delivery in the north

Far in the north country, I hear that mail service can be infrequent - sometimes only twice a year. Can cariboo be trained to help out with physical delivery of library materials, I wonder?

Or is this too practical for Wild Ideas?

This is a demonstration-posting, to show just how serious Wild Ideas need to be!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Accessibility and you!

Our online teaching material is reaching more students everyday, and we as librarians and educators need to understand what it means to provide meaningful access to this material for students with disabilities.

What do you do at your institution to ensure the accessibility of your online guides and other learning materials? What resources do you use to design and test and refine your educational materials? What resources and staff training are required to make sure we are creating accessible materials for our students? What does universal design really mean?

These are a few of the questions I've been asking myself lately, and I'd love to hear from others on what's happening at their institutions, and what role a consortium like ELN can play in the online accessibility of our subscription resources.

Corey Davis at CILS http://www.langara.bc.ca/cils/

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Free Database Tutorials for the Busy Librarian

EBSCO has really gone crazy with producing some nice tutorials on a variety of their services. And what Library doesn't want to provide some tutorials for their students on how to use their databases? The best part is that they're available World-Wide so no need to set-up any kind of off-campus login.

For the full listing of EBSCO's tutorials:

I found it very easy to add the ones most appropriate for my client base to my Database Tutorials webpage for my Library. Although, I renamed the French one on the suggestion of one of our French-Canadian Instructors.


Now if only Proquest and WilsonWeb could do such nice Flash/Java tutorials instead of clunky PDFs...