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The Reference Interview: Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers 

In my current role as a Library Services Associate, I wished to discuss the Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Information Services Providers by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). In reference services, the success of the transaction is measured not only by the information conveyed, but also by the positive or negative impact of …

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Spectacular Photos of Imaginary Libraries 

What's the ideal library? How can designers re-envision a studious space to be maximally useful to your research needs? Flavorwire showcases artist JF Rauzier’s new renditions of ye old traditional spaces. Which is your favorite?

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Reference and other Services at the Library 

I’ve started to think about what it means to provide our patrons with excellent service. I first came across the interesting article Library service as theatre that touched on some very interesting issues about the quality of service that librarians provide and the challenges and controversy surrounding retail customer service strategies in libraries. I …

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Fear of censorship of federal librarians for ‘duty of loyalty’ to the Canadian government 

In a recent article titled "Federal librarians fear being 'muzzled' under the new code of conduct that stresses 'duty to loyalty to the government", Margaret Munro of Postmedia News (March 13, 2013) says that "Federal librarians and archivists who set foot in classrooms, attend conferences or speak up at public meetings on their own time …

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Academia.edu : social media and digital repository mashup 

While scrolling around the internet looking for information about Eli Pariser's TED talk, I encountered an interview with Umberto Eco from 1995 in which he discusses the distractions of being able to find too much on the internet, verses stumbling upon information in what he considers the more controlled (and curated) environment of the traditional …

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EdLab launches New Learning Times 

This past Thursday, January 31st, the lobby of TC's Zankel Hall was busier than usual, as Teachers College commenced its year-long celebration of its 125th year. EdLab had a table at the kick off event to promote its newest app, New Learning Times (NLT) which is part of a series of new learning technologies available …

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Best Free Reference Web Sites 2012 (RUSA) 

Figuring out what resources you need can be quite the undertaking, and once you know what you need you may still run into trouble trying to read or navigate them if they're not well-organized or simply trying to get access to them if your library doesn't already have them. While not every source is perfect …

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‘Tis the Season: Professional Development Opportunity 

Christmas trees made out of books, elevator speeches, and soundbites? These are just a few ideas shared by Kathy Dempsey, Consultant and Owner of Libraries Are Essential, in a workshop, What Accidental Library Marketers Need to Know”, held on December 8th at the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency. Ms. Dempsey enthusiastically outlined …

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Vintage Library Posters 

Enokson, a junior high school library technician found a collection of vintage posters when she was going though some of the old library things. She posted them on flickr. Here are some awesome 1960s posters encouraging people to use their school libraries: There are more vintage library posters and posters encouraging reading on Enokson's flickr …

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How to Check Out a Reserve Book 

The economy is dour. Textbook prices have skyrocketed. Student enrollment is up at most institutions. Free copies of textbooks at libraries are in high demand. These are all things you already know.  What you might not know, however, is how to check out a book on reserve from the library.  Here is a handy guide: …

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ACRL Women and Gender Studies Core Books Database 

I thought I'd alert everyone that the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a group within the American Libraries Association (ALA), has released their Core Books list on Women and Gender Studies on LibraryThing, which makes the lists arguably more accessible, viewer friendly, and interactive (if you too have a LibraryThing account).  …

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I Love My Librarian! 

In The New York Times of Monday, August 27th, my eye cast upon the large script and full ad  -- the "I Love My Librarian 2012 Award".  Even more happily came the words on page C6 -- "Librarians in our nation's 122,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every …

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Research Video Guides 

The summer interns at the EdLab worked hard to make research guide videos. I thought the video entitled, 'How to Create an MLA Works Cited Page' may prove particularly helpful to our library and the TC community.

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Zines at the ALA convention 

As the New York Times noted last year, zine-making is on the rise, as evidenced not only by the number of new zines in circulation, but by the number of academic libraries starting zine collections. Zine libraries in the New York City area include: Barnard Brooklyn College, CUNY NYU's riot grrrl collection and the independent …

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Kick off Open Access Week 2012: Webcast June 19 

SPARC will host a webcast on June 19, 2012 to kick off Open Access Week. Here are the details from their website: Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast Invitation: June 19, 2012 It's a kickoff Webcast for this year's Open Access Week. We have three distinguished speakers who will showcase the state of open access …

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MLA embraces open access 

Those of you interested in the ongoing push for Open Access among scholars and librarians (see Leanora Lange's post on open access at Harvard) may be excited to know that the MLA recently announced their intention to support open access.  From their own website: The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and …

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Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger 

If you want to know what we're learning in core classes at library science school these days, just take a look at this video. I won't say that it covers everything I learned in class is in the video, but I will say that everything in the video is something I learned in class. While …

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The Library Underground 

When you ride the subway, do you peer at your fellow passengers' paperbacks, trying to figure out what they're reading?  You too?  Then you'll love this fabulous Tumblr blog called The Underground New York Public Library, which houses a wide collection of photographs of subway riders reading paperback books. The "librarian" of the project, Ourit …

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Using the National Archives in your classroom 

Today I got a very exciting email from NARA, the National Archives and Records Association, who released for iPad a set of fantastic teaching guides centered around their digital archives.  The tool is called TeachDocs, and by using it teachers can find ready-made lesson plans that place photos and documents from the National Archives collection …

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Harvard Library Pushes for Open Access 

Those who have been following the open access movement will be pleased to hear that a major step forward has been made at one of our most elite (and well-endowed) universities in the United States. Just last week, the Harvard Library Faculty Advisory Council released a memorandum stating …

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