Tag Archives: reference

The Safety of Books

Here’s an interesting article on how books are better than the Internet, for documentation and archival reasons, and serve as better protection from censorship.  As great as the Internet is, the Way Back Machine can’t bring it all back.  Given that many new librarians are extremely adept with the new sources (databases and Web-based searches), maybe there should be some good hands-on training for what small amounts of print reference materials are still in the branches, for when network issues hit the buildings.  What do you think?  Do your staff members all know how to use the old and the new?

Rethinking Reference Online Course

Rethinking Reference Collections

An Infopeople online course, November 6, 2102 to December 10, 2012

Formats for reference resources are evolving and library staff and user expectations are evolving along with them. Are you ready to rethink the purpose and development of your library’s reference collection? Rethinking your collection enables you to suggest changes to reference collection development that better reflect the realities of today’s demand and usage. You’ll be able to make decisions about purchases and policies that help build a reference collection for the future.

In this popular course, you will explore:

  • How reference resources are changing
  • Methods for measuring usage of reference resources
  • Weeding guidelines
  • Collection decisions that meet staff and user needs
  • Ways to promote use of reference materials

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/rethinking-reference-collections.



Census Data Immersion Webinar

Census Data Immersion: From Novice to Skilled Data Miner in 60 Minutes
A Webinar Presented by Linda Clark
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Noon Pacific Time

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html
For more information and to participate in the Thursday, August 7, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/census-data-immersion

Did you know:
You can find census data for your neighborhood just by entering your address?
In three short steps –by entering your city and state name and clicking “Go” – you can see more than 450 characteristics about your city?
It is easy to make a table comparing all counties in California on one data point?
You can search for all data available on a single topic – like poverty – simply by entering a 2-digit code and a wildcard?
With one click, you can convert a data table to a thematic map?
You can create tables of business data as easily as you create demographic tables?

The goal of this webinar is to demystify the process of accessing Census Bureau data by imparting the LOGIC of the data access tool, American FactFinder (AFF).

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Census Gathering

Questions about Web Development?

If a patron comes into the library with webpage development questions, it can get sticky.  While many books exist on the topic, it can be tough to learn to build a site from a book.  If you don’t know about W3Schools, you really should.  This site offers interactive tutorials from basic HTML, all the way to SQL and Javascript!  Did I mention that it’s also free?  And you can test your code on their site?  For the professionally minded, some certifications are also available through W3Schools, although how much clout that would carry isn’t clear.  Either way, if you have burgeoning developers on your hands at the reference desk, this site will be a valuable resource.

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