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Stempler, Amy F.; Polger, Mark Aaron – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
Signage represents more than directions or policies; it is informational, promotional, and sets the tone of the environment. To be effective, signage must be consistent, concise, and free of jargon and punitive language. An efficient assessment of signage should include a complete inventory of existing signage, including an analysis of the types…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Signs, Guidelines, Library Policy
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Barnes, Ilana – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
Once limited to geographers and mapmakers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has taken a growing central role in information management and visualization. Geospatial services run a gamut of different products and services from Google maps to ArcGIS servers to Mobile development. Geospatial services are not new. Libraries have been writing about…
Descriptors: Special Libraries, Information Management, Needs Assessment, Geographic Information Systems
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Flynn, Stephen X. – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
There are universal elements to great videos and games that drive large audiences: beautiful cinematography and graphics, engaging and purposeful screenplays and storylines, unforgettable soundtracks, and a brand name that makes viewers and players want to return for more. Libraries can, and should, employ these elements in their own videos to…
Descriptors: Libraries, Internet, Video Technology, Computer Software
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Hendrickson, Lois G. – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Recently, the author spent a week at Rare Book School (RBS) immersed in a course entitled "Teaching the History of the Book;" an investigation into different ways of thinking about, designing, and conducting a course on the history of the book. The goal was to learn how to convert teaching and outreach experiences in rare book collections from a…
Descriptors: History, Books, Library Education, Special Libraries
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Hagman, Jessica – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Twitter is a microblogging site, one where users send out messages of no more than 140 characters. The messages, known as tweets, can be seen by anyone who follows the account. Twitter is free, but free as in kittens, not as in pizza. To use it effectively, it will take time to learn the language and develop content. When used effectively, Twitter…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Services
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Miller, Robin E. – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Communities of practice offer reference librarians a conceptual model through which to develop and maintain general and subject specific knowledge. Reference librarians acquire general and subject-specific knowledge in many ways, sometimes independently and sometimes collaboratively. Applying the concept of the "community of practice" to reference…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Reference Services, Librarians, Concept Teaching
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Kendrick, Kaetrena Davis – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
The core duties of the reference librarian inherently mandate that the work environment is not unlike a kaleidoscope: Students and faculty revolve within and around the library, and reference and public services workers do the same; every move temporarily redesigning the library, its collections, and even its very role on campus into something…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Reference Services, Library Services, Web Sites
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Bottorff, Tim – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Wise and careful selection of materials remains among the most important and enduring duties of the librarian--and also among the most difficult. The author has found this to be especially true in a specialized-subject library, where traditional collection development methods do not always yield good results. While collection development practices…
Descriptors: Library Services, Librarians, Library Materials, Library Development
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Falls, Sarah E. – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
Art libraries face similar issues to other types of libraries during the digital transition but have unique twists driven by the needs of their collections. Art library information seekers may possess a sense of what an art library is: a library, set apart, to support the study of art and art history. For art libraries, it is the collection,…
Descriptors: Museums, Art, Special Libraries, Art Materials
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Germain, Carol Anne – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
Libraries frequently apply for grants to help fund special projects and resources, such as purchases for library collections, innovative instructional technologies, and research subscription databases. Grants provide support for cultural events, professional development sessions, new construction, and building renovations. Like other library…
Descriptors: Grants, Library Services, Grantsmanship, Proposal Writing
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Booth, Char – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
The post-2.0 landscape has provided something of a reality check. It is now necessary to translate the familiar series of pleasant-sounding buzzwords into what Stephens describes as "conscious, carefully planned implementations" (2008). User-centered, culture of assessment, learning organization, transparent technology, point of need, community of…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Development, Information Technology, Technology Planning
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Matuozzi, Robert N. – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
Though the core mission of a university library--to provide essential support for teaching and research remains unchanged--the library cannot escape budgetary constraints. It has to compete for resources with other departments and programs in the university. Times are hard, with some states currently reporting unprecedented budget deficits with…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Research Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Booth, Char – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
This will be my first time authoring this column, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity it presents to explore the intersection of library technology and public services. As the recent title of the 2008 Internet Librarian conference indicates, "Beyond Library 2.0: User-Focused Tools and Technologies," the tide of what for several years has…
Descriptors: Public Service, Library Services, Best Practices, Library Automation
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Friedman, Lia – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
While podcasting initiatives may have come and gone in many libraries, it remains a powerful and accessible way to leverage emerging technology to make personal as well as practical connections with users. In this article, the author briefly discusses best practices in podcasting informed by her experience in public radio, which gives her a unique…
Descriptors: Librarians, Best Practices, Video Technology, Information Technology
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Matthews, J. Greg – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
It is easy to lament the shortcomings of traditional online public access catalogs (OPACs) in the Google Age. Users cannot, for example, usually input a snippet of a long-forgotten pop song's chorus into an online library catalog and almost instantly retrieve a relevant result along with hundreds of other options. On the other hand, should OPACs…
Descriptors: Online Catalogs, Literature Reviews, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Software Reviews
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