Quick Tip: iReference

Judith Downie, CSU San Marcos | June 18, 2012

I have taken to carrying my iPad with me where I know I will see students and can provide “reference on the run.” The difficulty is planning the most opportune times for both my walks and the students’ availability.

To meet the needs of a growing population of postdocs and junior researchers, librarians are launching more educational programs and services for this specific group. Resources on Elsevier’s Biggerbrains website can help. Biggerbrains offers a free career guide, video tutorials and even a game to walk through four stages of career development: Search and Discovery, Writing and Publishing, Networking and Funding. Put some pizzazz into your next library seminar with one of the Biggerbrains videos, and help guide your researchers in setting a successful career path.

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2012 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. The deadline for proposals is June 24, 2012. Grants will be awarded in December 2012 and provide one-, two- and three-year awards between US $5,000 to US $50,000 per year for a total of $100,000. The Elsevier Foundation will accept proposals from May 1 through June 24 (apply online).

Revitalizing Your Library’s Blog

Joe Walsh, Elsevier | Nov 23, 2015

While social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, among others, may be new to some librarians, a library blog, meaning a forum used on behalf of a library or information resource center, is a more established communications channel. This is great news. After all, I believe a blog, when used properly, can be the most effective way to craft your library’s “voice,” speak to patrons and other stakeholders, and showcase the value the library brings to its organization and community.

Library Course Tools: This app dynamically generates student-centric views of library resources and tools. The technology team achieved its goal of scalability by building a system that provides a page for every course on campus. Library content is contextualized to the course wherever possible by exploiting existing and new library resource mappings to NCSU course department codes or course numbers.

Librarians know that the container of the print publication has been supplanted by online access to individual articles. It was time Library Connect addressed this issue on our website by placing your articles front and center.

The new Library Connect website brings a host of wonderful resources together, including our LC blog, and makes them easier to find via topic, resource type and organic search.

Quick Tip: Aggregating feeds

Amanda Izenstark, University of Rhode Island | Mar 16, 2012

I really prefer tools to be a push rather than something I have to go out and check or find, so I use Google Reader to aggregate feeds from the library world, the higher ed world, the tech world, and the disciplines I work with.

Amanda Izenstark
Reference and Instructional Design Librarian
University of Rhode Island, USA

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program awards grants to libraries for improving access to and use of scientific, technical and medical information. The 2011 library grant recipients, announced in January 2012, address real developing world issues through the use of STM information resources. The Elsevier Foundation funded $150,000 of new grants including:

Librarians are taking on greater responsibility for assisting faculty and researchers with the publications process. Many of these authors may be publishing in English as non-native speakers, and though the content may be excellent, the word choice and sentence structure may need a little (or a little more) help.

More than 11,000 researchers have used the service since it was introduced two years ago.