Let's be honest here, the book is really only intended for academic librarians working with history professors and students. The book is not meant forLet's be honest here, the book is really only intended for academic librarians working with history professors and students. The book is not meant for public librarians dealing with "amateur" historians or genealogists. Hence, you will not find too many practical elements in this book such as marketing your services, fundraising for special projects or being pro-active in gathering community records.
I find this statement is to be somewhat false, "Today's history scholars and students utilize information in many different formats...For historians, the library is an essential resource that serves as their 'laboratory.' Librarians need to recognize the changing needs of this group--arguably among the heaviest users of library materials and services." I do not disagree with the statement that historians and history students should rely heavily on a library collection. The problem I have is that the above statement makes it sounds like librarians do not have the "understanding" or the "knowledge" to help these patrons. I think the statement needs to be reversed in that historians and history students need to have a better understanding of the different research formats, how to use various finding aids, how to interpret the differences between institutional practices (e.g. an archives is not the same as a library) and how to frame your research queries more effectively.
Perhaps it's the author's "tone" that I having trouble understanding. Kitchens is a humanities librarian and yet this book places the "onus" on librarians to cater to the history profession. I am not saying his statement is wrong, but rather, it needs to work both ways. What good is it for a history librarians to consult with the history department to develop a historical collection if the professors intentionally write assignments forcing students to use materials not found in the collection? Should history librarians change collection focus every time the department hires a new history professor? In order for history librarians and history departments to work more effectively together, there needs to be a better understanding and appreciation of what services and expertise that each party is willing to provide. After all, history is not always going to be found in the pages of a book, on a magnetic tape recording or in the margins of a letter.
Clear layout of a complex topic that would make any sane person's head spin. So far it is the only book that finally answered a question I had about cClear layout of a complex topic that would make any sane person's head spin. So far it is the only book that finally answered a question I had about copyright--if someone requests a copy of an obituary from a local newspaper, are we breaking copyright if we scan in the article and send it by email? Surprisingly no one wants to answer this question. Or in at least some of the more current books published in the last several years about Canada's new copyright legislation. By the way, in case you are wondering, yes the scanned document violates copyright legislation. Interestingly enough, the book also helps to explain WHY my interlibrary loan department is the first point of contact for these types of transactions. It has to do with the record-keeping requirements stipulated in the legislation. Huh, go figure.
Equally interesting that my library's agreement with Access Copyright covers photocopies but not scanned copies. Lots of new information to digest here.
Preface: "[This book] is for those librarians who want to know more about apps but do not necessarily own a smartphone or develop apps. This book is aPreface: "[This book] is for those librarians who want to know more about apps but do not necessarily own a smartphone or develop apps. This book is also for librarians who do not envision purchasing a smartphone. Essentially, it is for the beginner, the librarian who is content with his or her basic cell phone."
As far as Jim Hahn is concerned, this book is really intended for the aforementioned librarians. He offers a list of 100 Apple and Android apps that could be used for libraries and by librarians. He describes each app and explains their use and potential usefulness to the library. Sounds great, right? Not so much. There is a huge difference between use by a library and use by a librarian. The later is more likely to download and utilize Candy Crush and Facebook on their mobile devices while the former is still struggling with allowing users to download and save a PDF file to a flash drive on a library computer. The mere thought of a library recommending apps for patrons to download seems as remote as being able to update the flash player on one's work computer without getting a person from the IT department to do it for you.
Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with this list or the format but I have a tough time trying to figure out how these apps would work practically. Maybe a few case studies or examples would have been helpful. Say a library creating a reader's advisory corner and further employing Goodreads (social book reading site), QuickScan (barcode reader) and Wordpress (blogging) to promote this initiative. Also as person who has both an iPhone and an Android tablet, I would have preferred if the apps had been organized into Apple or Android as opposed to utility vs productivity vs social.
Still this book maybe useful for the originally intended audience--Smartphone/Tablet Newbie or Luddite. Unfortunately for me, I do not fall under any of these categories. ...more
Really basic. Intended for those who don't know much about Android tablets. I have had my tablet for almost a month now and so far, this book hasn't tReally basic. Intended for those who don't know much about Android tablets. I have had my tablet for almost a month now and so far, this book hasn't told me anything new that I haven't discovered yet, especially when it comes to the most essential free apps. I find their top 10 list a little too basic for my needs....more
A serviceable reference tool for those getting to know the Star Trek universe for the first time. Think of the dictionary as the "Coles Notes" versionA serviceable reference tool for those getting to know the Star Trek universe for the first time. Think of the dictionary as the "Coles Notes" version of Star Trek geekiness. A must for anyone trying to figure out what our fascination is about.
However, for those hard-core fans, I really could have used another 100 more pages of visual entries with more character descriptions and plot synopses! Hence, this later statement is the reason it's not getting the 5th and final star from me. ...more
Published in 2004, this book needs an update. For one thing, the Prairie History Room (Regina, SK) at Regina Public Library did not close in 2003 as ePublished in 2004, this book needs an update. For one thing, the Prairie History Room (Regina, SK) at Regina Public Library did not close in 2003 as earlier reported and as a result, this book erroneously reported this speculation as fact causing all sorts of confusion. My other complaint about the book is just how it's organized. For many in-experienced genealogy librarians, this book may seem like a god-send but it's rather irksome in its layout because it is very text-heavy and lacks a tabbed feature to locate information more quickly. But perhaps the most annoying feature is the lack of a brief FAQ for each province/territory. For example, there is not point in anyone looking for a birth, marriage or death record for Saskatchewan prior to 1905 because the area did not join Confederation until 1905. Before then, the area was known as the Northwest Territories which will throw many researchers off. It is this type of information that would be particularly helpful for newbie librarians trying to assist their clientele. Don't get me wrong. I don't think this book is really awful. I merely think that the Canadian Library Association needs to update this book to make it truly useful for Canadian genealogy librarians to recommend. ...more
I spent the past several days using this book to compile a list of public libraries with local history and/or genealogy collections for a research proI spent the past several days using this book to compile a list of public libraries with local history and/or genealogy collections for a research project and have concluded:
- audiobooks, CD-Rom, specialized databases such as Ancestry or the entire suite of EBSCO do NOT constitute "Special Collections" and should not be listed under this category. - many public libraries lack a website and/or email address but somehow, even the smallest branch have either a Facebook or Twitter account. I predict that next year's directory will list these branches having a Pinterest and Instagram accounts but still NO website or email address. - no consistency in how the libraries are arranged. Supposedly, they are all listed alphabetically under the province/territory but because many branches are part of a regional system, their listing can either appear under their actual name or under the regional system's name. Very confusing while trying to figure out whether a branch is just a branch in a large public/regional system or a standalone library. Apparently, neither can the publisher. - also annoying is "Appendix 1: Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries" which is really a listing of research collections in academic libraries. This appendix could have included collections in public and special libraries but I guess that would have involved much more in depth analysis of these "special collections" in public libraries than the publisher cared to list.
It's still a good reference book, albeit a little uneven for the purposes of my project. ...more
Aside from the chapters on influential sci-fi films, there are also some good chapters on influential sci-fi novels, the close connection with fantasyAside from the chapters on influential sci-fi films, there are also some good chapters on influential sci-fi novels, the close connection with fantasy films, influential sci-fi shows and finally, a round-up of sci-fi films from around the world. A handy reference book to have around....more