During May 2009

Service learning on the south trip

On Thursday the Social Stratification course started our 3 day service project with the Southern Mutual Help Association. The day of work was punctuated with a great lunch at Rita’s Cafe (one of the work-sites), a discussion on the value of Zydeco music, and a great dinner at Bon Creole – the most recommended restaurant... more

NCICU Assessment Conference

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities is a consortium of private schools that provides lobbying in the North Carolina legislature and professional development programming for various units in universities including libraries. Besides the fact that you just can’t get too much information on assessment, I was interested in this conference because I have just been... more

LAUNCH-CH Research Forum, May 20, 2009

On May 20th, a beautiful North Carolina afternoon, Ellen Daugman, Kaeley McMahan and Craig Fansler traveled to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library to present posters in the LAUNCH-CH Research Forum. The Forum is made up of 2 hour-long poster sessions sandwiched around a paper presentation by three presenters. The poster sessions were arranged along a corridor... more

LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session-ASERL

On May 27th Lynn, Megan and Giz met in the ITC Screening Room at 10am for a Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session by Lyrasis. Laurie Gemmill the Lyrasis Digital Services Program Manager was the speaker. After a quick test of the webinar tools, Laurie Gemmill wanted to get a feel for everyone’s location, so we... more

Erik and Susan: Embedded and in Alabama

“Technology Central in Birmingham” Greetings from the Deep South. Erik and I are traveling for 16 days with the 2009 iteration of Drs. Hattery and Smith’s “Social Stratification in the Deep South” experiential summer course. This year there are 19 students, 13 from Colgate University (where Hattery and Smith taught this past year), 5 from... more

On being a videobrarian

Today I watched in amazement as our own Susan Smith taped, edited, and posted videos from our Social Stratification course to our Facebook course page. Susan and I spent the last few days recording video and have over 70 GB of data and, as we should have expected, it brought our machines to a crawl.... more

Lynn at SAMM

Wanda covered much of the SAMM conference. I was only there one day, mostly because I am a SOLINET/Lyrasis Board member, so I will cover the sessions that I went to that Wanda did not. My flight from Charlotte was late so I missed the opening keynote…grrhgghhhh! Google Book Search Settlement:Now What? Jonathan Band, Technology... more

ZSR library feeds, learns from teachers for DigitalForsyth project

Many many thanks go out to the attendees of today’s workshop, LearnNC, East Carolina University, Forsyth County Public Library, and our own ZSR and Coy C. Carpenter libraries for the tremendously successful DigitalForsyth education workshop that was held today at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In total, we worked with 26 teachers to create lesson... more

SAMM 09 – day 2

My second day at SAMM lasted only until noon, but was full of several interesting sessions. I began the day hearing Jason Battles from the University of Alabama, share insights on “Building Environments and Tools to Engage Library Users.” The problem as he states it is that libraries wait until new products, new web pages... more

SAMM – day 1

The final SOLINET annual meeting is being held in Atlanta Thursday and Friday morning at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. The SAMM 09 conference entitled, the Changing World, Changing Libraries featured as open keynoter the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, Dr. Tom Frey. Frey thinks our society is always... more