Nicole\’s got a library blog (again)


BugGuide.net
July 26, 2006, 10:44 pm
Filed under: online collection, research tools, Science tools

(I completely deleted this content unintentionally. Duh!)

BugGuide.net is a great spot to find information about a variety of critters. The site contains images, complete taxonomy, wors cited and other references. This could be a

great tool in the classroom or at the library. Those libraries with social bookmark sharing should add it to their science, grade school or whatever lists!

The site is hosted by Iowa State University Entymology and carries the following disclaimer pertaining to authority:

Disclaimer: Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service. We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world. If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office.

Anyhow, I really like this site!



WorldCat!
July 26, 2006, 10:24 pm
Filed under: catalogs, searching

Baby CatsFrom everywhere in the IS blogosphere, but for me, from LibrariesDirect:

OCLC has announced that it will launch a new destination website that will allow users to search the holdings of libraries participating in the WorldCat database directly rather than finding the records as part of search-engine results.

The firm says the aim of WorldCat.org,to be released in beta form in August, is “to make library resources more visible to Web users, and to increase awareness of libraries.” Unlike the Open WorldCat program, which inserts “Find in a Library” pages into the results from Google and other search engines, the new site will give library holdings greater visibility by providing a permanent destination page with a search box to access all 70-million-plus records in the WorldCat database, not just the 3.4-to-4.4-million-record subset harvested by Open WorldCat’s search-engine partners.

As in Open WorldCat, each linked search result leads to a “Find in a Library” information page for an individual item. By entering geographic information, users get a list of nearby WorldCat libraries that own the item and links to the libraries’ online catalog records.

OCLC will also offer a free modularized version of the WorldCat.org search box that users or organizations can install on their websites, as well as free web toolbars and other plug-ins and a variety of open-source software and web services such as RSS feeds.

Chip Nilges, vice president of OCLC New Services, said in Information Today online July 17 that WorldCat.org is designed to complement the syndication model of Open WorldCat rather than to replace it. “There’s a symbiosis,” he said. “There’s value in having a place to go to search the world’s largest library catalog and there’s also value in capturing users who may not know about libraries.”

When I was in library school, WorldCat was one of my favorite tools. Well, that and ISI Web of Science. I think this is really exciting. Formerly you’d have to have a w3 to use WorldCat (unless you knew how direct to it through google). But now it will be coming with all kinds of bells and whistles like toolbars and RSS feeds. I can’t wait to play!



Busy weekend
July 24, 2006, 12:42 pm
Filed under: live shows, music, Philadelphia

Busy weekend full of free tickets to shows/parties. Didn’t really go to all of them. First place prize goes to Diplo and CSS at the Mummers Museum for being the most shockingly awesome show ever. Second place goes to Peaches for being Peaches.

I didn’t take pictures at either, but I really wish that I had at Diplo. It was so much fun. And the Mummers Museum is both very interesting and full of rich cultural artifacts, but also really crazy to be at at night for a show with all of the concert lighting and stuff.



small vacation
July 19, 2006, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Food & Dining, New Jersey, Nicole, Pine Barrens, Sea Isle City, vacation

Wharton Forest

This doesn’t have much to do with the information world, but I wanted to tell a little bit about my little mini vacation this past weekend. I’ll even give away my secret favorite Jersey shore beach location! After the jump! Continue reading



ugh
July 18, 2006, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I have a billion things to post, but It is going to be awhile to get everything up. I have a review of Peter Jones’ Nailed to write, along with some goodies on imigrant library services, gaming and the New Jersey Pine Barrens!

I went camping at beautiful Belleplain State Forest in New Jersey this weekend. New Jersey sure does have the very best parks!



Grade inflation
July 6, 2006, 7:56 pm
Filed under: higher education

This probably isn’t my business to talk about, but I am concerned nonetheless. Grade inflation is when a really bizarre number of students are receiving top grades in courses. I have definitly seen this in my academic experience. This article asserts tha, among other effects, grade inflation may release graduates into the workforce who are not equipped to function as one would expect a graduate to. I am sure that this refers to both knowledge based performance as well as skills-based performance. I for one realy needed the kick in the but from a Professor if I handed something in late or didn’t quite live up to what the Prof knew that I could do. It has prepared me tremendously for the workplace!

“Rojstaczer, who operates a Web site on grade inflation and writes about higher-education issues, attributes grade inflation to a cultural shift.

Students are now consumers of a product rather than acolytes trying to obtain knowledge,” he said. “We now view them as customers. The customer is always right.”

I’m not saying that this is universally true, but there is definitly truth to this statement. I said that at a point in my academic education I felt as though I had gone shopping at the mall for my degree (important note: this was only during a period of time where I was very frustrated! So don’t batter me!).

Anyhow, I think we can all thik about the implications of this. I don’t need to lay it out, thats for certain.

The article:Too many A’s, B’s at colleges? Grade-inflation criticism argued, Mike Cronin . The Arizona Republic . Jul. 1, 2006 12:00 AM

Tipped off from The Kept Up Academic Librarian



sustainability advertising
July 6, 2006, 1:36 pm
Filed under: advertising, environment, online collection, sustainability

From Research Buzz:

UNEP’s Production and Consumption Branch has published on the web its Creative Gallery on Sustainability Communications or you know, its gallery on funny and thoughtful ads on the subject. Love it. Might be a really nice addition to your Furl or de.licio.us

Here’s a screenshot of a particularly excellent Philadelphia Eagles one:

And here’s a favorite of mine that I’ve seen on tv about the “clean locomotive”