Resource of the Week – ResourceShelf

ResourceShelf has an intriguing catchphrase, “We find the sources; you get the credit”.  The criteria for selection of sources seems to be:  high-quality, free, and of interest to information professionals.  In this day and age, there may be a lot of resources that meet this criteria, but who has the time to search, let alone for the latest stuff?  ResourceShelf!

Each item is ‘hand-selected’ by researchers and librarians, and made available in various ways to meet your information intake preference:  the blog is constantly updated and provides RSS and Twitter feeds; a weekly newsletter provides a sampling of resources; and the Archive provides access to over 25,000 resources back to 2001!  That’s a lot of information.

It is a lot of information.  Be aware that they generally share between 300 – 500 resources per month.  Not every item will be of interest to you, but you may know someone for which it is, and it’s easy and free to share.  And, as they say, you get the credit.

Resource of the Week – Stephen’s Lighthouse

There are lots of free, quality resources online to assist us in the wide variety of tasks and components which comprise the work that we do in academic libraries.  I would like to use the blog forum to share a different resource every week.  Let me know if you have a resource you’d like to share and we’ll get it posted!

Those of you who get my occasional CULD Resource Round Up email know that I am a big fan of  the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, by Stephen Abram.  Abram is an international librarian who is Past President of the Special Library Association, Past President of the Canadian Library Association, former Vice President of Innovation for SirsiDynix.  He is currently Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage in Toronto, Canada.  He has extensive experience in library technology and trend forecasting, and travels extensively, speaking (and listening) to librarians around the world.

While the blog doesn’t speak to academic libraries exclusively, his questions, exploration, and insight on a variety of issues  always gets me thinking.  He has a sense of humor but also challenges us on issues that need to be raised.  With his guidance, I often come to understand technology and other library issues that I may have heard about, but haven’t really dealt with.  He also presents new ideas/perspectives on issues that are fundamental to libraries but need constant tweaking.  A perfect example is a post from today, Information Literacy Videos

I bet if you take a look at his archive for just January 2011, you’ll find several items of interest.

Reflections on a Conference

This past November I had the opportunity of attending my first AZLA conference (actually, my first ever professional conference). Though I could only attend one day, I had a chance to sit in on a few informative workshops, one of which dealt with presenting an effective webinar. This workshop was especially timely, as the school I work at now offers online programs and our library is looking for ways to bring services to those students. But aside from the workshops I found a huge benefit in attending the workshop was just networking with other library professionals. And what a friendly group of people we are! During lunch, everyone at my table was excited to talk about what’s going on at their library, and some people left with ideas to try back “home”. I definitely plan to attend next year as well.

Sara Zapotocky

Sara is the Assistant Librarian at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, AZ. She received her Master’s in Library Science from the UofA in 2005. On a side note, she recently became involved with “In2Books,” an online program that pairs volunteers with students to read and discuss books together.