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At 2:01am on May 25, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Alana,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

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At 10:52am on May 4, 2009, David Layton said…
I've never tried Captivate. I may have to give it a try. I sometimes do quick 30-second videos on Jing when a patron is not understanding our chat sessions and then post the link to the chat. I've also tried the blink freeware, but camtasia is so much better, I haven't gone back to it.
At 10:48am on April 22, 2009, David Layton said…
Wow! 1.5 years! I'll admit, that I was considering doing UWO's program in 1-1.5 years...until I got offered a fulltime job and that scholarship for the web institute at UNT, so I've completed my MLS (course-based) in two years while having professional position. It's been great! I'm looking at local PhD programs since we get tuition benefits for fulltime employees, so I'll see what BYU has to offer. However, if you see any good positions up in Toronto-area, let me know. I'm thinking strongly about moving back to Canada.

That would be great if you send a link to your libguide when you finish it. We've been working on some Camtasia tutorials on things like RefWorks, Ulrichsweb, Medline, etc., and we're going to be working on more databases over the summer (in addition to weeding our science reference collection). It's going to get a little crazy, but at least we'll only have 14,000 students on campus instead of the normal 31,000.

Congrats on your new job. :)
At 11:00am on April 21, 2009, David Layton said…
That's an interesting setup with the multi-college chat feature. It would be hard to do that, especially since each library has different database/journal subscriptions. Do you have a comprehensive ILL program?

In answer to your question, I don't know if we necessarily have a single person in a comparable position (Allyson Washburn perhaps). We have a GIS department that oversees technology, runs the information commons and multimedia labs and also works with library instruction. I've been on a couple of committees with them, dealing with technology trends and what are response is going to be. I'm the Science Reference Specialist, so I've worked on several things within my department as well, attempting to reach out to students. We're in the process of migrating to LibGuides. That will be good, because then I can link my page to that and add some other functionality that I couldn't use with the subsutility program we currently use.

So, when did you graduate from UofT? I'm not done my MLS until August, but then I'm looking for PhD programs offered here at BYU where I work. I swear, I'm going to be one of those eternal students...except that I have a full-time job.
At 1:09pm on April 3, 2009, David Layton said…
Oh, and I was that close ~holding index finger and thumb together~ to going to UWO in London for my MLS. Until UNT let me go for free. :) I haven't been to Toronto since grade 10 for band. ~sigh~
At 1:07pm on April 3, 2009, David Layton said…

Here's a link to our Biology 100 subject page. I love the fact that it is point of inquiry (rather than just the home page). We recently switched from Plugoo to LibraryH3lp which seems to be working better (not dependent on Plugoo/MSN) and allows us to transfer chats to other department queues/librarian's offices, etc. It's pretty cool.
At 10:33am on April 2, 2009, David Layton said…
Welcome to Library 2.0. Glad to see another Canadian in our midst (although I moved to the U.S. in grade 12).

I noticed you were into library 2.0 applications. I've found Facebook a little limiting. I tried to create a group forum for the science/engineering students to interact with librarians and that didn't work. The new Facebook layout makes it even worse. I've found a library page is useful, however. Twitter, I haven't found good application for just yet, but I do like to use to bookmark science websites and categorize them. This allows for quick reference access and the ability to link the account to your subject page.

I'm currently working with various chat reference projects. I've found this has been our most successful web application attempt, especially putting widgets on all of our subject guides for point-of-interest access. I'm currently doing a study and writing an article on two years of data I've gathered and it's very interesting.


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