Library Day in the Life, Day 2: Tuesday January 25th

Today was Day 2 of the Webchick Drupal 7 Tour. We started off looking at creating modules in Drupal 7, went over how to port custom modules from Drupal 6 to 7, and then spent a lot of the afternoon looking at the new-and-improved APIs. Admittedly, a lot of this was beyond my current ability, but I left resolved to drastically increase my PHP skills, and I still learned a ton.

Library Day in the Life, Day 1: Monday January 24th

Pleased to report that Day one of Library Day in the Life has a lot of significance to me. For almost two years, I have been lobbying for us to hire a full-time programmer. For the last year, I was extremely lucky to have an excellent student programmer, whose skill and accomplishments demonstrated just what could be done with a programmer on staff. Last fall, external review reports corroborated my desire to increase the number of library staff who have expertise in web development.

How Much Does it Cost to Make a Library's Web Site Accessible?

I was asked this morning by a colleague how much it costs-in all senses of the word-to make a web site that is NOT Section 508 or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliant...well, compliant. This is a really difficult question to answer because there are so many variables, including the type of library, the level of complexity of web site, the varying accessibility support of products used for web development, and the varying levels of staffing and skills of people in the library.

Musings on Copyright

So my husband's cousin, who is considering getting a degree in library science, approached me on Facebook. He's working on an assignment that requires him to interview people about their impressions of copyright law. Here are my responses.

NOTE: I am by no means a copyright expert. If I got something wrong, please tell me in the comments. :)

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do?

Why Amazon and Google are not the Competition

Are we trying to make NextGen Catalogs into something that they don't really need to be? We constantly hear at conferences and in other professional venues that and Google are "the competition." Are they, really? With the exception of sales of donated materials, we're not trying to sell books. And libraries are not just books, but space, computer and internet access, services, etc. Right? Ironic that internet access--the very thing that was supposed to be our undoing--has become one of the top reasons for library use.

Ten Tips for Nailing your Academic Library Interview

Ah, the academic interview: a grueling day-long marathon of showcasing yourself and your accomplishments to people you've likely never met before. I've had three academic interviews in the past five years, two of them successful, so I like to think I know what I'm talking about here. These Top Ten Tips are things that I've done or see others do that have made a positive impact. If you're prepared, the interview process can be an enjoyable, rather than nerve-racking, experience. Even if you're not offered the job, this is your chance to make a lasting impression on a group of your peers.