Pushing Library Resources

On Friday, April 23, 2010  I presented with Genny Yarne at the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference 2010: “The Library is Open: Open, Minds, Open Doors, Open Access.” Our session was called “Pushing Library Resources.” Below find a summary of the session and the links and quotes we used.

“Pushing Library Resources” – Kirkwood Community College Library has been working to improve the accessibility of library resources. We offer a look at the successes and failures we’ve experienced from a front line customer service position on the reference desk and possible pitfalls for you to look out for, successes, limitations that we’ve found, and things we are still struggling with. Our discussion will include: database selection, database training, reference services online, information literacy, delicious bookmarks, adoption of a proxy server, and the process of re-designing our library website. We will encourage others to share their stories of what has worked and not for them.





Conclusion #1 – People don’t care how it works, they just want it to

Conclusion #2 – “He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

Conclusion #3 – You can’t just do things once and assume they are working.

Conclusion #4 – Critical thinking is a vital part of using online resources.

Conclusion #5 – Everything needs to work together.

– “I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone and so long as they are held thus not one of the tasks that the hand may perform can be accomplished.

I cannot lift,

I cannot grasp,

I cannot hold,

I cannot even make an intelligible sign,

Until my fingers organize and work together in this we should also learn a lesson.”

– George Washington Carver


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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