E-books are a hot topic right now.   My interest, while partially professional, is mainly personal.  I love reading books on my Sony e-reader, but my book budget is kind of small so I can only buy a few books per year for it.  The rest of the books I read on my Sony need to be free.  Usually, I borrow books from my library (yup, according to Library Journal I am a library e-book power user – ie, I borrow at least 13 eBooks from my library every year), but the list of available titles (that I want to read) is small, and the wait to get the books is often long.

So, I stumbled upon a great blog on eBooks called TeleRead, and they have a page dedicated to providing a list of places to find free eBooks called Catalog of Free eBooks!  How cool is that!  That find was just too good not to share.

Also, of personal interest to me is that through the list, I found another website that has free Swedish childrens books online.  Aces!  Now I have one more place to go when trying to find Swedish books to read to my little girl.

Well, it has been a nice week off from class, but out new semester begins on Tuesday.  The line up for the summer semester:

LIS 205: Introduction to Information Sources & Services
Scope, organization, and evaluation of reference sources and services, with emphasis on information use and retrieval in a virtual environment and contemporary models of service delivery.  Credit: 3 semester hours.

LIS 211: Collection Development & Management of Knowledge Resources
Prerequisite: LIS 204
Philosophy and methods of managing collections in physical and virtual libraries, with emphasis on assessing and meeting information needs.  May include a service learning requirement.  Credit: 3 semester hours.

We will meet for Collection Development on Tuesdays (room 211)  and for Sources & Services on Thursdays (room 215).

In other news, the second cohort of IMLS scholars begins this summer.  Congratulations to you all for being admitted into the program.  I look forward to getting to know you all.

Information Overload


For my LIS 204: Introduction to Library and Information Science class, I am writing a paper on Information Overload.  Every time I told a friend or family member what I was working on, they were very interested (and commented on how timely it was for me considering that I have been juggling work information, school information, and new medical information as I deal with and try to understand my hearing loss).

For anyone else out there who is doing a little research on Information Overload, but is having trouble finding sources, check out the references that I used to write my paper here: Information Overload References.  Once I’ve finalized my paper I will post that on this site as well.

*Image taken from: http://www.gettingmoredone.net/images/desk.jpg.


One of the tools that we will use while getting our MLS is Refworks.  Refworks is “an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies”.

Refworks is unfortunately not super intuitive the first time you use it.  Luckily, I am participating in this program with a wonderful cohort and they are all constantly sharing information and doing what they can to provide each other with support.  One of our members, Bruce, was kind enough to document what he learned about using Refworks and has agreed to let me post a tutorial he created on this blog for our entire cohort (and future cohorts) to use.  Please click here: refworks-101 to view the tutorial.  An additional tutorial created by Bruce can be accessed by clicking here:  refworks_102. Otherwise, these documents can be found under “My Documents” in the right tool bar.

Alternatively, you can check out the refworks guide provided by the St. John’s Library: http://libguides.stjohns.edu/RefWorks

Thanks again Bruce!


** Edited on 4-22-09 to add St. John’s Library Refworks guide and the second tutorial provided by Bruce.

Did you know?

I came across an interesting YouTube video today about the progression of information, information technology and how fast things are changing in the world.  It seems to me that right now is a very good time to be studying to become a Librarian.

This video was researched by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod, and remixed by Jeff Brenman.  I believe there is a newer edition.  Once I’ve located it, I will update this entry.

Way back when I was still in law school, I took an advanced research class called “International and Foreign Law Research”.  This was a great class which introduced students to different resources available in different international forums, as well as different obstacles to obtaining international legal information and suggestions for getting around those obstacles.  As part of this class, we were all required to create a research guide for a specific audience.  I chose to write a guide for doing research on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.  To see the guide, click here, or follow the link under “My Documents” which is located in the right column.

Managerial Grid

At the beginning of the Semester, we spent a significant amount of time discussing Management Theory in my Special Libraries and Information Centers class.   In conjunction with this discussion, we each researched either a key thinker, or a key idea in management theory and created PowerPoint presentations on what we learned.  I chose to present on the Managerial Grid and Jane S. Mouton, the lesser known of the Managerial Grid’s co-creators.

For more information, check out my PowerPoint presentation here or below.   Note: references for the PowerPoint presentation will be added at a later date.

Amelia, thanks for the tip on embedding the PowerPoint presentation into the blog!