Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Blog Business: A Demo

Sitting in a classroom in Volusia demonstrating how to create a blog entry. Fun, fun, fun! :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Workshop Wealth: Orlando!

Orlando is the place to be this fall for a number of upcoming conferences of potential interest to CFLC members. Check these soon to take advantage of "Early Bird" registrations.

EDUCAUSE will hold its annual conference, Transforming the Academy: Dreams and Reality ("the premier IT event in higher education"), in Orlando from October 18 to 21. Information and registration (including registration for exhibits only) is available via this page.

FAME, the Florida Association for Media in Education, is holding its annual conference, The Key to Literacy: Your School Library, in conjuntion with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) annual conference, Exploring the Vision, from October 19 to 21. Registration and information for FAME is found via this page and for AECT is found via this page. AECT is also holding a three-night preconference Seminar at Sea in collaboration with the International Council for Educational Media from October 14 to 17, information for which is found at the main AECT page.


CFLC Chronicles: Member Open House

From the UCF Special Collections comes this invitation to CFLC members:
The University of Central Florida Libraries Special Collections Department will hold an Open House on Friday, August 26, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Carla Summers, Head of Special Collections, and Elizabeth Konzak, University Archivist and Curator of Manuscripts will lead tours of the collections storage areas and staff will be on hand to answer questions. UCF faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to attend the Open House.

After undergoing renovations for the past several months, Special Collections has now reopened to the public. During the course of the renovations, the Special Collections fifth floor collections storage area climate control, security, lighting and fire protection systems were upgraded and new shelving was installed to house the collection. Renovations were completed by MVB & Associates.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 407-823-2576 or e-mail nhelm (at) mail.ucf.edu.

Workshop Wealth: Free Digital Workshop

From the Orange County Library System comes this announcement:
If you have been looking for a great opportunity to learn more about the potential for digital projects then we have an opportunity for you! Come to Central Florida on September 30, 2005 and attend a free digitization workshop. Hear from the collaborating institutions that developed the Central Florida Memory project and learn from their experience. More information and the opportunity to register can be found at http://www.ocls.info/_public/cfm_announcement.htm.

OCLC Oddments: WorldCat Reaches One Billion Holdings

In the sprint to add the billionth holding, OCLC set up a page that displays live catalog additions. Go here to watch one record being added every eight seconds or so...and also to get the details on who added the billionth record (on August 11) and what that record was. If you really want to see something amazing, watch the total holdings numbers change as the page refreshes; just in the time it's taken to enter this post, several hundred holdings have been added to the database! (That's not the big counter on the top; it's in the white box just under the statement, "The following record was added...") Enjoy!


Saturday, August 06, 2005

Reference Riches: Collaborative Virtual Reference Symposium

From Sharon Morris of the Dig_Ref list comes the information that presentations are now available online here from the Collaborative Virtual Reference Symposium held in July in Denver, Colorado.

For more information and discussion of virtual reference services, come to the upcoming workshop, Ready Reference Using the Internet, at CFLC on the morning of Thursday, August 11.


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Workshop Wealth: Ask a Librarian - Updated Software

From Jennifer Sullivan, Virtual Reference Coordinator:
I will be offering training on the following dates at the locations specified.

The purpose of the training is to show you the new features of the latest version of the Ask a Librarian software.

My goal is for all site coordinators to have some contact with the updated software before we go live on September 1st. If you can not make it to one of these training dates, please let me know and we will work out a time to discuss the changes. Please feel free to invite any members of your staff who would like to attend. Please let me know the names of anyone attending and what location and time.
There are two workshops being offered in the CFLC Region:

Tuesday, August 9th, 12:30-3:30
Central Florida Library Cooperative, Maitland

Wednesday, August 31st, 1:00-4:00
Volusia County Public Library, Library Support Center

E-mail Jennifer Sullivan (sullivj (at) tblc.org) if you will be attending.


OCLC Oddments: Update

A recent post of relevance to CFLC members from the OCLC Resource Sharing List:
OCLC Update: ISO-ILL Live: August 2, 2005

OCLC is pleased to announce that we will be live with ISO-ILL for all users of OCLC resource sharing, effective tomorrow, August 2, 2005.

ISO-ILL users may wish to check the list of known issues with ISO-ILL functionality linked from the system alerts page: http://www.oclc.org/support/systemalerts/. This information will be updated Monday evening, August 1.

Training Tactics: Florida Electronic Library Training Materials

Orange County Public Schools held their inspiring Media Specialists Preplanning Day yesterday and invited CFLC to explain what the Florida Electronic Library has to offer their students.

As promised to them in those sessions, here is a link from Thomson Gale about where to find ready-made training and publicity materials for using their databases. NOTE: Not all of these databases are available via the Florida Electronic Library.