Monday, August 30, 2010

Lister Hill Library at UAB

Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to visit Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at UAB. I was very impressed with the substantive collections and the dedicated staff. I hope to obtain an internship at this library in spring 2011. It would be a wonderful place to work and learn.

I will be meeting more Lister Hill staff members at the Alabama Health Libraries Association annual conference this September. I will also be taking two courses for CE credits on the topics of web usability and using PubMed. I am excited about learning new information sources, particularly as I am taking the course Health Science Information Services in school this semester. However, the best learning takes place on the job, and if I have the chance to complete my practicum at Lister Hill Library, I am certain to build the foundation of a great career as a medical librarian.

First mobile post

Testing mobile blog, although I am not sure if it is a productive use of my time:)

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Linn Henley research library in downtown Birmingham, Alabama is a treasure trove, stacks and files full of historic knowledge. Glorious neoclassical architecture, a grand central staircase, lofty beamed ceilings and muted murals gracing the walls.

The stately four-story building sits across from the landmark Tutwiler hotel, and on the grounds of Linn Park, with its expanses of green lawn, tall trees, and reflecting pools leading to a central fountain. Connected by a crosswalk to the Linn-Henley, the Birmingham Public Library is more modern and decidedly less majestic.

I drift back and forth between the two, which are both a part of the Jefferson County Cooperative Libraries system. Each has its advantages. Some days I prefer the quiet and relative solitude of the Lynn Henley, with its studious long desks and table lamps and lack of florescent lighting. The building is so alluring and seems to hold secrets.

For one, the Agee Map Collection lies, in part, behind a locked wooden door, a small window tantalizingly revealing tables and a computer or two, along with thousands of dollars worth of historical maps. I was highly disappointed to learn that the collection is closed to the public until more of the originals can be digitized. This is a worthy endeavor that I would thrill to be a part of.

On another note, the extraordinary archival collection of the Linn Henley rests on the basement floor, curated by one Mr. Jim Baggett, who has worked at the library for more than 17 years. He spoke with me about aspects of the Civil Rights collection there, which I have been utilizing for a school reference project. There are certainly many more treasures to discover there.

The Birmingham Public Library is larger, brighter, and houses newer books, periodicals, and audiovisuals on every subject. The Friends of the Birmingham Public Library operate a small bookstore on the second floor. A wise-looking black woman by the name of Pat Thomas is usually working there. The librarians are efficient and friendly, although the patrons often seem unfamiliar with the customs of libraries, talking loudly amongst themselves.

All in all, both libraries embody the spirit of Alabama, and they are my anchor in the midst of the soot and city blocks. The libraries' continued technological growth equates its future to an extent. However, the libraries' sense of permanence in Birmingham's history is forever assuring. If a beautiful building and its caretakers can guard such treasure of knowledge, it seems all can still be well in the world.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

MacArthur Foundation President Discusses Philanthropy on Second Life

While searching for interesting multimedia that applies to my topic of interest, I came upon this video posted within the Multimedia Library at the MacArthur Foundation web site: The video is about 54 minutes long, and because this blog does not permit such large size parameters, I included a link below to the same video found on Macarthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and the co-founder of Second Life discuss the potential of virtual worlds for social good in this video.

I find this interesting and relevant to my blog, because it applies to the potential of technology to ensure intellectual progress and to unite people in their causes. This video was found under the topic of Digital Media and Learning. To harness the power of information, a focus on digital media is imperative. It ensures that print information can be converted to a format that will endure and be more readily accessible to the public. This access to information encourages intellectual freedom, and the ability to utilize digital media for philanthropic endeavors is just one more good reason to respect its capabilities.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Competency: Tagging/Tag Clouds

I chose the book by Nicholas Baker that I have focused my blog on, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. I am interested in the preservation of print materials while concurrently integrating Web 2.0 and other new technology and information science to the library profession.

Here is part of the tag cloud posted for this book within my reading list on :

(7) American(4) archives(25) archiving(5) book history(6) books(45) books about books(42) books and reading(7) conservation(21) culture(4) essays(13) history(14) journalism(4) librarianship(6) libraries(130) library(23) library science(36) LIS(3) literature(8) microfilm(15) newspapers(50) non-fiction(83) own(7) paper(13) preservation(60) read(11) restoration(3) technology(5) to read(6) United States(3)