Friday, February 08, 2008

We Will Do Anything to Serve

Just give a Reference Librarian a few lessons in Photoshop!

This is from the imaginative, service-minded librarians at Lafayette College.

[Link courtesy of Paula Webb, Doc. Librarian]

If you need help here at USA call our Reference Desk at 460-7025.

Next Thursday, Valentine's Day, bring your sweetie to a Writing Outreach session at 3:30 in the Library Auditorium on Finding Books in the Library and on the Web.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Videos and Podcasts

Find here a 20 minute video on Jacob Lawrence, one of my very favorite artists.

14. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Videos and Podcasts

"Art lovers who can't make it down to 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles
will enjoy mulling over some of the videos and podcasts presented on this
site. Currently, the site has over fifty different programs, and the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art will continue to add new programs over the
coming months. In the "Current Features" area, visitors can take a walk
through the new museum campus and also learn a bit about an exhibition that
highlights the work of Salvador Dali. Other visitors may be more interested
in the "Public Programs" area. Here they can listen to conversations and
dialogues with the likes of Anthony Hernandez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jeff Koons,
and John Baldessari. Finally, the "Documentaries" area offers up profiles of
Jacob Lawrence, a group of contemporary potters, and noted fluorescent light
artist Dan Flavin. [KMG]"
From The Scout Report-Jan 25, 2008[Copyright Internet Scout, 1994-2008. Internet Scout

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Flickr and The Library of Congress="The Commons"

Even the Library of Congress is in to Web 2.0 technologies. Partnering with Flickr to mount their photographic collections in a site called "The Commons," the LOC is asking visitors to tag these photos with everyday words describing what they see. LC Subject Headings are great for focusing a search, but they are limited to a controlled language that is sometimes baffling. By allowing visitors to tag photos, this site is using the populist strategy found in collaborative websites called Web 2.0 like, LibraryThing and Flickr itself that aims to create easier ways to find info, in this case visual info.

The photos themselves are labeled as having "no known copyright restrictions" so they can be used for whatever purpose you can devise.

Enjoy the photos, but add some value by tagging the ones you look at so that others can find them more easily.