Happy holidays from the iSchool! Now in its 120th year (1892-2012) ow.ly/gc5QA
First Instagram change since acquisition by Facebook says delete your account by Jan 16th or it can sell your photos. ow.ly/gc5fu
Do you have a favorite information technology book that the Library doesn’t currently own? How about a hot tech topic that the Library collection should develop?
After recently weeding some older editions we now have several dozen open slots in our rotating Safari E-book Collection. We welcome your help to fully utilize our allotted number of titles. Books from the following publishers constitute the bulk of what we have available to us.
• Addison-Wesley Professional
• Adobe Press
• Cisco Press
• IBM Redbooks
• Microsoft Press
• New Riders
• Peachpit Press
• Prentice Hall PTR
• And more
Also - as always, please feel free to make suggestions in areas you feel are relevant to the information technology field. We will make every effort to accommodate your request!
iSchool, Education and Goodwin College Librarian
Drexel University to Open D.C. Office located at the Lafayette Tower at 801 17th Street, N.W. ow.ly/fQNRv
New CUNY project JustPublics@365 trains profs&grads on social media to make their social-justice research more visible ow.ly/fN7Rb
Last night Drexel's ALA student chapter was proud to host two speaker's who work in libraries for the federal government. Nancy Gomez Faget and Betsy Jayasuriya were in Philly for the day to share their personal career stories with MSLIS students - and how *you too* can pursue library-related opportunities with the federal government. Here is a webcam recording of their talk.
- Stand out advice I heard included:
- Consider job titles that go beyond those with the word "librarian" in the title, such as content manager, taxonomist, knowledge manager, program analyst, technical information specialist, etc.
- Keep up with the "Hack Library School" blog.
- Federal employment "pathways" program, aka Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates
- Presidential Management Fellows Program - fast track for recent graduates.
- Focus on getting a foot in the door with any federal library job, then consider options for transferring within the system.
- Every single resume must be customized - copy and paste the job requirements from the job posting into your resume so you can get past the automated screening! Otherwise you won't make the first cut.
- Include experience that shows what you've done, a project or internship - and even better if the output of your internship is a clickable link that the employer can see on the web.
- Demonstrate that you can apply what you have learned in library school and are prepared to cross functional boundaries!
- Sharepoint in particular is hugely popular in the federal system.
- If you have ideas, you will have the opportunity to take on projects that you might never have expected!
- They are "standing up" a microtasking platform of project/practicum options that include options for virtual participation by online students. See links below or contact them directly!
Several recommended links:
I also heard that the ALA and SLA student chapters are going to work on figuring out a tour option for visiting the Pentagon Library as an example of a federal library. And there is additional talk about a Sharepoint peer-tutoring group - email DUSLA and SCALA for more information, or me at siftar at drexel dot edu.
For one week only starting today the SimplyMap GIS platform that we always have carried will add trial access to two of its demographics data packages by special request.
Check out the oddly named but useful Claritas PRIZM lifestyle groupings and the incredibly granular Experian Simmons Local file from Neilsen. Peruse the same research that drives advertising buys, consumer product development and media programming decisions across the United States. It is the only syndicated research providing in-depth insight into the consumer population of every U.S. market with sample sizes large enough to correctly identify valuable consumer segments.
Let me know how you like it and for which classes you would find it useful. Just do it soon! - Best, Tim
Library statistics from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for your number crunching pleasure:
ARL Salary Survey: what academic librarians are earning.
ARL Statistics: what academic libraries are spending (among other things).
Other fascinating library statistics also available at the Library Science research guide.
Questions? Recommendations? Please email siftar at drexel.edu
Until the end of this month we have a trial to the Leadership Development streaming video collection from the vendor “SkillSoft” as enjoyed by the majority of the Fortune 1000 companies and many leading universities. Over 2,700 streaming videos, ranging from 2 to 90 minutes in length, featuring speakers such as Tom Peters, Stephen Covey, etc. from sources such as DeLoitte Consulting, CEO Exchange and Cornell’s Johnson School of Management.
Skillsoft delivers content via the Books 24x7 platform on which we have enjoyed e-books for over a decade. Log into their platform directly and see the navigation on the right hand side for links to videos. [Browse Topics/ View by / Leadership Development Topic]
Below I will include the browse menus of categories to give you an idea of the coverage. As with all trials, YOUR FEEDBACK will determine if we purchase this! So please send me any comments, including the course numbers for which you would see this being useful.
Adapting to Change
Effective Personal Communication
Globalization & Emerging Markets
Learning & Development
Preventing Sexual Harassment
Safety and Wellness
Behaving with Values
Coaching & Mentoring
Faculty Announcement Newsletter
Emotional & Business Intelligence
Managing Time & Priorities
Navigating Corporate Culture
Programs with Subtitles
Recommended Meeting Starters
Advance Management Skills
Generate Customer/Client Insights
Improve Sales Performance
Improve Team Performance
Inspire and Energize
Spark New Ways of Thinking
Sales & Marketing
Strategy & Innovation
Creativity & Problem Solving
Operational Management & Process
Strategy & Execution
Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
WoK’s Conference Proceedings Citation Index along with the just released “Book Citation Index” will be available as part of a trial from December 1st through the 31st. Find them activated under the regular link for our Web of Science subscription on the front page of the Library website.
A few questions for faculty reviewers.
- Drexel users can already use Summon to search for much of the content covered by the WoK proceedings index. How important is the citation information for proceedings?
- The WoK books index covers titles since 2005, about 30,000 in all that they plan to grow by 10,000 per year. It’s roughly 40% sciences, and 60% social science and humanities. Would citations of this literature make a difference to you? (Partial list of participating publishers available by request.)
- We did *not* request a trial of the Chinese Science Citation Database. Should we have? Why?
- Please send feedback to email@example.com
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