Karen Paxton, the librarian at Brown Mackie College in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, knows all about supporting different kinds of work. As a librarian who formerly supported R&D in a corporate environment and a former Systems Administrator, Karen knows how best to support her students and faculty today. Her emphasis is on the word 'support' whether it's trouble shooting an IT problem, finding an easier way to help the students, or connecting them with the proper resources. At her location, Brown Mackie College offers four areas of study: Nursing; Healthcare and Wellness; Business and Technology; Legal Studies. Karen is developing her local LibGuides pages to support these programs with links and finding aids. Like many of you, she finds the LibGuides format an excellent platform, although she is looking forward to having more time this summer to implement her vision for how these pages could look. She wants them to be more program focused vs. library focused. That certainly sounds more student focused too.
In "A Model for Managing 3D Printing Services in Academic Libraries", the authors, Vincent Scalfani and Josh Sahib, lay the groundwork with enough detail, that any library type now can implement 3D printing in their library using the model described. There's enough information and supporting documentation (they even include their Standard Operating Procedures for the lab) on which to build your own, local experience.
This seems to be difficult. May I propose an approach?
- The first question seems to be, where's the baseline? Make sure that all of your staff can turn everything on and off, they know how to change the main document formats, they can troubleshoot printing problems. They can do their jobs. That's the baseline.
Donna Briggs, the librarian at Roger Bacon High School, is very proud of "her kids." They're engaged and inquisitive and reflect all of the diversity of the city of Cincinnati. On a visit in April, Donna was teaching dance steps from the 1920's (two students asked her to), working on her second iBook (on Evernote), developing her edshelf resources (an educational Pinterest) and meeting with me. Donna looks for and uses the best resources and sometimes that means creating her own. But that is not the usual. She feels there is a lot of excellent material available, it's just difficult to have the time to review all that one might want to. This is one of the reasons she appreciates getting together with other school librarians. It saves time, energy and money to compare notes and share findings. I'm very pleased that Donna is joining our Executive Board beginning in July 2013.
If you'd like to see Donna's edshelf page: The Happy Librarian's Tips & Tutorials
Luz Sinha, the librarian for the Dayton Children's Hospital Library, is very interested in Evidence-Based Medicine. It's not an academic interest. Luz sincerely supports her researchers, residents and nursing students in the pursuit of the best information; information that is not anecdotal but is backed by solid research methodologies. You might say that she is a stickler, but when people's lives depend on your work, being a stickler is a good thing!