Installing the Samgrah ILS on Ubuntu 16.04.1

Samgrah is a freely available integrated library system (ILS) developed in India as a project for students of Ruby on Rails. Let me say at the outset that Samgrah is NOT a professional ILS. It leaves quite a bit to be desired (MARC-record, anyone? Serials? Acquisitions?) for actual library use, and more resembles an archival management tool…

Books and Reading in the Reformation Period

I am attempting to compile a bibliography of materials on the role of books and reading in the Reformation period. Rather than provide such a cumbersome list here on the blog, I have decided to play with WorldCat’s lists feature because of its simple “Citations” view for easy import into Zotero. Any you with a…

Become an über-Googler

Here is a presentation on using Google hacks when searching. Google Hacks for Academic Content on Prezi

re:Source | re:Search

I have been working on revising my basic presentation for library research (bibliographic instruction, as we call it). Take a look and let me know what you think. It is mainly in outline form so I can adjust it for different student populations.

Are We Losing the Ability to Concentrate?

Agree or disagree? Although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the Web. These behavioural traits are also increasingly becoming the norm for all age-groups,…

ticTOCs: View 12,000+ Scholarly Journal Tables of Contents Online

Last April I highlighted JTOC, an online service written by Jason Fowler for viewing scans of the tables of contents for the most frequently used journals at our library. The Mar/Apr issue of ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals” turned me on to ticTOCs, another service for reviewing the latest Table of Contents…

Bean in the Archives

I never used to think Mr. Bean was all that funny. I must be growing up at long last because I think this is hilarious. Just don’t try it in my library. If our Archives and Special Collections librarian doesn’t dispense his humble but effective justice upon you, my Patron Services staff will catch you…

Albert Mohler and Richard Darnton on the Future of Libraries

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, commented today on Robert Darnton‘s New York Times Book Review article, “The Library in the New Age”, which appears in the June 12, 2008, issue. An excerpt from Robert Darnton, speaking of Google’s worthy but tip-of-the-iceberg book project: Meanwhile, I say: shore up the…

Dogeared Pages from the Web: A Weekly Webliography

Pages that I have encountered throughout the week which relate to libraries, technology, theology, and anything else I found interesting: Library Use of E-books, 2008-09 Edition via the Distant Librarian. Data in this report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to…

Dogeared Pages from the Web: A Weekly Webliography

I considered naming this a concatenate recapitulation, but decided that was too pretentious. This is a summary of links from the Dogeared Pages section in the sidebar which I hope to have as a weekly post. They are pages that I have encountered throughout the week which relate to libraries, technology, theology, and anything else…