Volunteering – Getting as Good as You Give

I participated in a panel at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference entitled Beyond the Day Job: Developing Leadership Skills Through Voluntary Service. My recap (below) was originally posted on the SLA LMD blog: It was my honor and pleasure to join four of my colleagues as one of the presenters on this panel. The session …

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PATENTSCOPE Search Service Adds New Multilingual Search Functionality

WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE search system has recently added Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval (CLIR) in beta mode for public testing within its PCT and National Patent Data Collections search system. This interface allows you to search the PCT database of International Applications, as well as the patent collections of ARIPO, Cuba, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa and …

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Free Alert Tool for the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Every other month, my firm library puts out a newsletter highlighting interesting developments and articles in the legal and intellectual property fields. Sometimes the articles I write showcase new search engines and other tools. I figure I have enough librarian-type friends who might also be interested in these tools that I can re-purpose some of my articles …

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SLA Name Debate: Focusing on What It Means to “Test Best”

The following is lightly adapted from a listserv post from earlier today.  Over the past couple of days, I have started to see more discussions focusing on the “why this name” issue I have so wanted to get to.  I greatly appreciate the people who are starting to engage in a detailed discussion of the research.  …

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A Follow-Up on the SLA Proposed Name

Since writing a long post a week and a half ago detailing my concerns with the proposed SLA name change, I have been struck by three things and thought a follow-up post was in order. First, a few of the messages sent to listservs by association leaders have emphasized that the research results were posted …

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My Lengthy Thoughts on the SLA Proposed Name Change

My professional organization, the Special Libraries Association, is currently considering a name change. Members will vote in November on whether or not to change to the proposed name: Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionals (ASKP). I have been participating in the Twitter debate about this change for several days, but feel it is time for a …

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Public Policy Update at the SLA Conference – Google Representative Speaks About Google Book Search

Although the Public Policy Update was on the schedule well in advance, the addition of a representative from Google to speak about Google Book Search and the related settlement was a last minute development. Dan Clancy, Engineering Director for Google Book Search, began with a brief presentation on the Google Book Search project and quickly …

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And now put your hands together for. . .

Here’s my basic re-cap of the Opening Session Keynote Address by Colin Powell. Powell started by saying the librarians at the national Defense University warned him that librarians were angry about something he’d said early on as Secretary of State. I thought maybe he was going to address the OTHER thing we were upset about …

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Your Timing Sucks

I am so very skeptical of Google’s latest conveniently-timed issue of the Google Librarian Newsletter. Does Google really think we have such short memories and are so gullible? A bit of background. In December 2005, Google launched its Librarian Central blog and newsletter. This quarterly publication was dutifully updated (mostly) on schedule until May 2007. …

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Those IT Folks Sure Can Party!

Tuesday night was the IT division dance party, co-sponsored with the Leadership and Management Division and the Physics – Astronomy – Mathematics Division. I only just realized what I was missing in 2006 when I discovered the party near the end of the night in Baltimore. This is the dance party of the conference, especially …

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