AKLA Conference 2009
Pros and Cons of Metasearch
In Summer 2008, the UAA/APU Consortium Library purchased a metasearch product called 360 Search from Serials Solution. Metasearch provides a way for students, faculty, and staff to search across multiple library catalogs and subscription databases from a single search interface. This session will cover how metasearch works, implementation issues, and what have been the successes and failures.
View from Fort Ambercrombie
In March I visited Kodiak for the first time to attended the annual AKLA conference. I was there for 4 days and it was sunny almost the entire time. The conference was held in the local high school, which was great because the rooms already had all the equipment and Internet connections. This looks like a much easier to set up than when the conference was held in Anchorage in 2006 at the Hilton. We had to borrow or rent all the equipment (PCs, laptops, lcd projectors, av screens, media carts) and pay for each Internet connection per room plus crappy wifi coverage. And we had to gather the equipment, lug it there, install it, etc. then reverse the process when the conference was over.
Anyway, I presented two sessions, one on metasearch and the other on sprucing up your library catalog. As always it was good to see a new place and meet library folk from around the state and the lower 48.
AKLA Conference 2007
Why Pay Money for It?
There are a lot of great open source applications that are perfect for libraries. This session will cover a range of software packages from nifty tools for the reference desk to jazzing up your website with blogs, wikis, forums, etc. These are applications that anyone can use. No geek talk! Well, maybe a little.
AKLA Conference 2007
From Citation to Full Text
In Summer 2005, the UAA/APU Consortium Libary purchased the Gold Rush Electronic Resource Management with an OpenURL link resolver from BCR. The resolver provides a way for students, faculty, and staff to discover the full text of articles across the library’s electronic collections. This session will cover how the resolver works, implementation issues, and what have been the successes and failures.