Monday, August 30, 2010

MSLIS Monday: Radical Reference

Have you heard of the Radical Reference librarians?  I read about them recently and realized I have found kindred spirits.  Their mission statement is "Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. We work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society."

It began prior to the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004 and helped demonstrators and others with information ranging from where the bathroom is to what are the politicians backgrounds.  Taking reference to the streets to help people is a brilliant idea for me and shows librarians are so much more than just "shushers"  behind a desk.

There is a Syracuse Radical Reference Collective, although the page doesn't appear active.  I have signed up to volunteer with them and hope to have further information in the future to share here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Eichhorn

Eichhorn Tombstone FrontEichhorn Tombstone Back

Frederick W. Eichhorn, 1875 - 1932

Mary C. Eichhorn, 1886 - 1966

Anne N. Eichhorn, 1913 - 1990

Edward Eichhorn, 1909 - 1993

Located at Acacia Park, Niagara, NY

Monday, August 23, 2010

Geek the Library

I geek travel

  • How much money would the average person save by checking out books and movies from the library rather than buying them?

  • What is the most common use of public libraries since the start of the recession?

  • Do you support your library?

These questions are asked on the quick quiz when you first go to the Geek the Library site.  As a future librarian, I know the importance of public libraries; accessibility of information for everyone, a place the community can gather and learn, the ability to apply to jobs online for people who cannot afford the internet and many, many more things.

If you support libraries or want to see why you should, "get your geek on" and go to Geek the Library.

MSLIS Monday: Summers End

It is hard to believe I will soon be starting another school year.  I have ordered my books and am anxiously awaiting their arrival by the USPS and UPS.  I have always loved getting new books and school supplies, although my checking account tends not to agree.

I am tremendously excited by my class schedule this semester, which includes Introduction to Cultural Heritage, Life Histories/Narratives and Telecommunications and Information Policy (which is a required course).  I am also auditing three one-credit classes on budgeting, grant writing and fundraising.  As I am hoping to go into library management, I think these will be tremendously useful and interesting.  I am also completing my first of two 150-hour internships.

It should be a busy semester, but also a fascinating one, full of classes I am interested in and projects that will progress my skills and be useful in my future jobs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buffalo & Erie County Library System Faces Layoffs

Earlier today, the Buffalo News published an article entitled "Library system faces layoffs, closures due to budget shortfall."  They will be facing a $7 million shortfall in 2011 due to the county budget and other revenue losses.  The gap is "the loss of 145 full-time employees."  "Among the wide range of possibilities Quinn-Carey presented for discussion were accelerating the shift of purchases to online materials over more costly print, which she acknowledged is controversial; reducing staff hours, including leaving some desks unmanned for periods of time; sharing staff between branches and not anchoring books at branches to save handling and shipping costs."  Hopefully the library system will find ways to keep people employed and libraries open.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

MSLIS Monday: The World's Most Modern Library

In classes my first semester in graduate school, one of my professors continually brought up the DOK library in Delft, The Netherlands.  I imagine each of us students had a different idea as to what the "world's most modern" library was, but I was lucky enough to visit while on my semester abroad.

The town of Delft is wonderful.  Unfortunately my photos from the trip were corrupted, but there are a lot of photographs on Google images.  I was already in love with the town when I went to the library.  When I thought of modern, I thought technologically advanced.  It was in some aspects, such as automated book return instead of the boxes we have in America and video game units for patrons to play.  However modern here was more a feel.  It was colorful and vibrant, somewhere people actually want to come and hang out, not a boring, dingy building people come in when they need a book or to use the internet and then leave right away.

You can tell upon entering the library that they care about customers and customer service.  There is a huge seating area, complete with dozens of newspapers and a coffee shop where customers come, talk and read.  There is an art room where patrons can check out artwork to display at their home.  The librarians are very friendly in multiple languages.  One librarian explained to me in English about an upcoming art exhibit and said she hoped I would be able to attend.  If you ever get the chance to visit (it is just a short train ride from The Hague), please do.  I hope to go back to explore both Delft and the library more.

To see pictures of the library, as well as get another librarians view of it, please visit The Shifted Librarian.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Surname Saturday: Weiss

1-John George Weiss/Wise
|--2-Katherine Weiss b. Apr 1849, , , , Germany, d. 9 Aug 1936, , , New York,
+Charles Herman Eichhorn b. 25 Dec 1848, , , , Germany, d. 25 Feb 1907,
Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
|--3-William Fred Eichhorn b. 22 Jun 1874, Chippewa, Welland, Ontario,
| Canada, d. 9 Mar 1931, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
|--3-Frederick William Eichhorn b. 14 Jul 1875, , , Ontario, Canada, d.
| 1932, (North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York, USA)
|--3-George Eichhorn b. 30 Aug 1878, Niagara, Niagara, New York, USA, d.
| 1928, (Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, USA)
|--3-Eichhorn b. After 1878, d. Bef 1884
|--3-Eichhorn b. After 1878, d. Bef 1884
|--3-Clara Eichhorn b. 9 Aug 1884, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA, d. Aug
| 1967, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
|--3-Charles Eichhorn b. Abt 1888, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA, d. Btw 1892
| - 1900, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
|--3-Marie Eichhorn b. 21 Dec 1891, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
+Charles M. Gorndt b. Abt 1841, Prussia, Germany

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Albert Nuwer and Edna Roll's Wedding

Al and Edna's Wedding

My great grandparents Albert Nuwer and Edna Roll at their wedding 22 June 1932 in Alden, Erie, New York.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Alfred Marco Casell

Alfred Casell Tombstone

My great-grandfather, Alfred Marco Casell, 26 June 1906 - 25 January 1981.  In Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.

Monday, August 9, 2010

MSLIS Monday: Archives Internship

I recently started my internship at the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.  My job was to create a website for them so that researchers know what information they hold.  You can see it here.  Now that it is nearly finished, I will assist with other projects they have.

It is amazing to hold the parish registers from the 1800s in my hands.  As a genealogist, I tend to use microfilms from the Family History Center, so to see the original, even without a connection to my family, is still thrilling.  The more I work in archives relating to genealogy and history, the more I want to do this for a living.

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...