The Non-Traditional Library Practicum Experience

This post was written by Norm Barry, a second year library technician student studying at Langara College about a practicum placement outside of the library field.

An opportunity arose through the Library Tech Practicum program for me to work part-time at a Non-Traditional Library to complete a further 70 hours of practicum time in the Spring Semester of 2016, March through May.

The practicum was to be done with the Westbank (West Kelowna) Museum and Archives

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Items of Interest

Library of Congress aims to implement RDA by March 31, 2013, giving time to train their staff.  Allied national libraries, including Library & Archives Canada, also plan to implement RDA in the first quarter of 2013.  Read more here.

Ammunition for school libraries: Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement is a report by the New York Comprehensive Center/RMC Research Corporation.  From the Executive Summary: “Based on the conclusions from the research cited in the brief, it is clear that school libraries play an important role in student achievement, curriculum development, and instruction.” (Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link)

Stephen Abrams expanded on a great post by Sally Pewhairangi, “20 Everyday Ways to Escape the Library Echo Chamber”.  See Stephen’s post, others’ comments, and link to the original here.

Interesting results from the National Reading Campaign’s 2012 National Book Count:

  • Over 3.4 million books were counted as being sold or circulated for the week of January 23-29, 2012.  Thus over five books are sold or circulated every second in Canada.
  • Participating libraries saw an 8% increase in print circulation and a 50% increase in digital circulation for an overall increase of 9% total circulation over the past year.
  • E-books made up 10% of all books sold in English Canada.

See Stephen’s Lighthouse for links to the report and summaries.

Having trouble finding the advanced search on Google and other sites lately?  This post by Gwen at Internet News says it may get worse.

Conference season is coming up!  Check out Alyssa Kroski’s 8 Essential Apps for Library Conferences on iLibrarian (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).  Please comment – have you used any of these?  What did you think?

From January’s Current Cites:

Lewis, David W. “From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting” College & Research Libraries (November 2011)(
This is a pre-print of a piece slated to be published next year (January 2013), but the topic is certainly quite relevant now and waiting a year to heed Lewis’ advice will do no one any favors. Kudos to C&RL for not making us do so. Lewis asserts that the advent of computer networking has fundamentally altered the value proposition of libraries and that our classic way of building collections must respond to this in various ways. After noting particular developments in recent years that “drive change and provide the building blocks upon which new library practices will be constructed,” he provides specific advice that includes: 1) Deconstruct legacy print collections, 2) Move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions, 3) Manage the transition to open access journals, 4) Curate the unique, and 5) Develop new mechanisms to fund national infrastructure. Highly recommended. – RT

Speaking of academic libraries, Will Kurt discusses circulation trends in his ACRL Tech Connect article, The End of Academic Library Circulation? (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).

Concerned about your online privacy and/or sick of creepy targeted ads?  Chrome will finally accomodate the Do Not Track add-on.  It’s already available in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  See Stephen Shankland’s CNET article for more info (thanks to Internet News for the link).

Bleary-eyed students (and, say, blog authors who get lost in Flickr pools) may be interested in this infographic from onlinecollege on effects of and remedies for sleep deprivation (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).

Confessions of a Lib Tech Student

Alright, I admit it, I am not a good student. I mean, I’m not horrible, I do get decent grades. But I feel like I am just “not applying myself” as well as I should.

Like a few of my peers, I am a “mature” student. I am going into this field as a person full of life experiences. So, why can’t I just be a trooper and memorize those Marc  codes and find those subject headings in DDC just like the power point presentation said I should?

The reason, I think, is just that it’s TOO MUCH INFORMATION! (Sorry, I yelled). But, seriously, it is, TMI in such a short span of time. In able to learn something, I need time to digest the information. That is difficult to do in a span of less than 3 months. That’s like dining and dashing. It just isn’t good practice.I’m not saying that the program should be longer, because two years is plenty for me. But it is a fact, that many do need to do this program longer than the allotted 2 years because it’s just too heavy. This is, especially, if you need to take all the courses (some do not because they have transferable courses from previous studies, or a BA).

So, thankfully, just one more semester for me. I’ve just finished a  relentless one, and I’m not sure if I can take much more punishment. I do look forward to the end with great zeal … but for now, to the store I go for a Christmas tree.