Monthly Archive for May, 2012

Online Resources from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Collection


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) houses one of the world’s largest history of medicine collections. The History of Medicine collection documents health and disease in all time periods and cultures through manuscripts, books, photographs, and films. There are a variety of materials available online, here are a few highlights: Continue reading ‘Online Resources from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Collection’

Why put “buy a copy” links in the OPAC?

Current OPAC version features Tattered Cover etc.

In the 1990s, when web developers realized how easy and cool it was to include links to Amazon in the public catalog, ILS vendors promoted this feature. A few libraries adopted it, and even made money from Amazon for click-thru sales. But most libraries objected to “commercials” on the web pages of a public institution.

Fast forward to 2012: Douglas County and Marmot have reimplemented this still-controversial feature. The objections are familiar, but a landscape that includes ebooks is rapidly changing. This feature deserves a new lease on life.

#1 Libraries connect readers to writers. Does it really matter whether we help people find books on library shelves or on bookstore shelves, so long as we’ve performed a valuable advisory service along the way?

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Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:
  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for a wide variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects
Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness
Denver: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus
Part 2: Response & Recovery
Denver: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 9am-4pm – University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus