Maryska Connolly

The Anatomy of a Meme

I read an interesting article on how memes are born and promoted at Quartz this morning. I thought it might be worth sharing. Advertisements

Timeline of Major Events in Library Computing

It is difficult to imagine a library today without computers. Most libraries devote at least part of their physical space to housing them. Patrons of all walks of life come to the library specifically to use them. Computers organize our collections, promote our collections, facilitate sharing of our collections, allow patrons to browse our collections, […]

Introduction to the OPAC

Now that I have uploaded this assignment, I thought I’d share it with you all. I made this short film as an introduction to GIL Find, our Online Public Access Catalog or OPAC. I am constantly surprised at the number of patrons even at the undergraduate level who aren’t sure how to find a book […]

Be a Super Searcher

I am an almost religious Google searcher. I need to know what the weight of the world is: Google. I need to find out if it’s raining in Edinburgh today: Google. I need to know where babies come from: Google. I think it might be a chronic, untreatable condition. So when the opportunity to take […]

Youth and Social Technology in the Library

There is no denying that social technology is becoming the standard format for information sharing (and in some cases information gathering) for children and teens today. Annette Lamb observes that “according to the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards), to be successful in today’s information-rich society, students must be able to use technology effectively” (p. 1, […]

The Augmented Library and the Extinction of Librarians

Augmented Reality or AR sounds pretty high tech and foreign to most people’s ears but it’s actually a concept that we are all pretty familiar with. Augmented reality is basically real life (viewed through a screen or device) with¬†additional¬†information overlayed. When Arnold Schwarzenegger sizes up the biker before stealing his clothes in the first Terminator […]

Bridging the Digital Divide

Look into any place of business, classroom, doctor’s office, or even retail store these days and you’ll find that they all have one thing in common: they all have computers. In order to get a job, get an education, or get ahead, young people have to be intimately familiar with technology, so why are we […]