Building Capstone Portfolio

I did not plan to work on my capstone portfolio all day. So far, I’ve been kinda moseying along and sorta looking at WordPress themes every now and then. However, this morning I started looking and found the Viewport theme. I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking it to suit my purposes. Some changes include:

  • Changed the background color.
  • Changed the blog title’s color and link colors.
  • Made sure that only posts from the “Capstone” category can be posted on the front page slider.
  • Removed the comment and post metadata sections.
  • I’ve been working on making a “page of posts” PHP template.

Capstone Portfolio WIP

Some links that were helpful in my work:

The best part was when I was copying my Collection Management wiki over (Materials to Build a Library Website), I realized that thanks to Twitter and other social media tools, I’ve actually had conversations with the authors of several of my resources!

As such, suddenly everything fell into place, these past two years and I realize that I am right where I want to be.

ILS Selection for an Academic Library

My 631 Emerging Technologies assignment was to narrow down the field of ILS to a few that might be useful in the library category that I choose. I selected OCLC’s WorldCat Local, LibLime’s Koha, and Serials Solutions’ Summon/AquaBrowser.

Admittingly, I’m not sure that my paper is worth anything seeing as how I doubt that simply reading about ILS is very useful. Hopefully we’ll get an opportunity in this course to somehow get hands-on experience with different ILSes. When I scribed for the Charlotte employers’ focus group in the Spring, one of the biggest complaints that graduates of my program didn’t know anything about ILSes. Unless this course does more hands-on demonstrations, I suspect that this might continue to be true.

Now off to watch The Addam’s Family movie.

Improving Cultural Literacy at the Glenwood Library

Situated in the piedmont region of North Carolina, the Greensboro Public Library (GPL) system hosts a central library and six satellite libraries to serve Guildford County. These seven libraries support a diverse community of 242,817 with 12.4% of residents speaking a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). The Glenwood Library branch located at 1901 W. Florida Street was established as the depository for the majority of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and foreign language materials held by the GPL. Since multiculturalism is among the forefront of current issues, we have questioned whether the GPL’s decision to host nearly all the multicultural materials in one particular library branch was an appropriate move for the Greensboro community. With the traditional user group of the library changing, libraries must adapt to the needs of these new demographics.

This is the paper my partner and I wrote for our Action Research Project. If you’d like to read it, please access it here.