When you look around you library and think about old technology and old books, you can get some perspective on it by looking at some REALLY old libraries!
The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal is just the library for you.
“The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal has sometimes been described as the ‘first library’ in the world, or the ‘oldest surviving royal library in the world’. The library was discovered by archaeologists who were excavating at the site of Nineveh, today known as Kuyunjik. As this was the imperial capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire during the reign of Ashurbanipal, the library has been attributed to this ruler. The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal contains over 30,000 clay tablets and fragments with texts written in the cuneiform script. The subjects of these texts range from governments records to works of literature and technical instructions.”
Every library person knows the importance of good organization and cataloging – but a British archeologist did not get this message (from Wikipedia):
“The library is an archaeological discovery credited to Austen Henry Layard; most tablets were taken to England and can now be found in the British Museum, but a first discovery was made in late 1849 in the so-called South-West Palace, which was the Royal Palace of king Sennacherib (705–681 BC).
Three years later, Hormuzd Rassam, Layard’s assistant, discovered a similar “library” in the palace of King Ashurbanipal (668–627 BC), on the opposite side of the mound. Unfortunately, no record was made of the findings, and soon after reaching Europe, the tablets appeared to have been irreparably mixed with each other and with tablets originating from other sites. Thus, it is almost impossible today to reconstruct the original contents of each of the two main “libraries”.”
Playing games to learn things is increasingly popular – and what can be better than making learning fun? Good instruction always means reaching out to your learners where they are, and working to connect the information you have to share in a way that speaks to them. Games can be a great tool for this!
In every kind of library, we need to work with our community members to help them build information literacy skills. This just sounds dull on the face of it, so making it fun with a game is a wonderful idea.
“Information Fallout is a narrative-based learning tool designed to introduce information literacy skills to students….[It] sets out six learning objectives for students. These are assessed by a series of multiple choice questions embedded within the narrative. To proceed through the narrative, students must answer those questions correctly.
The student will be able to demonstrate that context influences authority.
The student will be able to identify an element of the creation process that may be an indicator of quality for school work.
The student will be able to assert the importance of citing sources.
The student will be able to rank a research topic based on a question as being more effective than one that provides an overview.
The student will be able to articulate that scholarship evolves over time.
The student will be able to identify one or more reasons why it is important to consult more than one source when conducting research. “
Take a break from your other summertime activities, and play a round or two of this game now! It’s not “just” playing games – you are doing an assessment of a potentially valuable professional resource. If it so happens you are also having fun- that’s not a problem!
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Hopefully you already like your job – but remember that there is a BIG profession out there across Library and Information Science, with all kinds of interesting job possibilities!
The first job is still open, if you want to throw your hat in for it! (We can help you craft a cover letter and resume here at CMLE HQ!) The other tow are filled – for now. It never hurts to keep an eye out for another lovely job!
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We also offer an exciting work environment, great hands on experience, plus additional professional development workshops and training during the summer session.
Librarian – Job No. 1702 – The Librarian reports to the Senior Director of Library and Archives and performs descriptive cataloging of library resources; assists in providing instruction and reference service and engaging users through outreach activities; assists in the collection development of library resources; and supervises the work of the Library Assistant, interns, and volunteers.
“OK guys, start dusting off your resumes. Miraculously there are still jobs out there in the world–for former stoners, no less. But lest you think the position is all about smoking up rather than buckling down, you need a Master’s to snag this job. Check out the full description after the jump, and let us know if you get the gig.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Grateful Dead Archivist
The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, creative, and service-oriented archivist to join the staff of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive. This is a potential career status position. The Archivist will be part of a dynamic, collegial, and highly motivated department dedicated to building, preserving, promoting, and providing maximum access both physically and virtually to one of the Library’s most exciting and unique collections, The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA). The UCSC University Library utilizes innovative approaches to allow the discovery, use, management, and sharing of information in support of research, teaching, and learning.”
(Read through the job ad – it’s a pretty standard archiving job – but you certainly get to deal with some interesting material!)
So today I was checking the INALJ (I Need a Library Job) daily email of job postings when I came upon this:
Digital Archivist for Beyonce Parkwood Entertainment No location given- probably NYC Parkwood Entertainment is seeking a digital archivist interested in organizing and building an archive for a major pop star (Beyonce) starting with approximately 130 TB of footage with an eye to expanding further in the future. Candidates should have experience with servers and enterprise class storage and be able to recommend hardware solutions. Looking for someone to start immediately, pay is negotiable. Prospective applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to: Annette Govan – Ag@Parkwoodent.com and William Kirstein – William.Kirstein@gmail.com