January 1st, 2008 by Michael Sauers

Now that 2007 is over I can post all the stats I kept regarding my reading habits of the past 365 days. In 2007 I kept more detailed records so I’m just just relating “here’s the number of books I read”. The stats for 2007 are:

  • Number of books read: 150, of those…
  • Print books: 81
  • Printed pages: 25826
  • eBooks: 3
  • Audiobooks: 52
  • Fiction: 126
  • Non Fiction: 24
  • Graphic Novels: 14
  • Male authors: 147
  • Female authors: 16

A few notes on these numbers. The total number of authors will be higher than the total number of books since some books had multiple authors. These numbers do not include magazines and non-fiction articles. Also, I consider audiobooks “reading” though they can’t be included in the page count.

Lastly, I’m totally surprised at the very low number of female authors that make up my reading habits. It isn’t intentional but this is the first year I’ve tracked author gender so I don’t know if it’s typical or not.

Here’s to a book-filled 2008!

Update 2 Jan 2008: The nubmers have been fixed.

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February 15th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

It’s my last day @ BCR and there’s not much left for me to do. So, I’ve pulled together some numbers (thanks Stephanie) that might be on interest. Basically, the numbers say that in the past 9.5 years I’ve presented 686 live workshops with a attendee total of approximately 7256. That’s an average of 69 workshops and 726 students per year. (Of course, this short year is throwing off the averages.) The number of online workshops and presentations is around 100 but considering that we just started doing those about three years ago, that’s not too bad. (I don’t have attendee numbers available for the online classes.) Add to those numbers a few dozen conference presentations at the local, state, and national level where attendance was not recorded. (I believe my reference presentation at Computers in Libraries 2000 and the Second Life presentation at IL2006 both topped 400 attendees each.) So, I’ve met a lot of people and unfortunately, don’t remember most of your names. (Don’t take it personally, I have a problem when it comes to remembering names until after several meetings.)

I’ll just throw out a few other numbers just for fun. Number of BCR bosses: 3. Number of BCR directors: 2. Number of computer bags/backpacks I’ve been through: 6.

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February 8th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

Today I taught my last two live workshops at the BCR offices. The last one was something like live class #650. (I’ll have better statistics about my time at BCR sometime next week.) Other upcoming lasts are my last Aurora Public Library Board meeting, Friends of the Aurora Public Library Board meeting, and online presentation.

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July 3rd, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Weekly Sellers Report
Originally uploaded by travelinlibrarian.

I get this weekly e-mail regarding the stats on the online listing for my house. This morning I received the latest e-mail in a new format. Now this is an impressive statistics presentation.

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May 31st, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Yes, but did they reshelve the books or leave them on the carts so the “usage” could be counted in the statistics?

via Stephen’s Lighthouse

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April 27th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

I’ve been running ClustrMaps for two days now and the statistics are starting to come in. Honestly, more people are reading all this than I expected. However, the point of this post is to point out that the mapping feature is giving a few odd results. Most specifically, shown below, it seems that someone is accessing this blog from the Pacific ocean somewhere to the west of Indonesia. Go figure…
ClustrMaps - Odd Results

UPDATE 29 April 2006: The folks at ClustrMaps have confirmed that I need a geography lesson. That dot happens to represent visitors from Guam. (If that’s you, give a shout.)

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April 26th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

ClustrMaps keeps statistics for single Web page, not a whole site, so it’s perfect for a blog’s homepage. Accounts are free as long as you get fewer than 2500 hits a day and once you’ve signed up all you so it place a small bit of code in your template. The results show your visitors plotted out on a world map. This way you can see where your visitors are coming from without having to interpert domains and IP addresses yourself. (My map is in the right column of this page.) Stat reports (shown right) are not overly detailed but enough for my purposes. Maybe I’m stretching the definition of 2.0 a bit here since this isn’t quite a mashup but it’s close. (If they integrated with GoogleMaps I suppose that would make it a true mashup.)

Found via -=( In Between )=-.

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April 25th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

As someone who has to constandly write to a certain word count, I’m constantly bringing up my document’s statistics in Word so see how close I am to my limit. This morning, when starting an article I decided to look for a simpler way. Well, it turns out that Word (starting with the 2002 version) has a “Word Count toolbar”. To turn it on select View|Toolbard|Word Count from the menus. (Feel free to dock this toolbar wherever you feel it’s appropriate.) Unfortunately, the count doesn’t update as you type (oh how I wish it would) but to get an updated word count for your document all you now need to do is click on the Recount button.

Microsoft Word's

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March 27th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

I’ve had a Library Thing account for 24 hours now and I have some initial reactions. I’m hoping that a few of my complaints are just me now knowing how to perform the actions I believe are missing from the service. If I’m in need of correction, please do so.

  • The Fun statistics page is very interesting. However, why can’t I click on any of these numbers to see which of my books is generating them? For example, I’d love to figure out which five titles were not in Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk and needed to be looked up in the Library of Congress.
  • Speaking of the Fun statistics page why were most books looked up in “amazon.com” while the newest one, the one I entered manually instead of importing I’m assuming, was looked up in “Amazon.com”. I’m sure this is just a system bug but I do find it slightly annoying.
  • Speaking of the statistics, ISBNs didn’t exist before the late 70s. But, according to my stats page, I’ve got eleven books with ISBNs published prior to 1970. This must be an error in the system as they dates are “the edition’s publication date, not date of original work” so technically such a statistic is impossible.
  • I imported 59 titles to test the system before purchasing my account and importing my full collection. However, the system didn’t de-dupe. (I’m assuming this is by design since, theoretically, someone may want to own two copies of the exact same edition of a title.) However, I how have 59 titles that are in the system twice but I only own one copy of. I’d like a way to search for duplicates so I can delete the spare record.
  • Regarding tagging: Every other service that supports tagging I’ve used has you enter multiple tags as space delimited. So, tot his point I’ve been trained to separate my tags with spaces and enter multiple-word tags with quotation marks. Library Thing does not follow this implied standard. Library Thing requires a comma delimited list of entered tags with spaces indicating a multi-word tag. Because of this I ended up with some books tagged as “sf scifi uk tv doctor who”. Luckily I caught this early and was able to clean them up. I guess I just wonder why Library Thing feels they need to do things differently from everyone else.

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March 24th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Marilyn Parr, Library of Congress
Susan McGlamery, OCLC
Joe Thompson, Maryland Ask Us Now!
Laura Maldonado, Deborah Gaspar, and Sarah Palacios-Wilhelp, Gelman library, George Washington University


  • LOC Web site
    • Ask a Librarian link
    • people want sketch of patents
    • questions on photographs (American Memory)
    • Thomas Jefferson’s papers
  • What is QuestionPoint
    • developed by OCLC and LC
    • supports both local and global online refernce
    • local component: Web-based question submission, email, chat, local KB
    • Global component: world-wide network of ref librarians sharing via best-fit routing, global KB
  • LC exempt from PATRIOT Act due to being part of the legislative branch
  • Use QP to:
    • interact
    • cooperate
    • build
    • manage

OCLC: Collaboration for Success

  • Be there when they need you
    • coverage around the clock
      • expand hours of service without adding staff
      • failsafe coverage
    • staffed by librarian like you
      • 2 cooperatives
        • public
        • academic
  • 24/7 reference is
    • > 800 libraries in US, Canada, and England
    • staffing cooperatively
    • contract staff for hours when no libraries are online
  • Merged w/ QP in August 2004
  • Who participates
    • single library
    • libraries w/in a region
    • statewide service
      • CA, DE, IL, MD, MA, MT, NJ, NC, OR, WA, WI
    • countrywide service
      • England
  • How do they know: Answering on behalf of other libraries
    • library policy pages
    • scripted messages
    • communication
      • conference/transfer
      • IM
    • Follow-up/referral
      • Local FAQ
      • send to patron’s library
  • Referral networks
    • 24/7 subject experts
      • medical
      • art
      • business
      • genealogy
      • spanish
      • next: multi-lingual cooperatives
    • global reference network
  • quality control
    • session review
    • QC staff
    • training

Maryland: AskUsNow

  • Service
    • launched March 2003
    • 27 partnet library systems
    • staffed by > 250 librarians
    • first state-wide participant in 24/7 cooperative
    • Maryland was 25% of all 24/7 questions
    • now part of QP 24/7
    • LSTA funded
    • 85% positive feedback
    • 120k questions to date
  • InfoEyes project
    • launched Jan 2004
    • specific for those with visual imparements
    • e-mail mostly
    • VoIP also available

GWU: IM reference implementation

  • Introducing IM to GW
    • millenials and the Pew Internet study
    • IM? We already have VR!
    • Research
    • Training
    • Pilot studies
    • Next?
  • IM Generation
    • Teens use e-mail but prefer IM
    • 75% of 12-17 year-olds send or receive instant messages
  • VR vs. IM
    • Has had VR for over 4 years
    • only 1.5% of GW students used VR
    • how do we serve students in their preferred medium of communication
  • Getting started
    • study phase
      • software requirements
      • lit search
      • potential IM usage
      • surveyed other universities going it
    • pilot for librarians
      • introduce ref ream to IM
      • is IM a good fit for the library?
      • training opportunity
  • Fall 2005
    • patron pre-pilot pilot
      • offered for 10 days
      • designed advertising
      • designed web page for spring pilot
      • tested patron experience
      • standardized usage procedures
  • Spring 2006 – Patron pilot
    • documented student use
      • logs and statistics
      • preferred hours of service
    • documneted APL guidelines
      • reference questions
      • directional questions
    • “best practices”
      • drafted and implemented
      • continuous service assessment
  • …and beyond
    • student feedback
    • expanded advertising
    • evening hours
    • inclusion of other library staff
    • evaluation of service

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