This blog is mostly professional, but may have some personal notes in it as well, as it affects my professional activities.

Its namesake stems from my PhD research into regional identities in the late eighteenth century in what is now southern Bavaria.

I blog about issues related to information literacy, access to library resources, the environment, and the Historical Geography of Rupertsland.

Some sources regarding his life and work.

Fischer, H. (1988) ‘Schön und vortrefflich’: die ‘Charte von Schwaben’: Ein kartengeschichtlich bedeutsames Werk zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Beiträge zur Landeskunde: Regelmässige Beilage zum Staatsanzeiger für Baden-Württemberg, Juni 1988, 3:1–8.

Fischer, H. (1988) Die ‘Charte von Schwaben’ im Massstab 1:86,400: Erläuterungen, in the series: Reproduktionen alter Karten, Stuttgart.

Fischer, H. (1993) Die ‘Charte von Schwaben’ 1:86,400, Cartographica Helvetica 7 (1993) 1–10.Gradmann, J.J. (1802) Das gelehrte Schwaben: oder Lexicon der jetzt lebenden schwäbischen Schriftsteller, Ravensburg.

Günther, Siegmund (1922) Eine Kartierung Oberschwabens um die Wende des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts, Sitzungsberichte der mathematisch-physikalischen Klasse der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu München, Jahrgang 1921 315–330, 317n.

Wolfart, P. (2008) Mapping the Early Modern State: the Work of Ignaz Ambros Amman, 1782–1812, Journal of Historical Geography, 34(1):1-23.

"Ignaz Ambros von Amman" in Wikipedia [short entry but cites Wolfart (2008).]

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Effective Virtual Chat in Libraries

Just saw interesting piece in recentish issue of Feliciter  56(5):202-203 to be exact, regarding librarians 'lurking' in the backroom of chat rooms.  This to me makes so much sense, and I congratulate folks at McMaster Uni for moving forward on this.  Would love to know how this is working for them.  My thinking is that we need more training on new technologies, not more new technologies.  One of things I've learned in other jobs is the value of a quick turn around with an answer, and if one could have at the ready, and I don't mean by phone, an army of knowledgeable experts that as a single point of entry, virtual reference operator.

We are not really adding value to our service if all we are doing is passing on a telephone contact information, information that is readily available already on the web site.  If that number was not available, that would be different.

A link to this article can be found by following the leads here.

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