Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD

Miriam B. Kahn, founder of MBK Consulting, provides education and consulting for libraries, archives, corporations, cultural institutions and individuals on topics ranging from genealogy and local history to database searching, government documents, and preservation. She is an active genealogy and local history researcher working with maps, materials, and records in cultural institutions and, of course, uses online materials. She is a popular presenter and teacher throughout the Midwest and offered courses at Kent State University’s Graduate School for Library and Information Science. She holds an MLS from Queens College, CUNY and a PhD in History from Kent State University.

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Librarians and Technology #2—Evaluating New Software, Databases or Technology

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 12/4/2018

Evaluating new technology is often a daunting task. Break it down into its component parts to determine if it fulfills your needs. Always keep in mind how the new technology supports your mission, improves the services you provide, and enhances access to your collections and curated information.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Technology, ILS, Integrated Library Systems

Learning Something Every Day – Librarians and Technology

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 11/6/2018

Technology is all around us. We are challenged to learn new software and hardware, new programs and apps, and to embrace the ideal of knowing ‘a little bit about everything.’ Learning something new every day will keep you excited and engaged with your job, your profession, and everyday life.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development

On-Site or Off-Site Storage - Part 5: A History of this Long-term Solution

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/30/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities are not new. They were developed in the 1930s and continue to be important for preservation and long-term retention of materials. They provide a long-term solution for paper and microfilm records, sound and video recordings, and now data.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Archives, Strategy, Digital Archives

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 4: Inclusion in Security and Disaster Prevention and Planning

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 10/9/2018

“Out of Sight” should not mean “Out of Mind.” The worst happens when we least expect it. While it’s great that library items are stored in safe locations, it’s essential that these facilities be included in security, risk management, and disaster response plans.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Strategy, Professional Development

On-Site or Off-Site Storage – Part 3: Preservation and Access

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 9/18/2018

Off-site and remote storage facilities can serve as havens for items that have long-term preservation needs. One of the triggers for moving materials to off-site and remote storage facilities is an increased need for preservation. Items that are fragile, damaged, or need long-term storage in a stable environment may be candidates for transfer to off-site storage facilities.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 2: Making Decisions

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 9/11/2018

Storing records, collections, and objects in off-site and remote storage facilities limits access to original materials. Decisions about storage affect how your staff and clientele work and their ability to access information in a timely manner. The best storage solutions minimize disruption of service and frustration.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

On-site or Off-site Storage – Part 1: Implications of Storing Materials Off-site

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 8/28/2018

Our esteemed guest blogger, Miriam Kahn, has used municipal and county courthouses and record centers to compile legal, real estate and genealogical information for 20 years. She experienced the shift from print to digital, from photocopies to microfilm to digital, and from paper deliverables to digital delivery—and is very familiar with issues surrounding long-term storage of paper, audiovisual, and digital materials. We asked Miriam to bring her years of insight as an information professional and free-lance researcher to a blog series on the merits and challenges of off-site and remote storage.

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Topics: Strategy, Collections Management, Special Librarianship

Embedded Librarians Never Stop Learning

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 8/7/2018

Information professionals have a reputation for knowing a little about everything. As embedded special librarians and archivists, it’s essential that we remain relevant. One way to do so is to continuously hone your knowledge through continuing education. Another way to remain “in the know” is to share what you learn—within the organization and your professional specialty.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development

Part 4: How Embedded Librarians Add Value to Catalogues and Databases

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 7/31/2018

Through being part of a digitization or processing project, embedded special librarians add value to catalogues and databases. Their “In-The-Know” positions mean they can act as liaisons between the project designers and managers and the processors, catalogers, and input specialists. Specialized vocabulary and carefully crafted thesauri add precision to catalogs, metadata, tags, and, best of all, search results.

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Topics: Special Libraries, Professional Development

Dedicated or part time embedded librarians: What works best for your organization?

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 6/19/2018

Embedded librarians can be dedicated staff members, or available upon request on an ‘as needed’ basis. Which strategy works best for your organization, project, and budget?

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Topics: Special Librarians, Professional Development

Part 2: Benefits and Value of Embedded Special Librarianship

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 5/25/2018

Embedded information professionals share their expertise across the enterprise—which benefits from increased awareness of internal resources and projects. Embedded special librarians add value by bridging information silos while disseminating information throughout the organization.

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Topics: Special Librarians, Professional Development

Part 1: Embedded Librarians and Information Professionals—In the Thick of Things

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Posted by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD on 5/8/2018

Embedded special librarians are contributing members of their departments or groups. They are in the thick of things, participating fully in the development of projects, integration of new services, or dissemination of materials and information throughout the organization and its clientele.

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Topics: Special Librarians, Professional Development

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