Reviewing the Reference Interview

Tonight I start my first evening at the reference desk, and I was brushing up on the Reference Interview and found an old assignment I had done on the subject. It looks like it had been my duty to read everyone’s write-ups and post a collection of our experiences. We had played at “secret shoppers” talking to librarians, seeking their help with a question of our own choosing.

It looks like I had a lot of data to go through! Lots of insights. I am going to share this write-up, figuring it’s helpful insight about one of the more important and constant aspects of any librarian job: reference. I am making a couple of edits, but for the most part, with a bit of intro here, I figure it’s pretty good. This is something originally written by me, and the data is mainly from students in my course with me. If I had kept up my blogging more while getting the degree, this might have ended up posted far sooner! I do have a couple of references, and I will leave those as-is.

It’s also kind of fun to read it and think that it’s definitely in my same “voice,” something that is solidifying more with more and more time spent writing on a constant basis! Read more of this post

Office Memo to the new Online Sales Team

TO: Lake Onondaga Vineyard Online Sales Team

FROM: David Cox, Lead Blogger

CC: Ruth Smith, CEO

DATE: August 12, 2012

SUBJECT: Online Ad and Sponsorship Opportunities

As per your request, I have collected five ideas for Advertising and Sponsorship opportunities online. Read more of this post

Please take a minute to hear from our CEO

I took some time to interview our CEO after the article yesterday in the Syracuse Daily Tribune. I made it clear to her that I am, first and foremost, a writer, and am going to be approaching this to get to the truth of the matter. Yet still, we want her to get her voice heard as well. Please, take a minute to hear from our CEO. Read more of this post

Wines of the World: Sandhill Crane Vineyard

This time in our segment Wines of the World, I talk about our trip to the Sandhill Crane Vineyards. They do a free tasting that we really recommend, but you should watch to find out more!

Five Wines You Should Not Miss at our Tasting Room

The Lake Onondaga Sparkling

Planning a trip to the Lake Onondaga Vineyards? Make sure you get a tasting of these five exceptional – and unique to the tasting room – wines.

1. The Lake Onondaga Sparkling

We wish we could call it a Champagne. We can’t. Though the grapes are from the correct areas in France, and the results are everything and more that you might expect from a proper Champagne, we have to call it a sparkling wine. That works for us – it’s the best Sparkling Wine we know of. It’s so popular, in fact, that you can only pick it up in our tasting room, or else through membership in our wine club – because the members tend to pick it up in cases. This hot commodity is worth the try, and you may just take some home with you too. Read more of this post

Welcome to the Lake Onondaga Vineyard blog!

Hello! My name is David Cox, and I am the new blogger for the Lake Onondaga Vineyard. I have a Masters from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, which has me well versed and ready to do some blogging.

But what do I know about wine?

It’s a good question, and I am glad you asked. The answer is that I am no connoisseur, but that I definitely enjoy it. So I have two main goals in the blog: to let you know specific things about the Lake Onondaga Vineyards, and then to give you insight into my learning process about wines and vineyards. Allow me to tell you a little more about each of these things. Read more of this post

Finals Week!

This week is finals week! Stayed tuned for me showing some honed blogging skills, posting a number of things for a not-quite-so-real business. We have the option of a few, and I have wine at home, so I am thinking the vineyard option.

I also paid to add storage space and audio availability on the site, so I am going to podcast a tiny bit with it, I think. Or at least, post some audio, whatever that amounts to if not a podcast.

Of course, doing audio poses a bit of a challenge. It does not, in and of itself, leave any text for a search engine to pull. And posting a full transcript seems to defeat the purpose.

On the flip side, I don’t know that I have the video-editing skills to do very much fun with a video. And apparently I may not have the self control to do a short video… sorry about my 15 minute interview….

One of the suggestions is also Prezi, which I had not heard of before. Looks like an interesting online presentation creator and editor. Maybe I could combine audio with something fun on there? I will have to explore.

Finally, one of our posts is a proposal to an online sales team. I think I am going to write that in the format of a memo, rather than a blog post. Seems appropriate.

So yeah, hoping to try some new things, tweak some skills I have used, use way more tech, and see what we can’t pull off! Also, may end up tasting some of the product…

Cheers!

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