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John Repplinger

The Library Shop Talk is a blog about libraries, information and technology that began in May of 2009.  The scope of the blog covers a wide ranging of topics, and is geared towards those involved with libraries, works with information, or is interested in technology.  Some of the information is derived from other blogs or web sites, but may also include original opinions or information from the blog owner or guest writers. If the information comes from another source other than the blog writer, the original source should be attributed.

Please contact John Repplinger, the blog owner, if you feel that the original source is not accurately attributed. Mistakes do occur, so please be lenient and understanding. Also, the posts do not reflect the opinions of Willamette University or the Mark O. Hatfield Library. They are the opinions and observations of the blog owner or guest writers.



John Repplinger has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests include:

Google and its influence on information & society
Technology’s influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors
Trends of scholarly communication
Education and Electronic learning environments
– The physical environment of libraries
Traditional & cutting edge pedagogy
– GIS use in academic libraries



John Repplinger
Mark O. Hatfield Library
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

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Repplinger, J. 2010. “Game On!: Gaming at the Library.” (Book review). College & Research Libraries. 71:85-86.

Repplinger, J. 2009. “Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).” College & Research Libraries News. 70(6): 543-44.

Repplinger, J. 2009. “E-Learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies.” (Book review). College & Research Libraries. 70(4):409-10.

Repplinger, J. 2009. “Perspective on Catalogs.” OLA Quarterly. 15(1):2-4.

Repplinger, J. 2008. “Why Files.” College & Research Libraries News. 69(6):355, 365.

Repplinger, J. 2006. “International Network for the Availability of Science Publication.” College & Research Libraries News. 67(11):736-37.

Gabaldón C, Repplinger J. Fall 2006. “GIS and the Academic Library: A Survey of Libraries Offering GIS Services in Two Consortia.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. 48:13-20.

Repplinger J. 2004. “Webopedia.” College & Research Libraries News, 65(3):162-63.

Repplinger J. 2003. “Agriculture Network Information Center.” College & Research Libraries News, 64(3):203.

Repplinger J. 2001. “Lansdowne Benches & Wireless Computer Network System.” ESLARP: Outreach Weekend Report. 5/1/2009 (http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/outreach/0110/#six).



Repplinger J. 2009. Library Shop Talk. 2009 (https://libraryshoptalk.wordpress.com).

Repplinger, J. 2009. “Soapbox, Echo Chamber & Salon (Repplinger Blog).” Online Northwest. 2/13/2009 (http://onlinenw.blogspot.com/2009/02/soapbox-echo-chamber-salon-repplinger.html).

Repplinger J. 2009. “Heck with Hal (Repplinger Blog).” Online Northwest. 2/13/2009 (http://onlinenw.blogspot.com/2009/02/heck-with-hal-repplinger-blog.html).



Repplinger J. February, 2010. Guest lecturer for distance education course on Science Reference. University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Online class.

Repplinger J. April, 2009. “New Student Library Orientation: Comparing Programs Within.” Oregon Library Association Annual Conference, Salem, Oregon. (PowerPoint presentation, 3.1Mb)

Repplinger J. April, 2007. “Googlization of Information: Google’s Influential Reach Over Information.” Oregon Library Association Annual Conference, Corvallis, Oregon. (PowerPoint presentation, 5Mb)

Repplinger J. February, 2007. Guest lecturer for distance education course on Science Reference. University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Online class.

Dancik D., & Repplinger, J. March 2006. “Reshaping the current system: issues and trends in scholarly communication. Faculty colloquium,” Willamette University, Oregon.

Kelm B, Repplinger J. February, 2006. “Google Scholar & Power Tools.” Willamette Integrated Techology Services Tech Fair, Willamette University, Oregon.

Gabaldón C, Repplinger J. June, 2005. “GIS Reality Check: Who has implemented GIS as a Library Service? Characteristics and trends in Academic Libraries Using GIS.” American Library Association Poster Presentation, Chicago, Illinois.

Simonsen D, Repplinger J. February, 2005. “Open Access.” Willamette Integrated Technology Services Tech Fair, Willamette University, Oregon.


Quote: “Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.”
~~ Danny Kaye
  1. Hi John, I really enjoyed looking through your blog and will definitely try and put it into a blogline for myself – great idea!
    Great stuff in here – you’re a good writer. Thanks for chatting with us last nite. I visited Willamette a few years ago when my son was choosing a college – had a nice time – even talked to someone in the science building about his work and got a little tour of that area.

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