Common Knowledge Database(CKDB) Mission

A. Improve information services

  1. To provide consistent and high-quality response to user queries across the different libraries, variously described as an electronic handbook, toolkit.
  2. To provide unique information to libraries not readily available through existing resources.

B. Share information between NB libraries

  1. Share information between libraries not readily available through existing resources, policies and procedures like emergency procedures, directions to other libraries and events etc.
  2. Establish links to information resources relating to issues of current awareness, such as recent developments/changes in online products and their implications for reference.

C) Provide basic training to reference/information desk personnel.

  1. A guide which can provide rapid access to Government documents, location of material/s within the library system
  2. To get information like referrals(e.g.cataloging mistakes/questions) To be able to get information on" who's who" within the departments, and who is responsible for a specific collection.

Subject: Announcing the Common Knowledge Database - The Universal Rolodex
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 11:42:06 -0400

NB Library Faculty and Staff:

The CKDB Team would like to announce the availability of a new database that has been created specifically for use by librarians and information assistants. As you know, our team was created and chartered as part of the NB reorganization process. Our objective has been to provide improved access to "hard-to-find" materials and to allow staff and faculty across the NB campuses to conveniently use this new database. Our motto has been to "make the uncommon, common" and we have subtitled our database "the universal rolodex" to provide an immediate and intuitive notion of how the database works.

The CKDB team has seeded the database with almost 600 records and has put in place a process for continuing to add records to the database. So the database is "living" and we expect for it to change frequently as representatives from each of the NB libraries continue to add new information.

What types of information are in the CKDB? The answer is that a record for any information source that is hard to find can be added to the CKDB. So, for example, if you search for "directions", you will find a document that provides directions between libraries on the NB campus. If you forget that web guides have been renamed "research guides" and you can't find them on the new RUL website, you can search for "web guides" and the hyperlink will take you directly to the location in the new RUL website. Suppose you can't remember what the IRIS status code "TECHSR" means. Just search on "status code", select the hyperlink and you can find all the status codes. We have organized the database for flexible searching or browsing the entire contents. A record can point to a paper source somewhere in one of the libraries, to a digital document, or to a website anywhere on the Internet.

We invite you to start using the Common Knowledge Database - The Universal Rolodex. Our team has made sure that there is an icon on each of the reference desk and information assistant computers in the NB Libraries. You can also find the CKDB at our new RUL website under the category "About the Libraries/Staff Resources" (url is Since the database is still growing and changing, you may not find what you need. Please let your CKDB representative know and we can add a new record to help locate the source in the future. You can direct questions or comments to any of the team members.

The CKDB Team
Stephanie Bartz
Fernando Chang
Rebecca Gardner
Maya Gervits
Susan Goodman
Scott Hines
Ron Jantz
Marty Kesselman
Linda Langschied
Penny Page

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