Archive for February, 2007
the first of several for Course 502 MLIS Colloquium (Spring 2007).
We were honored to be asked to speak and even more honored that so many people turned out on a sub-zero night to hear us talk.
As promised, here is a list of links from the talk. We would be interested in your feedback so please leave us comments or feel free to email us.
A Few Flickr’ing Libraries (and examples of what libraries can do with Flickr):
- Alexandrian Public Library (Indiana) — promoting library events.
- San Marino Public Library (California) — documenting a library building project.
- St. Joseph County Public Library (Indiana) — a variety of sets that range from public to staff events, building updates, new services, and more.
- Newark Public Library (New Jersey) — a wonderful tour of the unique art and architectural features of their historic main library building.
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Illinois) — lots of interesting sets, but in particular check out their Thommy Ford Abroad set!
Flickr Groups for Librarians (especially those from NJ):
- New Jersey Libraries
- NJ Library Events
- Libraries and Librarians
- Librarian Trading Cards (including mine in a tiara).
- Librarians’ Desks
YouTube Must Sees:
- A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto
- Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us
- iACPL (and the equally great follow-up iACPL 3.0)
- Ray of Light (SJCPL)
- Seattle Public Library
We mentioned a lot of blogs and most (if not all) can be found on our blogroll, so take a peek at who we have listed and start reading. In particular, last night we focussed on Tame The Web and blyberg.net as well as the Ann Arbor District Library web site.
Two of the wikis mentioned last night included the Subject Guides at SJCPL and Princeton’s BookLovers wiki as well as the various wikis being put in to place for conferences. I meant to mention, but it slipped my mind, Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. If you want to have a chance to play with a wiki and contribute content, this wiki is a great place to start.
I will end this post just as we ended our talk, by linking to the Web Trend Map created by Information Architects [pictured above]. As they say on their site:
The iA Trend Map shows all the big players, the current Internet trends and how they’re connected, using the Tokyo Metro map. It’s totally unscientific and almost useless, but definitely fun to look at.
Note: I think that is everything that we promised to provide links to for future reference. If I forgot something let me know. Or if we mentioned something and you want more details, drop us a line.
The Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (CJRLC) has issued a Learning 2.o challenge to anyone who works in a CJRLC member library. This is a great chance to learn new skills and I hope others will join me in taking the CJRLC Tech Challenge.
I have already completed over 90% o of the items on the challenge, but I am taking it anyway and giving it my own twist. For instance, instead of creating another blogger blog I set up a WordPress blog called Janie’s CJRLC Challenge Blog
I have been meaning to learn more about WordPress for several months and just never got around to it. This is the perfect reason for me to finally play with WordPress as well as other new technologies and tools that I just never seem to get around to using.
For instance, I have explored LibraryThing and Squidoo and know what they are what they do, but never used them extensively. This will be my chance. I am also going to look for new tools and sites and then blog about them as I find them.
Since starting the challenge yesterday I already explored a new to me service called SplashCast and created my first embedded SplashCast on my new blog. Go over and have a look. I think SplashCast has great potential and I am glad to have found it.
By way of Boing Boing…
Check out this amazing video,”Web 2.0… the Machine is Us/ing Us,” created by Michael Wesch, Assistant Cultural Anthropology Professor at Kansas State University.
What a great way to kick off the first 5 minutes of any web 2.0 workshop or discussion!
Stephen Abram is dong a one-hour “teleconference on learning faster,” entitled “15 Minutes a Day! All It Takes to Keep Up in a 2.0 World with Stephen Abram” this coming Thursday, February 8th at 11 AM ET for librarians “who want to learn more about keeping up with the vast amount of information and change in our 2.0 world.” Sound interesting? Go to his blog post for more information and to register, and see the excerpt below to get you even more interested!:
“Stephen shares his techniques and tips for keeping up and increasing the capacity of library staff to add tools, resources, learning and insights. Learn about 2.0 and add tricks to your kitbag of processes and techniques for keeping up with important changes and opportunities.
- Tips & techniques for keeping up with the tsunami of information
- Tools for enhancing capacity to sort through information
- Pointers for determining which trends and pieces of information are important for the library world
- Some of the top trends that our speaker [Abram] is watching”
OK, for once, my post is not a post about librarians, teachers, or technology. It is, however, about data–interesting data related to an important event to many this weekend: the Super Bowl.
I found it listed on Librarians’ Internet Index, one of my favorite quality reference sites, brought to us by an unlikely, at least to me, but otherwise well-known quality organization: The U.S. Census Bureau!
This short and interesting special edition press release comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions newsroom, which collects stats on “demographic and economic subject areas intended to commemorate anniversaries or observances or to provide background information for topics in the news.” You can receive RSS feeds to these releases, too, if you want to be cool and stay up-to-date!
Anyway, this latest release provides facts and other links highlighting the demographics of the cities related to and info about the teams in this year’s Super Bowl, as well comparing how times have changed (i.e., populations, aging, educational levels, earnings, baby names) from the 1967 (Super Bowl I) to this year’s Super Bowl XLI.
It’s a quick read, so check it out!
Here we go, someone who get it! As many times as I have heard my friends ask me why I chose a “dying profession,” I have never worried about my job security. Personally, my reason for this was because of the old saying:
If people, in general, thought rationally there would never be a need for librarians. Since history has proven this not to be the case, librarians’ job will always be secure.
My friend sent me this article on the Library profession which gives 33 Reasons Why Librarians and Libraries are Important. Yes, many of the reasons are arguments against the Internet. For the rationale thinkers out there, who are picky about who and where they get their information from, this is not really a surprise but for the other 46% of Americans who consider Wikipedia a reliable source of information, it might give them something to think about and, who knows… perhaps even get a library card.