FCC’s New Digital Literacy & Broadband Initiative Recognizes the Role Libraries Play Now & in the Future!

This morning at 10 am Eastern the FCC announced a new initiative aimed at closing the digital divide (access to broadband the necessary technology) and address digital literacy issues. Connect to Compete is A private and nonprofit sector partnership to promote broadband adoption and improve outcomes in disadvantaged communities. I missed the live broadcast so as I looked over the website and the announcement from the Knight Foundation I grew increasingly concerned about the lack of mention of public libraries! How could they not know we're at the front line of all of this! And, as you know, Read more [...]

Top 10 Links 2.40: Poverty, Digital Underclass, Digital Culture, e-Content & More

1. Seven Reasons Why We Need Internet Activism Now via @CathyNDavidson Privacy Intellectual Property Openness Peer-learning Free Speech Open Media Innovation 2. Amazon retroactively replaces Reamde, repelled readers revolt Amazon remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde, and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers, GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle store on Tuesday, and today customers who had bought it received a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from Amazon advising them that “the version you received had Read more [...]

Internet Librarian Packing and Travel Tips #IL2011

Every time I get ready to just copy and paste this list I find something new to add. So! The latest and great! The newest and bestest! Packing and traveling and conference survival tips! Packing list These are the things I can NOT live without at conferences A good bag in a light weight material. Forgot leather its hot & heavy. Instead go for something lightweight like the Baggallini bags, I have two big ones, the Only Bagg and the Ala Carte Medium. Both of these are large tote style bags great as a carry on or if you like a bigger bag during the conference. I'll probably be caring Read more [...]

Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle – We Got Screwed

Don't get me wrong, as a consumer I was celebrating as much as the next guy (or gal) last week about library ebooks (from OverDrive) FINALLY being available on the ever popular Amazon Kindle. I love my Kindle, I've written about it. The few textbooks and pdfs I've put on it make me love it more. But.... But as a librarian and an ebook activist (if I do say so myself) I have to say we got the short end of that stick my friends. I have been working an expansion of my May blog post for Library Renewal where I raised some concerns : new concerns have started to creep in as I think through the Read more [...]

How to Check Out (and Return!) Library eBooks from OverDrive on Your Amazon Kindle

Or any Kindle application including the Cloud Reader. Having gone through this process myself I can say it is almost like magic, especially compared to the pain and suffering that is Adobe Digital Editions. Enjoy! How to find library ebooks for your Kindle at the High Planes Library District* This slideshow from the Wake County Public Libraries shows how to return a book early if you're done or decide you don't like it. How to Return a Kindle eBook early View more presentations from Wake County Public Libraries *most tutorials are specific to the library that made them, your Read more [...]

10 Reasons You Should Attend Internet Librarian 2011 #IL2011

It’s no secret that Internet Librarian is my favorite library conference. Let’s just skip over the location, sure is amazing, and if you’re trying to choose between 2 similar conference the fact that one takes place in Monterey should sway you. But when you’re looking to convince your boss that you need to go “there are sea lions! and an aquarium!” won't cut it. 1. It’s just right. Not too big, not too small, just right. I often feel like Goldilocks at IL after attending a variety of conferences over the last year.  Some, like ALA, though with its own perks are just too big. Read more [...]

Looking Forward: Answers to Where-Have-You-Been-and-Are-You-Coming-Back-Questions

 The last couple of months have been a time of change for me personally and professionally. Thank you to everyone who has emailed, DM'd text or called to check on me lately, I appreciate your kindness and support and friendship more than I can say.. Thank you to everyone who offered support, suggestions, recommendations, and advice, it was invaluable and deeply appreciated. I'm sure many of you remember the unexpected death in the family in May, unfortunately that was the beginning of some tough times for my family that aren't over. I can say I, myself, am healthy and whole, but unfortunately Read more [...]

7 Books that Changed the Way I See the World

I don't think this was really meant as a meme but I'm stealing it and using it as such. I came across this list on the Happiness Project blog, and I think its highly appropriate that I create my own list since  The Happiness Project would definitely be on it! This was actually a hard list to put together for a couple of reasons, first I have a lot of favorite books that have moved me but I'm not sure they've changed how I see the world. Second, any time I share a list like this I'm pretty sure readers will be appalled at my terrible taste in books (same goes for music) But here it goes! :-) 1. Read more [...]

5 Reasons Google+ Is A Privacy Accident (Disaster?) Waiting to Happen

1. You think it has better privacy controls This is number one, hands down, the biggest reason its a problem waiting to happen. The pure enthusiasm for a new product and your belief that you are "safer" will lead to you to share more believing that you have better control. 2. It's still in Beta.  Beta means beta, which means there are bugs that haven't been worked out. It also means that this isn't the finished product, things could change. 3. The follow vs friend vs circle confusion. Anyone can "follow" you by adding you to a circle even if you don't reciprocate.  This is weird hybrid of Read more [...]