Books: A Love Letter

I don't write about books here. Not really. I write about ebooks and technology and the future of libraries (which may or may not involve books depending who you ask) and sometimes I write about what I'm reading, but I don't really write about books. This is about books. I have a confession to make, like many people I got my library science degree because I love books. I love the idea of them, what they are capable of, the power within them (even if it is just a good index). I love what I do, I love where my career path has taken me and the focus of this blog and I still love books. I read. Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.27: The Digital Divide, Digital Devices & Your Rights, Personal Brand, Time Management & More!

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 7.2.2011 through 7.9.2011. In no particular order: 1. Comcast targeting digital divide - If you've heard me speak or read my writings about the digital divide you know I applaud the FCC's National Broadband Plan to ensure that high-speed internet access is available to everyone. But that I also express concern that just making it available doesn't solve the problem, there are still the issues of the affordability of the service, the affordability of the hardware to use it and the skills needed to use it all well. Comcast Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Round 7 Will Run July 25th through the 31st #libday7

It’s hard to believe but Round 7 of Library Day in the Life Project will run July 25th through the 31st. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? It's a chance to share your day, or week, with other librarians and hopefully the public at large. It started when I come discovered someone had searched “What’s a librarian’s day like” to find my blog so I wrote a blog post suggesting that we blog what we do all day at work.  Then we (and maybe patrons) could see what we do all day. Some people blogged a day, others like me blogged a week. Then it took off.. Last round there Read more [...]

ALA and post ALA eBook News Wrap Up #ala11

There were many announcements made during and around the time of ALA that related to ebooks and libraries. I've put together a list in case you  missed any. Library Specific ALA Annual 2011: New Ebook Service Launched, Takes Its Inspiration from Freegal Library Ideas, LLC, has launched a new ebook service for libraries that's similar to the company's Freegal Music product. Freading will offer 20,000 copyrighted titles from 16 publishers with a mix of frontlist and backlist titles, the company said today at the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans. The publishers Read more [...]

Top 10 Links 2.26: Google+, Digital Illiteracy, Staying Positive and More!

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 6.25.2011 through 7.1.2011. 1. Definitely! RT @pcsweeney: Could Google+ Ruin Your Online Personal Brand? great post from Patrick Sweeney that will get you think about what information we're supplying Google and others. I started thinking about the amount of metadata that we are creating for each other and about each other. I started thinking about twitter lists, facebook groups, and other classifications in the multitude of social media platforms that we, our company, or our brand, is being put into against our will and without Read more [...]

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force

I'm just getting back from ALA and there is so much to process, wrap up and share! Last week the OITP eBook Task Force released these ebooks FAQs.  pdf here Frequently Asked E-book Questions from Public Librarians Prepared by the OITP E-book Task Force The OITP E-book Task Force is responding to FAQs sent to us by public librarians. (Future FAQs will focus on questions from the school library community). We anticipate that additional questions will be added over time. 1.  What are e-books? An e-book is a digitally expressed narrative containing text and other media. Read more [...]

Be There or Be Square, Things of Note at #ALA11

My schedule in NOLA is jam packed, lots of meetings thanks to my involvement in the Digital Literacy Task Force, OITP Advisory Committee, Council and of course my Transliteracy Interest Group. Rather than bore you with my crazy schedule I thought I'd share a few things of note I think you'll be interested in attending. Also if you haven't read my tips post, and the comments left by readers, be sure to do so ! Friday, June 24th OCLC Americas Member Meeting and Symposium at ALA, the entire event runs from 11:30-4:00. From 2:00 to 4:00 is  The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Read more [...]

ALA Survival Tips, New & Improved for #ALA11

I've made some updates to the conference tips I shared last year before ALA.  Hopefully, there is a little something for everyone, I've added a short packing list  of things I can't live without and a reading list with suggestions on networking and tips for introverts. 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 bagallini 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 Read more [...]

Why I’m Returning the Kindle DX or My Continued Search for the Prefect PDF Reader

Update 3/21/2012 I have since purchased an iPad specifically to read PDFs and wrote a post on the system I'm using - My “Perfect” System for Storing, Organizing, Reading and Annotating PDFs There is nothing exceptional or particularly exciting about my returning the Kindle DX . But I've been talking about how much I want one just to use it to read PDFs that I thought I should share what went wrong. In a nutshell something call "enhanced pdf reader". A huge motivation for getting my Kindle 3G last year was the highlighting and note-taking ability for books. Amazon magically syncs Read more [...]