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 [...]

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 [...]