April Reads: Enchantment, Switch and A Game of Thrones. What Are You Reading?

Fiction I'm leading with fiction this month because I'm so excited about it on many levels. This weekend I watched the first episode of Game on Thrones on HBO, loved it and immediately went out and downloaded an audio version of the book its based on A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One. I spent a good portion of the weekend carrying the iPad from room to room so I could listen while I cleaned or cooked, or peddled mini bike. Can't wait to see the next episode of the show & finish the book! Non Fiction I'm listening to both of these titles. First the Guy Kawasaki book, Read more [...]

My Favorite Tools in Ten Installments: 2. Twitter

This is post 2 of 10 in my 10 favorite tools series. I regularly get asked how I "do it all" so I've put together some of handy tools that (in addition to hard work) help me do it.  I covered the many ways I use Google last week, this week its Twitter! Now that might seem obvious since I have over 4,000 followers, but hopefully you'll find something useful. In the past I've written how I decide who to follow on Twitter, and that hasn't changed much. Although at that time I was trying to keep the number of people I followed around 250 and I stated I "absolutely wont go over 300." Now I'm up Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.16: TED Auditions, LISEvents, Piracy and The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 4.16.2011 through 4.22.2011.  In no particular order 1. 5 Myths About the 'Information Age' - Great article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, go read it! The book is dead. We have entered the information age. All information is now available online. Libraries are obsolete. The future is digital. 2. Nominate your favorite blogs for the Salem Library Blog Awards The nomination process is open for the 2011 Salem Press Blog Awards until May 13th, so head over there and nominate your favorite library blogs. Read more [...]

Some Questions for Overdrive and Amazon about the Kindle Lending Library – Updated

This morning Amazing announced their Kindle Lending Library. Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. "We're excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to Read more [...]

My Favorite Tools In 10 Installments: 1. Google Tools

I regularly get asked when I sleep, or how I "do it all". I'm never really sure how to respond, I'm just me. I just go through my days, my routine and well do stuff. But I took a look around at some of the tools and shortcuts I use and thought I might do a little mini series. So here it is, in 10 installments! Some will be long (like this one) and some will be short. I hope you find something useful! Tool One: Google Tools It's no secret I'm a Google fan, pretty much my whole professional life lives on Google. For that reason I use the Two Step Verification process and change my password Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.15: Presenting Tips, Net Neutrality, eReaders and the Environment & More!

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 4.10.2011 through 4.16.2011.  In no particular order: 1. Stop BREAKING THE BASIC RULES of presenting! « thewikiman another great presentation from Ned Potter, I think this one spent most of last week on the front page of Slidehsare.net. Stop Breaking The Basic Rules of Presenting View more presentations from Ned Potter 2. House passes anti-net neutrality bill via @huffingtonpost VenessaMiemis Gotta love net neutrality being refered to as a FCC power grab. Net neutrality is important people pay attention to efforts Read more [...]

My First Post at Library Renewal – ALA EQUACC Interim Report

Recently I was invited to be a contributing editor at Library Renewal* and I was delighted to accept (because I need more projects!) :-)  Seriously I think what is happening right now with access to electronic content is very important. Tonight I published my first post, simply the Interim Report released by The Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC). Of special note: The Task Force had agreed to focus on five issues: Environmental Scan Licensing Accessibility Public Relations Model Project Task Force created an EQUACC web site (http://www.equacc.ala.org/). You Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.14: Impostor Sydrome, DRM, Angry Birds and More!

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 4.3.2011 through 4.9.2011.  In no particular order 1. nope its me too! RT @VenessaMiemis: reading about imposter syndrome.... and i thought it was just me I suspect lots of library folk suffer from this. The impostor syndrome, sometimes called impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. 2. Day Against DRM: May 4th - given the uproar against HarperCollins how can librarians not participate? :-) 3. HarperCollins Executive Calls Circulation Read more [...]

Real Winning Isn’t About Torpedoes It’s About Giving

Disclaimer: This post has NOTHING what-so-ever do with libraries. I can't express how disgusted I am with the whole Charlie Sheen thing and that instead of helping that man people are encouraging him. I'm even more disgusted that people are willing to pay up to $350 to see him. Recently several of my friends retweeted this tweet by Wil Wheaton and I thought YES! This!  "I wish everyone going to the Charlie Sheen Pay Attention To Me Tour would skip it and donate the ticket price to a battered women's shelter." I wish this SO much. Andy Woodworth has taken it one step further and set Read more [...]