Beware Your Information Bubble

Eli Pariser talks about filter bubbles in this terrific TED Talk. As human beings were prone to bubbles, we gravitate to people like us, people with the same views, the same socio-economic class, the same habits etc. All sorts of studies show that if you're likely to have similar habits and life-styles as the people you associate with. The web has been applauded as a way to escape that echo-chamber you live in. Except, as Pariser points out, there are companies like Google and Facebook and Yahoo looking to personalize your web experience, and that personalization makes your bubble even smaller. Read more [...]

My Favorite Tools and Tips in Ten Installments: 4. Facebook

Yes its true. Facebook. Facebook is one of my favorite things and not just for checking up on what my out-of-town friends did last weekend. I use it for professional stuff a LOT! I follow a lot of professional organizations and websites on Facebook. I listed the top six of the library ones in my post 6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow: American Library Association – You don’t need to be a dues paying member of ALA to benefit from the stories and information relevant to all libraries they post on Facebook. Webjuction – Webjunction regularly hosts free webinars and Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.18: TED Talks, Failure, ALA, Privacy, Personal Branding and Identity

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 4.30.2011 through 5.6.2011.  In no particular order: 1 TEDucation: 5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch (and Why) Andy has put together a list of 5 must see TED talks. Ken Robinson – Schools Kill Creativity William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind Malcolm Gladwell – What We Can Learn from Spaghetti Sauce Mark Bezos – A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter JR – Use Art To Turn the World Inside Out 2. It's not the mistake. It's how you deal with it by @dontgetcaught I've written before about mistakes Read more [...]

My Favorite Tools and Tips in Ten Installments: 3. Bit.ly

This is post 3 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 how I use Google tools and my tools & strategy for Twitter last week. This week its bit.ly, yes a URL shortner, but it does so much more! This is my favorite sharing tool for Twitter, it allows you to shorten and share links right from your browser.  Any time I'm reading and article or a blog post or see something I think might be of interest I can hit the bookmarklet, and it automatically grabs Read more [...]

Now the Real Work Begins

Yesterday while I was traveling and taking some much needed down time away from the internet ALA announced the results for their recent elections. I was pleased see my bid for Councilor-at-Large was successful. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and for all your support. I hope to live up to expectations, I represent YOU, so feel free to email, message, DM or whatever with questions and concerns. I got some great responses on my post, I Want to Know Your Thoughts on ALA. Love it? Hate it? Tell Me Why, I read each one carefully and thoughtfully. This is also seems like the time for a couple Read more [...]

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 [...]