Challenge! Escape from the Echo Chamber

Its been more than a year since Ned Potter got me thinking about the echo chamber in libraryland and more importantly the need to escape it.  I'll admit that while I've thought about it and wrote about I haven't made any extreme efforts. Oh sure I have had some successes (some through no effort on my part like the Library Day in the Life Project mention in the Guardian) the only real action I've taken is to make an effort to follow more non-library people on Twitter and read more non-library blogs. Shame on me. Luckily Ned and others working to break out and encouraging others to do so to. Enter Read more [...]

March Reads

Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst this should come as no surprise to anyone, I've mentioned Robert Sutton's first book The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't several times on this blog, including in There is No Excuse for Bullies at Work (or Anywhere Else). As Sutton notes in the opening of Good Boss, Bad Boss: A 2007 Zogby survey of nearly eight thousand American adults found that, of those abused by workplace bullies (37% of respondents), 72% were bullied by superiors. I highly recommend both of these books to everyone. Read more [...]

Calling All ALA Members! It’s Time to Vote #alavote

It's that time of year again, time to vote for your elected representatives! Did you know only 20% of members voted in last years elections? Come on! We're an outspoken bunch! We have opinions about everything! Its time to put pen to paper (or finger to mouse) and vote (ALA members will receive an email with instructions)! First the self promotion - After careful considering I am running for ALA Councilor-at-Large this year. You can read my statement of professional of concern, bio and endorsements  from others on my council page. I would love to have your vote! In addition to Read more [...]

I am Honored and Humbled to be Included in the 2011 Movers and Shakers.

Three years ago I when I started putting together a list of the Movers & Shakers with links to their blogs and Twitter accounts, it never occurred to me that one day I would be on that list. I am honored (and humbled) to be included with people I know, people I call friends and colleagues including Ned Potter, Courtney Young, Buffy Hamilton, Sue Polanka, Aaron Tay, Cindi Trainor, Anthony Molaro, Sarah Steiner and Gwyneth Jones! Plus so many great people I haven't had the opportunity to work with yet! I have to say thank you to my peeps! I have some fabulous friends and colleagues, and Read more [...]

The Time is Now

Inspired by the Shift Happens deck Ned Potter has created this awesome slideshow. One of Ned's goals/causes is to escape the echo chamber of libraryland so this is aimed at non-librarians. Well done Ned. The time for Libraries is NOW View more presentations from Ned Potter Read more [...]

Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries Work Session

This work session for librarians, journalist and citizens will take place starting April 6th, so mark your calendars.  There are some fellowships for attendance for grad students available and you can browse the list of registered attendees. I wish I were able to attend this but I'll be following closely online through the blog and Twitter (hashtag #biblionews) and you can too!   From the website: Libraries and legacy media always shared a common purpose -- helping us acquire the information we need to be engaged, informed (and entertained) citizens. But they used different tools Read more [...]

60 Things We Need Less and More Of, What Would You Add?

Love this list from the Harvard Business Review! WE NEED LESS: WE NEED MORE: Information Wisdom Shallow billionaires Passionate teachers Self-promotion Self-awareness Multitasking Control of our attention Inequality Fairness Sugar Lean protein Action Reflection Super sizes Smaller portions Private jets High-speed trains Calculation Passion Experts Learners Blaming Taking responsibility Judgment Discernment Texting Reading Anger Empathy Output Depth Constructive criticism Thank-you notes Possessions Meaning Righteousness Doing Read more [...]

Is A Boycott of HarperCollins The Right Course of Action at This Time? #hcod #ebookrights

In case you haven't seen it, there is a new site organizing a boycott of HarperCollins. Conversations about this have popped up on Twitter, Facebook and in the comments of my original post about the HarperCollines Fiasco, so  I thought I'd provide a venue for discussion just about this issue. I'm inclined to agree with Toby Greenwalt on this one But I would argue that the picket line isn’t the place for this battle. Rather, I think we need to take this struggle to the boardroom. I'm concerned that boycotting now may make us look hysterical or irrational, not an image we want to take Read more [...]

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights #hcod #ebookrights

Read this. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights Every eBook user should have the following rights: the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, Read more [...]