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 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 ( 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 [...]

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 [...]