Librarian Superhero Contest Begins Today! Be Sure To Nominate Your Librarian Superhero

An awesome thing happened last week - almost simultaneously I got an email from Gale and saw on Stephen's Lighthouse about the Librarian Superhero Contest. For those of you who don't know I'm a comic book fan so I just love this idea. Its fun!  Some of you may even remember the Superhero's meme kicked off by Jason that made the rounds a few years ago thanks to Hero Machine. So about the contest! - emphasis added by me 1. How to Enter the Contest: 1.     Are You a Librarian Superhero (“Contest”) will begin on or around 8:00 am EST on Monday, January 31, 2011 and will end on or around Read more [...]

Reflecting on Library Day in the Life #libday6

This was Round 6 of the Library Day in the Life Project, the very first round was in July of 2008. It started with a simple blog post suggesting a meme. I can see from my summary post on the first round that 30 people had signed up on the wiki. I remember I was able to read all those posts. By the time Round 4 arrived in January of 2010 I realized we really needed a separate page for each round so readers could easily determine which posts were new and which were from previous rounds. Round 4 also marked the addition of an official twitter hashtag for tweets. The Library Day in the Life Project Read more [...]

Friends, Romans, Countrymen Lend Me Your Ebooks: Resources for Loaning & Borrowing Nook & Kindle Items

This is not a post about libraries and ebooks but about ebook loaning for purchased titles. First let me state that I think the lending rules on the Kindle and Nook are complete rubbish. I mean really the selection is very limit and you can only lend an item one time and for only 14 days.  But I think any loaning is better than none, so I was pleased to see Amazon open up loaning for Kindle titles recently. Some numbers I have 125 items on my Kindle of those 17 are loanable, which is 13.6% But wait of that 125  I paid for 18 titles. Of those 18 I can lend 1 which is 5%. Niether of Read more [...]

In the End I Want to be Able to Say I Contributed More Than I Criticized

I don't know if it's the economy or the time of year but lately it seems like there is a lot of negativity going around, so last week when I saw this tweet from Jan Holmquist linking to this post, contributions, criticism and courage,  it really struck a chord with me. I am by no means a perfect person, but I try.  I think a lot about what my goals are here, online and around libraryland. Sure there are some things happening in libraryland I don't care for, that I think are a waste of time, that are poorly thought out, but I bite my tongue. I made a decision not to speak ill of other professionals, Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.3 – All About Ebooks

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 1.16.2011 through 1.22.2011.  In no particular order About Top Ten Links - I share a lot on Twitter over the course of a week. I know not everyone is on Twitter or on Twitter every moment, so last year I decided I would pull the top ten, the best of the best, the most important things I shared on Twitter and post them on the blog. Its a good review for me and hopefully helpful to you. 1. Reviewing the impact of #Kindle not supporting or supporting library books #ebooks via @msauers an interesting look at the possible cost Read more [...]

January 2011 – Here’s What I’m Reading, Plus a Few Old Favorites. What Are You Reading?

Thanks to the holidays and Mid Winter I am still working on titles I've mentioned before Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky and Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping--Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond for Non-Fiction. Fiction In Fiction I finished off the Gemma Doyle trilogy with The Sweet Far Thing and moved onto World Without End the follow up to Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth. Reports For reports of course I'm reading Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community from OCLC. Old Favorites Earlier Read more [...]

What is Library Day in the Life and You Should Participate #libday6

The Fabulous Librarian (and fashionista, seriously. she has awesome fashion sense) Daenel over at Living Outside the Stacks created this video explaining the project and why she'll be participating next week. Check it out! Not only is the video a great intro to the project Daenel has a lot of followers (both on her blog and on Twitter) who are not librarians, so the project is escaping the echo chamber (echolib). Awesome! Thank you Daenel! Read more [...]

How to Monitor Your Personal Brand (For Free)

Yes you need to. Everyone does.  Even if you're just on Twitter, even if you're not. You need to pay attention to what others are saying to and about you online.  I know many of you do this for your library but it is important to do it for yourself too. Why? Carie Lewis lists 5 different categories or reasons Brand – mentions of your name, including acronyms, misspellings, etc Current – issues that people are talking about that involve you right now Detractors – people you know don’t like you but talk about you Competition – people in the same space as you Staff Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Round 6 Begins January 24th 2011

It's hard to believe but Round 6 of Library Day in the Life Project will run January 24th through the 30th. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? 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. I did a week because I felt like I have no average day so a week would better represent what I do. If you are wondering why you should participate Meredith Read more [...]