eBooks and Libraries – We’re Screwed. But Wait! There’s Hope!

Last September I participated in the virtual Summit Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point hosted by Library Journal and Library School Journal. One of the sessions everyone was, and still is, talking about was the talk by Eli Neiburger (Neibruger is an Associate Director for IT and Producation at a public library and Library Renewal board member). Thanks to the magic of the Internet and YouTube the talk is available online for free. One of the reasons I'm blogging this when so many other people already have is because others have focused on the screwed part. (Let's not get into to possible Read more [...]

Use PostPost to Get the Best News and Information from Facebook

I get asked a lot how I keep up or "do it all" so I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite tools. I cant' remember how I discovered PostPost, but I do know this it has made it insanely easy to get the good stuff from Facebook. It's easy to set up and use, first go to postpost.com allow access to your Facebook account, after that when you visit postpost.com it gives you a custom view of the links your contacts have posted to Facebook in a newspaper style view. You can choose to just see video, photos or links so no matter what you're looking for its right there. My contacts share a lot Read more [...]

OITP and Digital Literacy Portfolio! Plus NTIA and a Digital Literacy Portal

I can't tell you how excited I was to see this announcement from OITP (Office of Information Technology Policy, ALA) yesterday! Libraries are key players when we talk about digital literacy and education. Though as I've noted before we are often overlooked in reports from other institutions and organizations, most recently, as in the Digital and Media Literacy Plan of Action white paper by Renee Hobbs. I am pleased that OITP is working on a digital literacy portfolio and taking action that will help put libraries at the forefront of digital literacy training and education: The ALA Office Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Project In The Guardian #libday6 #echolib

I was thrilled to discover the Library Day in the Life Project was mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian for a couple of reason. First it awesome to see it mentioned in The Guardian! Second, Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood have written a great article highlighting what it takes to be a librarian today. Beyond books: What It Takes to be a 21st century Librarian: From Connecting With People to Keeping Up With the Latest Technologies, There is a Whole Lot More to the Job Than Stamping Due Dates: As well as being good communicators with people and active adopters and exploiters of technological Read more [...]

Phil Bradley’s Save Libraries Posters & Bumper Stickers

I just love these! Phil Bradley has used the magic of Paintshop Pro and Photoshop to modify World War I and World War II posters to have a save libraries message. You can see the whole set on Flickr. A couple of weeks ago he put together some very witty save libraries themed bumper stickers, my favorite being Libraries; more precious than the Ring. Libraries; tastier than 2 hobbits breakfasts. Libraries; more trustworthy than the Fellowship He's put some of these over in a Zazzle shop so you can get some awesome library swag, with proceeds going to charity so get yours today! Read more [...]

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 [...]