Looking Forward – How Will You Use Your Gifts In the Coming Year?

I'm not usually one for resolutions, but 2010 has been a long year and I am looking forward to the New Year with unusual anticipation, and this is so timely for me. As we look forward to 2011 it is important for some reflection, so ask yourself as librarians, teachers, leaders, individuals: How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make? Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions? Will you follow dogma, or will you be original? Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure? Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions? Will Read more [...]

The Best of the Best: The 20 Most Important, Thought Provoking, Helpful Posts I Wrote in 2010

That's a pretty bold title if I do say so myself :-)  I know there are 7 days left but with the holidays I feel ok publishing this list now. I didn't base these on stats or comments but rather what I feel was the most import. Sometimes I put my heart and soul into something and it gets so little attention I want to cry, and other times I spent 15 minutes cranking out something I've barely thought out and people go mad for it.  So I decided to hand select what I feel where the most significant posts. Thoughtful and thought provoking (I hope) 1. Librarians Play a Vital Role in 21st Read more [...]

Why We Buy: Applying the Science of Shopping to Libraries

Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping is on my reading list this month but it deserves its own post.  It has inspired a great deal of thinking about what we measure, why and how we use it to declare ourselves successful (or not). Please note there is a newer version of this title, Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond, but I am reading the older one because it is what my library had, I will be requesting the newer one. As I listen to this I can't help apply much of the science of shopping and buying to libraries. Like many retail stores we declare our success Read more [...]

Read This! What I’m Reading in December 2010

Since last months What I’m Reading post went so well I thought I'd write one for December. Books: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky. I've been a fan of Shirky since reading his first book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, when it came out.  I watch or listen to any of his speeches I can get access to and he writes just as well. I love this section when he is talking about "finding the time". Suppose we consider the total amount of time people have spent on it as a kind of unit—every edit made to every Read more [...]

The Donate Button Versus Google Ads- Your Tips Are Appreciated

I've toyed with the idea of ads on the blog for a while now.But I've been hesitant for a couple of reasons including I know some people have a strong opinion about them or block them with browser ad-ons.  I also have some concerns over lack of control and the appearance that I am endorsing the advertised item or service when I am not. When I considered other options the possibility of a tip jar occurred to me, heck they are everywhere now, it seems like I can't get a sandwich or an oil change without seeing one.  I thought I'd give tips a try before ads so I've added a donate button Read more [...]

Latest Facebook Privacy Violation – It is Now Broadcasting Conversations by Publishing The Content of Recent Activity

There was a time when one of your Facebook account or privacy settings allowed you to disable your "recent activity" from appearing in the newsfeed or on your wall. That went away sometime in the latest year (with profile update 10102029309808098, I think). Facebook completely removed the option to hide your recent activity and instead what you now saw was something like "Bobbi Newman wrote on John Doe's wall" I and a lot of other people were annoyed by this. I don't need Facebook notifying all my friends each time I talk to one of them. Some people just learned to deal with the feed, others Read more [...]

The Four Most Valuable Lessons I Learned in 2010

Inspired by Justin Hoenke's great post I decided to make my own list of libraryland/professional things I learned in 2010. 1. Not everyone is going to like you This was probably the most important and the hardest lesson I learned. I was having a conversation with a friend in April when he said these words to me, and I'll admit at first I was pissed. Easy for him to say I thought, then I cut the conversation short and went right back to feeling slighted. But the words stuck with me and as I thought about it, I realized the truth of them. There are plenty of people I don't care for, some Read more [...]

Top Ten Link Week 49: Dropbox, Tips for the Holidays, Privacy, Trolling, Tech, Speaking, PostPost and more!

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 12/3/2010 through 12/9/2010.  In no particular order: 1.Everything you need to know about technology to work in libraries via @theREALwikiman - another great informational from Ned Potter about what it really means to be a librarian, including another example of his awesome Prezi skills Everything you need to know about technology and working in libraries on Prezi 2. Dropbox prepares to leave beta with version 1.0 release candidate via brewinlibrarian - I had no idea Dropbox was still a beta product.  I love Dropbox. Read more [...]

Information Overload: Bringing Order to the Chaos

Love this video, despite the fact I don't believe in the Digital Natives myth. The summer 2010 class of interns at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society took on a huge assignment: pick a chapter from Urs Gasser and John Palfrey's book, Born Digital, and make a short video inspired by that chapter. This video, inspired by the "Overload" chapter, was created by Gregory Asmolov and Eliane Bucher, with production assistance from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society/Youth and Media project. It is released under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non-Commercial license. Find out Read more [...]