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 [...]

Voting for the Edublog Awards is Open

I'm thrilled to be on the list of librarians nominated in the Best Librarian/Library category, its an honor just to be included among such great company.  Voting is open until December 14th. For those of you visiting for the first time - Welcome! I write about a wide variety of topics related to 21st century literacies, learning and working. I'm also excited to announce that Libraries and Transliteracy was nominated for Best New Blog and Best Group Blog! Thank you to everyone who nominated this blog and/or the L&T blog! Please vote! If you're not familiar with the awards: The Edublog Read more [...]

Is She Crazy to Want to Work in Libraries? Advice for a Potential Librarian.

Yesterday I received this email through my Facebook contact form. I thought I'd post a response publicly so others can see it and to tap the wisdom of the web, What do you think, is she crazy to want to work in libraries? I follow you on twitter and really enjoy all the information that you share. I'm a 41 year wife, mother of one and student. I'm working on my undergraduate degree with plans to get an MLS degree when I'm finished. If you have time, please send me some advice. What I want to ask you is this: am I crazy to want to work in a library? Everyone I tell (not library people) are Read more [...]

6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow, Plus 17 Bonus Pages

I stole this idea from the Ten Facebook Pages Every Techie Should Follow to create a list for Libraries and Transliteracy, now I'm using it here for a general list for all librarians. Let's get the shameless self-promotion out of the way! Librarian by Day - the official page for me & this blog. Sure  you can friend me on Facebook, but maybe you don't want me to see your vacation pictures, or you get annoyed with how much I post, the Librarian by Day Facebook page keeps your private stuff private while connecting you with select posts and links. Libraries and Transliteracy- the official Read more [...]

Ned Potter Interviews Me For the LIS New Professionals Network

My first memory of interacting with Ned Potter is when he emailed me about the Library Day in the Life style for a new project called Library Routes.  We quickly connected via Twitter and occasionally email, and Ned soon became one of my favorite UK Librarians.  (In fact if you click on the link to his blog you'll find he has even been gracious enough to let me copy his theme)  He has helped introduce me to other library-types outside of the States and get me thinking about important issues like the Echo Chamber, so when he asked if I would answer a few questions for LISNPN I agreed without Read more [...]