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 [...]

Have an Idea to Improve Access to Information in Your Community? The Knight News Challenges Wants to Fund It #knc

You invent it, they fund it. Simple as that. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is running a grant competition called the News Challenge.  The News Challenge awards up to $5 million for innovative projects that use technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information. Applicants must only follow three rules: Use digital, open-source technology (so many of us are already using open source technology) Distribute news in the public interest (hey everything we do is in the public interest!) Fit into one of four categories (Look at number Read more [...]

Nine Questions to Ask Before You Accept That Speaking Gig

I had a discussion with a friend this weekend about what questions we ask when accepting speaking invitations, and it occurred to me that this is the sort of thing I should blog for two reason - one I have some advice to share and two I'm sure someone will have advice to offer me. Win-win. Questions for yourself: 1. Do I want to speak? The first question you should ask yourself is do I want to be a speaker? Sure there are some great benefits to speaking and real reasons to do it. But do you want to? Would you rather write? Or do something else? Speaking is time consuming and hard work, Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 45: Dealing with a Bad Day, National Ed Tech Plan, Technology Training, Visualization and More

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 11/5/2010 through 11/11/2010. For the record I had a very hard time choosing only 10 this week.  In no particular order: 1. Love this idea! RT @BaranCLE: How to Destroy Your Past Lives by @evbogue This post centers around the idea - "We evolve into new and better individuals every single day. " As someone who works hard to evolve into better versions of me I also struggle with letting go of the old me too. The choice though is this: will you continue to build up your energy in order to focus on the person you were back then? Or Read more [...]

What’s New at Libraries and Transliteracy – Authors, Examples and ALA

There have been some exciting things happening over at the Libraries and Transliteracy site! Transliteracy in Practice - We are looking for examples of libraries working to make staff and patrons transliterate. We want libraries and transliteracy to not only be a resource for theory and news but also a place you can go for real world examples and ideas. Any programming, instruction, work process, training or whatever you're doing to make staff or patrons have the tools, skills and information they need to be active success citizens in the 21st century, we want to hear about! We've set up Read more [...]

How Far Do You Go to Reduce Drama and Protect Your Privacy on Facebook?

Earlier this week I came across this post Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook in which danah boyd talks about the practices teens undertake to reduce privacy issues and drama on Facebook.  I found it fascinating, not just because of the efforts they put into it, its not easy, but because I do a few of these things and I don't know of anyone else who does. My efforts seem a little pathetic next to theirs. One of the girls deactivates her account anytime she's not on Facebook, these keeps people from posting on her wall and browsing her content when she isn't around. Another deletes all activity Read more [...]