What I’m Reading in November

I spend a lot of time reading, some of it related to libraries or work or transiteracy or the digital divide so I've been thinking about a way to share it. Then I realized hey! This is a blog by a librarian shouldn't I be required to post what I'm reading here? This weekend I asked on Twitter and Facebook if there was any interest in what I'm reading. The answer was yes. So here it is! Once a month I'm going to write a What I'm Reading post. It will include books, reports, publications, manifestos any other number of official things, it wont include blog posts or articles found online, I already Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 44: Echo Chamber, Enthusiasm Gap, Broadband, Learning,Being Famous and More

My personally select top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 10/29/2010 through 11/4/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week. 1. Great post! RT @ValentineLuLu: Blogged: The enthusiasm gap and transliteracy #intlib10 I met Jamie at Internet Librarian, I really wish we'd had more time to talk, I'm impressed with her work. Jamie has some good suggestions for bridging the enthusiasm gap  and I love her approach - focus on the people, the need, not the tools When discussing and marketing tech training stop talking about the tools and start talking Read more [...]

Learning from Failure #intlib10

I had a few slides for my session on failure with Matt Hamilton but I think it is more useful if I post some of the research and articles I read and refered to in my session. (plus I don't want to get a cease and desist from Disney, if you were there you know what I'm talking about. :-) ) 8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity And Stifle Your Success 6 Reasons Why People Don’t Change, and What to Do About That Are You Squandering Your Intelligent Failures How to Learn From Failure Do We Really Learn from Failure? (Part I) Managing Emotions to Learn from Failure What We Can Read more [...]

Libraries in a Transliterate, Technology Fluent World #intlib10

Libraries in a Transliterate, Technology Fluent World View more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Resources and Suggested Links: Teaching Media Literacy in the ESL Classroom Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful, Scientific American, October 4th 2010 Transliteracy as a Blueberry Smoothie Don't Touch That Dial! A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century Living in the future Defining Transliteracy for Librarians FCC’s Read more [...]

Tips and Suggestions to Get the Most Out of Internet Librarian #intlib10

Internet Librarian begins on Saturday and where its your first conference or your 20th here there is something here for you.  Here are tips I’ve shared before and new ones learned the hard way. Below these I’ve also included a reading list with suggestions on networking and tips for introverts. Give people your name – wear your name badge up near your face rather than on a lanyard so it’s easy for people to glance at it while talking to.  Introduce yourself, even if you’ve already met the person.  Some of us have hard time with names and there are a LOT of people to remember. Don’t Read more [...]

Get Online Week! How Broadband Benefits Everyone and How You Can Help Others Get Online

It is Get Online Week in the UK! How awesome is this? Businesses and the government have teamed up in order to persuade Internet virgins to try out and use the World Wide Web. The UK Get Online Week was launched on Monday and will run from 18th to 24th October 2010. The week-long national drive is being led by UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, who is trying to get the last remaining ten million Brits online. This is despite the fact that Lane Fox has no budget to complete the project. “There is no money and we don’t need it to make a big stride forward,” Lane Fox said back in August. The Read more [...]

10 Ways Twitter Will Make You a Better Employee, Better at Your Job, and Benefit Your Library

In my case this means my day job, the 9 to 5 one, not the one on the side where I write this blog and other stuff and do workshops and present and read articles and government reports, though it helps there too. For the sake of this post I'm focusing on my 9 to 5 job or more like 7 to 6 job. Here are 10 ways Twitter has made me a better employee, better at my job, and benefited my library. 1. Connection to experts. Thanks to Twitter I can connect with experts it might take years to connect with otherwise. I might see them in passing at conferences (if I'm fortunate enough to attend) Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 40 – Broadband, Time Management and Productivity

My personal select top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 10/1/2010 through 10/7/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week 1. broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century #broadband - a broadband.gov post from Phoebe Yang - Senior Advisor to the Chairman on Broadband. It's no great secret how I feel about broadband and the digital divide. 2. Three more folks on the Bloggers@IL2010 list and now WordPress.com and WordPress Self Hosted are tied again.- Going to be at Internet Librarian and blogging your sessions? Let ITI know Read more [...]

Post at Broadband for America: Libraries Are Essential for Bridging the Gap

A while back I was approached to write a guest post for Broadband for America. I jumped at the chance to let others (outside of libraries) know how importance of the role of libraries in equal access to broadband. Read the post Libraries Are Essential to Bridging the Broadband Gap and the Digital Opportunity Gap As we see a push by The National Broadband Plan from the FCC and organizations like Broadband for America to make high-speed Internet access available to every household in America, we need to take a realistic look at the role libraries will play.  The benefits of access to broadband Read more [...]