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 [...]

Mobile Phones and the Digital Divide Part 2

Jason Griffey and I are having a discussion via our blogs regarding mobile phones and the digital divide to catch up first read my original post Why Mobile Phone Are Not the Key to the Digital Divide then read Jason's response Why mobile phones are one key to the digital divide. This is my response to his post. Jason states: I believe strongly that the idea that a desktop is somehow superior to a mobile phone for Internet access is an accident of the time in which we live and the historical nature of the rise of computing. One can easily imagine that 10 years from now the then-digital-natives Read more [...]

Why Mobile Phones Are Not the Key to the Digital Divide

Earlier this week  I tweeted I whole heartedly, unequivocally disagree with this! Mobile access helps agencies break past digital divide  Which linked to this article from, Pew Internet and American life - Mobile access helps agencies break past digital divide | Interview with Aaron Smith. In which Smith says "I think mobile is playing a key role in bridging those gaps between people who have that broadband connection at home and people who don't. It really gives people an economically viable opportunity to tap into the online world that they wouldn't normally have," I got some responses Read more [...]

Be the Master of Your Domain, How to Conquer Your Feed Reader

I've heard many of my friends comment that they are overwhelmed by their Google Reader, so much so that not only are they regularly declaring Reader bankruptcy but that they are avoiding it all together.  My information professional friends, Google Reader is a TOOL, do not allow it to inspire fear and loathing, it's there to meet your needs.  Here are some suggestions for mastering it. Don't be afraid to declare bankruptcy For me this means in the weeks leading up to and during and after conferences I will likely declare bankruptcy once a week. I don't wait until the end, it's too overwhelming, Read more [...]

More About Magic Beans

Last week after my There Are No Magic Beans post one of my favorite librarians, Daniel Cornwall, emailed me with some concerns about the post.  I emailed him back and we had a good discussion.  With his permission* I'm posting a revised edition of our conversation here. I'm sure he is not the only person who had one or all of these thoughts. ... I'm concerned that posts like these are going to have the opposite effect you intend. In concept I'm with you. People have to drop the expectation that they need do nothing after their shift ends (when I finish typing this note, I've got homework on Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 38 – Positive Feedback, Library Trends, TechnoLiteracy and More

My personal select top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 9/17/2010 through 9/23/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week. 1. read this. bookmark it. live it. The Power of Positive Feedback Mere acknowledgment of good performance increases the probability of more good performance. And specificity of feedback -- telling the person exactly what you liked about what they did andwhy you liked it -- dramatically increases the likelihood of that performance occurring again. 2. a Must read! RT @vonburkhardt: Good post by @aarontay about hype | A few heretical Read more [...]

Learn How to Brag Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Believe it or not, self promotion is not something I do well. It is brought home to me regularly when I'm writing monthly reports in the office or when someone asks me for my bio for a speaking gig. A couple of months ago I tweeted that I needed help with this and several people replied that they did too. I am by no means done in my quest but I thought I'd share what I've found so far. I didn't find much online so I turned to books.  My library didn't have anything specifically about self promotions so I turned to the career books thinking there had to at least be a chapter in each.  The first Read more [...]

Show Your Library Card

AtYourLibrary, the campaign for America's Libraries is encouraging library users to take a photo with their library card and post it to the flickr pool* Right now they have 107 entries. We can do better than that! Take your photo upload it to flickr and add it to the pool! Shy? Don't worry, you don't have to show your face, this one is one of my favorites. Don't have a flickr account? email your photo to me at bobbi.newman@gmail.com with your name and why you love your library card and I'll upload it for you. From the site: September is Library Card Sign-up Month! We want Read more [...]