So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers

I get a lot of email asking for advice either on getting an MLS, the job search or the skills needed. So I've pulled together a list of the best of the best advice for potential MLS students, current students and job seekers. In cases where the titles are not self explanatory I've grabbed a sentence or two from the post to give context The Degree So, You Want To Be A Librarian? Part I What the eff can you do with a MLIS/Archives/Library Science degree? - Earlier tonight a friend passed a question on to me from Aardvark in which the person asks, "What can you do with an MLIS other than Read more [...]

TedX Atlanta Re:solve

Last week in the midst of a personal crisis (one of my doggies had emergency surgery and they are my babies) I received some exciting news - an invitation to TedX Atlanta! For those of you not familiar with Ted and Tedx Events some background info: TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. TEDx In Read more [...]

Ask And You Shall Receive, Jason Griffey Answers My eBooks, DRM and eReader Questions

This morning on Twitter I asked: Can someone explain to me the tech reasons Kindle doesn't work with library ebooks, know its DRM, want more specific plz & thnx @griffey I included an @griffey at the end because I suspected Jason Griffey was the person I know most likely to know the answer. I wasn't wrong :-) Even better he answered me via a blog post. Great technical information about ebooks, filetypes and DRM. Thinking talking or wondering about ebooks? Go read it. Read more [...]

How to Disable Facebook’s Newest Feature: Places. Yes, The Default Setting is Enable

Today Facebook rolled out it's newest feature, Places, to US users. It allows you to check in at venues on using the Facebook app on your smart phone a la Foursquare or Gowalla. Facebook goes one step further, it allows others to check you in and you to check others in. Don't want your friends checking you in? You need to disable this feature, this video from Lifehacker shows you how. Don't care? Enjoy! Read more [...]

Women Who Tech TeleSummit

I'm excited to be attending the Women Who Tech TeleSummit. Four reasons I'm attending and you should too: 1. It is for women, sorry boys but we do seem to be under represented on the tech side of library issues. 2. It's a telesummit, and its affordable! I happily paid the fee. 3. It's not a library conference.  Don't get my wrong I love my library conferences but I'm also keenly aware of the need to escape the echo chamber. 4. There are some great session including How to Survive an Online Snark Attack and one with Clay Shirky and others that looks like it will address the issues in his Read more [...]

Why I Chose Kindle

After using my Netbook as an ereader I've discovered I need a dedicated device, I can be easily distracted and its hard to lay on your back and read from the Netbook. I've decided on the Kindle. Here is why. Dedicated device Limited-time promotional free selections - right now I have 44 books, I paid for 4 of them. Highlights and notes: Amazon keeps your highlights online at I can copy and paste these to Google docs or Evernote, which makes them searchable. Easy to use Syncing across devices. I have an app on my Evo and love it! Full keyboard for notes Use Read more [...]

Choosing a Reader for eBooks

I am hesitant to write this post, its so loaded with the issues surrounding ebooks.  At the same time I get asked this question at least once a week so the time has come to put fingers to keys and share my 2 cents. The question - What ebook reader should I buy?  My answer - that depends. First skip over the issue of dropping prices and improvements, issues with DRM and any other issues you have with ebooks and assume you want an ereader right now. These are the people who are asking me.  I've come to realize that choosing an ereader is a little like buying a vehicle, which one you get Read more [...]

Transliteracy is Now a LITA Interest Group

I'm thrilled to announced that there is a Transliteracy Interest Group within the Library & Information Technology Association( LITA) division of the American Library Association (ALA). I think Tom said it best in his announcement: I often joke that I get more accomplished at conferences at the bar after the sessions are over than I do during the conference. Well, here is a rather clear result that began as a conversation over drinks I was in Boston for Midwinter and on the last day of the conference met some people including the fabulous Lisa Carlucci and Tom Ipri for drinks.  Libraries Read more [...]