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 [email protected] 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 [...]

Why I Attend Internet Librarian and You Should Too

It's no secret that Internet Librarian is my favorite library conference. This year I had to work extra hard to justify my attendance at work, so I thought I'd share some of that with you. Now let's just skip over the location, sure is amazing, and if you're trying to choose between 2 similar conference the fact that one takes place in Monterey should sway you. But when you're looking to convince your boss that you need to go "there are sea lions! and an aquarium!" wont cut it. 1. It's just right. Not too big, not too small, just right. I often feel like Goldilocks at IL after attending Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 37, Success, Hate, Twitter, Keeping Your Inner Jerk in Check, Evernote, Procrastination and more

My personal select top ten links from Twitter 9/10/2010 through 9/16/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week. 1. YES! "The threshold at which other people will start hating on you if you succeed is very very low" -@cshirky #WWT - I attended the Women Who Tech webinar last week and it included a panel discussion by Clay Shirky and others on his post A Rant About Women. It was great, I only wish they had had twice as long to talk. It brought to mind this print from Hugh MacLeod of Gapping Void. I highly recommend his book Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys Read more [...]

There Are No Magic Beans You Have To Do The Work

It never fails at a conference or a webinar or on twitter or a blog post someone always says - but I don't have time for that, IT will never let us do that, administration will never let us do that. Never mind what "that" is. There is always a reason. An excuse. Yes an excuse. I don't understand these people. I'm not sure what they are looking for, magic beans? fairy dust? There isn't any. I read this post Yeah You've Got Problems. So Solve Them by Will Richardson during the mad rush between a workshop and ALA in July. It really stuck with me. I think I'm going to borrow his approach. That Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 36, Calling 911 from a Mobile, Women in Tech, A Kindle Tip and More

My personal select top ten links from Twitter 9/3/2010 through 9/9/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week. 1. Technology is not an 'either/or' and the Internet is an expression of our deep craving for connection. Great BBC video via dmlcentral Great video from the Virtual Revolution of  Stephen Fry talking about technology. 2. Transliteracy Research Group: The Shallows and how I stopped reading it in favour of gazing out of the window an interesting look at isolation, connectedness, multitasking and engagement from Sue Thomas. 3. Simple Tip Turns Read more [...]