eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point – A Virtual Summit

If you're interested in the issues surrounding ebooks and libraries take a look at this upcoming virtual summit from Library Journal and School Library Journal.* Early Bird Registration is available until August 13th. ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point will bring together public libraries, academic libraries, and school libraries (K-12) in a day-long virtual conference environment. The day will be presented online and will include keynote presentations and panel discussions on the evolving concept of the book in a digital world and will keep participants future-focused and actively engaged Read more [...]

The Problem with Pseudonyms

As I look at the Library Day in the Life Project last week I think of all the things I could reveal if I didn't blog as "me". Things that might help others. Things that might show a better perspective of what I do all day. But because I'm me there are secrets I must keep. I must guard the privacy of patrons and staff. I'd also like to still have a job when I show up for work in the morning. Oh the lure of anonymity. I have seen the flip side of anonymity. When you don't own your words you aren't accountable. Sure you can share so much more freely, but there is the dark side too. Unfortunately Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 30 – Happiness, Social Media Comptency, eBooks, Digital Natives, Prezi, Facebook Privacy and More!

My personal select top ten links from Twitter 7/23/2010 through 7/29/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week 1. So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows via @colleengreene - I know the concept of digital natives has been popular but anyone who works with the generation knows that it is inaccurate there is a huge divide between those with the access to technology, never mind the know-how to use it. 2. AssortedStuff » We Need More Tech Skeptics - more on the idea of digital natives 3. Five tips for asking better questions - asking Read more [...]

Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for Librarians – a Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

I had the honor of being Michael Sauers guest on his NCompass Live Tech Talk series.  I did a brief overview of transliteracy and its importance to libraries.  The session was recorded and will be up after some editing, in the meantime here are my slides and some links. Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for LibrariansView more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Relevant Links: Transliteracy as a Blueberry Smoothie Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation Defining Transliteracy for Librarians FCC’s Broadband Action Agenda Fails to Address Training and Education Empowering Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Round 5, libday5

This post is part of the Library Day in the Life Project. For those of you who don't know me I'm a Digital Branch Manager at the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus Georgia.  I have been here just over a year. 6:00 wake up and get to work.  I drink coffee while checking my email and Twitter and Facebook.  Facebook includes checking my Librarian by Day page, Libraries and Transliteracy page, and Day in the Life Group since FB doesn't send email notifications for activity on these I try to check them a couple of times a day.  I also walk my dogs and get ready for work. 8:15 Read more [...]

Mobile Phones Are Not The Key to Bridging the Digital Divide

Something new to consider as we consider broadband access as a universal right - mobile phones. NPR looks at a recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project on Mobile Access.  Does 3G (and soon to be 4G) speed qualify as broadband access? NPR quotes these stats from Pew African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos continue to be among the most active users of the mobile web. Cell phone ownership is higher among African-Americans and Latinos than among whites (87% vs. 80%) and minority cell phone owners take advantage of a much greater range of their phones’ features compared Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 29- Logo Contest, Speaker Tips, Finding Time, The Value of Privacy, and More

My personal select top ten links from Twitter 7/16/2010 through 7/22/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week! 1. Logo Contest Entry – John LeMasney « Libraries and Transliteracy - Libraries and Transliteracy needs a logo so we've opened up a contest. 2. Logo Contest Entry – Nate Hill « Libraries and Transliteracyhttp://bit.ly/a4jsX2 @natenatenate 3. The networked speaker: 10 ways to make the most of your next gig via @dontgetcaught - some great tips from one of my new favorite blogs Business cards QR (quick response) A special website for Read more [...]