The Digital Divide Does Not Discriminate

This short video is from the March 9, 2010 FCC summit to discuss the need to include all Americans in the digital age.  It gives clear examples of the need for access and the skills to use the internet across a diverse segment of the population. People need universal access to broadband and the skills to use it, not as a privilege, but as a right. These five stories come from Americans who have found digital literacy to be a major influence in their lives. Learn more: Librarians Play a Vital Role in 21st Century Literacies Should Broadband Access be a Right? I Say Yes FCC’s Read more [...]

ALA Conference Survival Tips #ala10

Last year was my first ALA and it is definitely nothing like other conferences.  This is a combination of tips I've shared before and new ones learned the hard way. 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 hang out with the people you came with Read more [...]

What Twitter Lists Say About You

Ever since Twitter implemented lists I try to check out mine regularly.  Mostly I'm looking for bad or amusing ones, but so far if anyone has me on a list titled "idiots" or "b!tches" its private.  :-) As of writing this I am on 373 lists, of which probably 90 - 95% say something related to libraries (I didn't actually do the math). This aren't surprising to me. And that's good. I am a librarian, I work in libraries. It's the ones that fall outside of those that intrigue me. What do they say about me? My tweets? My online persona? I started thinking about this thanks to a post my friend Dani Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 24

My personally selected top 10 links that I posted on Twitter from 6/11/2010 to 6/17/2010 1. me too! RT @sumaya: I need to take the advice from this post: Learn to Say “NO” to (more) Meetings - written for entrepreneurs but great advice for anyone 2. The Death of the Library: Read It and Weep I walked into my local public library in London the other day and got a rude shock. All of my favorite librarians were gone. They'd been replaced by machines. Where the circulation desk once stood -- manned by a friendly soul with whom I'd chat about politics or the weather or the latest London Read more [...]

Ebooks and Libraries: Like Peanut Butter & Chocolate or Oil & Water?

Last week I participated in an online Twitter conversation led by Charlotte Abbott at Follow the Reader.  When Charlotte asked me to be a guest in the discussion the topic was how to increase ebook adoption in libraries.  We knew the topic was going to be interesting when the conversation got intense on twitter before the discussion even got started, summed up here Will E-Books Really Destroy Libraries? There is a great recap of the Twitter discussion at Follow the Reader,  Quest for a Viable Library E-Book Licensing Model. Charlotte has divided the tweets in to category or subject: Pay-Per-Circulation Read more [...]

Introducing Transliteracy Georgia Public Library Service & Georgia Library Association

This morning I participated in an webinar for the Georgia Public Library Service, Introducing Transliteracy to Libraries. Introduction to Transliteracy for Libraries View more presentations from Bobbi Newman. You can find the transcripts on WhattheHashTag [Update] You can listen to the recording here. Promised links and resources: Libraries and Transliteracy Blog Defining Transliteracy Libraries and Transliteracy Slideshow Libraries and Transliteracy Facebook Page Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age.  Knight Commission on the Read more [...]

Why I Love Kindle Desktop for eBooks

I really love using Kindle Desktop for reading ebooks on my netbook. The great thing is there are so many free books, and I don't just mean old ones, that I think everyone should use it even if they never plan to buy a book, just to take advantage of the freebies. Free books: As of right now I only have 3 books in my library that I paid for. The Myth of Multitasking which I actually bought last year during the brief time I owned an iPhone Drive by Daniel Pink - this was on my to-read list forever and I'm currently reading it Cognitive Surplus - which I pre-ordered, I'm a huge Clay Shirky Read more [...]

How I Got Over My Issues and Learned to Love eBooks

The idea of an ebook reader has intrigued me for a while.  I wanted one to read my nonfiction on. I highlight my books, write in the margins and flag pages (gasp!) so the appeal for me was being able to search books and my notes fast and easy. I also read a lot of pdf reports and I wanted to be able to read them on the device and highlight and make notes in them too. But like many librarians (and others) I had a problem with being tied to one device, issues with DRM, pricing, ownership, compatibility and libraries so I kept putting off committing to a device and reading ebooks.  Three things Read more [...]