Battledecks: The ALA Rumble Royale

Yes I let Janie talk me into this, what was I thinking? lol Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for a public speaker as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage. This competition, often referred to as “PowerPoint Karaoke,”, will see eight brave and willing participants compete for the glory of being crowned ALA’s reigning Battledecks champion. The participants will face judgment from a panel of four judges, with the winner to be determined based on a variety Read more [...]

How to Decide Who to Follow on Twitter

I have had several conversations lately about how to use Twitter and how to decide who to follow. I know everyone has a different methodology and goal when using Twitter.  Here is mine. I have gmail filter, label and auto archive emails from Twitter and I go through them every week or so. Any of the following disqualifies the account for a follow: the default avatar 10,000 followers or more businesses social media experts marketing experts no bio no real name private account Of course as these are my rules I have broken them all at least once I'm sure.  :-) Other than Read more [...]

First Impressions of the Evo

My previous phone was a Pre, I'm so happy to see it go. If you follow me on Twitter or have seen me with it any time over the last year, you know how much I hated that thing. These are my first impressions of the Evo - the short version - I love it! Battery life - I heard rumors of the battery issues & after experiencing a Pre & iPhone the first thing I did was tweak my settings. I took brightness off of auto and dimmed it further, I turned off Background Data (you have to turn this back on to access the App Store so remember to turn it back off).  I hit App Killer frequently. I Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 22

My personally selected top 10 from the links I shared on Twitter from 5/28/2010 thru 6/3/2010 1. Managing the Productivity Paradox - HBR IdeaCast - I love these podcast from Harvard Business Review. I'm also very interested in what work and doesn't work in the workplace. Tony Schwartz talks about what is needed to renew and re-energize yourself at work. Featured Guest: Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project and author of The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance. He is also the author of the HBR article The Productivity Read more [...]

Should Broadband Access be a Right? I Say Yes

And I'm not alone. Countries such as France, Greece, Estonia, Spain and Finland have already moved to make it a right for their citizens. I know this can be a complicated topic to discuss,  as Ange Fitzpatrick points when cast against the civil rights and women's rights struggles internet access seems laughable. Thomas Jefferson admirably covers all bases when he describes the unalienable rights as including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but I think anyone would struggle to convincingly tack on to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and a high speed internet connection. Read more [...]

What Do You Think Libraries Will Look Like in 2015?

There are so many opinions and options for the f libraries out there. One idea from  Mal Booth, Sophie McDonald and Belinda Tiffen, breaks down the library of 2015 by 5 aspects: organizational culture, work conditions, service models, sustainability and people. via Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 Library of the Future - UTS on Prezi The thesis by Guy Adam Ailion, that this vidoeo is based on won the National Corobrik Architectural Thesis Award 2010, it is available for download. This video from JISC in the UK questions whether or not there will be librarians Read more [...]

The Future is Mobile: OCLC/LJ Online Symposium

The the recording is now available from the May 20th online Symposium The Future is Mobile sponsored by OCLC and Library Journal.   You can listen to it here or see the tweets on Twitter or What the Hashtag Speakers included: Sarah Allen, Director, Blazing Cloud, Inc. Jack Mason, Global Business Services, Strategic Programs & Social Media, Ibm Lindsay Notwell, Executive Director, 4g Strategy & Implementation, Verizon Wireless The Bullpen Of Library Represenatives Included Jason Casden, Digital Technologies Development Librarian, Ncsu Libraries Toby Greenwalt, Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 21

My personally selected top 10 from the links I shared on Twitter from 5/21/2010 thru 5/27/2010. Ok I'll confess right off the bat, I cheated, there are 12 links this week.  I just couldn't cut them down. A couple of these deserve their own blog post so shame on me for not giving them the attention they deserve. 1. How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking - great article from Peter Bregman with some clear reasons why you should stop multi-tasking A study showed that people distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQs. What's the impact of a 10-point drop? The same Read more [...]