I Wrote a Chapter for The Readers’ Advisory Handbook!

I'm excited to announce that The Readers' Advisory Handbook is now out! Over a year ago my friend, and awesome librarian, Kaite Mediatore Stover asked if I would be interested in writing a chapter for her readers' advisory book.  She wanted me to address the online aspects of RA.  I'm more of a blogger than an article or book writer but Kaite convinced me it was worth it. I am honored and humbled to be included with the contributors to this book.  Check it out! Part I Getting to Know Your Materials Chapter 1 How to Read a Book in Ten Minutes, Jessica E. Moyer Chapter 2 Nonfiction Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 16

My personally selected top 10 from the links I shared on Twitter from 4/16/2010 thru 4/22/2010 1. NYTimes: Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley -  Sexism is still alive in Silicon Valley and pretty much everywhere else including libraries. 2. NYTimes: Web Coupons aKnow Lots About You, and They Tell - love coupons? Me too, but make sure you know what information you're giving up when you get web coupons. 3. Two magazines, Newsweek and New York Teacher, offer competing views of what it will take to fix our schools via dmlcentral- the article the link goes to looks at two magazine covers but Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 17

My personally selected top 10 from the links I shared on Twitter from 4/23/2010 thru 4/29/2010 1.Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline - a must read. You know privacy settings on Facebook have been changing but just seeing the time line will put it in perspective. 2. CIOs say IT should not block socianetworking sites via @sabram 3.Texting and cellphones being used successfully in fight against malaria via @dmlcentral - love stories about tech being used to save lives Using a mix of text messages, Google Maps and cloud software, organizers of a pilot program backed by IBM, Novartis Read more [...]

FCC’s Broadband Action Agenda Fails to Address Training and Education

I've been following the FCC's National Broadband Plans since they were sent to Congress.  I've been excited about the possibility of the Digital Literacy Corps.  However when reviewing the Broadband Action Agenda I feel a little uneasy.  I see no reference to training or instruction.  While I agree on the importance of access to broadband I'm concerned about lack of attention to instruction. This sort of training and funding are desperately needed.  Dumping broadband access on communities that can't afford a computer or the monthly fee for high speed access and without any instruction is like Read more [...]

Protect Your Privacy Opt Out of Facebook’s New Instant Personalization – Yes You Have to Opt Out

Facebook does it again! I see this when I check my page today. Connect with your friends on your favorite websites. Sounds great. Sounds suspicious. So like a good little librarian I click on the link at the bottom Learn More with "Understand Your Privacy" in small type beneath it. Which takes me to a page telling me how great the new service is.  All the way down at the bottom I see this: Yes I can easily opt out, not opt in, opt out. Click here indeed! When I unchecked the box I got this box telling me how sad & lonely my internet experience will be without Instant Read more [...]

Employers You Don’t Have a Facebook Problem You Have an Employee Problem

I hear questions like these a lot at conferences - How do I stop my employees from wasting time on Facebook? or What do I do with an employee who is spending too much time on Facebook? My responds is always the same - You don't have a Facebook problem you have an employee problem.  What would you do if that employee were spending too much time at the water cooler? Or on the phone with his girlfriend? Or playing solitaire all day? For some reason when people are presented with an old problem in a digital format they focus on the format and not the problem. Ask some important questions Read more [...]