New ebook reader to watch – the Cooler

I love the idea of an ebook reader, but I have problems with Amazon's Kindle, foremost being price and inability to load my own content on without sending it through Amazon. I've been playing with the Sony Reader the last week or so but I don't love it either. Since I want to love ebook readers I'm on the look out for anything that might improve them. The Cooler is an interesting venture in the market.  It's sleeker and well, prettier, it comes in 8 colours including ruby red, vivid violet and hot pink, you can view jpg, pdf, txt, and mp3 files right to it yourself.  Its not without its problems, Read more [...]

The UNICEF Bee and the Digital Doorway

This video, The Future of the Library, has been making the rounds on library blogs and after watching it I visit the blog Everywhere is Here.  Lately I've been thinking a lot about the digital divide and the bubble I spend most of my time in so I was much more interested in this video.  It is about the Digital Doorway and the UNICEF Bee, providing access to the internet for those in remote areas.  The project was inspired by the Hole in the Wall experiment (perhaps more famous for inspiring the movie Slumdog Millionare) The information and access we take for granted, so for granted in Read more [...]

What Reading (Listening) Do You Recommend for a Leadership Program?

My library has a leadership program and we were asked to recommend books, journals articles blogs blogposts podcasts whatever with an annotation preferably, on any topic relevant to leadership, management, customers service or other topic we think would be helpful to participants.  I went through my favorites of the last couple of years and came up with these: Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Outliers: The Story of Success Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Here Read more [...]

Geek the Library

Monday OCLC kicked off their Geek the Library campaign with Iowa (my home state!) and Georgia (my current state!).  What is Geek the Library? Its  a community-based public awareness campaign.  The idea is to increase public awareness of libraries and the important role they play and the funding we so desperately need.  People can share what they are passionate about using geek as a verb Geek\Verb. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for. To express interest in. To possess a large amount of knowledge in. To promote I love (or is that geek?) the potential Read more [...]

Does the average Joe really need to know what a browser is?

Jessamyn West shared this yesterday “A team from Google interviewed dozens of people in Times Square the other day, asking a simple question: What’s a browser? This was in an effort to understand and improve the customer experience of Google’s own browser, called Chrome. Turns out that over 90% of the people interviewed could not describe what a Web browser is.” Watch the video I don't think any of my non-techie family or friends could answer this question. I'm not sure I could adequately if a microphone was put in my face while I was out shoe shopping (its hard to swtich from Read more [...]

Subscribe to this blog by email

Anyone who's reading this blog directly rather than in their rss reader may have noticed a new box appear on the upper right hand side - Subscribe via Email I'm happy to have finally gotten around to offer this option.  Teaching patrons and training staff has taught me that there are still a great many people who don't use an rss reader for whatever reason.  So I thought it was time for me to get out of my bubble and provide an option for people who aren't rss fanatic. Just enter your email address, confirm your subscription and blog posts will be delivered to your email like magic! ;-) Read more [...]

Monitor your brand

Carie Lewis has a great guide to monitoring your brand using iGoogle, it's easy, free and most of us already have a Google account, plus it pulls all the information into one place. She includes 5 different categories: Brand - mentions of your name, including acronyms, misspellings, etc Current - issues that people are talking about that involve you right now Detractors - people you know don't like you but talk about you Competition - people in the same space as you Staff - prominent people in your org, like your CEO And includes a great list of places you should monitoring: Google Read more [...]

Why I’m over people Twittering Conferences, Meetings

and anywhere else two Twitter users happen to run into each other. Its seems like a day doesn't go by without signing into my Twitter account to see a stream of tweets from someone going by with a #hashtag I don't recognize. I'm not talking about a couple of tweets, I mean the full-on stream. I'm begging you, please stop! I'm all for the idea of sending a Tweet when you hear something remarkable, moving, or innovative, but based on the number of Tweets I see flying by every other sentence is worth exclaiming over, somehow I doubt this. What it really looks like is too many people are Read more [...]

My 71 hours as a Palm Pre owner

I had my Pre for less than 3 whole days so this is hardly a comprehensive review but rather a report of my experience since so many people asked me about why I returned it. I've been awaiting for the Pre for a long time.  My contract with Sprint expired in January and I'd started shopping around, wanting a little more from a smartphone than I was getting from my Centro.  I'd pretty much decided to switch to an iPhone when the Pre was announced. I waited not so patiently for it to come out.  Well Saturday was the Day! I headed to the Sprint store and got there around 8:50, by 9:40 everything Read more [...]