Ubiquitous Computing – Jason Griffey – Unconference Session 1

Jason Griffey – I do lots of stuff google me Ubiquitous computing – computers everywhere, mobile phones, net books, kindles Devices to devices, no longer devices to server Metcalfs law Free – Chris Anderson Cant compete on cost so much make things easies Questions & Comments from Office: What about server costs? – how can you distribute free content when backend stuff costs? Jasson - bit torrent you distributed over a number of people who willing to share cost When you talk about servers are you talking about Tech or traditional such as a reference librarian might provide. Why Read more [...]

ALA Unconference

I’m at the ALA Unconference all day today. They have a great set up for as many topics as possible, with a lot of short presentations that are 7 minutes with 5 minutes for questions a couple of break out sessions. I’ll be blogging the short presentations separately to keep topics and possible comments separate. So lots of short blog posts today!

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My First ALA! Advice Tips and Tricks

Tomorrow I'm off for my first ALA conference, it was a bit of a last minute deal but I'm pleased to be attending!  I will be blogging the sessions I attend both here and on LITA's blog. When I found out I was going I sent out a call for tips on Twitter and got a some great responses on FriendFeed and Twitter. I've blogged conference tips before and thought I'd recap and add some new ones as a reminder to myself. 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 Read more [...]

There is something to be said for brand loyalty

I don't normally blog about customer service issues (although I have been known to tweet complaints) but I feel like I should blog this, in part because I am not so angry I can't see straight, which is usually a hint for me that blogging is not a wise decision and because its about brand loyalty which in light of returning my iPhone I am thinking about. I'll provide some background, but if you'd like to get to the point it's don't buy a camera from Casio and think hard about Customer Service. My first digital camera was a Sony, but my second was a Canon Powershot and two subsequent cameras Read more [...]

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 [...]