2nd Annual Library Day in the Life Project

I actually hadn't planned to keep doing this but when I announced my new job Emily Lloyd left a comment saying she couldn't wait to read futre day in the life posts from my new position and that planted the seed.  Emily's on hiatus right now but hopefully she'll particpate again. So I'm back from ALA and it seems like the time is right, so next week July 27th 2009 will start the  Second Annual Library Day in the Life Project. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? well it started with this post suggesting that we blog what we do all day at work.  Libraries are changing so rapidly Read more [...]

How do you attribute Creative Commons Flickr photos?

Update 9/28/2009  Please see this post on the correct way to attribute photos, it includes example of an perfect attribution. I get most of the great photos I use in my blog posts from the Creative Commons licensed pictures on Flickr.  Most of these request attribution and I've seen it done many different way.  Some people just make the photo link back to the original on Flickr (my old method). Some give credit and/or a link below the photo, some give credit at the end of the blog post. There doesn't seem to be a hard fast rule on the correct way to do it. Recently I started thinking Read more [...]

The future of the book – Possible or Probable

This is an interesting videos from Editis, a French publisher on the future of the book. Its a bit long, but worth a watch. Now I don't speak any French but here is what I *think* I saw happening scanning barcodes of book at a traditional bookstore to purchase them on the ebook reader touchscreen interactive color write on the books with a stylus multimedia content - the guide books sharing copies from one ereader to the next email magazines blogs books music If this were available today I'd buy one right now. Read more [...]

Do you understand Facebook’s privacy settings?

They are complicated and change often, even if you think you know them this is a good time to review them. Think it doesn't matter? That you don't care if the whole world sees what you've posted?  What if Facebook was using your photo in ads? They might be. I came across this blog post today about Facebook could be using your photos in their ads.  To change this option -> Settings -> Privacy -> News Feed and Wall -> Facebook Ads -> Appearance in Facebook Ads and click "no one." I had no idea this was even an option or possibility and I pay pretty close attention to my Read more [...]

ALA 2009 wrap up

I survived my first ALA! It was intense and exhilorating and tiring, but worth every minute of it.   When I return from conferences there are always a lot of thoughts rolling around and it takes me about  a week to solidify everything.  But here are the things that really stuck with me and what I'm thinking about.  Expect to see at least some of these as full blog posts when I've got my thoughts in line. You may not have signed up for this job but it’s the job you have deal with it admins and managers let your staff go, the worse that could happen is that you have a failed project Read more [...]

The Great Debate – Has library 2.0 fulfilled its promise?

This is the last session from ALA I took notes on. It went by fast and I tried to be as accurate as possible. Has library 2.0 fulfilled its promise? Modorated by Roy Tennant The panel consisted of : David Lee King, Meredith Farkas, Michael Porter and Cindi Trainor What is library 2.0 – Cindi – create spaces for people, value participation Michael – what libraries do to fulfill role as community anchors has to change, mentioned KBG text company, they will answer your reference question but you to pay for it Meredith – about being user focus, seeing creation of service as an Read more [...]

Matt Hamilton : Libraries and Innovation

Matt Hamilton : Libraries and Innovation : creating environments for encouraging and supporting creativity and innovation among staff How do we begin the messy job of creating a culture of innovation What will you need? Patience, perseverance, vision and a way to empower staff Patience is hard to come by for innovators, we see something and want it now, and have made the change before others even see it coming Get comfortable with ambiguity incubation Don’t be afraid to use the word – pilot, even if it fails it encourages others to try new things Look before you leap, but don’t be Read more [...]

Robin Hastings – Web 3.0

Symantec tagging Microformats - hcard Web as a database – rdf, subset of xml Rdfdata.org Instead of holding all info in proprietary databases data will be coded Data.gov SPARQL – sql for rdf Web as application – mashups Questions: How many security issues are we looking at? Shouldn’t put any info out there that is sensitive Has anyone looked at DDS attacks against this sort of thing, it would be pretty easy to take one down – no that she knows of When you say microformats I think fiche – what does microformat mean in a web3.0 context – way to tag your content in a semantic Read more [...]

Rachel Vacek –Libraries Using Mobile Devices

Instead of focusing on mobile needs of library users, focusing on mobile needs of librarians, some librarians were more interested in a netbook Every librarian got an ipod touch or a netbook Ideas that are needed the most will probably be the most difficult to implement because involve a proprietary ILS Geeks just waiting to program things, look for collaboration in your community Create buyin Petting zoo Don’t’ be afraid to play Share your experiences Questions: Which IlS are you hoping to build a mobile interface for? IEEE What apps will be discussed in class? Where is the Read more [...]