“Go be secretly awesome. Then tell someone.”

I've never been fortunate enough to hear Jessamyn West speak and based on Jenica's notes from last week, I'm really missing out.  Some of my favorite bits The digital divide is real, and our system for technology education scales very badly.  There are economies of scale in most library work – processing 30 books does not take 30 times as long as processing one book – but teaching 30 people about the internet and computers takes 30 times longer than teaching one person.  Libraries have become the social safety net for many Americans to learn what the tech-savvy think of as remedial technology Read more [...]

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We’re currently looking for someone to head The Columbus Public Library’s Children’s Department.  I haven’t been here long but I can tell you its a great place to work!  Deadline: July 12, 2009.

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10 Golden Rules of Social Media

Webworker Daily has a great post on the 10 Golden Rules of Social Media Read the full post to get defitions of each Respect the Spirit of the ‘Net Listen Add Value Respond Do Good Things Share the Wealth Give Kudos Don’t Spam Be Real Collaborate Social media tools are only that — tools. The real energy, spirit and power of social media is people. We are social media. Read more [...]

Eternal September: Be Ready to Repeat Yourself. Again.

Last week I read this post on Seth Godin's blog and loved it. I tweeted it hoping other people would pick it up. After reading Stephen Abrams post - What is Cloud Computing where he states I've given a few talks lately and I was surprised to get a few questions about "what is cloud computing?" I guess I really do live in the bubble. Then again I have had my share of what is YouTube? eBay? iTunes? questions lately too. I decided to devote a blog post to Eternal September, its the idea that every fall new freshmen show up and you need to teach them the ropes, rules, guidelines, etiquette all Read more [...]

What programming should a library science student learn?

I recieved this email from one of the students in the Collection Development class I taught at Mizzou and thought in addition to giving my answer I'd open it up for the hive mind. I had read somewhere, it might have been on your blog in fact, that it might be a good idea for library school graduates to learn some web design languages. I am thinking of picking up in my spare time (whats left of it) some web design language and I'm not sure what would be appropriate in the library setting. Which brings me to my question. Do you have any suggestions as to what technical languages or proficiencies Read more [...]

Libraries Think Twice about a Facebook Page

Update 10/20/2009 The orginal warning still stands Update 9/29/2009 Organizations can now create a page without linking it to a personal account. Facebook ties a page to the account of the person who originally created it and I quote however the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins. Why does this matter?  Because if the original creator leaves the organization for any reason, there is no way to remove them.  (You could try to contact Facebook, but if you've ever done that you know how that works.)  Do you really want someone who no longer works for Read more [...]

New Life for Your Old Phone

I know several people, myself included, who are patiently (or not so patiently in my case) awaiting the arrival of the Palm Pre. But what do you do with your old cell phone when you acquire a new one?  I have some suggestions If you're looking to make some money try Gazelle, Greenphone or Envirofone for those in the UK.   If you'd like to donate your phone:  Hope Phones - donate your phone to a medical clinic in a developing country (found on Beth's Blog) Cell Phones for soldiers - help the troops call home Recycle for Breast Cancer National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Phones Read more [...]

The TED Commandments

Speakers at TED are given these Ten Commandments before speaking.  I love them! They are pretty good guidelines even for those of us who aren't speaking at Ted any time soon. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion Thou Shalt Tell a Story Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Read more [...]