Vote Courtney Young for ALA President

I am delighted to endorse my friend and colleague Courtney Young for ALA president. I have had the honor to serve on Council with Courtney and observe her tireless work in support of all libraries and library staff. I have watched her demonstrate leadership not just in an official capacity through such efforts as service on the Executive Board and as President of the New Members Round Table, but in her individual and personal interactions. Courtney is a fountain of knowledge and she never tires of answering questions (even when I am sure it is for the 100th time) and helping out her fellow librarians. Read more [...]

Should You Ask Permission to Live-Tweet an Conference Session?

I came across this great post from the American Historical Society - "The Dos and Don’ts of Live-Tweeting at an Academic Conference: An Update" which has some great suggestions (see below for the abridged version or click on through for full text - it worth reading the full text btw). But I have a question about the first Do - Ask permission. Before the panel begins (preferably a few weeks in advance), ask panelists whether they agree to be tweeted. Do you ask permission? Should you ask permission? I will confess I have never asked permission to tweet a confession session of any sort, academic Read more [...]

On the Reduction of ALA Councilors-at-Large

Let me state here, for the record, I have no objection to reducing the number of councilors at-large or the number of division and chapter councilors if evidence can be provided as to how those reductions would benefit council or the membership. Some background info: I am an ALA Councilor at Large. Sean Reinhart is the California chapter councilor. He feels we have too many at-large members in proportion to chapter/division representatives I do not have an opinion on whether or not we should reduce the size of council. I do have an issue with the framing of Mr. Reinhart’s arguments. The Read more [...]

Looks Like Library Science After One Year

Erin and I announced Looks Like Library Science open for submission a little over a year ago on February 13th. This project has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! If you haven't submitted a photo - you still can - see instructions at the end. I've learned that Tumblr is great for allowing others to submit photos to your site, but also that Tumblr is truly horrid for recovering any type of useful data. I kept separate list of the countries of submissions and I'm not 100% sure I got them. But here are some numbers! As of now there are 704 photos (some Read more [...]

Libraries: Good For the Waistline

This is a half thought out mash-up of two things that crossed my path this week. The first was the article in the Wall Street Journal "The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald's". Which covers what many of us already know - the digital divide is real, 33 million American's do not have broadband service at home. Cheap smartphones and tablets have put Web-ready technology into more hands than ever. But the price of Internet connectivity hasn't come down nearly as quickly. And in many rural areas, high-speed Internet through traditional phone lines simply isn't available at any price. The result is a divide Read more [...]

The Danger of Using Creative Commons Flickr Photos in Presentations

Like many librarians I often turn to Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr for use in my presentations and blog posts.  Flickr makes it incredibly easy to search for photos with a Creative Commons license. Unfortunately it also makes it ridiculously easy for users to change the license on all their photos at any time with the click of a button.  There is no way to prove the license at the time of use. I have been slowly weaning myself away from Flickr photos instead taking my own or sometimes paying for them. Although I have never heard of what happened to me this weekend happening to Read more [...]

So Long, Farewell, Good-bye – The End of the Library Day in the Life Project #libday

After careful consideration I am calling an end to the Library Day in the Life Project. When I look back at my original post, which was written on whim, I said If I post about this and get others to do it too, it will allow librarians to share amongst ourselves (our positions are changing so rapidly) and also  to let the public know what we do. So the purpose was to share with each other, across divisions of the library - reference to tech services, and across types of libraries - public to special, and perhaps to reach outside of libraryland. Over the years I have heard from LIS students Read more [...]

How to Get Invited to Speak – Work, Pay Up, Represent

Yesterday two blog posts were making the rounds came to my attention. The first I saw was by Andromeda Yelton, which is a response to Julie. Andromeda offers some great advice on how to get the attention of people looking for speakers in response to Julie's heartfelt post about wanting to speak. Both are worthwhile - go read them, I'll wait. I started a response on Julie's blog and quickly realized it was too long to be a comment and might be of interest to my readers (if I still have any).  So here are my thoughts to Julie. Before we get started I want to remind you that there are many Read more [...]

Help the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative Identify the Role of Public Libraries in Their Communities.

Please consider taking a few minutes to answer this survey. This short survey is being conducted on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries (GL) Initiative. The purpose of the survey is to help the Global Libraries Initiative identify opportunities to focus their current support of public libraries in ways that foster innovation and dramatically accelerate positive and lasting change in libraries throughout the U.S. and around the world. The vision of Global Library Initiative is one where libraries, world wide, provide public access to information for people Read more [...]