Who do you help first?

I presented this scenario to groups of librarians all over Minnesota in April You're sitting at the reference desk and as someone approaches the desk the phone begins to ring and an instant messaging window pops open, who do you help first?I heard a lot of answers  it depends on how the person in front of you looks answer the phone ask them to hold, type how can I help you in IM and ask the person standing in front of you how you can help them it depends on which you noticed first the person in front of you, they took the time and effort to come in It was that last response I was Read more [...]

My Problem with LinkedIn

and online reputations in general. I have a profile on LinkedIn (as I do on many social websites) because many people and blogs I think highly of have recommended it.  Now I'll be the first to admit I'm probably not using it right and therefore not taking advantage of it properly.  Here is something I noticed recently while updating my profile. This is a section of my profile showing my position at MRRL.  Three people wrote me recommendations (which I appreciate but I'm not sure what good they do) After these kind people wrote wonderful things about me I can change my position anyway Read more [...]

Welcome!

welcomeIf you’re here you’ve followed the links and I know I’ve moved the blog. You can update your feeds here.

I’ve been toying with moving for awhile now and as I’m already moving across the country to a new job this seemed like a great time! ;-)

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The Library is…

For National Library Week we asked patrons what the library is to them. These are some of the responses so far, they go all around the pillar. I also took individual pictures of them, go look at them, they're awesome! You have to forgive me this is one of the last chances I'll have to brag about all the awesome things MRRL does and I'm extra proud since this was my idea! ;-) Some of my personal favorites Read more [...]

Change is coming – a new job for me

There is no way to say this other than to just come out and say it. Effective May 18th I will be the Digital Branch Manager of the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System.  This is a new position they have created for the purpose of planning, building and managing the Digital Branch, its going to be a lot of fun (and hard work!)  I'm excited, nervous and about 20 other emotions right now, but most of all I'm really looking forward to it! For those of you looking at your atlas CVRLS is in Columbus, Georgia, which means I will be spending the next couple of weeks packing my things and relocating. Read more [...]

Hello Minnesota!

I’m in Minnesota this week teaching Reference in the Digital Age at multiple locations and Get Your Game On: Using Video Games as Outreach at one location.

So far Minnesota is beautiful and everyone it super nice!

I’ll be resuming your regularly scheduled and opinionated blog posts next week. ;-)

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Implementing CMS: Public

Aubri Keleman, Teen Services & Web Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System Tao Gao, Live2Create Interactive Aubri - Rumba with Joomla What is a cms and why is it wicked cool?  The webmaster doesn’t have to do anything Pre-redesign collect stats review your brand collect photos – tell a story focus groups set explicit goals in priority order redesign questions do staff and leadership know why a new website is needed  which cms is best for us what can we afford money vs time vs design how much staff time can we put into the redesign & upkeep; do you need to outsource Read more [...]

CM Tools: Drupal, Joomla, & Rumba

CM Tools: Drupal, Joomla, & Rumba John Blyberg Ryan Deschamps Ryan ModX How not to have to use drupal Cms in general Why joomla Why switch to ModX Good content mngmt system should facilitate division of labor, support overall development, ensure best practices and standards Halifax public library now in modx looked the same in joomla Its not about the front end, its about the cockpit, ask long as the front end performs its about making the lives of your staff happy Why they choose joomla Number 1 in market share Huge community of support Templates www.opensourcecms.com – demo of anything, Read more [...]