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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]