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 [...]

Social network profile management

Social network profile management Greg Schwartz Michael Porter Sarah Houghton-Jan Amanda Clay Powers Greg Identity Digital identity mapping – online interactions make identity much more complicated Your next employer looking for your identity will do a google search You do not own your online identity Tip -own your username - if your name is unique and can grab everywhere use it, otherwise pick something - checkusernames.com - join the conversation , develop your identity by participation - listen, pay attention to what other people are saying about you - be authentic – your digital identity Read more [...]

Best of the Web

Best of the web Firefox - Greasemonkey - smart key words - can use set up address bar to seach any site on the web - customize google extension - better gmail2 – takes ads off of gmail google reader -    helvetireader book city jackets wikimedia commons flickr image search pictobrowser skitch – screenshots, then allows for annotation, can upload directly to flickr jing – can do screenshots and screencasts screentoaster vimeo – look at the sign up process, even if you’re not going to use it, go through to look at sign up process, your libraries processes Read more [...]

Continued Online Community Engagement

Control what you can -    Brand – logo, identity -    public website -    opportunities for practice -    best practices online let go when you can -    what is tied to your brand -    where can you let go? -    What needs to have a system wide project? Trust -    trust staff -    give guidelines -    provide opportunities to learn Evaluate -    honestly assess performance -    find the right person for the job -    accept that it will take time -    accept that there will be mistakes -    it is a learning experience Communities Read more [...]