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 [...]

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 [...]


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! 😉