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 [...]

Flickr commons for libraries and museums

Flickr commons develop in 2007 – LoC approached Flickr about sharing photos, encouraging users tagging jan 16th 2008 launched Many nations now participating Can now only search the commons http://www.flickr.com/commons/ Brooklyn Museum - contributing to the commons caused flickr account to get flooded with comments, also posting photos that they “think” are something posting to flickr confirms or discredit it Can no longer respond to all comments, just completely got overwhelmed, it was no longer the small user community they knew and loved, were very close to leaving Goes beyond community Read more [...]

Help your library be omnipresent without spending a dime

Embedded and widgetized library - Dcpl – iphone app - Chat widgets – question point - igoogle gadgets flickr badge creator – can do thru flickr steal this code now please - lets give it away – allow users to remis our source code for their own customized applications on any of their pages or sites make it easy so patrons can just copy and paste code, doesn’t need to be hard is putting code out there safe? Check with web & it folks to be sure but people will start using our stuff – creating a steal this code tool - decide what kind of widget you want to offer – catalog, databases, Read more [...]