We’re barely treading water, what will keep us from drowning?

Start with this, I did Now think about this - How do libraries fit into this picture? As far as I can tell the technologies we're struggling to adapt to and implement might very well be outdated by the time we're ready to start using them.  That's not good. Right now technologies are running by and we're still crawling to keep up.  What does it mean? Maybe we can't keep up, maybe we should stop focusing our energy there, at least temporarily.  Let's face it we've been talking about the next gen OPAC for how many years?  Would our time be better spent elsewhere?  Maybe we need to look Read more [...]

Social Media Periodic Table

Check this out - I would seriously love to see someone with more talent than me make a just for libraryland version!  See the lists of blogs & people that are included.   Here are what some of the appreviations stand for you, you can see the rest at on Eye Cube Social Media Practices: (Do these to maximize your Social Media experience) Fl = Follow Ht = Hashtag Po = Post St = Status Update Sp = Spread Se = Search Hp = Hat tip Fd = Feed Rt = Retweet Ud = Update Cm = Comment Jn = Join Up = Upload Tg = Tag Tc = Tag clouds Dm = Direct Message Rx = Remix Ln Read more [...]

Library Camp Kansas wrap up

I spent more time talking and participating than note taking, but there are some great notes from the sessions on the wiki.  I'd like to public thank Josh, Erin, Jason and everyone else who helped make it a success.  It was great to see so many of my online friends face to face, especially Kathyrn Greenhill who is on a mad tour around The States.  She's just as lovely in person as she is online!   It was a great deal with many wonderful particpants and I'm hoping there will be another one next year. Read more [...]

Lightening Rounds

Lightening rounds - speakers get 5 minutes to show us something cool, useful, fun, helpful, interesting.  Ideas were put in a box when we arrived. Libraryh3lp at K-state libraries - used it to replace meebo chat widigets can send attachments, can send chat history in an email more than one operator - sometimes have 20 ppl signed on IM stats have doubled since swtiching to Library H3lp double or triple staff staff on ref desk and in offices while working student workers also log on and grab chat within 5 to 10 seconds then transfered to a librarian can be transfered so to Read more [...]

The future of libraries

people place content communication harry potter & star wars are media neutral – books, movies, bcd, video game, toys, backpack why are people coming into the libraries? Use the computer, Internet access on laptop, to just read the newspaper in the company of others library as a third space' library as a town activity center including things as swimming pool kathryn says academic libraries in australia are coordinating more and more with the other communities technology is evolving so fast, can we keep up? Do we feel like we are keeping up? What about the education gap not just for Read more [...]

Fee based Workshops should the presenter get paid?

I got into a conversation with Joshua Neff of  Library Society of the World fame (among many other things), about this topic and he said - you should blog about it.  Who am I to ignore a direct order ;-) Here is the jist.  There are a lot of ways to present in libraryland. You can submit to a conference, which may or may not waive the registration fee and depending on the circumstances offer other compensations including but not limited to travel, hotel & meal expenses.  This ranges widely from conference to conference and person to person.  Ok I accept that situation.  I know there Read more [...]

Congratulations to Library Journal’s 2009 Movers & Shakers

Last year I posted a list of Movers & Shakers with a link to their blogs, so I thought why not make it a tradition.  Below are the names linking to the LJ post about them and a link to their blog/wiki/website. While you're at it check out this map that LJ put together showing the locations of M&S for 2002-2009 Maureen Ambrosino Kenning Arlitsch Barry Bailey Brian Bannon Rebecca M. Blakeley -  http://msugovdocs.blogspot.com. Erik Boekesteijn - www.shanachietour.com Chad Boeninger - libraryvoice.com Jill Bourne J. Drusilla Carter Natalie Caruso Susan Conlon Karen Read more [...]

What’s the matter with our profession?

It's a question many of us with an MLS,  and those without, struggle with.  Just take a look at the Library Day in the Life blog entries.  You'll see a wide, and I mean WIDE, range of variety in how we spend our days, weeks and years and our education levels. Matt Hamilton wrote a post with some observations on the field,  he's about to graduate with an MLS and he's the Library Innovation and Technology Manager at the Boulder Public Library.   He points to some problems in the field, namely the wide variety of what we do.  I agree with him when he says : The field is not in good shape. Read more [...]