Website redesign pitfalls

we watched Eddie Izzard youtube lego star wars death star canteen while waiting, warning there are swear words in the video if that sort of thing offends you Redesign the pitfalls and perils and how to avoid them Good reason to redesign When nav is dysfunctional When your site doesn’t scale When your site is difficult to update When you code is helplessly sick When your site has poor usability When its not performing based on you objectives / goals Redevelop vs redesign Redevelop = triple bypass Redesign = cosmetic surgery If its not broke don’t fix it, if users are finding their Read more [...]

Computers in Libraries

I'm at Computers and Libraries this week so the next few days will be filled with conference posts.  I'll even be presenting on Tuesday afternoon, just after lunch. I came in yesterday and stopped by the gadgets and gaming session last night to see some cool toys including the Kindle 2!  There are so many new toys I want ;-) If you're following from afar the hash tag is #cil2009, you can follow on Twitter, or Jason Griffey has pulled together everything using Yahoo Pipes. Read more [...]

Get Shoving and Making!

you haven't heard yet, the fabulous Joshua M. Neff, Steve Lawson and Iris Jastram have created The Shovers and Makers award. And there is only one way to become a Shover and Maker: declare yourself one. No one knows what you have been doing all year as well as you do. No one knows what motivates you, what your professional passions are, why you work so hard on behalf of your patrons, clients or co-workers. So only you really know why you are a winner. Please write a quick profile of why you are a winner this year, and it will get published on this site. Of course I nominated myself and I'm loving Read more [...]

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 As far as I can tell the technologies we're struggling to adapt to and implement might very well be outdated by the time we're ready to start using them.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 [...]