David’s Digital Branch Stye Guide

David Lee King knows a lot about digital service, he's the Digital Branch Manager at the Topeka Shawnee Library (and an author and a speaker).  If you are interested in digital services and aren't already reading David's blog, add it to your feedreader right now, go on, I'll wait. This wee he shared his Digital Branch Style Guide and it's definitely worth passing around.  He covers General Guidelines for Blog Posts Citing/Attribution Featured Section Comments - What to do with them Creating a “Voice” How Can I Get a Conversation Started? I have a suggestion/problem. What do I do Read more [...]

You’ve got 30 minutes, how do you use them?

I've seen some interesting conversations pop up online lately about FriendFeed vs Twitter, if spending time on Friendfeed killed your blog, (or not) that feedreaders are dead. Here is the thing, most of us don't have that much time to spend online, networking, learning, creating content, whatever.  I remember Helene Blowers talking about taking 15 minutes each day to read blogs, to stay informed.  I gave myself 30.  There are only so many hours in the day, and so many of them are taken up with other things, so really it doesn't leave me much time to spend online (we can't all be Robert Scoble). Read more [...]

Presentation Pressure? Too Much? Not Enough?

When someone first mentioned this post about presenting - Too Much Presentation Pressure during last weeks T is for Training, my first reaction was that writer is wrong, that there isn't enough presentation pressure.  But now I'm not so sure.  On the one hand as someone who as sat through more than her fair share of flat out bad presentations - presenter reading the PowerPoint slides, which have too much information on them,  to the audience, mediocre presentations, some good and very few great presentations, I would really love for presentation skills to improve over all.  On the other hand, Read more [...]

Search Flickr by Color

I came across this cool tool from Idée on Circulation this morning.  It allows you to search Flickr Creative Commons liscensed photos (or photos from Alamy) by clicking on the color or colors you want the photos to have.  You then click on the thumbnail to get the photo and the liscense information.   The only down side is the collage doesn't list the url of the photos it generates so you can't really use it as a whole and follow the attribution part of CC. Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life – Wednesday, Day 5

6:00 up and at 'em 6:30 get the call that we have  a delayed opening, spend my time on FF and Blackboard 9:00 Arrive at work, check emails, check Voicemail - message from a database rep about contracts, send email in response. 9:30 Time for Management Team Mtg, this one is only once a month. 11:00 Back to my desk, answering emails, talk with Collection Management Librarian about one of our new ordering tools.  Another Librarian asks me to help her with Google Calender.  We've switched to Google for our email and everyone is still figuring out how to use all the tools.  I help her and Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life Tuesday Day 4

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. 6:00 wake up, wonder if the weather got bad enough over night that work will be canceled.  Get up make coffee and realized that the library will be open today.  Fret over whether or not I should just stay home, we're supposed to get more bad weather this afternoon and I live 30 miles from the library.  Decide to go in. 7:15 - leave for work.  The highway isn't great, everyone is going about 50, I Read more [...]

Library Day in the Life – Monday Day 3

I took these notes today as part of The Day in the Life project, if you would like to read more please the wiki, if you’re interested in how it all got started read this post and this one. I'm off work at the Library today because I worked the weekend.   7:00 coffee time!  I take the dogs out, man it's cold! I check my email, Friendfeed and return some comments from Facebook yesterday. 8:30 sign into Blackboard to finish reading posts, complete grades for this week. 9:30 I get ready to run errands.  Lots to do today! First stop, my local library (not where I work) to return Read more [...]