ICoLIS wrap up and thank you

I've been back from Kuala Lumpur for over a week but between Jetlag, Thanksgiving and working this weekend I'm still not back to normal (whatever that means for me).  However, I want to write a wrap up and thank you post before my memories get too hazy. I think one of the best things about ICoLIS was hearing an international perspective on many issues that are discussed at US conferences.   The Keynote was given by Professor Christine Bruce from Australia, the following panel included speakers from Singapore, Iran and the US (me).  Despite differences, it does seem, for the most part, we all Read more [...]

The University of Malaya

Monday I gave a modified and longer version of my presentation for ICoLIS to Librarians at the University of Malaya, including demonstrations of several sites like Facebook and FriendFeed. It was a wonderful group who asked some great questions.  After there was a small tea reception with some delicious Malay food. [slideshare id=758512&doc=monday2-1226880104376500-9&w=425] Read more [...]

Greetings from Malaysia

Today is my first presentation so I thought I'd better write a post sharing what I've done over the last two days (besides prepping) before all the official stuff starts! I've spent a lot of time at this desk, tweaking presentations and checking email accounts, this is a work trip after all.  Luckily the view is great. I went to the Butterfly Park, so many butterflies! I went to the Orchid Gardens, incredible to see and to smell! - Climbed all 272 steps to the Batu Caves Viewed the Petronas Towers from the top of the Menara Tower And walked around a lot at all the different markets Read more [...]

What do you think of Google Flu Trends?

I'll admit it, I'm sucker for Google products - Reader, Gmail, Docs, Blogger, Chrome and I know on some level the dangers of that.  I have lots of bookmarks in delicious about it.  This morning while I was watching the news  I heard mention of something new - Google Flu Trends.  According the the site: We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for "flu" is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries from each state and region Read more [...]

Socialminder = Fail

I'd like to apologize to anyone in my address book/contact list/ Linkedin network who received and invite from me to Socialminder (no I am not giving them any linky love).  I got several invites from friends yesterday. Because my friends are awesome and so well connected, it's not unusual for us to get beta invites to cool new tools.  So this morning I clicked  on the link and signed up to check it out, not realizing that somewhere in the process I was spamming all of my contacts.  What does Socialminder do? how well does it work?  I'll never know, because thanks to this serious social media Read more [...]

YouTube – not just about your 15 seconds of fame anymore

It looks like YouTube will be partnering with MGM to host some full length films (The Magnificent Seven) and old television programs (American Gladiators).  I didn't see anything about the quality of the videos, if you visit YouTube regularly you know the quality of uploaded videos is pretty poor, surely the shows will be better.  Maybe if they are willing to play MGM videos at better quality it wont be long before we see the option for other accounts to have better video quality.  Like accounts belonging to libraries.  ;-) Read More: MGM to Post Full Movies on YouTube Report: YouTube Read more [...]

The new MaintainIT cookbook is out – The Joy of Computing

MaintainIT cookbooks are a great (free) resource!  "Planning for Success, a guide for the overworked librarian" one covers: Planning and Decision Making covers the ins and outs of creating a technology plan that ties to your strategic priorities and goals. Communication and Partnerships delves in the fundamentals of day-to-day technology communication from a “techie” and “non-techie” perspective. It also includes some important guidelines for working and collaborating with key stakeholders. Buying and Deploying Technology goes through some of the core actions and decisions you need Read more [...]

I’m going to Malaysia!

I know I've shared this story with many of you in person, so forgive me if you've already heard it. It seems like ages ago that I got invited to attend the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, but it was only in June that I got a Facebook message asking me if I would consider attending. Yes that's right a Facebook message, about 90% of the communication, planning and details for this visit, were done though Facebook. It seems like I've been planning and preparing for it for ages. I know some of you wondered where I've been over the last month or so. But the time Read more [...]

Phishing Scams in Plain English

The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. Our goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language. We call our format "paperworks" and publish a new video about once a month. Website: http://www.commoncraft.com/show Read more [...]