What DO you wish your patrons knew?

I copied this post from The MLXperience to ask you - What DO you wish your patrons knew? Seattle Books Examiner's Danielle Dreger-Babbitt took an informal poll of librarians in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Portland about what they wish library patrons knew or did. Here's the shortlist: 1. Use us! 2. We support Intellectual Freedom 3. Be respectful of our library patrons 4. Pay your fines 5. Return your items on time 6. Tell us what you like 7. If possible, check out all materials at once from the circulation desk 8. Please listen to us the first (or even second) Read more [...]

Using Stories

Last week I attended a WebJunction townhall meeting on Tough Economic Times.  I got some good info from it (there are two more coming up if you're interested). Someone in the meeting said we need to appeal to people's emotions. It made me start thinking how we can connect with patrons emotionally to demonstrate our worth to the community.  Showing them numbers isn't enough, we need to connect with them on a personal level.  Today I saw this slideshow from Nancy Dowd.  She participated in the Pecha Kucha at Internet Librarian and she showed us a video of the type of stories she is teaching Read more [...]

What 5 blogs do you think are MUST read?

Here is the deal, my RSS reader, its overwhelmed, I have waaaayyy too many blogs in it.  I've tried weeding (something I'm known for being good at around the library) and I'm still not down far enough.  I think I have a new plan. I'm going to unsubscribe to everything.  If its good and worthwhile it will find its way back right? So if you were going to recommend 5 blogs to someone starting a new reader account what would they be? Read more [...]

T is for Training

I am way overdue on this post.  Several months back my friend Maurice recognized the absence of a specific forum for library staff to discuss and share information about training, so he created the T is for Training podcast.  Every other Friday a group people get together (virtually) to share tips and tricks and discuss training related issues.  If you'd like to call in or join the chat session you can find information here.  If you'd like to listen to the podcast you can find it here. This week, among other things, we'll be discussing Roy Tennant's Top Ten Techie Traits post. Other Library Read more [...]

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 [...]