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: Read more [...]

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha - 20 slides 20 seconds a piece on a single topic Rebecca Jones - I didn't get good notes, sorry :) Stephen Abram - trendspotting is television affecting our world, Kennedy vs Nixon debate, then Obama vs McCain, blinking youtube video of Palin saying she can see Russia from porch visual popular – twitter Olympics yahoo trumps NBC webkinz – when your stuffed animals have a social life online club penguin – Disney kids on social crack, soccer mom is average gamer geocaching portability mainly mobile focus – phone not laptops, we're old with our laptops in front of us David Lee Read more [...]

Twitter & how the “twittest” use it for keeping up

Michael Sauers and Christa Burns cant explain you have to to do it, and you have to do it with friends to get the experience post – tweet tweeting methods – web, desktop client, bookmarklets, via email, via sms, blog to twitter (twitterfeed) url past 140 character limit will usually convert to tiny url twitthis twitterfeed – run rss to twitter account twirl @username if replaying d username message – private message nudge username l: location informatin follow username leave username block username invite phonenumber #hashtag direct messages go to only you, other msgs are public, can Read more [...]

Crafting the user centered library – Cliff Landis

Crafting the user centered library Cliff Landis its not enough to shove your bad services into a new space, we know our opacs suck so why are we cramming them into myspace and facebook why do you use emerging technologies in your library, not just bc everyone else is, doing it for service and outreach, get away from creating things for user and look for things created by the user how do we approach new ideas planning – find out in the end of a lot of work whether is succeeds or fails committee approach – take an idea and kill it youtube video – association professionals thru the ages lets Read more [...]

Social media and networked technologies: research and insights

Social media and networked te3chnologies research and insights danah boyd – phd candidate at berkley social media in context, historical perspective web2.0 tech crowd sees it as a shift in deployment, perpetual beta, user generated content business crowd – hope, came after tech bubble crashed, rise of the social network sites – certain things are consistent across them does not say social networking – just social network bc what makes these sites unique is that they have to do with the public socialization of your actual social network profiles – physical world, dress up, do hair Read more [...]

Ubiquitous computing and library future

Ubiquitous computing and library future Michael Porter Libraryman Chris Peters – maintainit – small part of TechSoup, new cookbook coming out soon, definition a model of human computer interjection which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday object sand activities when computing and info access happen when and where we need it, enabled by unobtrusive technology Moores law rfid an example of ubiquitous computing that exists in libraries libraries = content + community android – google phone operating system there are already more cell phones in use than Read more [...]

Learning 2.0 and 1.8 users bridging the gap – Rudy Leon & Colleen Harris

Learning 2.0 and 1.8 users bridging the gap Rudy Leon & Colleen Harris Myths of nexgen users skilled online searchers ease with new gadgets always connected effective multi-taskers require constant simulation must be entertained learn by doing mythbusting they do use stuff but in a dummybox way, they don't understand the info they are getting or who it works we need to build a mental map for them they don't have transferable skills only 62% of ppl have pc in the home low income students have lower end machines in the classrom, they have share and they train them by Read more [...]