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How I started blogging meme

It looks like there is another Library themed meme making the rounds, this one started by Meredith Farkas at Information Wants To Be Free, I spotted over on David's blog weeks ago but never imagined it would get around to me. Both The Bald Trainer & Beth Tribe tagged me for this one, so I better get on it. Q1) How or why did I start to get into blogging? I'd had a personal blog for a while and in fact I'd started this blog at one point then deleted all the posts in July of 2007 to get a fresh start.  I started this blog as more of a record for me, as I said in one of my very first posts, Read more [...]

Akoha Starter packs – I have 19 decks to give away!

Less than two weeks ago I blogged about an exciting new idea - Akoha.  I was enthusiastic about the idea, in fact I love it. I love the idea of doing good and passing it forward, call me optimistic, call me naive, but I think this idea has merit.  So I blogged about it, I was a little surprised when I was contacted, asking for my address so I'd have a pack of cards to hand out at my upcoming conference.  But I was astonished yesterday morning when I arrived at work to discover not a just a set for me, but 20 sets, 19 to hand out! Initially I stated - "If you’re wondering what this has Read more [...]

I’m not narcisitic, you’re eavesdropping

In many of the articles I read about the Social Web, especially Twitter, the author laments that they don't care that I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch, or what I thought of the latest American Idol. I've long felt that these writers are missing the point and this week I came across two sources that articulate this better than I could have. The first is Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody, he makes the point that with new advances in technology people mistake broadcasting media (1 to many) for communications media (1to 1).  New tools allow people to use broadcasting media Read more [...]

It’s talk like a pirate day!

spotted this over on BaldGeeks' blog and had to play along ;) My pirate name is: Dread Pirate Kidd Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr! Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com. part of the fidius.org network Read more [...]

Akoha – Play it Forward

While browsing my FeedReader this morning I came across this post about Akoha.  Akoha is a game, not on your computer, or your Xbox, but a game with cards.  Cards that people hand to you and you hand to others that allow you to play good deeds forward.  When you get a card, you log on to the site and tell the story of how the card got to you, then you play it forward, passing the card to someone else. If you're wondering what this has to do with Libraries or the Social Web, my usual topics, the answer is nothing.  This is an idea and a philopshy I am incredibly excited about.  The potential Read more [...]

Twitter: making the cut

As we've seen from previous posts keeping up and feeling overwhelmed is something I struggle with regularly.  There are so many great people out there in libraryland, it makes sense that I would want to keep up with all of them.  As part of my "I'm not a Superhero" therapy ;) I'm admitting I can't do everything I've been attempting and over the next month or so I'll be weeding.  I started with Twitter. First I needed to figure out what I need/want to get from Twitter, so I went to my del.icio.us account.  I'm an avid user of delicious and while I don't like the option to automatically post Read more [...]

Using WordPress for Bibliographies or Readers Advisory Sites

Remember how last month I blogged about using a wiki for the library's  Readers Advisory Site?  It looked like this.  Well we ran into some issues, the IT department was having some problems with the input form and the other Librarians didn't like it (I'm not gonna list their complaints), so I started rethinking it.  Since I was going to be building a new one from scratch I knew I wanted patrons to be able to print out the lists as well as be able to use it to see the record in the catalog.  I also wanted something other staff were comfortable and familiar with.  I knew many of the staff Read more [...]