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 [...]

Library is…?

A couple of weeks ago I was in Denver for vacation and we stopped at the Denver Art Museum.  In addition to all the traditional art one expects to see in a museum they also had some patron contribution displays.  Throughout the museum notebooks were set out and patrons could record their thoughts and feelings about the art.  They could take the pages or leave them.  There were poems about art and belief and creativity painted on the walls that were taken from another patron display.   My favorite exhibit was this one, in the picture, the wall simple said "Art is...." and there were sticky Read more [...]

How do you get organized?

At the end of the Becoming 2.0 four day workshop we all shared how we get organized.   Let's face it, most of us are expected to do more and more in the same amount of time.  Some of the tips and tools the class shared were: Evernote, Getting Things Done, 43 Folders and Google notebook.  I've read about to do lists and index cards on other blogs.  I think it's important to do what works for you and what works for you might not work for others, but I'm always looking for new tips and tools. My system?  A notebook at work for note taking and actions items on the right hand side, colored pens Read more [...]

Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Library

I'm a little late, but just in case you haven't seen the latest music video sweeping libraryland. Warning! It's catchy!  If you want to sing along the lyrics are here. Thank you to David Lee King and Michael Porter for the tremendous amount of effort they put into making this awesome library related song and video. Read more [...]

Tornados in Denver

I just happened to be in Parker Colorado (near Denver) yesterday when the Tornadoes touched down.  I was headed into a restaurant for dinner when we looked up and saw this.  There were no sirens and at first the people around us didn't notice. I didn't learn until later that it's the most dangerous when it's straight up and down.  I head conflicting reports of how close it actually was to where I was at.  The odd thing I didn't notice until it was over was how still it was.  No wind.  Despite living in both Iowa and Missouri, this is the first time I've seen a tornado.  There were Read more [...]

Is Library 2.0 and/or Web 2.0 really serving our patrons?

I saw and participated in a discussion on this on one of my email lists last week. I thought I'd take more time to write out my thoughts and responses on my blog.  Sarah posted this over in MaintainIT but it looks like she didn't open it up for comments so I'm going to. Here is part of the email I sent the list One of the problems I've seen with 2.0 is the library runs out and gets a blog or facebook page or whatever and declares themselves 2.0. They don't consider who they are trying to reach, what they are trying to accomplish, how they will accomplish it or measure success. We need to take Read more [...]