Workshop Wrap Up

On Friday I finished the last day of the four day Becoming 2.0 workshop.  I'm not used to spending that much time talking to people, some days I don't talk to anyone.  So at the end I was pretty tired, but that's passed and now I'm just excited.  There were 17 "students" and everyone of them has at least one thing they were planning to start when they got back to their library and each one was different.  The great part of Web2.0 (or the Social Web) is that you can take what works for you and your patrons, and they are doing just that.  As part of the class we had them create blogs and I Read more [...]

How do you organize your FeedReader?

We're covering feedreaders in the workshop today so I thought I'd ask, how do you organize your feed reader?  I recently made the switch from bloglines to GoogleReader.  I'm still  playing with the many tools it gives you. I'm a big fan of using folders or labels to organize and prioritize my feeds.   The friends folder is pretty self-explanitory, any time something pops up in there I check it first.  The daily folder I don't always read daily but it's high priority feeds and I try to keep it to 10 feeds or less.   Day in the Life are the blogs that made it on the Day in the Life Read more [...]

Becoming 2.0 – What 2.0 can do you for you

After much preperation the time has finally arrived!  This week I'm cohosting a Web 2.0 workshop sponsered by MOREnet and the Missouri State Library.  The topic - They asked us to talk about using Web 2.0 tools in your library!  Even better, my cohost and I created the whole thing using Google Docs.  How else are two people going to edit a presentation at all hours of the day and night?  These will not be on my slideshare account if you want to see them you'll have to check them out on the wiki after the end of the week.  They wont all be up until the end of the workshop on Friday.  If Read more [...]

How I Became a Librarian

I guess turn about is fair play and since Tom so willing did my meme, I have to do his - How I got into this mess or How did you become a librarian?  :)  I think not only is this story long, it's kinda boring.  But here it goes, try to stay awake ok?  :) My first paying job at age 16 was a clerk at the local public library, a tiny l library, we had less than 10 staff members, one MLS librarian.  This meant I actually worked the reference desk every other weekend.  Eventually I moved on to a higher paying job so I could afford a car and other items a teenage girl must have.  I have worked Read more [...]

Make your own READ poster & Superhero

It's Friday, I have to work this weekend, so let's have a little fun. I saw the Read posters popping up all over yesterday, so this morning I grabbed some of my favorite books and got a coworker to snap a photo. Some of the other staff are making their own too, you'll be able to see them over a MRRL's Flickr account. You can make your own here Last night I noticed one of my flickr friends had a superhero on his photostream and a link to where he made it. Since for me "Librarian by Day" is full of superhero implications (Barbara Gordon, anyone?) I had to make one of my own! Make yours Read more [...]

I work with some amazing people!

I know I could be busier but right now it's hard to imagine how. :) Between the regular duties of my work week (including working this weekend) I'm putting finishing touches on the 4 day workshop on Web 2.0 that I'll be teaching next week. Four days is a long time to talk, even for me, even as a cohost. Despite that I have to take some time to acknowledge some amazing coworkers. Our Collection Development Librarian / Reference Manager / Teen Services Manager has started blogging for the Day in the Life Project! She was first introduced to blogging back in Learning 2.0 so she had a blog, Read more [...]

NEKLS Tech Day

Thank you to Brenda, Josh, Erin, Scott, Sharon, Heather, Kate, David and everyone else who welcomed me and, even more important, did not point and laugh when I confessed my clothes closet is organized by a serious system including color, sleeve length, style and whether it was a "work" item.  :)   I saw a lot of great gadgets, attended a session by Royce Kitts & Eric Gustafson on gaming in the library and one with Brenda Hough on Getting the Technology Training.  David Lee King gave a thought provoking presentation on Emerging Trends.    The keynote by Michael Porter was way more Read more [...]

What advice do you have for an aspiring librarian?

Last week as I was writing for the Day in the Life Project I got an email from Shannon asking for professional advice, since I'm not a School Librarian, I feel ill equipped to give it.  Instead I suggested that I post the questions on my blog for other librarians to answer.  I know we're a really great group people that love to give advice!  Shannon said she was up for it, so here is a modified version of her email. Hi my name is Shannon. I got your email from your blog that was listed on the Day in the life of a librarian wiki. I just wanted to know if you could give me some advice on switching Read more [...]