Find Your Friends on Facebook

I taught this class last night as part of the series of Internet classes I'm teaching to patrons at MRRL. I was a bit worried going into it, as almost all of the people at previous classes were seniors so I on the handout I added the websites I learned about at Internet Librarian last year.  It ended up being a very interesting mix.  I had some moms with their teenagers who wanted learn about Facebook to monitor their kids profiles, a lady interested in setting up a page for a Non-Profit, and some seniors.  I'm not sure I'll teach this one again, probably I'll cover it in Internet Safety that Read more [...]

FriendFeed takes stalking to a new level

Or maybe it's just me. :-) Like most of us I spent a lot of time checking out new sites and online tools.  Some of them like, twine, zigtag, and brightkite, I play with for a while then drop for one reason or another.  Others stick with me, likeFriendFeed.  I know it's been around awhile, but I just started playing with it.  There is a lot I like about it, but sometimes it makes me uneasy.  I feel like I'm spying on all these people, I mean I can see their blogposts, del.icio.us bookmarks, Flickr favorites, books they plan to read from Goodreads or Librarything.  Granted I'm probably their Read more [...]

Web2.0 levels playing field

Or at least social hierarchy.  Last year was my first Internet Librarian Conference, after being in my new position as Digital Services Librarian for only 2 months I hadn't had an opportunity to meet many people face to face and there were a lot of names I didn't recognize.  I attended presentations and met people from the likes of Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, Amy Kearns, David Lee King, Michael Porter, Jason Griffey, Amanda Etches-Johnson, TomIpri, Christie Hill, Helene Blowers, Erin Downey Howerton, Joshua M. Neff and many more.  I'm striving to be like these people and one of the things Read more [...]

Need to use your cell phone?

While visiting my new local library (not the library system where I work) I noticed patrons talking quietly on their phones.  I was a little shocked because, well, let’s face it, many people are quite loud when on their cell in public.  Then I noticed these little signs.  Awesome! Even better – they’re working! 

 Need to Use Your Cell Phone?

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Box o’ Fun

Lesson 20 of Library Learning 2.1 has just gone up, which means we're about a half way through this years lessons.  We've got some late starters which is great.  I was a bit too busy at the beginning of the year to offer as much encouragement as I'd hoped to be able to.  I'm also not above resorting to bribes.  Check out these awesome foam swords I got in Target's dollar bin.  I made sure lots of people know they are in the Box o' Fun! :) It's goni Read more [...]

Zigtag invites

I have a couple of Zigtag.com invites to give away. Holler if you want one, leave a comment or send me an email. 

I haven’t really played with it yet, seems to be a bit like twine.com, but only works in FireFox. 

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Intro to Blogging for the Patrons

Several people have asked me to share the classes I'm creating for the Patrons.  I'm doing half of the series, a coworker is doing the other half, so you'll only be seeing half the lessons. The first one is Introduction to Blogging.  It's geared towards, beginners, people don't really know much about blogs or blogging.  I'll cover some information about blogs then have them set up up if they like.  I've also put together a handout to accompany it.  I'll be teaching this next month so I'll let you know how it goes.  Introduction to BloggingView more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Read more [...]