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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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! :)
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Have you guys seen this cool TweetWheel? Go to tweetwheel.com put in your twitter user name and it will generate one for you. It’s interactive too so you can see how all your contacts are connected.
You can see the interactive version of mine here.
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.
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.
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The laptops are here! I snuck in early this morning to sneak a picture of one of them. Dont' tell Robin! ;) Yes all 15 are red, they were on clearance from Gateway. We also purchased an instructor laptop that is blue, it's a bit more powerful. Even better, it came with a free digital camera! I'm hoping we'll have more pictures of programs and events on MRRL's Flickr account now!
The laptops are for a Grant we received for a Mobile Technology Teaching Lap. We'll be using them to teach patrons basic computer classes like email, Internet safety in addition to classes about blogging Read more [...]
Another great video from the Common Crafts guys. If you're looking for videos to use internally with staff, you can now purchase a license and get high quality video from them. What a great service!
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