I've arrived in Torquay, and it's only day one of the conference but I've already seen a couple of things that are different from the US conferences I've attended that I'm impressed with, I'd love to see this practice at more conferences. Included with the conference each day are a lunch and dinner. It's a great opportunity to meet and talk with other people, which is one of the best parts of going to conferences. You can sit with someone different at every meal, hear different perspectives and exchange ideas with out the hassle of trying to meet people in your classes to meet up with later (especially Read more [...]
I’m off to England to present at UKSG then to Italy for some fun. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, refreshed and recharged.
Looking for a free way to edit your photos online? There are lots of options but today one more joins they frey and it's already got name recognition on it's side. Adobe Photoshop Express allows you to load pictures from Facebook, Photobucket and Picasa. There are plenty of tools, but of course not everything that the paid version does, but still for a free tool, it's pretty nice. Go check it out. Read more [...]
I've spent an hour or so playing with Facebook this morning. MRRL has had a facebook page for awhile now, but I thought I'd create a group to see if that works better and/or attracts more fans. One perk I noticed is I'm allowed to create officers and name them whatever I like, so far I've named myself Crown Princess and Robin Webgoddess ;) Does anyone have any experience with Page vs Groups? or just thoughts you'd like to share? On a slightly related note, have you seen TouchGraph? It will create a visual map of keywords or URLs. Very cool. It also has a Facebook plugin which I Read more [...]
Let me say upfront that Library Camp Kansas was a huge success! Everything went off a without a hitch and so many great ideas were exchanged! If you're wondering where my notes are from Session 2, I didn't take any, it happened over lunch and it wasn't convenient to be eating and typing. Registration was from 9-10, at 10 the Unconference officially kicked off. Brenda Hough opened about a story on NPR Marketplace about an unconference where 80 people signed up and only 4 showed up. Lib Camp KS had about 100 people sign up and it looked like we were all there! Brenda talked about what would Read more [...]
My third session was Web 2.0, here are my notes. Started with definition of Web2.0 collaboration user centered flexible How is 2.0 used in Academic? Virginia Tech has a blog that is comment cards from patrons then response from Lib Duke University Ipods? "we're at library camp Kansas, we're all big freaks" - david Lee King (this is my favorite quote from the conference. Via la freaks! ;) ) bitch magazine, jezebel blog class for grad students on becoming internet famous Web metrics about success of blog, page hits, length of visit, google page rank come on this stuff has been around Read more [...]
My first session was Free & Cheap, the idea was to share free and cheap tools we're using at our libraries or for ourselves. Someone (I can't remember who) made a good point, there is a difference between free beer and free kittens, kittens take a bit more work. Some of these might require some work on your end. ;) I think I got all of them. Windows Live Sky drive Survey Monkey Ccleaner Spybot search and destory adaware Hijackthis Firefox web developer extension IrfanView Rockyou.com slide.com slideshare Open Office wordpress mykansaslibrary.org audacity List Garden - generate Read more [...]
I'm home from Library Camp Kansas, overall a huge success! Thank you and congratulations toeveryone who helped plan for such a fabulous idea. I promise to write a more comprehensive review of what I learned and my thought's (I have notes!) on unconferences within the week. Since I just go home from driving 8 plus hours today, in addition to exchanging some great ideas, I'm going to go relax. In the mean time take a look at the blog posts and pictures everyone else has put up! ;) Read more [...]