It’s Teen Tech Week!

March 2nd - 8th is Teen Tech Week. YASLA has some great activity suggestions plus this hand out for the teens. Have you done or know how to do everything on this list? 25 Things you can do for Teen Tech Week 1. Download an eBook or audiobook onto your mp3 player. 2. Visit your local library's webpage. 3. Blog about a library book or program. 4. Try out a book focused site like LibraryThing or GoodReads. 5. Create a soundtrack for your favorite book. 6. Ask your librarian to recommend a non-fiction book on an area of technology that interests you. 7. Add something to an article on Read more [...]

lib.rario.us?

In my search for a way to catalog my music CDs, DVDs and Games similar to LibraryThing or Goodreads I came across lib.rario.us. I've been trying it out and it seems pretty neat. I've added a few things to try it out. So far so good, I don't think it's as pretty or as functional as the books only sites, but it's new so it could be. What I like: The "add to lib.rario.us" bookmarklet It does more than books! Hurray! Finally a way to add my music CDs, DVDs and video Games. What I wish were different: I'd like to be able see my collection in different modes - just images, sort of like a tag Read more [...]

Web 2.0 Class Complete!

Yesterday Robin and I finished our two day workshop on Web 2.0. It was so much fun! I have to agree with Robin, I was surprised at how excited about all things Web 2.0 I got just from talking about it for 2 days. Trust me, I had no problems talking about it for 2 days, I think I could have gone for a third! The classroom set up and number of participants was perfect, it allowed for some real hands on help when we gave them time to create and play with their new accounts.  They were excited about what they can do and asked some really great questions.  I can't wait to see how they implement what Read more [...]

Workshop Prep

The next couple of months will be a flurry of activity for me personally and professionally. First up personally, I'm moving, no new job, just leaving my house and moving into an apartment in a nearby time. I've been busying making phone calls, finding a place to live and packing. I had no idea I had so much "stuff"! :) First up, professionally, I'm prepping for a 2 day work work shop that Robin and I are giving on Web 2.0 at Winter Institute. Robin and I co-present a bit differently than any other duo I've seen; instead of one of us presenting for the first half and the other for the second, Read more [...]

Unconference Here I Come!

Ever since reading about the Kansas Library Camp on David Lee King's blog I've been plotting how to crash the party (I'm in Missouri). It's only a four hour drive and the chance to mingle with some great minds, sounds just too good to pass up. From the site: Think some of the most valuable and most productive sessions at conferences are the hallway and dinner conversations? Want to get to know some of your forward-thinking Kansas library colleagues better? Join us at Library Camp Kansas: the first Un-conference for people interested in customer-friendly libraries, library 2.0 and thinking about Read more [...]

Hard work pays off!

Not mine this time, Robins! She developed a search our catalog app for our Facebook page and she's been contacted several times by people wanting help creating one for their library. I have no doubt she was helpful and nice and gave them excellent advice! Robin and I often work together here at the library or with taking our show on the road for presentations and she really knows her stuff! Read more [...]

Remeber, training is not learning.

Helene had a great post about training vs learning. A reminder just when I needed one! She never stops inspiring me! :)

The best learning happens by self-discovery, when two very important elements are present. In order for anyone to truly learn, they must be

a) engaged in their own discovery process and
b) be motivated to learn.

and neither of these really require a “trainer.” :)

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