Lib Camp KS Session 1 – Free & Cheap

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 slideshare Open Office wordpress 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 [...]

Congrats Movers & Shakers!

Library Journal's list of Movers & Shakers is up. I grabbed this list (which includes names) from Jessamyn West's page. All I did is add a link to the blogs if I could find one. Because we all need more blogs in our bloglines folders! ;) Thank you to Jessamyn for putting the names with the articles and congratulations to all the Movers and Shakers! Grace Under Pressure (Maria Redburn) The Man Who Said No to Dewey (Marshall Shore) In Context (Hilary Davis) Films ‘R’ Us (Jim Cheng) Giving Back (Darci Hanning) Thrill Seeker (Allyson Mower) User-Centered Technologist (David Lee King) Read more [...]

Computer/Internet Classes for Patrons

MRRL is getting ready to kick off it's new serious of computer/internet classes for the public. I've agreed to teach half of them, so I've been busy working on presentations and plans. I wonder how this will be different from teaching other Librarians. Here's my list of classes, any tips or suggestions? :) Introduction to Blogging: Learn the basics of blogging – We’ll cover, what is a blog, how to find blogs you’d like to read, how to start a blog and basic blog etiquette. Find Your Friends on Facebook :An introduction to Facebook, a social website used to find and stay in touch with old Read more [...]


As part of our Library Learning 2.1 program I wrote a post about Pandora, it went live to the staff yesterday and they are just loving it. Imagine my surprise when I see a comment from Lucia, a staff member at Pandora. How exciting! She left some great tips along with these comments: It's great to hear that librarians are loving Pandora! I myself left a library gig to work at Pandora. I can see how headphones + pandora may be necessary in a library, at times, since you can't exactly crank the speaker volume up to "10." ;) Francesca: Feel free to tell Jim Scott to send us a CD, and we'll take Read more [...]

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 [...]

In my search for a way to catalog my music CDs, DVDs and Games similar to LibraryThing or Goodreads I came across 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" 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 [...]