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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Save Money – Use the Library

Use the library. Your taxes are paying for it, so take advantage of the free books and movies. Austin says that even her small library in Maryland's rural Kent County offers DVDs, audio books, and free Internet service. from 8 Ways to Cut Back without Sacrificing I wonder, does use of a Public Libraries increase when money is tight for Americans? I've always been a power user, so I know it's not changing my usage, but what about everyone else? Read more [...]

One Man’s Treasure…

Meredith Farkas' recent post about Library 2.0 got me thinking about me; my title, my position, my duties and my goals. The position of Digital Services Librarian is just 6 months old (and I think the title itself has changed 3 times already). My duties and goals are always in flux which means, for me at least, my position is 2.0. As in not static, changing, evolving, and developing to meet the needs of my users - library staff and patrons. Six months seems like a good time to reflect and, if needed, re-access. A lot has happened, I attended my first Internet Librarian conference, kicked off Library Read more [...]

Guitar Hero Rocks the Library

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We Want to Know What You Think

I've been managing MRRL's blog for a couple of months now. Just getting staff used to the idea and getting them excited about it. With the New Year came the "official" kick off of the blog. There are now other contributes on a regular basis and an "official" calender of when posts are sent to publish :) Robin has even got the blog showing up on the Library's front page. All in all some very exciting things are happening! We started something today I think tops all of them. Our "We Want to Know What You Think" question! Each month the Director will provide a question we'd like feedback from the Read more [...]