The Search for Prizes

In addition to writing "Things" for the LL2.1 program, I'm searching for prizes. Since the program is different this time I think we'll be structuring the prizes so that for every 5 or 10 lessons completed they'll get a small prize, with a larger prize at the end. Smaller prizes will probably be fun things like desk toys candy, flash drive, etc. The nice thing about a small library is I know most of the staff so we can make sure they get something they'll like or use. I asked the staff for suggestions for the large prize last week, a couple of people suggested another MP3 player, and one a suggested Read more [...]

Changes Abound

Since my position at the library is new and the idea of a digital services is still emerging and the idea of a digital librarian is evolving, there are a lot of changes. I just finished writing my job description last week and already my title has changed. With all the tasks, responsibilities, and initiatives my position involves it's been bumped up to manager level. Since no one actually reports to me, I get the title of Digital Services Coordinator. My responsibilities don't actually change other than they seem to constantly be growing and developing. Today I worked with vendors to pay bills, Read more [...]

Kindle

Everyone is writing about this, so I'm not even gonna add my two cents. CNet New York Times Newsweek Bloggers I will be keeping my eye on it though. I think Amazon is aligned to make an ebook reader a success if anyone is. I just don't know if they will. Read more [...]

Flickr – the other side of social networking

This week has been a bizarre, if not ironic, clash of work and personal life. I love social networking sites, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr etc. In fact I teach my coworkers and patrons at the Library about them. I present to other Librarians about them and why they should do them. I spent a lot of my personal time on Flickr and blogs. I have a pro Flickr account, but a couple of weeks ago I made the choice to move a LOT of my pictures to private due to some weird comments and emails. Then Monday Robin points me towards this article about Library Flickr accounts and polices regarding them. I read Read more [...]

Facebook is totally worth it.

On a personal note... I have a Myspace account and a Facebook account, but I'm never sure if they're really worth the time I put into them. Until now. I found one of my college professors, from my Bachelors degree, you know waaaay back in the day. :) Here is the message I got from him. How's that for making my week? I can't believe it. A message from my favorite student of ALL TIME! How are you doing? I thought you were in Australia or some place like that. I like Missouri for a while. A librarian? You're living my life! I'd trade you professions. Things are the same here; nothing at [University] Read more [...]

Back from Internet Librarian 2007

Wow I still don't have all of my notes typed but, but I wanted to get moving so I'll do those later. The great thing about this conference (other than the amazing people and Monterey) is all ideas I get to bring back. I have so many things I want to implement where to start, will we have the staff, the time and the resources? Two things are on the top of my list and are already moving ahead First is our Flickr account. I was able to get approval for a pro account just before I left for IL2007. In the next two weeks I'll get pictures from the major events in 2006 and 2007 up. Then I'm hoping to Read more [...]

Promoting Play Through Online Discovery: Lego Building

Meredith Farkas led off this two part session with great information about her Five Weeks to a Social Library program. This was the first, free, grass roots, completely online program designed to teach Librarians about social software. It was almost completely done with open source, free software tools such as Drupal, Mediawiki and BlipTV. Her tips to help you (and me) steal this idea: tools can not be a barrier be flexible provide ways for people to have many different conversations perpetual beta Helene Blowers presented the second half of the session.  I'd talked to her the day before, Read more [...]