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 [...]

Teach Me More! Fun & Gaming in Libraries

Chad Boeninger presented about Adapting Library Services to the Needs of Gamers the first half of this session. I found this really interesting, even though I am a gamer I'd never really thought about the differences between gamers and non-gamers. For example: game encourage decision making, interaction, and imerision. Gamers learn by doing, if they try something and it fails they will try another way, there is no one right way to achieve your goal games teach problem solve skills and team work games are hard, perseverance pays off So how do we reach these people? Read more [...]

Intergrating Libraries & Communities

This was a great presentation that started out with a look at Hennepin's wonderful Bookspace, hop over and take a look at it, it's impressive. Just some of the things that really stand out pictures of patrons reading blog enews sign ups main page index Featured lists - created by librarians What We're Reading - created by staff Reader's Lists - patrons are creating these! Genre pages New titles list Librarian tips and news Who is doing all this work? There is a Bookspace Coordinator, a senior Libririan in Web Services, a bookspace worskshop and bookspace coordinators. The interface Read more [...]

Cranky? Boomers & Older Adults Are Greying the Internet

This was a really interesting session about the on-line communities for older adults and the services Libraries are providing to them. Most on-line communities are aimed at upper middle class women and it looks like they are missing their target audience they don't seem to have an idea of who they are trying to reach Seniornet Thirdage ReZoom Cranky Eldr I need to check these out and add them to our links page. Also what about a Wii tournament for Seniors? We've seen pictures of nursing homes or older adult communities doing it? Why not the Library? - Great idea I wonder if we're allowed Read more [...]

Blending In: Librarians in the Networked Community

Chrystie R. Hill led off on this session with some great examples and facts about Librarians and Libraries in networked communities. "Big Ups" to Michael Porter who followed with a smart and funny presentation that woke me up before my 3rd cup of coffee, something that's pretty hard to do. :) He showed some example Library website and the great things they are doing. Some of the ideas he showed and my thoughts about them Big WiFi zone button - we have WiFi? Do we advertise it on our site? I have to check. ugh I should know this Featured Local Artist - hey! We have an Art Gallery in our Library Read more [...]