ALA Survival Tips and Packing Suggestions #ala12

Packing list About a year ago I started trying to travel with only a carry on.  I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the end of the trip and lugging around a heavy bag. So far I have been success for all library conferences.  I don't even have one of those fancy new carry-ons with the spinning wheels and a bagillion pockets that make it expand so much it only fits in the overhead bin by being rammed in. My primary carry on is ten years old (I do have a smaller one for very short trips & a duffle style one when I know I'll need to carry it a lot).  I usually Read more [...]

Why Library and eBooks Issues Matter

It is no secret that a lot of my time the couple of last years has been spent reading, writing, talking, and thinking about eBooks. To the point where I'm a little sick of the whole mess. Really. Sometimes I want to never think or talk about eBooks and libraries again. I'm sure some of you feel the same way. I know there are people out there who think it is a waste of time for librarians to be worried about the ebook issues, or rather content in general. They think that libraries are about community and experience and creation and content doesn't matter or at least won't matter in our future. These Read more [...]

Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide – Presentation

A while back I delivered the opening Keynote for the Michigan State Library's Beginners Workshop.  The conference is focused on library staff who do not have a formal library degree and is an introduction to many issues. The topic of my presentation was the role of libraries in bridging the digital divide - I talked about the digital divide and digital literacy and the role that libraries play in both. I included my resources on slide 20 but I have also posted them below with links for your convenience. Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide View more PowerPoint from Bobbi Newman Resources ALA Read more [...]

My Favorite Tools and Tips in Ten Installments: 5. Evernote

I love Evernote, I've even written about it before, but I'll be the first to admit I'm not using it to it's full potential. I primarily use Evernote to take clips notes from my browser. By highlighting a section of a blog post or article online I can "clip" it and save it into Evernote. Evernote allows you to organize your clippings by folder but also tag them with key words making it easy to find that quote or statistic later. I still use Delicious for bookmarking (more on that later) but I prefer Evernote for online note-taking. I also use it to clip things people have written about me Read more [...]

Working with eBooks? Please Take this Pew Survey

Actually there are two surveys - one for those working in libraries and one for patrons. If you work in a library and work with ebooks please take a few minutes to take the first survey. Please share the second survey with your patrons. The surveys will be live April 16 through May 18. The survey's are part of a the research Pew is conducting on the role of libraries in the digital age (disclaimer: I serve on the Library Advisory Board). The next report will be available this summer (the first one was released in April). Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & Read more [...]

Show Your Support, Donate

UPDATE 5/1/2012 We have reached the goal! Thank you so much to everyone who donated! I will be at ALA 2012 thanks to your support and generosity! Making the decision to write this post was hard for me, after all I love NPR but pledge drive time drives me a little crazy especially after I’ve donated and it keeps going. But I understand why they do it and I wouldn’t have it any other ways. So, I’m going to be a little self-indulgent. A couple of weeks ago I realized I wouldn’t be able to make the trip to Anaheim for ALA. Some health issues, nothing life threatening, but expensive nevertheless Read more [...]

My Guest Appearance On The Bibliotech Podcast

I recently had the honor to be invited to talk with Kayhan B., Erin Anderson, and Doug Mirams hosts of the Bibliotech podcast. We talked about all sorts of things including but not limited to: ebooks, transiteracy, the echo chamber, change, the future of libraries, and This is What a Librarian Looks Like. Links to articles etc that I mentioned: Nominate a Librarian - John Jackson Great Librarian Write Out - Patrick Sweeney Pew research on Libraries in the Digital Age Library Renewal The Libraries and Transliteracy Project Looks Like Library Science The now infamous ebooks Read more [...]

Ebook Readership Increases, Still Only 21%

Before you get too excited about the 21% who have read an ebook in the last year compared it with the 22% who reported not reading a book at all. That compares with 22% who told us they had not read a book in the previous 12 months or didn’t answer a book-reading question in December 2011. That number, the number of people NOT reading books at all in any format, it's going up too. Where did I get this fun and exciting data? Yesterday Pew released it's report on The Rise of e-Reading. The report is full of data related to ereaders, ebooks, and the general reading and book borrowing habits Read more [...]

The Definition of Digital Literacy

The OITP Digital Literacy Task Force released it's official definition of digital literacy this week on the District Dispatch blog. The short definition is accompanied by a six page primer (not yet available) that provides more in-depth information. Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills. I am part of this task force and one of the reasons I was thrilled to be asked to serve is because I knew that digital literacy was a growing area of discussion Read more [...]