Empowering Library Users to Work with Digital Media

I have been in awe of the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library since I first heard about it. The Skokie Public Library Media Lab is a space (a whole room!) where patrons can use an amazing array of software and hardware to create digital media. This is the kind of space and service all libraries should be offering patrons to support transliteracy. Learn … Continue reading Empowering Library Users to Work with Digital Media

Teaching Tech to the Public – Follow up from Internet Librarian

This Those of you who were in my Web 2.0 for patrons presentation might remember a woman in the audience mentioning the classes she teaches at her library. I promised to get with her and share the follow up. I emailed her and found out that Liz Hubert is a Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library in Illinois This is the information Liz shared with me. … Continue reading Teaching Tech to the Public – Follow up from Internet Librarian

If Your Patrons Continually Use Your Catalog the Wrong Way the Problem Isn’t Them, It’s You

I was reading through an article (Found via What I Learned Today) on The Chronicle of Higher Education website about improving library catalog search functionality, when this comment caught my eye. The problem is people are trying to use the catalog the wrong way. Instead of a keyword search like on the internet and online databases, the catalog offers something unique– direct access to exactly what … Continue reading If Your Patrons Continually Use Your Catalog the Wrong Way the Problem Isn’t Them, It’s You

Web 2.0 for Patrons

One of my presentations from Internet Librarian 2009 with Jennifer Koerber, Sean Robinson, Rebecca Ranallo I’ll be posting an update to this when I hear from Liz. Web 2.0 for Library Patronshttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=il200923thingsslideshare-091031093003-phpapp01&stripped_title=web-20-for-library-patrons View more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Continue reading Web 2.0 for Patrons

Every Library Should Have a Sandbox to Play In

Notes from the 2009 Internet Librarian Conference Matt Hamilton What is a sandbox? Safety model Place to test code that is isolated from production environment Software development model test installation that allows to role back changes as necessary Wiki model environment not consider production but just for ppl to learn new skills Who can learn from software – staff, ppl who want to play & … Continue reading Every Library Should Have a Sandbox to Play In

Micro Interactions, Conversations, & Customers: Sweet Tweet Strategies

Notes from the 2009 Internet Librarian Conference Micro Interactions, Conversations, & Customers: Sweet Tweet Strategies David Lee King Julie Strange Amy Kearns David – tools for interaction Comments Start conversation and add value – except maybe on youtube Status updates – twitter facebook myspace Casual conversation Meet ups Retweet – that was cool content, I’m going to share it again Likes, thumbs ups, ratings, favorites … Continue reading Micro Interactions, Conversations, & Customers: Sweet Tweet Strategies