TTW Favorites

Via Ken Smith:

Greatest Hits Collection: Tim Porter went on holiday and left behind a list of what he considers to be his best pieces. This is a list of maybe four dozen posts, with a link and a brief synopsis for each one. That’s an act of self-scrutiny that many bloggers should undertake, if we dare. Bloggers need to do what they can to give some staying power to their best writing.

I thought I’d pull out my all-time favorite TTW posts and point to them here. Links to the posts are BOLD.

TTW Favorites!

The Balanced Librarian: Or “Librarians Unplugged.” Anytime I can quote Frances Mayes in a post is a good thing! Today, I read about Meredith’s loss of Delta and it breaks my heart.

Meredith also writes about balance and unplugging. You, dear readers, know how I feel about that. She writes: “I guess this has made me think about what’s important. I’ve been so engrossed in the book and in work that I’ve hardly had time for family and friends. There are friends I haven’t been in touch with in almost a year. I see Adam plenty, but from behind my laptop. I barely leave the computer other than to sleep. Even when I was in Florida for Thanksgiving, I spent too much time on my book and and not enough time with family (especially Delta and my grandparents). If I miss a week’s worth of stuff on Bloglines, will the ceiling come crashing down? If I don’t blog for a few weeks, will people kill me? This all isn’t life or death. Yes, my book has to get done by a certain time, and it will. But I need to put a little more energy into friends, family and my own health. So I apologize if my posts get shorter or if I write less often. But I need to put the people I love and myself first.”

Balance… breathe…unplug.

Libraries Doing Cool Things with iPods: This was when the “Library Circulates Shuffles” story broke and people were starting to talk about iPods in library settings. This post ultimately lead to this piece at LJ Net Connect. I really think it’s cool that what starts as a blog post can become an article.

The Library Blogger’s Personal Protocols: The ethics post. I believe these things are important. Karen gets it too!

Ten Things a Blogging Librarian Must Do: More ethics and guidelines for successful library blogging. One of my favorites: “And share yourself. I love learning about folks and how they see the world. Their POV may help me understand or change mine. It also adds to the community that is the blogosphere and more so the Internet. We are people… be yourself!”

Ten Steps to Insure Staff Buy-In: A recent post tied to a talk from Internet Librarian. One of the most important things library directors and administration should recognize is however you play out projects or implementations directly impacts library staff. They take the brunt of the change. Keep them informed and ask for their input. Library staff are not going to care about Technology X if their usual response is “No one tells us anything” when confronted with change.

Ten Things A Library Can Do to Boost their Techie Stuff* (*without breaking the bank): This post is a favorite of mine and it all rings so true in almost 2006. Michael Casey commented recently: “Looking at this more than a year after posting causes me much frustration and angst when I realize that so many libraries — libraries that can and should have embraced all of these long ago — have yet to adopt more than one or two. Blogs and RSS feeds, especially, seem to be a no-brainer, yet they continue to be difficult projects to push upstream.” Well said!

Ten Things I’ve Learned Presenting at Library Conferences: This was born out of a conference I attended where one speaker of two talked so long, the other person hardly got to say two words. The first speaker went on tangents and blah blah blah’ed too long. I was irked as were many in the audience. Check out the comment too – it’s so easy to fall into that acronym trap! I catch myself all the time. ILF..RSS..PDA..CMS..PHP…

Ten Tips for Technology Trainers in the Trenches: A precursor to the presentation I did in London with Rob.

Twelve Techie Things for Librarians 2005: A look forward for 2005, posted in January. How did we do? Where are we at?

Ten Things I’ve Learned as a Blogging Librarian: Ethics again! Typos! Virtual Communities! A cornucopia of my thoughts on blogging and libraries.

Threads of Conversation at ALA (2005): Could also be subtitled “Queer Eye for the Library Guy” because of a chance meeting with Ted Allen. A futurist post, I guess, as well, that includes this: “In my mind: Libraries will be headed by directors who grew up as gamers and got their degrees in new permutations of MLS programs. Librarians, I hope, will be visible and relevant and have presence. We won’t be hiding behind a reference desk or a mental wall of technophobia.” Written pre-discussion-of-Library 2.0 this is even more important now!

Anway, those are some of my favorites. I’d gladly entertain comments here or on the posts themselves. And with that, TTW is unplugging until 2006! Happy Holidays to one and all! Thanks for reading and commenting! Thanks to all the Bibliobloggers out there who do such amazing stuff that inspires me and makes me think. Rock ON!

“It’s Time for a Library 2.0 Conference”

Via an IM from Jenny this am:

Don Yarman writes at the Ohio Libraries Council Blog:

“This morning, I decided that I want to see a “Library 2.0” conference in Ohio. I want national speakers (from St Joseph County, from Ann Arbor, from Seattle Public, from Salt Lake City Public) to talk about the transformation of their buildings and services to meet their patrons where they are. I want gaming demonstrations. I want OCLC to come and talk about their findings regarding user perceptions and the library brand. I want an art/design company to create avatars for librarians to use on their blogs, their IM clients, their Skype accounts. I want someone to talk about Wiki subject guides, library Flickr accounts, and RSS feeds from the catalog. I want a panel of ILS vendors to talk about what they’re doing regarding graphical navigation systems, user alerting, and the dis-aggregation of their products (I want to hear them say that their products offer better resource discovery than, and have an audience “boo” them).

And while I started hammering the IT button pretty hard at the end of that last paragraph, it’s not about technology. It’s about vision, services, and tools. It’s about building the willingness of Ohio’s libraries to imagine what they can do next.

I’m impatient. October 2007, the date of the next statewide OLC conference, seems too far away to make this happen. But knowing how the OLC planning cycle begins rolling as a tiny snowball, already with unstoppable momentum by the time I notice it’s happening, I thought I’d put my plugs in early. “Library 2.0″ is a conversation that is happening among the visionaries now, and I think it’s a conversation that Ohio libraries should want to be a part of…even if it takes us 22 months to get there.”

Don – I hope it’s about EVERY LIBRARY’s willingness to imagine what they can do next! Every state library association should be planning this type of conference – or say, a NATIONAL LIBRARY ORGANIZATION might plan it for all of us — ASAP!

Great post! This is an incredible idea with great possibility. I hope you can make it happen!

Ten Defining Moments: Library 2.0 Events of 2005

Via Stephen Abram, who writes about L2 here.

The Web 2.0 Meme:

Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005 by Richard McManus:

That got me thinking, and talking to some folks, about what were the defining moments of 2005 for the ideas behind Library 2.0? And so many questions to discuss.

It’s still early in these discussions to set forth absolutes, but maybe a brain dump is in order. This is not all inclusive, and I welcome the input of others – comment here or post on your blogs.

There’s a lot to this discussion. Some folks may not like the naming of such concepts. Others may think it’s a buzzword. I kind of like names so it works for me. If you’re not a fan of L2, maybe read the following as “Ten Moments of 2005 that Libraries Really Got How to Reach their Users.” Blake said in IM to me last week that he’s not a fan of L2. I replied that if naming the concepts got people thinking and talking about change in libraries I was all for it. So, to add to the mix:

Defining Moments: Library 2.0 Events of 2005

AADL Goes Live

Ann Arbor District Library Web Site: Jenny wrote about it here. I gushed here.

How wonderful is it to have the director of the library blogging and seeking feedback/conversation? This site is truly human.

2005 is Tipping Point for IM

The resources page and list of IMing libraries keeps growing. These are the libraries that recognize such a simple interactive technology can reach users like never before. If your library hasn’t considered it, please do so in 2006!Rock ON!

The TALIS White Paper on L2 and WHISPER

The TALIS White Paper: Do Libraries Matter? The Rise of Library 2.0 offered a lot of food for thought. I wrote about it at ALA TechSource

TALIS Whispers: From that post: Whisper offers a visualisation of some of the ways in which library content might be aggregated with content from elsewhere in the library, from other library domain systems, or from elsewhere entirely in order to deliver rich and meaningful services to users.

LibraryCrunch Debuts

Michael Casey’s LibraryCrunch Blog, launched in September, “Bringing You A “Library 2.0″ Perspective” and offering some great insight into Library 2.0. It’s not just about tools and snazzy software, it’s about librarians making a difference. Take a look at this post from October 2005: Towards a definition of Library 2.0. Spend some time reading Michael Casey’s insightful entries. And head over to L2 @ Wikipedia for a nice overview with links and more articles to ponder.

Social Software at Conferences: Internet Librarian 2005

Internet Librarian blogged, wiki’d and flickred like crazy How fascinating is it to follow the conference via flickr, and blog posts? This speaks to the future of library conferences, when if you can’t go you can still get a load of content and flavor. Jenny summed it up perfectly at our Future Trends panel: “2005 is the year that librarians got it.”

Rock the Shelves

I wrote about this in July! There’s just so much right about this event:

It’s shared on flickr.
It uses the library space in a way that gets young people into the building.
It offers a view of the next generation of library users and services that speak to them.

The Gaming Symposium

On gaming in libraries What a great way to finish the year of conferences, symposia and workshops but in Chicago listening to some excellent speakers and scholars discuss the benefits of gaming in libraries. Just think, this summer when I spoke about it at “Reinventing Libraries” some librarians in the audience thought the world was ending! It’s time folks… don’t ignore these initiatives/.

Flickr Libraries

10 Reasons to Use Flickr at Your Library

SJCPL Wiki Subject Guides Go Live

SJCPL went wiki-wild, according to Jenny! And oh boy did we! I am so proud of the librarians on staff who conceived this initiative. Well done!

David King weighed in here as well.

The Conversation Begins

Librarians and vendors begin a dialogue that plays out across the Biblioblogosphere. Folks can offer opinions, thoughts and ask questions — and it all plays out in the public arena.

Don’t miss Stephen’s Lighthouse, from Stephen Abram, as an example of a librarian employed by a vendor blogging. And John Blyberg’s ILS Customer Bill of Rights might be one milestone for getting these conversations going. And spend some time at Blyberg’s blog for some great stuff on L2, coding and AADL.

What do you think? What else is an L2 event?

High Tech Junkies

Just a pointer to a CNN piece: “We’re all tech junkies now”

The article includes results of a survey about how connected folks are and how much it all costs. What lurks in the background are the folks that don’t have all this access to services and gadgets. That’s where libraries can help: circulating ipods? free wifi, laptops that checkout?

Also, a psychologist weighs in on being “too connected.” That’s a vote for balance and unplugging as well.

Library 2.0 Podcast Interview from Norway

Last week I spoke about L2 with Thomas Brevik in Norway who writes the Bibliotek 2.0 blog. Listen to the podcast!

“Library 2.0 is the idea that libraries and librarians need to anticipate what the future needs of users are going to be and for them to plan for collaboration and methods of communication with each other and users using all of the social software we keep reading about….”

“We need to go deep within ourselves and decide that yes we can handle constant change…”

Every Library Catalog Needs One of These

Chris Deweese's Magic

The Shifted Librarian: Psssst… Hey, SWAN Libraries!

Jenny points to Chris Deweese’s Firefox plug ins. I tried it (even though I’m in Indiana) and it worked flawlessly. I wish we had one for SJCPL!

This is HOT on so many levels:

It reaches users where they are

It’s developed by a programmer in a library consortium – not by the ILS folks (who should be making this type of functionality available to all clients)

It’s oh so easy to use!

David Warlick on New Technologies and New Molds

David Warlick ponders the future of education. We, as librarians, should pay close attention as weell. “It seems to me that in order to shape the application of new technologies, we need a mold to shape it around, and that mold needs to be new as well. One of our problems has been that we have tried to shape the technology around out-dated notions of what schooling is about, rather than reshaping our notions to reflect new world conditions.”

Warlick’s list of what’s changed:

Information is now networked, digital and can be overwhelming. Also, it doesn’t need a container

Content is Different

Our Tools are Changing

These are incredible ideas. If the education system needs to change to accomodate these world changes, shouldn’t libraries be changing as well? Isn’t that what’s behind “Library 2.0?” The need for libraries and librarians to recognize that the way folks go about getting to information, making sense of it and manipulating into thier own trumps alot of our ideas of what we do.