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December 22, 2005

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 Amazon.com, 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: http://business2.blogs.com/business2blog/2005/12/the_year_of_web.html

Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005 by Richard McManus: http://blogs.zdnet.com/web2explorer/?p=80

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?

What Library Blogs Can Do For You

A nice post at a newish blog:


This post pionts to two great passages from Laurel Clyde's book Weblogs and Libraries. A nice reminder of excellent scholarly work from someone the information science community lost too soon.

Podcasting Handout from My Class

The Podcasting Group created a handout that rocked! Take a look at it here.

December 21, 2005

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!

December 20, 2005

Phil Bradley's Web 2.0 Clearinghouse

Via Stephen's Lighthouse:

Phil Bradley presents a series of guides to what folks can do online. "I want to..." share photos for examples leaeds to flickr etc. This is a straightforward, user friendly method that libraries might ponder for their interfaces. Check out Phil's pages!

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.

December 19, 2005

The Best Web 2.0 Software of 2005

Via Skagirlie, Mistress of all things Wiki, Blog and Code at SJCPL:


The Best Web 2.0 Software of 2005

It's getting towards the end of the year and I'm feeling the need to take stock of where we've actually come with Web 2.0 in the last 12 months. So much has happened in this space recently and a tidal wave of innovative, high-quality software has been released this year. So much in fact, that it's hard to keep track of it all. While many of us talk about Web 2.0 ideas, there's no substitute for pointing to concrete examples. And this also gives credit where credit is due to all the hard-working folks building the next generation of the Web.

December 16, 2005

Ten Stories that Shaped 2005 in Libraryland

Great stuff from John at LISNews:


How many of these touched your life? Did you contribute to a wiki? Donate time or money to Katrina relief? Get irked at Gorman's "mouthing off?"

What awaits us in 2006?

December 15, 2005

The Hive Mind - Good reading

Via Jessamyn!


This is blogging of a most scholarly level - with citations to boot! Any library folk that want to read up on folksonomy, this is a HOT one. Thanks Jess!

Blogging is Good For You

I love this list! Reprinting all of them as an FYI...New Library graduates, have you thought about blogging and listing your blog on your resume?


Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

    You have to get noticed to get promoted.

    You have to get noticed to get hired.

    It really impresses people when you say “Oh, I’ve written about that, just google for XXX and I’m on the top page” or “Oh, just google my name.”

    No matter how great you are, your career depends on communicating. The way to get better at anything, including communication, is by practicing. Blogging is good practice.

    Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.

    Knowing more also means you’re more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.

    Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.

    If you’re an engineer, blogging puts you in intimate contact with a worse-is-better 80/20 success story. Understanding this mode of technology adoption can only help you.

    If you’re in marketing, you’ll need to understand how its rules are changing as a result of the current whirlwind, which nobody does, but bloggers are at least somewhat less baffled.

    It’s a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.

Darien Librarian Blog on Skull Island Climate

I've been to point folks to the Darien Library Blogs for sometime, and what better time than now, to highlight this post about AV materials:


King Kong opens today and it's playing right here in town! Now, the question is, are we determined enough to brave these bone-chilling temperatures and leave the homefires to view the mighty beast? Come on! The reviews are so good, this may turn out to be the rare screen event that launches a classic. Besides, the movie, at more than 3 hours long, will give us ample time to thaw and we can enjoy chills of the spine-tingling variety!

Within sight of the Playhouse, right here at the Library, we've got some great new titles on DVD. Released yesterday were the action-packed science fiction thriller The Island, and from Canada, Saint Ralph, a story of adolescence, endurance, faith, and miracles. Also, now out on DVD is The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Dare I say how much I enjoyed this movie? Yes, it's got some of the crass humor one would expect given the cringe-inducing title, but, this is also a great buddy movie and a sweet, romantic comedy. (Did I mention how funny this movie is?)

Why I like this post:

It taps into a current event (KONG), a local business (the Playhouse), and what the library can also offer for entertainment on a cold Connecticut night.

It highlights new releases with a bit of reviewer's flair.

The voice is just to perfect! "Cold off the UPS truck"

It highlights that the library gets new releases and gets them out to users ASAP.

Well Done Darien!

Where Do We Begin? More Discussion on Library 2.0 with Michael Casey


December 14, 2005

Library Schools Must Teach E-Resource Management (& What Else?)

K. Matthew Dames has a nice article at http://www.copycense.com/2005/12/buying_econtent.html all about the management of e-resources in libraries. This is big stuff. My favorite point is the one he makes about library schools:

It is sheer lunacy to graduate librarians into the work force who have no idea how to negotiate an e-content license. Talk about having a butter knife at the proverbial gunfight: without proper training, librarians have virtually no chance of knowing how to obtain optimal value for their e-content dollar, and therefore the institutions that hire them to negotiate these deals likely are overpaying for that content. In an era where every institution is charged with doing more work with less money, the combination of no training and a flexible content landscape means that many libraries and information centers are economically inefficient when it comes to e-content. Inefficiencies, of course, ultimately get eliminated.

Ouch. Jenny and I are slated to speak on this topic in Toronto in February and this is great food for thought. What classes should our library schools be teaching to produce librarians ready to meet the needs of what libraries should become?

I'll do a patented Blyberg "brain dump" of some thoughts:

Social Software for Librarians and Libraries (Check this out!)

The New Library Web Site

Electronic Resource Management

Technology Planning 101 & 102

Communication in Libraries (because we STILL need to learn how to talk to each other and have good meetings no matter how much technology we throw at the problem!)

"Life Caching" The Ultimate Putting Yourself Out There

Via Stephen's Lighthouse:


LIFE CACHING': collecting, storing and displaying one's entire life, for private use, or for friends, family, even the entire world to peruse. The LIFE CACHING trend owes much to bloggers: ever since writing and publishing one's diary has become as easy as typing in www.blogger.com, millions of people have taken to digitally indexing their thoughts, rants and God knows what else; all online, disclosing the virtual caches of their daily lives, exciting or boring. Next came moblogging, connecting camera phones to online diaries, allowing not only for more visuals to be added to blogs, but also for real-time, on the go postings of experiences and events. And that's still just the beginning.

Later, in a massive dense article filled with colorful images and information: LIFE CACHING is one of the many ways for GENERATION C to collect and create content. Original content. Which gets us to our CUSTOMER MADE trend. (Generation C is the "content generation")

Ding ding! User created content! Content of the heart! Highlighting our lives. Intended to point out business innovations, this piece serves to remind me that all this tech out there is being used by everyday folks and it would behoove us to welcome it into our libraries.

Who's teaching a flickr class?

Who's welcoming cellphones into the library?

Who lets users plug their devices into their public PCS?

Ken Smith on Academic Blogging


Ken Smith, who blogs here in South Bend at Weblogs in Higher Education, has published an article about blogging at University Business.

Here's my favorite quote:

Whether it's written by a witty cultural studies professor or a dedicated news junkie, a good blog usually includes links to other websites. The blogger quotes from and annotates other blogs in an informal fashion that many a scholar would nevertheless recognize.

Good bloggers do quite a bit of work to present, perhaps even organize, a body of knowledge for their readers, and they write every day. They respond quickly to news and discussions as they unfold across the web. By practice and by design, there is always fresh content at the top of a blog. Experienced bloggers read widely and know most of the other writers who cover their topic; they list the best of these sites in their sidebar. In time, skillful bloggers build a community of readers and writers who focus on their shared concerns.

I'm certain we've built community here in the Biblioblogosphere and as I go through the mountain of data from the survey, it's even more evident.

There are some good bits and hints in the Smith piece, give it a read!

A GTD Post

For those GTD fans out there, I'm particularly enjoying Merlin Mann's 43 Folders blog, including this post about getting started with GTD. Merlin also has really cool hair.

You may be into or not, but some of the tips are HOT. Mine the 91 Comments to the post as well for even more.

Here's another! http://www.43folders.com/2004/12/29/a-year-of-getting-things-done-part-1-the-good-stuff/

Your Top Five Favorite Social Software Sites

Via The Social Software Blog:

I’m also curious to know what social services folks are actually using the most, beyond whatever is the latest hot company we’re talking about on the blawgs...

Oh! I like lists! And I like Social Software! Here goes:

1. Flickr
2. Bloglines/NetnewsWire/Safari RSS Reader
3. iChat/IM
4. Technorati
5. Last.FM

What are your Top Five Favorite Social Software Sites?

Gaming Gospel

Blyberg writes about gaming at AADL (and Eli!):

AADL's Gaming initiative "is one of those programs that I still shake my head at in disbelief, because it has been such a staggering success born out of such unorthodox ideas. If you’re looking for evidence that the role of today’s libraries is changing, look no further.

That's what we need more of, folks, unorthodox ideas in the library. The return on this investment? It's precious:

And that’s what draws in the kids. They come in knowing that they are going to be part of something big. These tournaments are their opportunity to shine in a venue that validates them and gives their interests legitimacy. I think Eli says it best, “If you don’t offer them something that has value to them now, you’re going to be irrelevant to them for the rest of their lives. It’s not a risk we can afford to take.”

December 13, 2005

Why I may not be renewing my ALA membership...

..because if I don't, I get to speak at PLA for FREE! I could renew right after the conference in March and save myself $65!


Gaming at SJCPL!


After the Allen County Public Library Tour match, we had our first exhibition on Saturday. I love that these pics went into the library's flickr stream.

Here's the SJCPL Game Blog coverage!

10 Reasons to Use Flickr at Your Library

A few days ago I wrote about libraries getting flickr accouints. Need some proof to sell the expenditure to your director? How's this for putting your library out there:

Murder by the Book

A Reminder from the College Dining Room: Historical Document

Library Storytime Van

Gaming Exhibition

Library Holiday Ornament

Author Signing

"Dare to Read" Library Book Displays

Promoting and Sharing a Conference/Workshop*

Showing folks the building!

Harry Potter Day!

*And all you library organizations and companies out there -- same goes for you too! Think of the promotional opportunities! Grab an account and get some pictures in the pool!

Cluetrain Manifesto Thesis #11 (or What Would Blyberg Say?)

"People in networked markets have figured out that they get far better information and support from one another than from vendors. So much for corporate rhetoric about adding value to commoditized products."


December 11, 2005

New Skype Services (and another Avatar)

Sherri reports about new stuff at Skype:


Both Sherri and I are waiting for updates to the Mac OS X version of Skype. I think I mighht be inclined to get a tad more serious when these enhancements roll out. For now, like Sherri, I spent some time creating an avatar (two actually). I'm tickled I could put the avatar in London.

Skype WeeMee Avatar (in Toronto?)Skype WeeMee Avatar (in London)

December 10, 2005

Grab a Flickr Account for YOUR Library

SJCPL @ Flickr

What an easy, low-cost step to test the waters of social software! Go ahead...try it...I'll wait...


Feel free to let me know what your flickr address is!

Student Web Pages

This weekend I'm grading for LIS753. Grades are due next week. I just noticed Patty from class posted some of the student projects. Their project was to design a basic Web site for a library or library service.


Will Richardson on Transparency, Teachers & Tools

I always enjoy Will's posts because so many of them can apply to librarians as well as teachers. His recent "It's Not the Teachers" is no exception.

And now that the technologies create as much transparency as they do, it's even more about vision and leadership (or lack thereof.)

This is good stuff. So often, Will states, teachers implement new technologies and campaign for their use UP to administrators. How many librarians have done the same? About blogs? Wikis?

And this blows me away: (Bolding is mine)

Obviously, I think that needs to change. We need to create ecologies at our schools that support the use of these tools by everyone, not just a few "radical" teachers. And support means that just like teachers should invest in and model effective learning using technology for their kids, school leaders should invest in and model effective learning using technology for their teachers. I'm not saying that every teacher in the profession is motivated to create or even capable of creating positive outcomes with technology. Nor is every administrator. But until we begin create transparent, collaborative, connective workplaces, until we support the practice of teaching with technology from top to bottom, we're never going to get anywhere.

Read that again, substitute "librarians" for teachers and BOOM! Libraries need to be transparent, collaborative, connective workplaces as well. Thanks Will!

December 09, 2005

NOT Library 2.0


December 08, 2005

Abram on Library 2.0 and the Cluetrain

Rock On! Read Stephen Abram's The Shop Window: Compelling and Dynamic Library Portals:

There has been much discussion lately about the emergence of the next generation Web, colloquially referred to as Web 2.0. This is the emerging interactive Web, where two-way conversations are the norm, indeed the expectation. People demand these forms of advanced interaction with people and information. Those of us in Libraryland will be naive to ignore it, for it could hurt us. This emerging paradigm of the two-way Web is perfect for libraries. Indeed, some library folks are starting to talk about Library 2.0. Cool! It brings us back to the “95 Theses” of the Cluetrain Manifesto and how brilliant it was years ago, and they still stand up as touch points of modern thinking about the impact of the Internet. You can read them again at: http://www.cluetrain.com/.

Allen County Librarians Visit SJCPL


The Worry Tank

What does it mean when two influential and well-spoken Library futurists incorporate the same cartoon in their presentations about libraries and librarians? I think it means we need to look at how we make decisions and the plans we put in place.

Click to see it:
Image from The New Yorker by Rox Chast

Both Stephen Abram, at CPL Scholars in Residence, and Geroge Needham, at the Gaming Symposium, used this cartoon in their talks. It resonates with me because I believe it's true: do we worry too much about our services and plans that things take FOREVER to get done? Are we afraid of success? ("Oh my, what if 100 people IM us???") Let's remember the "worry tank" in out planning and strategy meetings, in fact, maybe we all should buy a print and hang it in our meeting rooms!

December 07, 2005

51% Have Used Instant Messaging

"30% have never heard of online databases.."

OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources

My Librarian's Bookshelves

I cheered for the Scan at Gaming Symposium and immediately ordered a copy of OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources yesterday. Karen's posted about it already. I went right to buying a hard copy so not only can I I can read it in bed but it can take it's place next to the Scan on my Librarian's bookshelves.

UPDATE: The Librarian in Black blogs "Perceptions" as well!

The Collected Principles of Library 2.0 for Pondering

Returning from the Gaming Symposium, my head is FULL of thoughts about libraries, new services and adapting to change. I'm also awash in wrapping my head around the ongoing (and rapid) discussion playing out here and there in the Biblioblogosphere. I was reminded that Chad and Miller invited additions to their principles, and added my own over at ALA TechSource. I found a few others as well, and thought I might make a list to further my thinking. This is certainly not all-inclusive by any means and is intended just to paint a bigger picture.

Ken Chad & Paul Miller:

The library is everywhere.

The Library has no barriers.

The library invites participation.

The library uses flexible, best-of-breed systems.

Michael Stephens:

The library encourages the heart.

The library is human.

The library recognizes that its users are human too.

Michael Casey:

Any number of excellent posts at LibraryCrunch!

Wikipedia Entry: Library 2.0

Browser + Web 2.0 Applications + Connectivity = Full-featured OPAC

Harness the library user in both design and implementation of services

Library users should be able to craft and modify library provided services

Companies wanting to do business with public or academic libraries should not be creating proprietary hardware; Library 2.0 is not a closed concept.

Constant change is replacing the older model of upgrade cycles

Beta is forever

Harvest and integrate ideas and products from peripheral fields into library service models

Continue to examine and improve services and be willing to replace them at any time with newer and better services.

Library 2.0 is a disruptive idea

Rigidity breeds failure

Harness the long tail

ACRL Blog:

* The Library Facilitates the User’s Discovery of Their Many Information Options and How to Choose Wisely From Among Them.

* The Library Integrates Itself Into Those Places, Physical and Virtual, Where Learning Takes Place.

Podcast is Word of the Year


Yup...Podcast is the word of the year.

Some questions then:

Are you offering the technology for users to record their own podcasts at your library?

Have you pondered what services might be enhanced with periodic podcasts?

Will librarians play a role in the organization and dissemination of what potentially could be thousands and thousands of hours of audio content? (and video soon)

Just askin'

Librarian Avatars

Librarian Avatar from Sweden

From TTW Comments: I just think this is cool.

If you want a librarian avatar - skip over to Umeaa county library in Sweden and check this out: http://www.umearegionen.se/samverkanumearegionen/bibliotek/sokaochlana.4.d2f5f1101a6b3e70c800022607.html

I like this little guy a lot. He reminds of Moby. :-)

Low Cost Software on Public PCs..Your Input, Please!

Via Rachel:

For an upcoming article in Computers in Libraries magazine, I'd like to hear from public libraries who are using free or very low-cost software on public-access computers. I'd particularly like to hear from smaller institutions and those who are using less common programs such as Tux Paint or Gimp. E-mail rachel(at)lisjobs.com, and I'll send you just a few short questions. Thanks! - Rachel

December 06, 2005

EduBlog Awards - Vote for your favorite Librarian's blog!

Amongst all the incredible nominees for edu-blogging is a category of LIBRARIANS! The nomineess are: (drum roll)

1. Caveat Lector
Dorothea Salo

2. Infomancy
Christopher Harris

3. Joyce Valenza’s NeverEnding Search
Joyce Valenza

4. Librarian.net
Jessamyn West

5. Open Stacks
Greg Schwartz

6. The Shifted Librarian
Jenny Levine

I'm pleased to say I know 4 of these folks personally!

Here's the link to vote: http://www.pollmonkey.com/p.asp?U=1783125569

Please vote!

Blogger's Alley

Crystal from Kansas City Public Library just asked "Where do I find the list of bloggers in the back row?"

Here goes:

Aaron: Walking Paper

Chad: Hidden Peanuts

Chris: Clam Chowder

Jenny: The Shifted Librarian

Kelly: Library web Diva

Michael TTW

AND: The Technorati Tag: http://technorati.com/tag/GaminginLibraries2005


In the grand tradition of Abram-isms:

"We need to stop thinking we are Information Priests and Priestesses..."

"If you wrap something up in the mantle of training, you're going to turn them off..give them short cuts instead..."

"Nobody ever died of bad cataloging..."

"We need to get over the fact that libraries are not the first place people go for information and never have been...we need to be something else."

On change in Libraries: "We need to appeal to different learning styles..."

"IM is the way people are communicating today..we need to use it."

"Bring Digital Natives into your planning process (even if they don't have an MLS)..."

"Let's try things..."

On Gaming, Libraries, Librarians & the Future


I'm sitting in Blogger's Alley, listening to George Needham from OCLC talk about gamers and libraries.

But inside I'm marvelling at what is actually happening in this room, in Chicago, in December of 2005. This is a moment of watershed proportion. I truly believe that.

These are the conversations that need to be happening - now. These are the services and technologies that need to find their way into our meeting rooms, online presence and into our catalogs. Can you imagine the future ILS that includes components of gaming environments? Can you imagine library signage and services developed for all types of learners, including the non-print learner? Can you imagine a librarian as guide (with an avatar) appearing to help a user navigate the online information the library provides. I hope so.

There is a load of blogging going on here, and presentations will go up soon at http://www.gaminginlibraries.org. Pay attention. Download. Read. Discuss with your staff.

Finally, this needs to be said: We should all thank Jenny Levine for having the foresight and brilliance to make this happen. She and her colleagues at the MLS (Kathryn and others) have created a very special moment in time that will define what happens next for gaming in libraries. The folks assembled here as speakers are at the top of their game and the folks listening and takingnotes and blogging have a mountain of evidence and techniques to go forward.

Readers, pay close attention to gaming and libraries. The time has come.

Library 2.0 is not about Technology

The definition of Library 2.0 is still shaking out across the Blogosphere. Jessamyn posts "Library 2.0: How do you share?"

The whole 2.0 thing in general seems to be about using the hive mind and the affordances of technology to synthesize newer, better and more useful systems that then become available for everyone.

And Michael Casey posts Library 2.0 is not about Technology

For me, Library 2.0 is not about technology. Library 2.0 seeks to harvest good ideas from outside and use them to deliver improved and new services, often times in an effort to reach a new target population. Library 2.0 is, at its core, a way of thinking, a way of operating. It’s a framework for integrating change into all levels of library operations. It's in our effort to reach this new level of service that we will utilize these new, often times Web 2.0, technologies.

Absolutely! Give these posts a read... this discussion is wonderful!

December 05, 2005

Checkout the Gaming Symposium via Flickr


Les Gasser On Gaming in Libraries

Les Gasser, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, opened the Gaming in Libraries Symposium. This spoke to me:

"Libraries need to adopt a new model of service: where we are stirring up society, enhancing learning and contributing to communities of practice. Gaming offers this: a way to learn and participate in open communities, how to interact with the world and collaborate....We need to move our services into gaming environments, virtual spaces, and out into the community."

Gaming Symposium Begins

The official tag of the day:

Chad at hidden Peanuts already posted to flickr: Photos from Hidden Peanuts

WiFi in the Room!

And the room has wifi!

December 04, 2005

Class Group Projects

I'm in River Forest at Dominican for the last weekend of class. This afternoon the class presented group projects. There were 5 groups:

Usabilty & Library Web Sites
Blogs & Libraries
Libraries using RSS
Wikis & Libraries
Podcasting & Libraries

I was blown away by the work. We explored libraries that blog, learned how to add feeds to Bloglines, edited a wiki, examined some library Web sites with an eye toward usability, AND listened to a virtual cornocopia of PODCASTS!

Lessons Learned

Jenny texted while I was teaching: "New Blyberg post... HOT"

And yes..it is. Please give Lessons learned: aadl.org 3.0 a read. His points are many and so good I can't just pull out one or two to highlight!

December 03, 2005

Bisson on Library 2.0

I just realized why the concepts of Library 2.0 resonate so with me. I knew it all along, but these insightful words at MaisonBisson (a red hot blog!) spell it out:

Library 2.0 isn’t about software, it’s about libraries. It’s about the evolution of all of our services to meet the needs of our users.

And this:

We have two choices. We can continue to operate by the old rules and hope that we find wealthy patrons to support us as symbols of the wealth and refinement of our communities. But, if we look hard, I think we’ll find that we can apply the core values of librarianship to current technologies and new service models, and rather than becoming a sort of art, we will be valued for serving the needs of our communities.

Got GAME? (See you in the WINDY City!)

I'll be at the Gaming Learning & Libraries Symposium this week. If you're attending say hi and don't miss the meet up Jenny has organized.


December 02, 2005

Future ALA president is Blogging

Via Alan Gray of the Darien Library in Connecticut:

President-elect Leslie Burger has returned to blogging. This is good on so many levels. It makes me happy to see our incoming president try one of the Web 2.0 tools on for size. I hope I bump into her someday at a conference and we get to talk about blogs, etc. I'm sure it won't be like when TTW met Michael Gorman in March 2005.


I especially like "Talking to Strangers on Buses" - I've done that myself at ALA!

She writes:
I love to chat people up on the ALA shuttle buses. At the Chicago conference I struck up a conversation on a bus with a young woman who is a student at UNC Chapel Hill. I asked her to invite me to meet with UNC library school students sometime in the fall. She did, I went, I toured, I spoke and I came back thinking that the library profession will be in good hands with students like those I met. Thanks to the UNC Chapel Hill ALA Student Chapter for organizing this event.

Making Things Simpler

Via the Clio Institute Blog:

An article from Fast Company magazine (which I would add to the list of magazines NOT related to libraries we should be reading!) has an article called The Beauty of Simplicity.

The jist? Making technology simple so folks use it! " If the equation T (technology) + E (ease of use) = $ can be proven, the time may be right for the voice of the technologically challenged who can't operate their remotes to be heard."

Read the Clio post and the article... good stuff to think about!

SJCPL Subject Guide WIKI Goes Live Today! Check It Out!

SJCPL Wiki Goes Live


Our Reference Librarians and Web Developer are hard at work on this new project! And let me be the first to say they are making great strides to move SJCPL toward Library 2.0! What you'll find is librarian created subject pages in the grand tradition of Kansas City PL via a Mediawiki installation. All of the staff have been trained and are creating pages in their areas of interest and expertise. It gets me going!

Our library users will be able to get logins and post under the TALK tabs. Let the conversations begin!

Give it look sometime and let me know what you think. Content will be added off and on so keep looking back if you'd like to see how this new tool for reaching out to our patrons goes!