Monthly Archives: January 2013


I was honored to present at ALISE 2013 with Kyle Jones. Here’s a link to our presentation: For slides please Contact Michael Session Abstract: Beautiful Connections: Questions in Distance Education Distance Education SIG Convener: Nora Bird, University of North Carolina at Greensboro The session will explore new research by three […]

ALISE Presentation Slides: “Beyond the Walled Garden”




I’ve recently completed a temporary 10-month stint as sole tweeter and community manager for Hennepin County Library (@hclib). About a month in, I wrote a guest post for Tame The Web exploring what I’d learned about tweeting for public libraries at that point (http://tametheweb.com/2012/04/20/tweeting-for-public-libraries/). “Follow Your Patrons” is a follow-up, […]

Follow Your Patrons – A TTW Guest Post by Emily ...




What keeps you up at night? I ask this question at some of my library conference presentations as a way to break the ice and get people sharing. The answers are usually in a similar vein: budgets, ebooks, and losing relevance. We might even call those answers the unholy trinity […]

Office Hours: What Scares YOU?


If you are involved with managing a library website or social media, usability studies should be vitally important to you. My library has conducted several usability tests over the past decade, which provided input for major website redesigns. I thought it might be useful for those new to usability testing […]

Library Usability Studies By TTW Contributor Dr. Troy Swanson



Spring 2012: January 16, 2013: Technologies & Trends Series: Learning Everywhere. Southeastern NY Library Resources Council program (online). January 22, 2013: WISE Pedagogy Pre-conference Workshop, Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference, Seattle, Washington. January 25, 2013: Distance Education SIG Beautiful Connections: Questions in Distance Education. With Kyle Jones, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Association for […]

Upcoming Presentations Spring 2013





From the new issue of SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal:   http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol2/iss2/2/ This paper highlights one of the key concerns in the emerging area of crisis informatics: issues of trusted information in crises/disasters and how the unregulated nature of social media affects information creation and dissemination. Deciding which information providers […]

Crisis Informatics: Perspectives of Trust – Is Social Media a ...