Category Archives: Internet Librarian 2004

Jenny’s Thoughts for Blogging Libraries to Generate BUZZZZZZ

* Blogging humanizes a Web site, that’s missing in a lot of library blogs

* Link virtual reference services in your blogs (Does SJCPL do this?) (YES we do!)

* Treat community bloggers like memebers of the press.

* Blog your statitics

* Try a photoblog to let people see how cool things are at the library

* Blog sites related to news stories and tell the newspaper

* If you don’t have a blog, get one! It’s an information channel.

Good Morning Monterey


I have yet to truly adjust to the west Coast. I’ve hit the bayside trail everymorning before 6am to walk, commune with my music library via my iPod and ponder the day’s stuff. Two presentations to think about today.

I also met two neat ladies from Illinois who were walking down to Cannery Row. I said it last night at dinner… I’ll say it again… librarians are friendly folk.

Tea beside me, I’m going over some PPTs… See you at the Conference Center!

Where are all the laptops at Internet Librarian?

At IL in London, Brian Kelly told our audience:

“The room is wireless, open up your laptops and start blogging and IMing about our presentation…” He joked then that they should say only nice things! But — how cool was this? We’ve heard about conferences where virtual communities spring up during the proceedings of folks commiserating in chats, private chats and actively blogging or congrunting.

Is that happening here? I just read this at Library Stuff:

I?m sitting here in David King?s session. I see only four other laptops. One is a blogger. So, 20% of all the laptops in the room are bloggers. Again, the last time I checked, this was the INTERNET librarian conference. Just like the Computers in Libraries conference, I asked D. Scott Brandt, ?What do they call this conference again?? COMPUTERS in libraries. Oh well. Maybe attendees want to get away from their computers for a while. Maybe they don?t want to have to schlep their laptops around or have to possibility of having them stolen!

Stolen laptops aside, which is a horrible thing, I would hope that by next year we have many more folks taking notes and blogging and chatting during the meetings…

I stand by my advice: library administrators: BUY YOUR LIBRARIANS A LAPTOP…


Conference centers: OFFER FREE WIFI to ONE AND ALL — we’ll thank you for it by coming back again and again!

Internet Librarian Keynote: Lee Raine, Pew Internet and American Life (a congrunt)

Opening Keynote Monday November 15, 2004
Lee Raine, Pew Internet in American Life

(written with SubEthaEdit in tandem with Aaron on two Mac Powerbooks)

Pew charitable trusts funds project with 2 goals:

*wide public interest/news coverage
*work useful to policy makers and tech folk

Studies patterns of social interaction

63% of Adult Americans use the Internet

Internet use is the norm… there is a shrinking minority of those who do not use it.

Usage of the interent segmented in various ways: interests transfer to the online world

“I’m a Data geek.”

Expectations shifted…no longer a novely, but a utility

Current Uses

Email is number one

E-Commerce/vast digital library

The digital divide relates to age, employment, socio-economic, education level, disabilty, language, community type, race, parental status

Keep in mind the millions who are on the other side of the information gap. It is groups like this that can help them and remind folks that there are a lot of people on the other side…

Few Pew Findings:

Internet is good for social capital, doesn’t detract from social interaction (that e-mail is hot right now)

84% of internet users belong to groups that have an online component

We are more likely to meet other folks — widening horizons

Expanding social networks

People use the internet more seriously as they become

E-citizens are creating a new town square. Blogs! Discussion groups! Quick to organize on line community

One big impact not measured yet: INFORMATION OVERLOAD , no one is complaining yet

Ten Reasons we need Internet Librarians

1. No one knows better how to manage information
2. No one knows how to track down info
3. No one is better at establishing info standards
4. We have credibilty
5. No one is in a better position than us to teach about info literacy
6. Nobody is is a better position to be a watchdog in systems to sort information
7. We can teach about the process of determining credibility
8. Nobody is more empowered by professional training and creed to articulate freedom of speech
9. No one is better then at having thoughtful constructive role to talk about copyright and infomation something
10. Nobody can be as constructive in helping us think through the new norms as to what info is public and what info is private

Networking at Internet Librarian..and RSS at YOUR Library

David King, who rocks my library IT world and does Web stuff at Kansas City PL, told me over dinner last night (with Aaron, Jenny and Sherree at the Indian place) that Kansas City PL has started RSS feeds for program info, subjects and more (Look at this page). I was thrilled.

Then, this am, unable to sleep too long (West coast travel always gets me), I read Steven’s post about Cincinnati PL that greg Schwartz turned him on to last night after dinner.

Such synchronicity! And an example of how cool networking can be at a conference like this!

Repost of a thought from February as I relax in my hotel dressing gown in Monterey

One of our cool Reference librarians came to see me right before I left for CA. We talked shop and Macs and music..and I thought back to this post, written at PLA as he described with excitement his plans for a new computer purchase:

Public Libraries should do everything they can to provide a computer — a laptop — for all of their librarians. (it’s also a pretty snazzy perk in a job where there aren’t bonuses and the like…) We have it GOOD at SJCPL, each manager gets a 15″ Powerbook and the means to take it anywhere! I am proud of the group that is out here for PLA who brought their Macs. We need to be unwired, in our libraries for sure because you never know when an opportunity or “teaching moment” could appear with a patron or another employee. We need to use laptops at meetings as well. Our most recent managers meeting minutes were taken entirely on a laptop and then emailed to all after a bit of finessing.

I would expand that thought to all librarians on staff at a library — if possible. Give them the means to take technology with them: home, the coffee spot, conferences… You’ll reap a tech savvy staff that are not afraid of teaching someone how to join the wirelss network at the library’s cafe.

Addendum: Now in Monterey, this becomes clearer to me. The unwired librarian, attending a conference like this, being encouraged to note take and interact with collegaues (on site and across the globe), exchanging information is a cool cool cool idea.