Category Archives: Librarians, Libraries & the Profession

Ten Things a Blogging Librarian Must Do (an exercise in common sense)

Cite your sources. Link to them. It’s what this Web and blog thing is all about.

Post often but have something to say. I’d rather read one or two super good posts than multiple posts that someone puts up because they feel they have to. I’ve done that here. I used to post everyday, but now I focus on what’s really interesting me and what I can comment on.

However: make the commitment though to follow through. It pains me to see a new blog go up, get listed here and there and then never hear from it again. Blogging is an investment of time and energy, commit.

Post about what you’re passionate about and don’t be afraid to say what you think!

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!

Never miss an opportunity to show your administration how well an external library blog is working. Did you get a nice email from someone who found your blog helpful? Forward it to all involved. It’s feedback of the best kind.

If you are doing a personal blog, don’t do it on your library’s dime. Breaks? Lunch? Sure! In the speaking I’ve done about blogging I’ve had numerous library admin types ask what to do about a blogger on their staff. If it’s a library-related blog, discuss what you might do as part of professional development with your supervisor.

Blog unto others as you’d have them blog unto you. In other words, play nice. I don’t want to read flames. I do want to read a differing opinion from someone who thought out their points on whatever the topic of the day is.

Read other blogs for inspiration and AHHA moments. Chime in. CITE!

Learn all there is to know about your blog app and make use of its features. These are good skills to have.

Have FUN!

(well, that was 11! :) )

The Day After Tomorrow

I am back from 9 days Up North in Traverse City. Memorial Day was rainy so we headed to the theatre. My movie choice was The Day After Tomorrow and I was tickled to see it included some heroic librarians.

Today, I’m getting caught up on my news and blog posts. At LISNews, there’s a link to the Lipstick Librarian’s post about the movie. I’m going through the links and it’s great! Joe Schallon’s review is wonderful as well. He got the Capital Records Building reference that rocked my world.

I am totally a disaster film fan — I’ve seen em all and own many of my favorites on DVD so this is fun stuff. The fact that the librarians become heroes in a way is a nice touch!

Don’t miss TDAT for 2 hours of popcorn-munching, Diet Coke-sipping, “don’t want to leave to straighten my tie because I’ll miss something” Summer fun!

I’ve Got GMail!

Within an hour of my posts about wanting a gmail address…. I had two replies!

Jeff Godin, library IT guy, from — guess where — TRAVERSE CITY IMed me! Thanks so much Jeff! Our deal? When I’m in TC I’ll buy him a coffee and will talk library tech for a bit! Coolness! Jeff also gave me my invitation to Orkut back a few months ago and started a library community there.

I am now available at tametheweb (at) gmail (dot) com

Then I got an e-mail from Susan Vaughn at the Suffolk University Law Library. We chatted via e-mail and worked out a deal so my department at SJCPL can have an address for learning/training/etc. “I would like to donate it in a good cause (although the all you can drink Guinness on gmailswap is very tempting),” she told me….

Thanks to two kind library folk!

Rosenbaum on New Technologies

Using a PowerBook (YES!), Dr. Rosenbaum took us through a review of a similar talk he gave 6 years ago and then looked to the future.

“Trendspotting: Libraries & Technology (or what do I have to learn now?)

Librarians getting together — “Community of Practice” – Shared work practices

Six years ago:

The web is becoming a community
Digital Neighborhoods and virtual communities
Chat Rooms
Portals

Current Technical Trends:

*Wireless Libraries – Bluetooth/ 802.11g

*PDAs, Tablets, Cell Phones – Cheaper, more common, wireless and net access. Libraries need to think about a new range of services that serve these devices. Developing web interfaces for devices

*RFID – Making its way into libraries via retail

*Security – Hardware firewalls, Libraries need people who really know what they are doing when setting up security. This will be increasingly important.

*DRM – Controlling content

*Web Services – Standard means of operating amongst different platforms, W3C

*Semantic Web – Interoperable, sharing of information. Agents do things for us: auctions, tickets, etc

*Blogs – used in education, media and business

*RSS – Content delivery

Current Social Trends:

*Security – Preventing and detecting unauthorized use of a computer

*Spam – could clog the e-mail system in the future

What do I have to learn now? A lot – quickly – we have a sociotechnical environment that is changing quickly! What does the future hold?

Developing digital reference services
Developing and managing digital libraries
Creation of complex database driven web sites
Understand and negotiate DRM
Creating & updating a library blog with an RSS Feed
Being able to lock down your library’s network
Delivering a range of library services through a wireless network (and to a wrist phone)

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When I discovered LISNews, I wanted to teach everyone at SJCPL how cool it was to get all that news and info in one place. I’ve been evangelizing it for over a year… Now, we need to give back a bit! Blake needs some assistance with server costs. Read about it here and donate what you can!

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