Category Archives: Librarians, Libraries & the Profession

Off to ALA!!!

Have I mentioned I’m off to ALA on Thursday? Probably not with all the school stuff starting.

I’m going down for a few meetings, exhibits and to see some library folk. I am also going to visit Disney and Universal!

I was disappointed in the lack of tech stuff at PLA, so we will see how this plays out. I chose a Hilton property that has FREE wireless throughout the building!

I am travelling with my dear friend Keith, who was my roomate through 2 years of undergrad days in Bloomington “back in the day.” We always seem to have a blast no matter where we go.

Shoot me an IM or message if you are going to be there!

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!