Category Archives: Top Tech Trends

I’m all about the ROI

Nice! (Still going through 100+ RSS entries in my aggregator)

RFID in Libraries has this excellent post on the ROI (return of investment) of RFID in libraries that includes details on calculating a pretty exact ROI.

Simply, it’s not just an investment of X-thousand dollars and you are up and running. It’s all the pieces: staff time, etc. Read this one and apply it to any and all new technology initiatives your library is considering!

(and check this out as well: Another ROI Tool)

Thanks Laura!

UPDATE: Aaron gets it to. read his overview of adding technology based services here.

Art of Blogging VIA Blogs in Higher ED

Run don’t walk to:

http://www.mchron.net/site/edublog.php?id=P2710 and check out Ken’s commentary and link to George Siemens’ presentation “The Art of Blogging” at http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/blogging/artofblogging14.htm

I’m presenting Friday in Indianapolis at the Indiana Online Users Group Meeting and this is great stuff to think about and discuss!

Some of Siemens’ key points:

RSS will be bigger than blogging
Not everyone is a blogger
Everyone is a potential RSS subscriber
Personal blogging and work may not always be wise

OH yes!

Power of Blogs & Content

How cool is this? I just posted that bit about our two staffers doing the program in Indianapolis. I posted it here… because I’m tickled for them and I think their topic is very important. I posted it to the SJCPL LIfeline as well. And THEN I posted it to our internal news blog! Three places… same content…(I did change the article title each time — Internal Title: “Congrats Larry and Ralph!”) shared with you all…our library users…and the staff!

Pondering a New Service?

Library consultant Richard Dougherty detailed the 5 requirements of offering digital reference in the May 2002 issue of American Libraries. They include:

? Staffing
? Acquiring the Technology
? Training staff
? Promotion
? Creating policy

These five gems could be applied to any technology planning in a library setting. You can’t do one part and not do the other or you are setting your service up to fail. An untrained staff? No promotion? Forget about it!

That Instant Messaging is so HOT right now

Jenny points to this…while Aaron and Chris are blogging about it as well.

Here’s what I’ve gathered in the year or so I’ve been connected:

IM with colleagues works! I have planned conference presentations with some good library folks, cried on a dear colleague’s virtual shoulder when things seemed opretty dark, discussed my upcoming dive back into academia with numerous IM library pals, scheduled training and meetings with my SJCPL colleagues — all VIA IM!

IM is great for a quick shout out — better than e-mail really… “Hey did you see Jenny’s post about THIS?” will always get me clicking to see what cool thing is coming up next.

Libraries can use IM as a means of virtual reference. Small investment..big results. There are libraries that do this! Aaron is! I’m changing the article I’m working on to highlight this stuff instead of Virtual reference — which, according too many good folks, is DEAD or should be!

And in general, it’s darn cool too be connected this way and hear from friends and family from all over the US in this “in the moment” way.

I do agree libraries and businesses will have to develop an IM policy to insure consistency of communication and some protocols. Note, I said libraries will have too… because I believe libraries should take this new HOT thing VERY seriously!

Cheers!