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)
UPDATE: Aaron gets it to. read his overview of adding technology based services here.
This is the future! Jenny… my world is rocking. Is your library ready for converged devices? Are your librarians savvy — and SHIFTED if you will — enough to embrace and understand thses new directions?
(and this is my 100th MT post!)
Thanks Steven and Jenny!
I was totally impressed with David King’s talk at CIL. The KCPL RSS stuff is incredible!
And I agree with Jenny… I’m working this way at SJCPL and the KCPL model is priceless!
Channel 16 RSS feeds!
I was tickled this am to see our local NBC affiliate has added RSS to their Web site! The format for sharing content certainly is gaining ground! I checked the Web site of the CBS affiliate — WSBT — and they have not added RSS as of yet.
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
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!
Via Librarian.net and RFID in Libraries:
SFPL RFID! WOW!
Library officials will seek about $300,000 in the city’s 2004-05 budget to begin the program, which could take at least six years to fully implement and ultimately cost millions of dollars.
I’ll be watching this. Please please…will a librarian at SFPL start a blog and chronicle the project???
Check out this Wired piece about shuffling:
As I sit here this chilly Saturday am at Panera Bread, writing the tech planning article and blogging, I’m shuffling and it’s wonderful… I’d forgotten about “Love is a Stranger” by the Eurythmics and Blondie’s “Shayla.”
Library consultant Richard Dougherty detailed the 5 requirements of offering digital reference in the May 2002 issue of American Libraries. They include:
? Acquiring the Technology
? Training staff
? 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!
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!