A few weeks ago the director of my library asked me to design and produce a website for a small community group, the North Shore Business Development Foundation (NSBDF). I was happy to be given the opportunity (I start getting the shakes if I don’t get to design a website ever-so-ofter). I had about a [...]
Elsie Martinez, Meg Edwards, Elizabeth Nelson, Marcie Shaffer, Lauren Offerman-Vice, and I were given the opportunity to consider and write a vision statement during Synergy 2009: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative. The group consisted of special, academic, and public (adult and youth) librarians from all over the state of Illinois. After much thought, writing, discussion [...]
One of the most important, if not most important, aspects of screencasting (yes, it is another screencasting post, I swear I have other interests see the Summer Reading series at LISNews) has nothing to do with designing or producing, but where it is placed. Screencasts, to be most useful, have to be at a point [...]
For a patron to learn that our library has just the resource they were looking for, followed by a helpful tutorial by a librarian, only to realize a day later that they can’t remember exactly how to access it worries me. Many patrons quickly forget the title of a recommended resource, let alone how to [...]
I was given the opportunity to be on a panel discussing screencasting for the RUSA MARS Hot Topics Panel at ALA. The slides will not make much sense in and of themselves, so I am making my speech notes available as well. Thanks to everybody who made the long walk to the far corner of [...]
Sad news, Rachel Singer Gordon’s Tech Static is calling it quits. Tech Static is/was an outstanding resource for reviews of technology books. Anybody who has collected Dewey 000s knows just how difficult it is to find credible, reliable, and well written reviews of computer books. This is especially true for those who collect that area [...]
I am currently developing screencasts for an exciting new project mpowwill roll out in the near future.
While looking at a stupidly designed, but very useful database, I thought “Why would any patron watch a tutorial on how to navigate this mess? They want an answer to a question, not a walk through of a [...]
The Importance of the Non-Techie or How I Learned to Stop Pulling Out My Hair and Love my Luddite by: Mick Jacobsen
My wife mocks Twitter thoroughly, “You don’t even know these people,” she repeats. She thinks Facebook/MySpace is weird. She considers online gaming to be silly. She wasn’t sure about this whole “Blog Thing” [...]
“The Little B” by Mick Jacobsen
Toby Greenwalt, a coworker of mine, came up with a great idea which I wanted to share and, hopefully, spread. He created a simple, cool looking icon which symbolizes a blog on our website much like the orange box symbolizes RSS feeds. With the mighty Photoshop kung-fu of [...]
At the Skokie Public Library Twitter has become a nimble, extremely quick, and easy to use internal communication device. A small group of Skokie employees use Twitter to bounce ideas off one another, solve simple issues such as “how do I check something out to missing,” and even answer reference questions.
What makes me excited [...]