Ok icontemplate, I’m in. A bit of verse that Stevie eventually turned into a song about the AIDS crisis: And walking through the room together In suspended animation No one saw us go – No one said goodbye And from my heart I leave behind Great expectations And that you find the answers to your questions And that life will once more be a celebration And that you will be touched by an angel Stevie Nicks
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!
My new PB 17″ is on its way! It left Shanghai this morning….
I have mixed emotions for sure but I am now the “proud” owner of a Sony VAIO laptop that meets the UNT Tech specs for our PCs. What a learning curve! I’ve used Apples and Macs since I was at IU in the 80s… and now… It’s good to be biplatform! Thanks to the ladies of the cohort who gave me good advice and nudges!! PS: To offset my guilt, I ordered a decked out PB 17″ to replace my older one!
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 […]
I realized I hadn’t said much of late about my beginning the UNT PhD program. Here’s where things are: The cohort consists of ten people: 9 ladies and me. 🙂 Typical for the library world, yes? We are receiving a budgetary allotment for broadband access at home and a laptop. We received tech specs that outline how the laptop should be configured. I’m totally ready to upgrade my PowerBook but I heard that at UNT the SLIS faculty prefers students use PCs. I am waiting to chat with the director of the program down there to see if my Mac, […]
1. Always be prepared. Arm yourself with multiple digital versions of your presentation, a USB storage device, a cable for your laptop to attach it to ANY projector you may encounter and a back up plan if any or all technological links in the presentation chain fail. Could you do the material cold from your notes and handout? 2. If presenting in a track, try to be present for the other speakers. It?s respectful, can be useful in augmenting your talk on the fly with other ideas and examples (i.e. ?This morning Person X discussed blogging and using blogs internally […]
Via LISNews: And Internet-connected computers are clearly bringing more people into libraries. Don’t miss today’s NYT article “Libraries Wired, and Reborn” By Steve Lohr. Lohr explores how libraries, the gates Foundation, and access have helped turn around public libraries. It renewed interest. It gave people a chance to learn and unserstand the online world. How cool! I love this line, which could be about anywhere public library: For the library, supplying patrons with access to the Internet and the Web has become central to its mission, an updating of its long tradition of providing information free to the public. A […]
Steven points to this article about blogs in corporations and it’s a good one: http://www.marketingprofs.com/4/wreden5.asp He urges us to apply it to library blog environments. I agree. Note: “10. Develop an organizational content strategy now Email, blogs, wikis, Web, voice mail, faxes, newsletters, advertising, PR. No wonder it is so hard for organizations to speak with the consistent voice that is so critical for branding. An organizational content strategy can ensure consistency, vibrancy and value for employees, customers, suppliers and others.” WOW! Does your library blog exsist in its own vacuum? It shouldn’t. Library Web sites, blogs, fliers, cards, letterhead, […]
Do you have any experiences with planning for technology in your libraries? Writing the big technology plan? How about issues of “technolust?” I’m writng an article and need some input. You can be anonymous if you choose! Email me at mstephens7 (at) mac.com…