Monthly Archives: August 2005

28 posts

Southland Libraries

My heart aches today for everyone in the southland but particularly for librarians and libraries in those states affected by the hurricane. I hope we can come together and help in anyway possible as the clean up and healing begins. I just emailed a colleague down in Terrebonne Parish to see how she is. I hope I hear back soon. I can’t help wonder: will ALA meet in New Orleans as planned? I hope bring our ranks, our money and our support to this most unique of American cities. Here’s a post about wikipedia and the hurricane from Ken […]

TTW on BlogDay 2005 (5 Blogs of the Biblioblogosphere You Should Be Reading) BlogDay is August 31: BlogDay is about meeting new bloggers from other areas of interest around the world, as well as introducing your readers to new bloggers. Conceived by Nir Ofir as a way of celebrating our unique gathering of souls here in the blogosphere, BlogDay will take place on August 31 because the date “3108” looks more like the word “blog” than any other…” The directions go on to state I should choose 5 newer blogs I like and post about them. I’ve chosen some relatively newer blogs that always seem to inspire me. Here goes: Blog […]

Transparency, Community and Communication at AADL

(Bold is mine for emphasis!) Library Circulation Surpasses 3 Million Last year we announced that items circulated during the 2003-04 year passed the 2 million mark. This year, we circulated just over 3 million items. This new circulation record represents a 33% increase and the highest annual percentage of increase in the Library’s history. We are also experiencing growth in other key areas. Our buildings were visited 1.3 million times, an 8% increase. Attendance at programs increased 14%, over 51,000, and more individuals used library computers than ever before…223,000 logins represent a 37% increase over last year. The need to […]

UNT: Last Two Semesters of Coursework

Some folk may be wondering where I’m at with school. One reason, beyond stealing some unplugged moments, that there have not been many TTW posts in August is that I was busy completeing the summer semester and continuing work on my preliminary research. With the completion of the Summer Session I have 4 semesters under my belt! These last two semesters of coursework will involve individual study, preparation of a poster hopefully selected for the 2006 ALISE meeting, and the launch of a web survey I’ve been working on looking at – gasp – librarians who blog! (What? Another survey, […]

David Warlick Gets the Millennials OK, our kids are connected. Technology is part of their lives. But lets try to picture this in a different way. As you are, by now, accustomed to my saying, “It’s not technology, it’s information”. These gadgets are their links to information. They talk, text message, and google with their mobile phones, IM on their laptops, access the world wide web, Net-based video games like Halo, MMORPG (did I get that right?) games like EverQuest and Second Life. These gadgets represent intellectual appendages to our children. They are the hands and feet that carry children to new experiences, and […]


Flickr-Stalking: (verb) To browse through someone’s photostream with the intent of learning all about how they live their lives: where they go, what pets they have, what their living rooms look like, etc, includes in-depth investigations of their tags and their contact’s photostream and tags as well.

Will Richardson on New Tools

More from the Librarians-better-get-it-before-our-users-pass-us-by Dept. Will Richardson writes three things schools should do to get on the social tools bandwagon and he speaks volumes to librarians as well – if we choose to listen. 1. Schools need to start blogging and inviting the community into conversations about what’s going on. We need to tell parents and students and community members that we will entertain and respond to any comment or idea they contribute provided they do so in a way that respects the civil exchange of ideas and the people involved. Libraries should too.. AADL anyone? 2. We need to […]

How will handhelds reshape our culture?

Here’s a review of a book about handhelds and Japan called Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life at WIRED:,1284,68537,00.html?tw=rss.TEK The Japanese word for cell phone — keitai, meaning “something you carry with you” — provides a hint about its role within Japanese culture. Over time, mobile devices in Japan have come to be perceived not so much as bundles of technical features, or tools for replicating PC functions from the road, but personal accessories that help users sustain constant social links with others. So it’s not about technology but about the social connection. What else might fall […]