Via Clio Institute Blog again! (Go Gail!) http://learningcircuits.blogspot.com/2006/01/top-11-trends-for-organizational.html Google Blogs Wikis Open Source IM/VOIP (Instant Messaging/ Voice Over Internet) Ambient Information Mobile Phones as Content Inputs/Outputs Podcasts Computer Games driving educational simulations Growing Training Budgets More Decentralized College Programs Can I say how HOT this list is and how important it is for library folk to be experimenting and implementing services based on these trends. Now is a great time to start that committee or team to discuss this list. Even if it’s a small group, it’s a great starting point. From a training standpoint, it’s time to make classes […]
http://acrlblog.org/2005/11/28/academias-conflicted-reaction-to-blogging/ The conflicted reactions to blogging in higher education are discussed in a good article at Slate titled, “Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs.” It suggests several reasons while academic blogging is looked down upon, including departmental jealousy, that it’s considered a waste of time that should be spent on serious research, and that it falls outside the traditional peer-review journal system. Blogs however, seem to fulfill in many more ways the “fruition, not a betrayal, of the university’s ideals.” The article then considers that if a major objection to academic blogs is that they lack peer review, how might a […]
Via Jenny, John Blyberg and Jessamyn: Superpatron is a blog by Edward Vielmetti – check it out! I have followed his blog and discussions about his home library in Ann Arbor for some time. Now, as a library patron he starts a blog! This is a milestone and we should watch closely as this blog grows. Librarians – how would you feel if you had a blogging patron discussing your library and services? And that patron was using all the available tools to share their library experiences with the world: current checkouts, holds, etc. Wow! http://vielmetti.typepad.com/superpatron/2005/12/welcome_to_supe.html The post that caught […]
Via Rock Star Librarian: “I actually was told by one librarian that libraries aren’t the corporate world where things are planned out by relevant statistical data.” Libraries may not be corporate but librarians sure as heck should be looking at statistics and qualitative data. We should examine community data, library survey data and ask users for their input — their stories — to build services and buildings of the future. Just saying. We should also gather stories of successes and learning from our staff! This reminds me of this recent post at the Clio Institute Blog. Click through to see […]
Via Ian McKinney at ACPL: I especially like the look and feel of the blog closely tied to the ACPL front page. Well done!
Just a gem of a post by David Warlick, that concludes with this: “If these suppositions are correct, then education must change dramatically in order to support students who must learn to learn, not learn to be taught.” He also had some incredible things to say in a post called “No More Staff Development!” Check out his bullet points and change them to “libraries and librarian-speak” and what he’s describing is a plan for becoming Librarian 2.0! Have the skills to research, evaluate, collaborate, remix, and implement new tools and techniques (contemporary literacy) Are part of an ongoing professional conversation […]
In pointing to the ALA TechSource discussion with M. Casey, the LiB explains how she defines Library 2.0 and I applaud her straightforward, concise style. This is a good definition to keep handy for our discussions. Thanks LiB! “Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs. Examples of where to start include blogs, gaming nights for teens, and collaborative photo sites. The basic drive is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives…to make the […]
A HOT post on a super hot blog from the Otter Group. Their focus? Learning 2.0! http://www.ottergroup.com/blog/_archives/2005/12/30/1544054.html “I use delicious for a couple of different purposes: when I give a talk I tag all of the links that form the background material to the talk, along with my slides, and publish this link on the Otter weblog. That way anyone who has seen my talk can read all of the reference material behind it. (This is a great use of delicious for preparing a syllabus for a course.) Each tag in my delicious account has its own url. So I […]
Welcome to 2006! Here’s to a great year for libraries, librarians and the profession!