Daily Archives: June 24, 2006

6 posts

More on the Night Blog

Margaret Lincoln posts at the Nigh Blog: The June 2006 issue of An End to Intolerance (AETI) features an article titled The Great Blog: Sharing Elie Wiesel’s Memoir, Night.” Cold Spring Harbor student JP Rourkis contributed this excellent write-up of the project that linked high school students from New York and Michigan in a meaningful learning experience focusing on the Holocaust. AETI is an international, student-produced magazine that is part of the Holocaust Genocide Project (HGP). Not only was HGP honored as a Program of Excellence by the New York State English Council in 2005, but the organization has been […]

Ignoring Patron Needs

My Minnesota traveling companion, Mary beth Sancomb Moran, on Abram, heads on spikes and public use PCs: It still amazes me that there are librarians who are choosing to ignore the patron’s needs for their own convenience. Having been a library director, I get the issues that can arise and the fixes that are all too tempting to put into place. I sat at one of the public access computers one morning, removing the various and sundry programs that had been installed against library policy again, grumbling that if I ever found the culprit, I was going to put his […]

Social Networking: Five Sites You Need to Know

http://chimprawk.blogspot.com/2006/06/social-networking-five-sites-you-need.html Fred Stutzman, Phd student at UNC Chapel Hill, posts on social sites, including this bit of wisdom: Social networking for the sake of social networking just doesn’t cut it. Put simply, we want more from SNS-enabled sites than association. If we’re going to invest our time into a SNS site, make it worth our while. Make it a game, make it entertaining, make it useful – but don’t expect us to come if you think its enough to browse our friends profiles. I like Facebook etc BUT I am enamored of Flickr and LastFM. These sites let me do […]

A GTD Post: Superpatron on the Lighter Backpack

http://vielmetti.typepad.com/superpatron/2006/06/rereadings_gett.html I’m rereading David Allen’s Getting Things Done, since it’s again relevant in how I’m trying to organize my infinite pile of things to do. I’m still using the Getting Calendar Done approach of using Google Calendar to capture tasks in a trusted, searchable place that’s not my inbox. I’m about half way through the first chapter, and already my backpack is quite a bit lighter and better organized, some health insurance incompetence is being dealt with, and a very interesting job offer landed in my inbox. (Your mileage may vary.) I find that when reading something like GTD it […]

“Broken” Views and a Sweet Phrase

Caught this in Mark Lindner’s post about his blog’s page views. Nice little bit at the end about joining the biblioblogosphere and “why we do this…” And, yes, I fully know that this little event really is no great shakes in the grand scheme of things, or even as important as stopping to appreciate the beauty of a flower or the smile of a puppy, but it gives me a small little glow anyway. If anyone had told me back in January 2005 that I’d have well over 500 posts and 20,000 page views in less than a year and […]

Engineering Librarians Rule

Tuesday I was in downtown Chicago to take part in the American Society for Engineering Education conference. I was pleased to see they have a conference blog: http://www.asee.org/chicago2006/ I was there to present in the Engineering Libraries division. Convened by Darcy Duke, from MIT, I was part of Staying Relevant to Our Users: How New Technologies are Redefining the Role of the (Engineering) Librarian. The session description: New technologies and new tools are changing the face of what information professionals do and perhaps even redefining what it means to be a librarian. This issue is particularly relevant to engineering and […]