Daily Archives: January 30, 2007

5 posts

Getting Things Done & Transparency

The Inquiring Librarian writes: http://inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/12/true-confessions.html I recently checked out David Allen’s Getting things done from my local public library, thinking I could use a little help calming down the craziness that my life seems to have turned in to. Probably predictably, I turned it in late having only read the first 2 chapters. Oh, well. In light of this and other related events, I’ve been thinking a bit about what I do get done and why. I believe I’ve been spoiled by having jobs for a number of years now where I find the work interesting. It’s a whole lot […]

Required Reading, Coffee and Quality of Response

Elmhurst College student Kyle Jones riffs on the fact I have office hours at Corner Bakery in downtown Chicago on Mondays and how students might find a special place to do their required reading, including the library. http://www.thecorkboard.org/blog/?p=40 I would love for my students to try different reading environments and explore the atmospheres. Take your daunting novel to a Caribou Coffee (where I am currently at, writing this post), grab a cup of joe, and find your own little corner. Or, develop a spot in the local public library you can call your own (I call dibs on the children’s […]

“Who Needs ‘Em?”

David Warlick would like your elevator speeches about the value of librarians! http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/2007/01/29/who-needs-em/ While at the National School Boards Association Conference the other day, more than one school board member came up to me, a tech guy, and asked, “We’re trying desperately to find ways to deal with budget crunches. With all of these computers and access to online information, do we really need librarians or libraries any more?” This is one of those questions that I absolutely love to hear — if I have an hour to answer. It’s a question that I hate, if I only have a […]

A Theory on Blogging

http://www.mchron.net/site/edublog.php?id=P3407 From Indiana University South Bend Professor Ken Smith, who blogs about weblogs in higher education: A little theory of blogging. Here goes: somebody creates a new tool or technique, such as blogging. In time, some people realize that it is powerful, and they make it a way of life for themselves as individuals, then as members of a small community. As the community grows, a culture is created, which solidifies the power in the lives of many people, even if they are still a small portion of a wider society. Some educators see the power, so they teach their […]