Daily Archives: September 23, 2007

8 posts

Modeling the Role of Blogging in Librarianship: Librarian, Why Do You Blog?

Some folks have asked about my dissertation. Last I heard it’s number 85 in line for the university reader. So I thought I’d share one of the sections here. This is the analysis of the question “Why do you blog?” To share information or insight Sharing is important to the blogging librarians who responded. For this category, 76 respondents had this response, which is 40% of the total. A prevalent word in this answer set was sharing. Respondents used phrases such as “to contribute to the profession,” “to serve the profession,” and “to inspire.” Two types of information seemed to […]

5 Reasons Why I Love The Photos at Bookspace

http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/photos.cfm 1. It taps into the user-generated content trend. 2. It extends the presence of the library out into a thriving social space. 3. It demonstrates how to easily set up a photo sharing extension of the library – complete with a brief disclaimer. 4. It gets folks to think about what book they would want to pose with. 5. It seamlessly allows patrons to participate with the library in building a unique view of what the library is about. Thanks Hennepin!

Book Discussion: Student Orientation

Henry Jenkins posts about new CMS graduate student orientation at MIT, including a book discussion! Another highlight of today’s events will be our book discussion. Each year, we choose a recent book in the field of media studies (or a sampler of recent articles) which we ask all of the students to read over the summer. The books are selected because they embody key themes or topics which shape our instructional and research efforts for the coming year. The books become a shared reference point for our community — in the weeks leading up to the student’s arrival and in […]

Teachers & Technology: A Rant by David Warlick

I almost lost it when I read, in Cheryl Oats’ comment, “..someone told me they didn’t want to learn one more new thing, they didn’t like new things..“ I would want to ask, “You call yourself a teacher?” Who more than teachers should be willing and eager to learn new things? Calming myself back down again, I have to remind myself that technology is anything that was invented after you were born. Our kids, as Jeff reminds us, grew up with computers and the Internet. They become so accomplished with these tools because it’s play for them. I think that […]

Questions for School Librarians

Chris Harris, a tad frustrated about his LIS education, has some questions: http://schoolof.info/infomancy/?p=426 If I had to join an e-mail list and ask a question for class, here are some I might toss out… How are you marketing and branding your library to maintain visibility in your school? What are your primary tools for continued professional development, and how do you squeeze those activities in to an otherwise overwhelming schedule? What will be my biggest challenge as a first year librarian, and what can I do now in library school to better prepare myself? How would you define your relationship […]

Using Google Reader this Semester

I’m using Google reader to monitor my class blogs this semester. So far, I like it, even though I’m so steeped in my Safari RSS reading. I’m already knocked out by the blogging going on in both my LIS753 Internet Fundamentals class and the Library 2.0 class. Last week we discussed Virtual Communities and read Rheingold and Buckland. I think looking at the formation of virtual communities lays a perfect foundation for examining social software. The blogging assignment this week – post about your first or an early experience with a virtual community.

More on the New Zealand “In 2017…”

IMG_0216 Originally uploaded by National Library of New Zealand http://librarytechnz.natlib.govt.nz/2007/09/in-2017-libraries-will-be.html What began as a small campaign to encourage people to visit the National Library’s trade exhibit area has since gone global, so I thought I’d use our own blog to wrap some context around the cards that have blown out of the drawer and all over the Net.