Monthly Archives: December 2007

53 posts

TTW’s Year in First Sentences

A nice meme to cap the year via Kathryn Greenhill: December: Last night in LIS701: Introduction to Library and Information Science, we discussed our five “context” books. November: Have you seen these jobs open at the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County? October: I was honored to be asked by Brian Kelly to write a guest post for his blog UK Web Focus. September: What a great way to welcome students back to the university library! August: I keep coming back to this post “I didn’t get an MLS to do that.” July: I’ve been watching for the first reports […]

LiBGuides (Updated)

I’m having a great time with my new class this semester. LIS768: Library 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies is an overview of Web 2.0 tools and L2 thinking. I’m using the works of Michael Buckland, Howard Rheingold, Jesse Shera and others to frame what participatory service might mean for libraries in today. Another part of the course focuses on hands on practice and exploration. AND the coolest thing is I am learning with the students. Just a couple of weeks ago, LIS768’er Mick Jacobsen shared his work with LibGuides at Northeastern Illinois University. Check it out: This might be […]

Highland Park Public Library Job: Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian

The Highland Park Public Library is looking for a Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian to join our team. We have one such position and are planning to fill a second one. We seek an individual with interests and skills in both reference and technology. We are looking for someone who will: Provide leadership to our staff in utilizing web 2.0 technologies in addition to our traditional reference services Recommend and implement new and developing technologies Contribute to the development and redesign of the Library‚Äôs website Contribute to our virtual services offerings Provide training and support for staff and public with new and […]

A Road Map to Transparency

By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens In our experiences at a larger public library system and in a university setting (after numerous years in a medium-sized public library), respectively, we often have had access to resources that smaller libraries/systems do not. While that sets our frame of reference, we intend to give advice aimed at libraries of all sizes. No matter the dimensions of the institution, the building blocks of transparency allow a more honest, open flow of ideas, where staff and users are valued. The “To Do” list for transparency is simple but requires commitment from administrators and staff […]

What Community Do You Want To Create?

One of the foundations of my dissertation was an analysis of virtual communities and the theories concerning information behavior and exchange within them. This post from the Church of the Customer Blog was most interesting: The authors identify four types of communities online: Clique Network Cult Nation Where does the Biblioblogosphere fit in? I’ve always called it a “Community of Practice” after the work of Henri & Pudelko, who presented a concise, useful typology for virtual communities back in 2003, comprised of four distinct categories and descriptions of the exchanges that occur within them: Community of interest – Information […]

Lincoln Nebraska’s Police Chief Blogs

Many folks who were at my talk in Lincoln, Nebraska sent this link along. Tom Casady, the Chief of Police in Lincoln is blogging. His about the blog statement: “What’s up at the Lincoln Police Department? What’s on the chief’s mind? I’ll give you my thoughts a couple times weekly–things you’re unlikely to hear about in the media.” He covers police matters, crime reports and responds to comments with thoughtful posts. I wish we had more city officials blogging like this in Oak Park or Mishawaka!