Daily Archives: January 9, 2008

7 posts

I’ve been waiting for this…. Blogging Directors

Helene Blowers blogs that the Salt Lake City Public Library is looking for a director, including: …application instructions for the newly reopened Salt Lake City Public Library’s director search — Your application “package should include a paper resume and directions to your digital presence, blog, or social networking Web site” — you can definitely see a shift is occurring. In my presentations for the last year or so I’ve been talking about the shift in LIS jobs and urging folks to get ready for the time when director or administrative duties will including use of social tools. That time is […]

Evaluating Weblogs: Handout

(I realized some of the old TTW content was lost in the move. I’ll be posting a few downloads, etc to get them back up. This was a handout I used in blogging workshops 2005-2007)) Blogger’s Toolkit: Evaluating LIS Weblogs Use Librarian’s Tools: This is similar to evaluating sites for reference and inclusion on subject list. Questions to ponder when adding blogs to your aggregator or recommending them to colleagues: • Author: Who is the blog author? Is that information easily accessible? Where do they work? • Purpose: What’s the mission or goal of the blog? Is it stated? Is […]

How to be “famous” (wink wink, nudge nudge)

Karen Schneider has an insightful post up at FRL: http://freerangelibrarian.com/2008/01/06/how-to-be-famous-wink-wink-nudge-nudge/ There are some gems: Don’t let ambition turn you into Eve Harrington. Remember All About Eve, where an ingenue claimed to be Margo Channing’s biggest, bestest fan, then walked all over her? Let your friendships be sincere, and don’t use people or filch their ideas and then “forget” to acknowledge them. On the flip side, some people will latch on to you for no other reason than you’re well-known and you’re useful to them. Don’t worry, they’ll disappear when your star fades. … Some stuff needs to stay unsaid. When […]

Four Laws of Simplicity

In honor of the new year, you may be thinking about cleaning up at work or at home. Give this post a read at ZenHabits: http://zenhabits.net/2008/01/the-four-laws-of-simplicity-and-how-to-apply-them-to-life/  So I’ve boiled it down to a simple method of Four Laws of Simplicity (apologies to John Maeda) that you can use on any area of your life, and in fact on your life as a whole: 1. Collect everything in one place. 2. Choose the essential. 3. Eliminate the rest. 4. Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely. We used to have spring cleaning day at SJCPL – I always called it a […]

Cliff Landis on OCLC & the 2.0 World Cat

Cliff Landis reports a converation Laura Endress of OCLC about upcoming social features of WorldCat. Cliff then offers a little rant: (emphasis mine) For users to add content to WC.org will take a big shift for OCLC, who have always seemed to me to set up barriers to end-users making any sort of comment on WorldCat (there’s no “report this record” button anywhere, and my attempts as a reference librarian to report bad records have seen no response in the past). I mentioned to Laura that a lot of the things that they’re trying to do, LibraryThing is already doing–successfully. […]

What Project Managers Should Know About Social Networking

I’m currently finishing up an article for Reference & User Services Quarterly about Technoplanning in a Shiny, Social World. This post speaks to many of my thoughts about project managament in libraries with social tools: http://www.ddmcd.com/managing-technology/what-should-project-managers-know-about-social-media-and-soc.html  Tools and expectations regarding the manner in which people in organizations communicate and collaborate are changing. I have to some extent addressed these issues in my “project management and blogging” research and consulting. The implications are broader than just blogging. While different groups and industries are accepting social media and social networking at very different rates, many organizations are also beginning to address how […]

Learn More: Social Networks

Don’t miss Steve Campion’s newest installments of his “Learn More” series. The various modules he’s put up for all to use would fit nicely in your online learning endeavor or for a library staff meeting. I appreciate Steve’s straight forward approach. Good work! Social networks 1: http://librarystream.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/learn-more-social-networks-pt-1/ Social networks 2: http://librarystream.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/learn-more-social-networkis-pt-2/