Monthly Archives: March 2008

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“Get over it” – and Experiment: Notes from a 2.0 Presentation at PLA

“Get over it,” Maney said about taking on some of those emerging tools and social media – “Experiment.” She also echoed some of the current thinking around exploration and learning. “Play,” she said. “It’s what your users are already doing.” What an excellent reason to start a Learning 2.0 program — something Maney noted her library and the State of Arizona were taking on! WooHoo! Read the whole post here. Listen to the presentations here.

PLA Presentation: Scary Things & Great Opportunities

Although brief, I had a great time at PLA. The folks I talked to were fired up about many of the sessions. I was also glad to see some old friends. I took a quick view of where we are in 2008 with the use of Web 2.0 in libraries. The cool thing I realized from listening to Jen and John was we were all really talking about people and planning, decisions and great opportunities. A lot of the discussion and questions focused on users and how the library offers access. I misquoted the ALA Code of Ethics in my […]

Marshall and Jen

Marshall and Jen Originally uploaded by jblyberg I presented with Jen Maney and John Blyberg at PLA. Slides will be up soon, but I also wanted to thank Marshall Shore, the man who said no to Dewey for introducing us. I was tickled that some students from my LIS768 class at St. Kate’s got to meet him – they are doing a group project on his work at Maricopa!

An Apology from a School Superintendent

Via Helene Blowers on Flickr: I’d like to share an email I sent to all of our 18,000-plus employees this morning. Here it is: Dear CMS Employees: When you make a mistake, the best thing to do is just admit it. Folks, we blew it, and I apologize. While the decision to start random background checks for current employees was made with the best of intentions – to keep our students and staff safe – we dropped the ball, big time, in terms of communication and execution. So where do we go from here? If you haven’t filled out the […]

Pogue on Web 2.0 & Moderation

Nice piece from David Pogue at the NYT: Before my talk, though, an emcee warmed up the audience with an exercise. He pointed out the wireless laptops on every table in the ballroom, and explained that anything typed on them would appear on huge screens. Using this instant-feedback mechanism, he posed P.R.-related questions to the attendees and commented on the responses as they appeared on the big screens. One of them was: “Why isn’t your company (or client) taking advantage of Web 2.0?” The audience loved that one; within seconds, there were 132 responses on the screen in a […]

Mobile Public Library – computer sign

Mobile Public Library – computer sign Originally uploaded by cindiann Cindi writes: this library has a curious lack of signage. this was only one of two I saw in the whole place. No sign above the service desks or at the entrance to the reference room. …and actually, I like it. It says: if you need help, ask. Also odd (but maybe this just reflects my background as an academic librarian) is that there are three or four people at each of the three service desks.

Another PL Banning Social Software

From Jason, in my LIS753 Class: Here’s an article I came across on this topic. Lexington County Library Bans Social Networking Sites – It’s from, South Carolina. They include an online poll asking readers if they think such social software should be banned. As of this morning (3/29) of 101 votes, 52 votes for yes and 49 for no. Here’s part of the article: The primary reason for the decision was research that shows social networking sites can make computer systems vulnerable to viruses, said Dan MacNeill, executive director of the Lexington County Public Library. “This is security […]