Daily Archives: June 6, 2008

5 posts

Keeping Current from the Librarian in Black

Great stuff! I’ll be sharing these helpful presentations with my students: I had a good time presenting at the Arizona Libraries Summer Institute, despite the fact that I was rather ill while presenting (darn food poisoning).  I had a number of very informative and energizing discussions with the staff who attended, and I want to especially thank Jaime Ball for making my entire experience a nice one (again, sans food poisoning).  I did promise to post my presentations, so here they are! Methods for Staying Current (PDF) Tools for Staying Current (PDF) Thanks Sarah!

A Year in the Life (via iTunes)

A Year in the Life (via iTunes), originally uploaded by mstephens7. When I do talks, I always try to relate changes in technology to how they can impact, enhance or chronicle people’s lives. I’ve been highlighting LastFM in The Hyperlinked Libraries and other presentations since 2006. I was pleased to discover a new site called lastgraph – which takes LastFM data and creates graphs and charts. Looking at the graph above, I can see major milestones in the last 12 months. It blows my mind how a “year in the life” can be represented by music tracks played, or by […]

SJCPL Blog Patron Posts

http://www.libraryforlife.org/blogs/lifeline/?p=5181 An inspired way to invite participation in the library blog! The folks at SJCPL are featuring library patron John D. Smith sharing how he uses the library. I heard that this will be the first of an ongoing series. Think about it: John tells family and friends he’s posted on the library blog and they take a look, etc. This could lead to more participation and maybe even folks asking to do guest posts! Well done SJCPL!

Britannica Goes Wiki

Via Gerry McKiernan: http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3064/ Josh Fischman writes: Long a standard reference source for scholarship, largely because of its tightly controlled editing, theEncyclopaedia Britannica announced this week it was throwing open its elegantly-bound covers to the masses. It will allow the “user community” (in the words of the encyclopedia’s blog) to contribute their own articles, which will be clearly marked and run alongside the edited reference pieces. This seems to be a response to the runaway success of the user-edited online reference tool Wikipedia. (See for yourself. Do a Web search on a topic and note whether Wikipedia or Britannica shows […]

Ready, Set…

Ready, Set…, originally uploaded by St. Joseph County Public Library. Congrats to the folks at SJCPL as they break ground for the updated Roger B. Francis Branch. Find out more here and here! Nice use of Flickr and the library blog. Maybe it’s time for a construction blog for to gather all of the cool things the library is doing with its buildings!