Daily Archives: June 11, 2008

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Coffee Shop Reference Materials

Coffee shop near campus, originally uploaded by theknittinglibrarian. theknittinglibrarian writes: A friend mentioned that a coffee shop near campus had new management, so I checked out their website. I was tickled to notice that they advertise their reference materials. Well played, Dr. Java! I frequent another coffee shop near campus and see tons of students there doing work (using free wifi) but this might take it up a notch. No word, however, on whether Dr. Java now offers iced coffee. (The library on campus does not have a coffee shop. Technically, food and drink are forbidden in the library, but […]

Times of Drastic Change

I had lunch last week with Debra Futa, the Assistant Director of SJCPL, my former library. I enjoyed it because we got to “geek out” a bit with discussions of library processes, workflows, etc. The library has a some building projects going full steam ahead, including a brand new branch library in a few years. We also talked about the budget wors facing many Indiana libraries. Deb shared with me part of a talk she gave at the library’s staff day. I found it inspiring and straight-forward. It might be helpful to other Indiana librarians. She’s graciously allowed me to […]

Food for Thought: University Library leads the Way

Don’t miss: http://librarygarden.blogspot.com..food-for-thought-….html Janie: Can you tell me about the background behind Food for Thought? In particular: What is your role? How did the idea get started for such a day? What were the original goals of the program for the organizing committee? Jon: The origins for Food For Thought (FFT) stem from two developments. First, a somewhat similar annual event for faculty has been sponsored for several years. The Faculty Institute on Teaching and Learning had been moving away from application specific training and more toward classroom pedagogy and educational innovation. Our library director had been attending and participating […]

“Control Learning”

Had to post this comment up top from Lynette in Australia. She was responding to this: https://tametheweb.com/2008/06/05/wanting-feedback/ Many teachers and schools still see the need to “control learning” rather than sharing the learning experience with students, hence applications such as YouTube, Myspace, Facebook, etc… are blocked in educational facilities. Literacy today is more than books and the published word, it involves communication, sharing  and  social networking and this is all achieved throught he use of Web 2.0 technology.  I am currently taking 900 teachers and teacher librarians through the Learning 2.0 program in Australia.  Apart from IT departments blocking sites, […]

See You in London!

The preliminary program for Internet Librarian International is up! http://www.internet-librarian.com/index.php I’m very pleased to be presenting a workshop, session and participating in a panel discussion with my “Transparent Library” writing partner Michael Casey. There are some cool workshops, programs — AND — the Shanachies are keynoting on Friday! This is one of my favorite conferences. If you are attending, please say hello!

ACPL Conversation with Helene Blowers

Don’t miss this conversation with Helene Blowers, part of the Allen County Public Library’s ongoing video series. Her points about unplugging and leadership are spot on. I was lucky to get to do this as well last December: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzBC8q_hTHY, as did Stephen Abram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd_7VZF5kyk.