Monthly Archives: December 2008

30 posts

Twitter for Internal Communication: A TTW Guest Post by Mick Jacobsen

At the Skokie Public Library Twitter has become a nimble, extremely quick, and easy to use internal communication device.  A small group of Skokie employees use Twitter to bounce ideas off one another, solve simple issues such as “how do I check something out to missing,” and even answer reference questions. What makes me excited about this use of Twitter?  First it came about totally on its own, nobody planned to use Twitter as a means of communicating.  Second is the mass effect of Twitter.  I can send a question to many and not have to worry about one particular […]

Upcoming Presentations, Spring 2009

2009 January 13, 2009. Ten Trends & Technologies for 2009 Education Institute Program online January 29, 2009. Ten Trends & Technologies for 2009 SLA Click U Live Program January 30, 2009. Technology Retreat for Suburban Libraries, TBA February 6, 2009. The Hyperlinked Academic Library: Next Generation Services for Next Generation Students, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton, Texas. February 13, 2009. The Hyperlinked Library. Web 2. You Conference at the McGill University School of Information, Montreal February 28, 2009. The Hyperlinked Library Trustee. ILA Trustees Conference, Lisle, Illinois March 10, 2009. The Hyperlinked Library: Trends, Tools, Transparency. Maricopa County Library Council Continuing Education Committee Program, Phoenix, […]

Thanks ACLA!

Brains, originally uploaded by mstephens7. Despite my nasty cold, my last talk of 2008 was wonderful. I appreciate all the kindness (a care package of cold medicine) from Kelley at ACLA and the warm reception at my talk. The slides are here.

Out in the Cold

Out in the Cold, originally uploaded by Fox River Grove Memorial Library. Liz Delzell, Youth Services Assistant, Fox River Grove Memorial Library in Fox River Grove, IL, writes: I just wanted to share this picture of some of the members of our BRAND NEW teen advisory board. We have a lovely little library serving about 4500 residents in a small northern suburb of Chicago, and while we see lots and lots of kids, adults, and seniors, we don’t seem to draw in area teens. We hope the members of this board will be able to give us some insight into […]

New Textbook for LIS701

New Textbook for LIS701, originally uploaded by mstephens7. This is our new textbook for LIS701 at Dominican. I am excited about it! Table of Contents: Preface Introduction: How to Think Like a Librarian Part I: Foundations, Values and Context 1. Stepping Back and Looking Forward: Reflections on the Foundations of Libraries and Librarianship – Richard E. Rubin 2. Professional Ethics and Values in a Changing World – Michael Gorman 3. Human Rights, Democracy and Librarians – Kathleen de la Peña McCook and Katharine Phenix 4. Information Seeking – Donald O. Case 5. Careers and Environments – Laura Kane Part […]

Planning & Pitfalls: Using Pageflakes for a Public Library Portal

  An interview with Edward Byrne, Senior Librarian Web Services, Dublin City Libraries: EB: The end product was rolled out to all branch libraries in January 2008, and can be deemed a success in that it successfully meets the need to provide a single point of access to diverse resources for our users, and it does so in a time- and labor-saving fashion. Cost can be calculated in terms of staff time only (which after the initial delivery can be calculated in terms of minutes rather than hours per week), as there is no other financial outlay involved. Intervention by […]

Six More Signposts

By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens Properly handled and managed, adaptation to change ensures our survival Last month, we presented six mile markers for your transparent library. Here are six more. Have an open-door policy. You have to listen to be heard. And you have to be out there to be noticed. Whether you’re a director, leader, or manager, listening to your community and working with other leaders and managers is the only way you will remain relevant and grow stronger as a leader and help build a stronger organization. Seth Godin reminds us in his book Tribes (Portfolio, 2008) […]

On Encouraging the Heart: Wondrous Artwork at the Library

You may have seen “Wondrous” on ALA TechSource. Tad Beckwith wrote about it to me: He said: Although this is not “in library” or “virtual library” tech it is “near library” tech that is inspiring visitors to check out a brand new library in Marana, Arizona.  When I was reading your About Page I felt appreciative when I read your comments about making a library welcoming in a variety of ways because I too want to bring back more commons spaces.  I think this sculpture is an example of one library investing in visually welcoming art that seems to inspire […]