Monthly Archives: March 2009

33 posts

TTW Mailbox: Chicago Public Library – Not What You Think

Hi Michael, Thought we’d share an e-flyer for a design contest that we’re running at the Chicago Public Library. Grand Prize winner has their work featured in a public awareness campaign for the library. For more info, If you haven’t seen our new campaign please visit Thanks! Bruce Not What You Think team This is good to see CPL reaching out to involve the city in creating a marketing campaign for the library. I am interested to see the results. Here’s more info about the contest from their site: Imagine. Design. Compete. From March 5 – April 9, 2009, […]

Practicum: Teaching & Using Flickr in Libraries

Flickr Tutorial  View more presentations from librarybug. I am also serving as faculty advisor with a student for a practicum experience at Schaumburg Township Disrict Library. Carrie has been working this semester on STDL’s Flickr presence, staffing the Reference Desk and she just taught a class on Flickr for the public.  Checkout her blog here:

Info Architecture for Libraries – Two Independent Studies

I’m working with two students this semester on individual independent studies. They’ve chosen to chronicle their work via a blog, This is one of the ways we check in and I can see their progress. We also meet for lunch every other week to discuss readings and have some genral chit chat. Purpose This project is being completed as part of an independent study by Kyle Jones and Katharine Johnson, graduate students in Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Kyle wants to investigate more into the field of Information Architecture and develop a background on its influence […]

Cooper’s 2nd Day!

Cooper’s 2nd Day!, originally uploaded by mstephens7. A brief personal note here on TTW. School has been super busy and blogging and such has taken a back seat but we’ve also added a new family member. Meet Cooper! He’s from the Central Indiana Labrador Rescue & Adoption group. He’s a year and a half old and full – I mean FULL – of puppy energy! Thanks for all of the nice comments at Flickr.

Thanks Arizona Librarians!

  I’m still decompressing after an incredible week in the great state of Arizona. Thanks to the good folks at the Maricopa County Library Council Continuing Education Committee, the Arizona State Library, and everyone from all of the libraries in the state who attended my presentations of “The Hyperlinked Library.” I learned a lot talking with various library folks over meals, breaks and at the Hermit’s Rest on the Grand Canyon trail. 🙂 Special thanks to Mark Floor, Glendale Community College, for all of his planning to get me out to Arizona during the Dominican spring break. Download the presentation slides here.

The Transparent Library: You Can’t Afford Not To Do These Things

We’ve written about ideas for improving customer service, boosting staff morale, fostering change, and building a management and communication style that is win-win for both staff and administration. Almost everything we’ve discussed has, as its only cost, time–necessary to plan, implement, and review. There are no expensive technologies to purchase, no cutting-edge software to struggle with, and no $500-an-hour consultants. Our suggestions involve listening, dialog, and transparent actions. Trust is the underlying concept. Communication is its foundation. Read the whole column here.

KGB Answers your Text Messages

No, it’s not the secret service of the Soviet Union – it is, however, the commercialized reference desk.  KGB, or the knowledge generation bureau as they sometimes call themselves, provides a two-way text reference service straight to mobile devices.  Anywhere.  Anytime. Which begs these questions: What about the reference desk?  Why not ask a librarian? You’ll never hear me say or read that I think the reference desk is dead – because it’s not.  But I will say that we can see in the KBG that there is a niche for text message information resources and they are filling it.  […]

Games and Gaming Blog/Column at LJ

I was glad to meet Liz Danforth at my afternoon session of “The Hyperlinked Library” in Phoenix last week. The group was buzzing about her new blog and column about gaming at Library Journal: A bit of her introductory post: Most of my time freelancing I’ve also worked in libraries as a part-time paraprofessional. I love freelancing but it’s lonely. I like being around people and I truly love libraries: literate and curious people, engaging co-workers, and a genuinely meaningful mission to make a difference in one’s community. I finally broke down and went to library school, completing my […]