Monthly Archives: May 2009





Are you familiar with “create your own adventure” books? How about a “create your own library conference?”   The Indiana Library Federation Reference Division is doing just that with Reference Unconference 2009 at Ball State University’s Bracken Library on Friday, August 7.    What makes an unconference is special is the ability for […]

TTW Mailbox: Indiana Library Federation Reference Divison sponsors “Unconference” at ...


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Frank Haulgren, Collection Services Manager, ILL – Document Delivery  &  Assessment Cooridnator at the Wilson Library, Western Washington University writes: Hey Michael some of your readers may be interested.   Each quarter The Western Libraries sponsors a mid-term Study Break.  We set aside an hour and a half in the early evening and […]

TTW Mailbox: Favorite Places to Study



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  Download the Virginia Beach Version of the Slides here. The good folks at Virginia Beach Public Libraries asked me back this year to talk about building community with social tools.  This was perfect timing because I had just read Peter Block’s Community: The Structure of Belonging and I’ve been working […]

Ten Ways to Encourage the Tribe*




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http://curtisrogers.blogspot.com/2009/05/web-20-survey-please-respond.html Many academic and public libraries in the United States have been embracing the use of Web 2.0 and Social Networking tools to enhance services to library patrons as well as promote/market library events to new audiences.  Libraries have been implementing a wide variety of these tools but many are […]

Curtis Roger’s Web 2.0 Survey


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http://citylibrarieslearning.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/discover-learning-20/ My co-investigator Warren Cheetham has launched his library’s Learning 2.0 program after we ran a pre-course survey of the staff. From his intro post: Welcome everyone! I hope you are as excited as I am to begin this learning journey together. We have a lot of fun things ahead […]

CityLibrariesLearning discover*play*connect Launched



By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens These may be tough times, but libraries are more important than ever. We find reasons for optimism and also offer advice to new graduates. Libraries are going through some difficult times right now. What gives you hope? MS: Libraries are forging ahead with low-cost […]

Reasons for Optimism


Gary Hamel notes: “The experience of growing up online will profoundly shape the workplace expectations of “Generation F” – the Facebook Generation. At a minimum, they’ll expect the social environment of work to reflect the social context of the Web, rather than as is currently the case, a mid-20th-century Weberian […]

Facebook Vs the Fortune 500