Monthly Archives: May 2009

24 posts

Social Sites Blocked in Glasgow but City Council Uses Twitter!

Christine Rooney-Browne,  a PhD student based at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, wrote back in March about her experience at  The Mitchell Library in Glasgow “soaking up the atmosphere from the latest Aye Write Book Festival:” I had thought it might be a good idea to tweet about the events I attended but when I tried to access Twitter on The Mitchell Library’s public access computers I was informed that Twitter was considered to be an ‘unacceptable website’. Surely not, I thought, so I tried again, on a different computer.  Same message again.   Made me wonder about what else would be blocked.  Attempted […]

The Ecology of Information: A Future in a Library Without Walls

The Ecology of Information: A Future in a Library Without Walls View more presentations from John Blyberg. Don’t miss John Blyberg’s LITACamp keynote. It really got me thinking! He asks some important questions – is our profession sustainable? – and posits that 21st Century Librarianship will be akin to the work of information architects. I think I need to check in with John about these thoughts. Great stuff!

“Many Stories from Many Voices” I am thoroughly enjoying the online annual report from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In just a few minutes, I became acquainted with staff members from all over the library (and board members!) sharing via video. Take a look. How could you replicate a site like this to tell your story? Little libraries could do this with a web camera or Flip Video and a WordPress blog. Bigger, better-equipped libraries could go gangbusters with snazzy design, etc. But what really matters is the human element: people telling the story of the library.

Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies

Run don’t walk to check out this very important, very insightful report from Char Booth. I’ve been luck enough to share a few meals with Char and her take on the academic library student technology experience is well-grounded, innovative and, frankly, brilliant. I’m lousy with anticipation, so I am extremely relieved to write that a giant piece of my workload/ brain energy has been officially lifted as of today. ACRL just released Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University, a book-length research report I’ve been working on for quite some time. The report is a detailed case study […]