Monthly Archives: August 2009

19 posts

On Kindness, Libraries & the Big Picture – A TTW Guest Post by Kate Sheehan

Corporations have The No A**hole Rule, but the motivation and measurement in a for-profit is always the bottom line. The a**hole in the office makes a lot of money, but holds everyone else back with toxic behavior. Fire him, and everyone else steps up their game and increases earnings. Profit provides a reason to hire, fire and take action. Libraries, like most non-profits, deal more in intangibles and don’t look to the balance sheet for guidance. Michael Stephens has used the phrase “kindness audit” most publicly, and several other people have proposed the idea to me recently as well. I […]

Piloting BuddyPress as a LMS

Beginning this Fall semester, Michael Stephens and myself (Kyle Jones) began piloting an open source learning management system (LMS) built on WordPress Multi User (WPMU) and BuddyPress.  This post explains our history with WPMU, the move to BuddyPress, and some of Michael’s initial thoughts on the pilot. By TTW Contributor Kyle Jones @thecorkboard

CAVAL Research, ASLA & QPLA Trip 2009

View CAVAL Research, ASLA & QPLA Trip 2009 in a larger map I can’t believe we leave for Australia in less than a month! The research project is shaping up nicely as we comb through all the data and start analysis. Here’s a bit of what I’ll be doing: October 2, 2009: Australian School Library Association Biennial Conference, Dr Laurel Anne Clyde Memorial Keynote Address: Engage, explore, celebrate: The Hyperlinked School Library,” Perth, Western Australia October 11, 2009: Keynote, Queensland Public Library Association Conference, Townsville, Queensland. October 11, 2009: Panel Discussion: “Challenges and Opportunities in Using Technology in Public Libraries” with Warren Cheetham, Coordinator, Information and Digital Services, […]

Thanks Houston Independent School District!

Tuesday I spent the day with some great school librarians from the Houston ISD. I keynoted their all day inservice with “The Hyperlinked School Library: Explore, Engage, Encourage” and did two sessions on Tech Trends and a Q&A clsing session. It was a great day! There’s nothing like that Texas hospitality! Download the slides here: Hyperlinked School Library: Tech & Trends:

Helene Blowers’ Learning 2.0 Survey Results

Learning 2.0: 23 Things Survey FindingsView more presentations from hblowers.Helene writes: In going through some old posts still in draft, I realized that I had never shared the findings of the Learning 2.0: 23 Things survey that I had conducted last summer specifically with coordinators of other programs. In conducting the survey I had hoped to find out what was the program’s success related to several factors, specifically use of incentives and presence of active management participation. Once the results were compiled, I found the findings interesting. I hope you will agree. Here is a short slidedeck providing a high […]

Emotionally Intelligent Signs

Sent to me via Karen Burns in Iowa, this presentation speaks to one of my prominent themes here at TTW. The signs we put up in our libraries convey a message to users. Some, riddled with NO and other negative language just don’t feel right for library spaces. How can we demonstrate empathy with our signs? How can we encourage people? Take a look!