Monthly Archives: September 2009

25 posts

Being at the Point of Need

One of the most important, if not most important, aspects of screencasting (yes, it is another screencasting post, I swear I have other interests see the Summer Reading series at LISNews) has nothing to do with designing or producing, but where it is placed. Screencasts, to be most useful, have to be at a point of need. Placing screencasts, chat widgets (thanks David Lee King), or other tutorial at the point of need seems so self-evident (a priori) that I don’t believe I need to make any arguments for it. More important are some of the techniques, hypothetical and production, […]

Glasgow Libraries Blocking Flickr, Twitter, YouTube

Christine Rooney-Browne writes: After filling out a customer comment card I posted about my experiences on my blog, Library of Digress. I received several comments from others expressing similar concerns in other local authorities. The Head of PR for Glasgow City Council, Colin Edgar, also commented and informed me that the problems with Facebook and MySpace were the result of “small technical problems” which have since been resolved. Flickr and YouTube are still unavailable, however, as Glasgow Libraries are concerned that minors might be able to view adult content via these sites. Twitter, on the other hand, had been […]

Flickr for Schools – “Best $25 you’ll spend”

Via HeyJudeOnline: This part is important and goes right to the heart of the matter: Know Your School Rules: Of course right away if you visit our Flickr accounts above you’ll notice we have all our pictures open to the public and we show student faces. If teachers are following the rules you shouldn’t find any names however. This of course leads to understanding and knowing your school rules for picture usage. Some schools don’t allow student faces on the web, while others do without names and of course there is all sorts of gray area in between. Understand […]

The newest additions to the gadget garage!

The newest additions to the gadget garage!, originally uploaded by Librarian by Day. Librarian by Day writes: Some of the devices are so they can get load content from Overdrive. Some of it is for us to produce content for the digital branch, some to build comfort with technology, see how the website and PAC look on a small browser with WiFi etc. I’d like to load some of the items at a future date, but that’s pretty far out. I should add that the funding for these did not come from the library. A local foundation provided the funds.

GenX is Making Real Change

A new survey from Forester finds that Gen X info workers are leading the charge for innovation and change with collaborative technology. This summary is fascinating, especially as I comb through 400 responses from Learning 2.0 participants in Australia. Some respondents actually echo these findings: younger people on staff could use the tools but older staff could make the connections. A favorite argument among those who talk about the gap between Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y is that the youngest demographic is more adept with technology. According to the survey results, that’s just not true. Gen X employees […]

ALA web Site Wins Achievement Award

Don’t miss: Sherri Vanyek, Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services at ALA wrote to WAC yesterday: I’m pleased to inform you that our website has been recognized for outstanding achievement in web development. Our site was awarded a Non-Profit Standard of Excellence WebAward.  The WebAward is issued by the Web Marketing Association, a thirteen year-old organization focused on setting a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best websites. Award winners face substantial competition to achieve their recognition. You can find complete information about the award program at .  You can see and reference the award page […]

The Road Ahead

By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens We’ve been writing this column for more than two years, and though it’s been a wonderful experience, it’s time to move on to other projects and topics. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received on the LJ site, via emails, and in person—including all of those wonderful “please keep this anonymous” stories.” Since April 2007, we’ve seen the rise of Twitter, the closing of libraries, and the burgeoning of social applications, among numerous changes. One constant: an open, flowing conversation is best to involve and engage everyone. In closing this column, we present one more […]