Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Upcoming Presentations

September 18, 2009: Public Library Directors of Virginia workshop, Richmond, Virginia September-October 2009: Australia Research Project with CAVAL, ASLA & QPLA. 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, “The Hyperlinked Public Library in Times of Change & Challenge,” Queensland Public Library Association Conference, Townsville, Queensland. November 7, 2009: Keynote, Innovation, Technology & Trends, Innovation Sessions, Charleston Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. November 19, 2009: Beta Phi Mu Event, Rutgers, Rutgers, New Jersey. December 11, 2009: Oak Park Public Library Staff Day, Oak Park, Illinois.

Netflix Culture Presentation at Slideshare

Culture View more presentations from Reed Hastings. Via Stephen Bero, Director of the Warren-Newport Public Library District. He writes: FYI, if you haven’t seen yet. A friend of mine sent me this today, and once I started viewing it, I dropped everything else I was doing at the time to read it through in its entirety, even to replay sections in order to really digest the ideas. Naturally my mind is going at high speed now thinking how we can apply these ideas to the public library. These ideas remind me of principles I’ve internalized from reading Jim Collins and […]

A Code of Conduct for Staff & Supervisors

Kate Sheehan’s post on kindness has had some good comments, including this one by Tasha Saecker, Director of the Menasha Public Library: At our library, we did a code of conduct that every employee had to sign. It was about how we treat one another in the library. Our staff had gotten into the habit of being quite toxic with one another. Refusing to reply when greeted, ignoring staff who worked at lower levels in the hierarchy, making caustic remarks both to people’s face and behind their backs, etc. The code reminded everyone what was expected of them. Professionalism, kindness, respect and care. […]

Death by Risk Aversion – A TTW Guest Post by Stephen Walker

What makes what I’ll call an A librarian? Most librarians—most people in any profession—are what I take to be average, or C librarians. A small percentage, around 10, are B librarians or above average. Perhaps 10 percent of those number are A librarians, though maybe such an exalted condition as I will describe is mythical. What goes into making an A librarian? These are the characteristics, in my opinion. I’ll begin by outlining the hindrances that prevent a librarian from reaching his potential (I’ll use the masculine pronoun throughout). Through the years I’ve heard, in reference to tenure, that once […]

WAC Commendation Letter for ALA ITTS

American Library Association Executive Board 50 E. Huron Street Chicago IL 60611 July 13, 2009 Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the American Library Association Website Advisory Committee, the purpose of this letter is to officially commend all of the American Library Association Information Technology & Telecommunication Services staff for their exceptional contributions and dedication to the organization and the membership. Sean Bires, Maribeth Chapman, Louise Gruenberg, Matthew Ivaliotes, Sheila Joy, Jim Kanis, Jenny Levine, Irene Marquez , Tim Smith, Sherri Vanyek, and Donavan Vicha all make these contributions on a daily basis to consistently improve the Web experience for the […]

Web Advisory Committee: Recommendation about the Use of ALA Connect

ALA Web Advisory Committee Recommendation about the Use of ALA Connect The Web Advisory Committee (WAC) is a standing committee of the American Library Association (ALA). One key duty of the WAC is to advise the association on priorities and strategies that promote utilization and continued development of the ALA website. In Spring 2009, ALA introduced ALA Connect, a new section of the ALA website. Fulfilling our mission of advising the ALA on website issues, the Web Advisory Committee strongly urges all ALA organized groups and ALA members to take advantage of the ALA Connect service. ALA Connect replaces the […]

Back to School – Online!

I have a new post up at ALA TechSource: Since I started teaching at Dominican, I’ve been requiring students to blog, aggregate RSS, explore Facebook, try out Twitter, and engage in many other Web 2.0 interactions. Recently, I heard from a former student, who proclaimed that “Most of the LIS students I keep in touch with I’ve met in your classes, and it’s all because of social networking websites.” At other LIS schools, I’ve seen similar courses or use of the tools spread out across the curriculum either in the hybrid or online model. This can be beneficial–technology should not […]

The New Literacy

Great food for thought from Clive Thompson at Wired, where he examines a recent study on student writing: “I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization,” she says. For Lunsford, technology isn’t killing our ability to write. It’s reviving it—and pushing our literacy in bold new directions. The first thing she found is that young people today write far more than any generation before them. That’s because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text. Of all the writing that the Stanford students did, […]