Monthly Archives: March 2011

21 posts

The Conundrums of Control and Adaptability – A TTW Guest Post by Dr. Troy Swanson

Administrators face two conundrums with Web 2.0 tools. David Weinberger called the first a “conundrum of control” in his book Everything is Miscellaneous. This conundrum states that organizational leaders have an important interest in ensuring that 2.0 tools are used to further the organization’s mission. However, the more controls that they put in place (such as approval processes for blog posts) the less useful the 2.0 tools become. The second conundrum is what I call a conundrum of adaptibility. This conundrum states that organizations with looser controls allow for more experimentation by individuals as they work to solve problems. However, organizations […]

TTW Goes to Istanbul, Turkey (Constantinople?)

47th Library WEEK PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH, EDUCATORS AND INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS Monday, March 28th: Social Media Applications in Education-Embracing the 21st Century Learner Sabanci University Communications Center Tuesday, March 29th: Morning: Social Media Applications in Education-Embracing the 21st Century Learner Istanbul National Education Directorate Afternoon: Social Media Applications in Education-Embracing the 21st Century Learner Istanbul University Faculty of Communications   I also have various meals and opportunities to meet and discuss emerging technologies and education with librarians, teachers and students. I am really looking forward to this adventure. If you are attending any of the activities, please say hello!

Call for Speakers: Internet Librarian International 2011 London!

Navigating the New Normal: Strategies for Success Information Today invites proposals for presentations at Internet Librarian International 2011, to be held at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London on 27 & 28 October 2011. We are now in a time best characterised as the “New Normal”. The new normal isn’t just about austere budgets or the old chestnut of “doing more with less” – it’s also about new technologies. The new normal is having library patrons, users, customers and clients who know as much or more about technology than we do. It’s about partnerships and transparency, about new ways to […]

Information Concierge: Chronicle Covers Embedded Librarian

I saw Gardner Campbell and Ellen Filgo present about the Twitter-embedeed librarain at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives 2010. Nice to see their model getting press. I’d like to see many more examples of this trend: At the start of each class session, the professor, Gardner Campbell, asked the 11 students to open their laptops, fire up Twitter, and say hello to their librarian, who was following the discussion from her office. During the hourlong class, the librarian, Ellen Hampton Filgo, would do what she refers to as “library jazz,” looking at the questions and comments posed by students, responding with […]

The Underground Economy of Innovation – A TTW Guest Post by Dr. Troy Swanson

There are costs to maintaining and fully supporting technologies. For every dollar of software or hardware that is purchased, there are additional dollars that must be committed to implementation and ongoing support. Most organizations have lists of “supported” technologies and much longer lists of “unsupported” technologies. Yet, we continue to innovate. We continue to utilize new tools to solve problems. I stumbled upon this blog post from Rosabeth Moss Kante about innovation in health care, which I think is applicable to innovation in general and libraries specifically: “Innovations always sound good in retrospect, after they’ve worked, and in isolation, when […]

Please Welcome Dr. Troy Swanson!

Dr. Troy Swanson has agreed to share with TTW readers a series of four guest posts. I blogged about Troy’s research here: The first post – The Underground Economy of Innovation – will go up today! Troy A. Swanson is Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College, where he teaches information literacy and coordinates the library’s online presence. Troy’s research interests include the epistemology of college students, Web site usability, and technology management. Troy’s PhD is in Community College leadership from Old Dominion University where he studied the management of 2.0 technologies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library […]

The Future of the Academic Library: A Symposium

I’m honored to be playing a role in this event. My talk is called “Transforming Library Science Education: Heretical Thoughts.” May 16–17, 2011 McMaster University Burlington – Ron Joyce Center Burlington, Ontario Universities today are facing unprecedented pressures fueled in part by technological advances, transformations in scholarly communications, evolving student expectations, increased calls for accountability, and greater competition. Simultaneously, we are experiencing uncertainty in financial support owing to declines in public and private funding partnered with ever-increasing costs. The global financial crisis of 2008 has further compounded our challenges and has added a sense of urgency to the calls for […]