Monthly Archives: September 2011

13 posts

Tomorrow is Follow a Library Day!   Just like last year there will be a #followalibrary day on October First :-). This year we added a subject: #myfavoritebook. Libraries give access to many great books that people love to read and we want to know what your favorite one is. What do I have to do on October first?  Make a tweet about your favorite book and add the hashtag #followalibrary. For instance: Share your greatest book inspirations with the rest of the world on October 1st 2011 on Twitter 

Applications sought for the Editor of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

Deadline: November 15, 2011 The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ). The term is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a second term.  The editor may not serve longer than six consecutive years. Scope of RUSQ: RUSQ, the official publication of RUSA, has been published for fifty years.  RUSQ publishes a blend of practical and empirically based articles on issues that widely impact reference and public services librarians.  Beginning with the Fall 2011 issue (volume 51, number 1), RUSQ will be […]

Thanks NMC!

Thanks to all the librarians at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City for inviting me to visit the campus library for a tour and lunch on Front Street a few weeks ago. We had a great conversation – including a discussion about the library’s “graffiti wall” – seen above. Each month, a statement goes up that students can answer on sticky notes. The above is an answer to “This semester I will…” Thanks to Stephanie DeLano Davis, Librarian at NMC, for organizing the visit. Below is a shot of us after lunch:

National Gaming Day @ your Library 2011

National Gaming Day @ Your Library 2011 is just SIX weeks away!  Has your library signed up yet? If not, you can sign up for National Gaming Day 2011 HERE!  Sign up now to be eligible for 2 of the donations from official sponsor and partner Follow along for tons of gaming tips and information here: NGD 2011 Blog NGD 2011 Twitter  NGD 2011 Facebook  -Post by Justin Hoenke,Tame the Web Contributor  

Updated Class for Spring 2012: The Hyperlinked Library: Emerging Trends, Emerging Tech

The Hyperlinked Library: Emerging Trends, Emerging Tech Based on the Library 2.0 participatory service philosophy and enhanced by the writings of Buckland, Lankes et al, Weinberger and more, this class explores the Hyperlinked Library model and answers these questions: What emerging trends are changing library services? What does a connected world of continuous computing mean for 21st Century libraries? This class provides a roadmap toward becoming the Hyperlinked Library – transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered and human – while still grounded in our foundations and values. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to: Utilize models of user-centered service […]

New Class for Spring 2012: Transformative Learning and Technology Literacies

This is the new class I’m designing for spring 2012 at SJSU SLIS: Transformative Learning and Technology Literacies All information professionals will most probably be called upon to create or present some form of instruction within the scope of their jobs. Within information environments, this class explores models such as Mezirow?s concept of transformative learning and the Learning 2.0/23 Things program as well as developing concepts such as transliteracy. Coursework answers thesequestions: How can we promote transformative learning via technology? What are exemplary practices for library staff and user learning programs? What emergent technologies are enhancing the way we learn? How can Personal Learning […]

Office Hours Extra: “…reliable data about current library programs…”

Do not miss this post at In the Library with a Lead Pipe: Is the United States Training Too Many Librarians or Too Few? (Part 1) Some questions from the essay: Should library schools admit fewer students? Is the admissions process sufficiently selective? Are library school curricula and graduation requirements too similar or too distinct? Are they providing their students with the skills they need in order to get hired and do useful work? Should there be licensing exams for librarians? What data would we need to collect in order to come up with useful answers to these questions? […]


I got an iPhone this past month, and I’ve been slowly digging into the vast library or apps that the phone offers.  A lot of things have grabbed my attention, but nothing perhaps so much as Historypin.  From Wikipedia: Historypin is an online, user-generated archive of historical photos and personal recollections. Users are able to use the location and date of an image to ‘pin’ it to Google Maps Where Google Street View is available, users can overlay the historical photograph and compare it with the contemporary location.  When I use Historypin, all that I can think about is how […]