Monthly Archives: February 2012

15 posts

E-Everything in an Ever-Changing World

I just finished Carson Block’s article, If Books Are Our Brand, in Public Libraries magazine. It’s yet another look at the changing world of libraries and how e-books have shaken things up. Block says, “I would love our brand to be ‘access to the resources and tools in an ever-changing world.’ That means access to e-everything, including the tools and training needed for content creation, and in physical spaces. Places to gather and discuss ideas. Places to learn, and places to teach.” I agree with Block when he says we need places to gather, learn, and teach. But, Block’s statement […]

Enriching the library experience: an idea

GetGlue and LibraryThing got me thinking about how we could make the library an even neater place if we could somehow integrate these services into what we do.  Imagine going into a library and heading for the catalog.  You start your search and because of LibraryThing you can read other library members thoughts on that item.  The stack map then will help you locate what you’re looking for.  Imagine if we took that a step further and GetGlue made a product called GetGlue for Libraries.  Members could opt in to the program and check in to what they’re checking out at the […]

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens (PART 2)

(for the first post in this series, please click here) Once I had the idea for lending out iPods with pre-selected apps to teens, I had to do some investigating and thinking about how these devices would be used. I would describe the iPods as “locked down”.  By that, I mean that the borrower can’t do much other than use the iPods for their library defined purpose (play or create) and use the internet.                     To access restrictions, visit your settings on your iPod.  Under the General tab, scroll down to […]

Thanks Dominican of California!

    Greetings from California! I’m out for SJSU SLIS Faculty Retreat  next week but today found me on the lovely campus of Dominican University of California. I spoke today at a faculty workshop, presenting an updated and expanded version of “The Hyperlinked Campus” with an emphasis on emerging technologies for teaching and learning. The discussion and interaction was wonderful. AND a big shout out to the DUCA librarians who attended! The slides are here:

ILI 2012: New conference Programme Chairs, new venue

We’re excited to share news about the latest developments for this year’s Internet Librarian International conference. New larger venue – Olympia Conference Centre Following the success of last year’s standing-room only event, we are thrilled to be moving to London’s Olympia Conference Centre for the 2012 event. This purpose-built conference venue will give us more space for conference sessions, more scope for networking, and improved facilities including robust wifi. Olympia is located within easy reach of the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, and a wide range of museums and tourist destinations. New conference Chairs help info […]

Battles & Wars

We librarians are in a war for survival but we keep getting caught up in battles.  The battle with Overdrive, the battle with Harper Collins, Penguin, other publishers, the battle with database providers, the battle with Apple, Facebook, and everybody else trying to limit choices/privacy, etc. and we are losing them and losing them badly.  It is time to remember the War. I don’t know about you, but I am fighting the War to make the Library vital to my community and make the community I serve the best in the world. I don’t care about eBooks, I am not […]

Question of the Moment – Nicest Thing

Question of the Moment: “What is the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?” Students and staff are enjoying answering our newest Question of the Moment posted on one of the library hallway windows. Within minutes of the question being displayed, we had some funny answers such as, “Someone said I had thick hair!” written by a teacher whose hair is very sparse, and some deeply felt answers such as, “You are a good son.” and “Someone said they wanted to help me.”

Create, Play, Read – Lending Devices to Teens

We can talk all day about whether or not it’s a good idea to lend out devices to patrons, but in the end action is better than any kind of talk.  After listening to both sides of the lending devices story for a few weeks, I decided to say the heck with it and buy some Nooks and iPod Touches to lend out to my teen patrons. My approach to lending out these devices was simple: sure, anyone can go out there and buy these devices and put whatever they want on them, but what about all of the cool […]