The Today show on libraries

June 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm (library, library tech, politics) ()

Video here.

Two things: 1) I am happy to say the libraries I work in do not seem to be anymore dangerous than before and 2) Hoping a library gets more money is nice, but letting legislators know would be better.

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power outage

April 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm (domestic life, food, fun, library, library tech, tech)

So the power went out for awhile.   I don’t know why, it is rare  around  here.  There was a horrible grinding  noise and gone.  It is possible that it was just going to be  a short one, but I was impatient.  I  had planes – that all involved electricity.  I couldn’t do them.  So I decided to  to look at the wireless options in town.  First —  the library.  You  need a  library  card — and I had to find a part of the library where it would connect.  But once connected it was easy.  And there are no  time limits once  you  were on. And the library  was pretty  quiet, even  if the guy sitting behind  me had the plague.  There were plenty of places to  plug in the computer so — not  bad.  It did a get a bit slow, but that just meant tv watching had glitches.

After  the library – Panerea. Quick – easy  on , plus lunch  not bad.   Suggested time limits if crowded , but I  don’t  know if it is enforced in any way.   It  got really noisy, so I  didn’t stay  long.  It was  very fast.  I  probably would have stayed longer , but there were only  breakfast pastries — and I wanted something like an eclair ,  or a napoleon .

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The Librarian Song

November 16, 2008 at 8:03 pm (fun, library, library tech, music) ()

ha!  No brain today — so I went looking for fun stuff on YouTube.  If anything calls it self a library rap — run away .  All of them are lame, lame, lame.  However I did find a risque song about a librarian:

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wiki!

February 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm (learning 2.0, library, library tech, web 2.0) (, )

The most Dangerous Place on the Internet – wikipedia. Actually that is only one wiki. Wikis are just places where information is shared and everyone can be an author. In general , this sounds dangerous to the librarian mind ( wait …anyone can say what they want… but then who is the authority…). In practice – they tend to be self correcting. Controversial subject don’t get settled, but you can often see the arguments involved. And there are ways to set up controls if some topics bring out all the crazies.

For libraries, the possibilities are endless. There is often all sorts of ephemeral information that can’t have a home in the library – or isn’t easily stored for finding in the library – wiki it. Get a huge bunch of book reviews, ever changing book lists, or lot of community information. Keep you blogs for the topical stuff and use your wiki for the more encyclopedia information.

In honor of  today’s exploration of wikis – here’s a link to the wikipedia entry for my part of town,Niles.

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web2.0

February 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm (learning 2.0, library, library tech, social networking, web 2.0) ()

I’ve been thinking a lot about web 2.0 – I’ve read all kinds of blogs from people that are involved learning 2.0. I’ve even had discussions with people that really just don’t get the point of it all. So here are my conclusions, so far.

Web 2.0 is about communication and connection. Not all of our library patrons come into the library anymore. And with budget cuts, and less open hours; servicing our communities is harder. With a number of the web 2.0 products , we can serve our patrons in the way and in the time they need our help.

Blogs: they won’t replace, letters, press releases, newsletters, or emails, right away. But they can craft your image, publicize events, and share the breath and depth of your library collection. And unlike every other means of communication – your readers come to you. The first time someone finds your blog , it might be an accident. Those that come back want to know what you have to say.

Flickr and other photo sharing places – It seems obvious- pictures of events, books, etc . can help sell your services. But what if you set up a group – and let your patrons share their library experiences in photos ? We always say that our library is built by the community and for the community it serves, so why not let them share what they’ve experienced at the library.

RSS, Bloglines – I see mostly as a personal education tools but knowing what they are and how they work can help us educate our patrons.

Rollyo – Every library has that question or group of questions that come in every year. ( Valley of the kings? I need to know about X cells? What can you tell me about the white witch of Niles? ) putting together search engines that will give you the answers to the variations of the usual questions – priceless. And something we should be good at. Think about it – a database that we can create .

LibraryThing – let’s just go create reading lists! Control your tags -and put together all the YA, reluctant readers , and princess book lists you want.

del.icio.us – putting together a list of the sites that the library trusts and knows – that is flexible and ever changing – what more could you want. I worked at a library that wanted to keep the bookmarks on all the staff (public service) computers the same – so everyone had the tools they were used to using everywhere. del.ico.us could solve that problem. Get a sign in for the library – keep your public service bookmarks on del.icio.us and you can get them everywhere you work.

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flickr

January 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm (learning 2.0, library tech, social networking) (, , , )

I guess this is confession time. I consider myself both technical and mechanical,but you would never guess it by my approach to learning new stuff. At best, I get cranky about it. I look at it – get intimidated, close it down. Then I think about it, worry about it, and complain about it. Then I sit down and do it.

Flickr was especially hard because I have used kodakGallery for years. But then, all I was interested in was sharing photos. Flickr has a whole bunch of other things it can do like map where I took the photos, or add notes to the photos. Of course, I’m trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can – which isn’t really what most people would do . What surprised me was the sudden arrival of emails from  people that have put me on their contact list. I didn’t even know that was a part of flickr, until it happened. A pleasant surprise, but a surprise none the less.

I’ve spent a lot more time than the 30 minutes I am given to do this at work. But curiosity wouldn’t let me just skim this – I need to know. I’m actually heading back to flickr, but maybe after a nap

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