The Conversation Prism

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on August 16, 2009

I came across this in one of my readings and thought that it was very interesting.  This identifies 22 different channels of social tools where discussions take place and stories are told.

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The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas


InfoQuest – A Collaborative Project

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on July 30, 2009

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A day in the life…

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on July 29, 2009

What a great way to get me back into the groove of blogging.  So here goes my attempt at participating in Bobbie Newman’s 2nd Annual Library Day in the Life Project.

Prep for training session.

9 am Training with Hope from Learning Times for upcoming conference The Handheld Librarian.

10 am meeting the the InfoQuest Evaluation sub-committee.

11-1 Worked on IPL tasks – ref service, student feedback, rosters, email, IPL Learning Community

1-2:30 Met with Supervisor Dr. Lorri Mon for a working meeting (via telephone).

2:30 – 6:00 Back to work on IPL tasks – getting info ready for Fall classes; getting info ready for Fall interns; working on comment form/site suggestions

6:00 – 8:00 Covered InfoQuest ref staff.

8:00 – ?  IPL tasks – looking into setting up a podcast; getting more familiar with TalkShoe; prepping for Manager’s meeting in the am.

And that’s my day…(interspersed with grabbing time with my family 🙂 )

User-centered change in my library system

Posted in Education,of interest by millerlibrarian on July 2, 2009

I recently finished presenting two sessions to Library Trustees and Directors of my library system on user centered change.  I am very happy to say that the presentations were well received.  I presented information on Web and Library 2.0 and tools/resources that could be used by system libraries to increase their reach to both users and non users.

The audiences were receptive and responsive, which was very exciting.  They listened with open minds and asked important, relevant questions.  I am writing about this because it gives me great hope and pride for my library system.  This a system of 40+,  mostly rural libraries, and I think that any adoption of new resources and social networks/media will greatly enhance communication, both between libraries and with patrons!

The Library Channel

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on June 27, 2009

This is great!  Check out what the ASU libraries are doing…

Information Literacy and Social Literacy

Posted in Education,Information,of interest by millerlibrarian on June 24, 2009

As a librarian and someone who works with LIS students, I work to promote information literacy all the time.  Working with The Internet Public Library and our email reference service, Ask an IPL Librarian, this is one part of our mission and vision.  I believe that this is one of the fundamental roles of librarians.  However, a new role has emerged, and we now must also promote social literacy.

A great example of doing this is presented by Joe Murphy and Heather Mouliason.  Social Networking Literacy Competencies for Librarians presents a number of skill sets for librarians and social networking.  Another example, a blog post titled 10 ways library schools should be teaching social media, by Daniel Hooker, also supports social literacy with future librarians.

We are working on our own social presence and  literacy efforts at the IPL as well.  I look forward to working with students, instructors and patrons in this exciting area, while still holding true to the value and mission of enhancing information literacy.

What do you think?

Public Access Technologies (PATs)

Posted in Information,of interest,Technology by millerlibrarian on June 21, 2009

After reading the article Public Access Technologies in Public Libraries:  Effects and Implications in Information Technology and Libraries, a few things stood out to me.  I have been a big proponent of PATs, but this article makes me step back and think of the effects and implications on public libraries.

In exploring the current and ever evolving tools used on the Internet, it is important to think about the many ways in which this impacts all parts of our libraries, from staff to hardware/software to services.  I get very excited about talking about and teaching people new tools and tricks in and for library settings, but realize that it is important to consider the longer term implications of this.

I think that the best way to do this is to put it out there – Yes, we will need continued, maybe even increased, tech support;  Yes, we will need to think about connectivity issues;  Yes, we will need to think about staff time and effort.  So, OK let’s plan for it – and not just financial planning.  Collaborative planning – how can we work together within library systems; who can we include and count on as part of the team; how do we successfully deal with external and internal pressures.

I guess what I’m saying is that I realize better that it is a two part message that I hope to continue to share:  Here are some really great tools and resources to use at your library and with your users AND here is what you need to think about and plan for in advance.  Do I have the answers, no of course not, but problems don’t go away if you don’t bring them up.  We need to face and tackle these effects and implications – so, let’s do it!

What do you think?

Twitter during conferences

Posted in Information,of interest by millerlibrarian on June 7, 2009

I read the article on How People are using Twitter during Conferences and I just wanted to share some comments.  I participate in this practice, so I was intrigued by the article title and wanted to read more.  What I read were some great points about Twitter and its use in general.

Many of us already tweet to share news, post status updates and carry on conversations.  The twitter platform is easy, fun and flexible.  One thing that I really liked about this article were the ideas of creating learning relationships.  This is a great addition to the social and/or personal relationships on twitter.  Recently, I followed posts on three tweeps that met up and had a great time.  There was a follow up question on how many of your twitter friends have you met f2f.  For me, this number is very low, and I met them after our twitter follows.  How great is it to have this type of connecting force at our fingertips!

I also liked the idea of informal learning – which many of us experience everyday through twitter.  Through networking and conversations we foster an environment that allows us to grow personally and professionally.  I really think that this is incredibly enhanced when it comes to conferences.  I use twitter to share information at conferences and even meetings.  I do it, as many others do, to share information with those that could not attend; to keep info on certain key points; to connect and converse with others at the conference; etc.  One example of this led to my meeting Joe Murphy at the REFolution 2009 conference.  We were among some of the few public tweeters and shared info and met f2f at the conference.

For conference planners and organizers, I think that it is a great idea to create and share hashtags for conference goers.  It facilitates community before, during and after the conference.  It also allows for many to pick up bits of information that they might miss by not being able to attend the conference.

I use one twitter name for professional and personal tweets, although my personal tweets are less frequent.  I’m not sure why…  I also try to comment or reply to others in an attempt to foster communication and connections.  I feel a pretty solid connection to many of my twitter friends.

So, I just wanted to share some thoughts triggered by this article.  The idea of twitter as a backchannel for conferences is a good one, in my opinion.  The 3 identified areas of organizational enhancements, information sharing and building conference communities are good ones!

What do you think?

True Confessions of a tech gadget addict…

Posted in of interest,Technology by millerlibrarian on June 2, 2009

I am a tech gadget addict – there I’ve said it.  I love to hear about and play with new gadgets.  I thought that I would list some of these and tell a bit about why I got them and what I like about them.

USB modem:  Probably the best investment I’ve made.  Now, this is not an extravagance for me.  I work completely virtually, so I need to be able to connect at all times.  There have been several occasions at home where that has been an “issue” with my ISP and I just plug in my modem and I’m all set.  This is also really useful because it seems that most hotels charge for Internet use.  Additionally, college campuses require an id to log on to wifi, and you can’t always count on it at conference locations.

Netbook:  A gift for Valentine’s Day!  It is perfect for conferences and meetings.  It is small enough to fit in a small bag and has just enough juice and power to keep notes and stay connected during meetings and conferences.  The size and power are ideal for this purpose.

Blackberry:  OK, first – MORE APPS PLEASE.  I love my BB – it allows me to be mobile and active with my kids and family and also be available for email and chat (for work).  A recent obsession has been the camera – I am finally taking full advantage of it and uploading directly to flickr.  Recent comment from hubby – “you even have flash!”  Why, yes, yes I do! Added info:  forgot to mention GPS and Google Maps/Mobile apps!

Laptop/PC:  My laptop is great for mobility at home.  I can move around the house to be near my kids or away from them 🙂  It’s got a good graphics card, not huge, but still useful.  My PC is strictly for work.  It is useful as well for connecting at times when I can’t seem to get there with my laptop, or for big work!

Smartpen:  due to arrive today!  I will share soon…Update:  There is something a little strange about a pen that talks!  On a serious note – this is a really useful gadget.  Although I am still going through the learning curve (always it seems with new tech), it seems that it is just a matter of taking a bit of time to sit and learn and go through functions.

(felt I had to include, I’m not endorsing or promoting anything – just sharing!)

So, there are my thoughts.  Now that I am down one job, I may have to slow down 😦 but I have enough to keep me techie for now!

BTW:  didn’t even touch gaming…Our house = PS3, PSP and Wii…  Just got Wii fit and Wii Active!

What do you think?

On staying relevant

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on May 31, 2009

So, over the past week, I have heard or read at least 5 variations of the idea “technology is for the young people.”  Frankly, it stuns me.  Technology is for anyone who wants it.  You can’t break it (for long), you can’t lose it (for long), the worst that can happen:  you don’t like it – so don’t use it.  BUT, if you want to be and stay relevant, you need to let the above idea go…

I am no youngster:  I am not a senior:  I am a self taught technology user.  Why?  To be relevant – relevant to ideas, groups, communities, libraries, librarians, etc.  I live in a rural community, but guess what – we have farmers that use technology for crop information, seniors who use it for ebay, kids who use it for, well, whatever is hot in the kid world at the moment.

In terms of libraries and librarians, I heard a very interesting concept during the Conversants keynote.   Why does it seem to be a given that we make new (often young, but not always)  LIS grads the tech or innovation people?  Well, I think that the above idea has a lot to do with it.  However, LIS programs do not all have a tech focus.  Why not partner up new and vets?  Take a chance…

If you’re reading this, you obviously use technology.  How many times have you heard the idea?

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