June 30, 2005



Via Blake...thx!... and what I want to know is who put this wiki up?

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Video Chat from the Cottage

iChat AV rules! Keeping in touch with Maire at SJCPL is yet another benefit of IM!


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Hidden Peanuts Makes My Day


I need to add a number eleven to my list of ten things I learned at ALA:

I am truly excited about being a librarian.

I can say without hyperbole that going into this field is the best decision Iíve ever made. I wonít make as much money as I would in the IT sector, but I get to actually meet and help real human beings - on a minute to minute basis. I get to make their lives just a little bit easier. And I get to love what Iíll do!

I havenít always been quite so excited. But once I started blogging, once I started making connections outside the classroom I quickly reached critical mass....... OK, so maybe I didnít learn this just at ALA. But it sure was reaffirmed. I met and re-met so many wonderful people, and I canít wait to join you all as a full colleague.

Sigh. Chad..you are totally a colleague! Well done!

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June 29, 2005

Polaroids from ALA

Meredith and Adam
Walking paper and Schwagbag
Michael @ ALA

Courtesy of http://polaroidonizer.nl.eu.org/

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Pictures worth 1000 Words

Here are some flickr sets of the incredible experiences I had at ALA. I am now at the lake, PLUGGED in via a new internet service and setting to work on summer courses. I have a few posts about ALA, etc that will be forthcoming. For now, let's have these images tell their own stories...

LIS Blogger's Roundtable for Library Journal

LIS Blogger's Roundtable for Library Journal at ALA2005


OCLC LIS Blogger's Salon

OCLC LIS Blogger's Salon at ALA 2005



ALA 2005


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June 28, 2005

MIT Blog Survey

Do you blog?

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

I have some good things to ponder... and this survey includes IM!

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June 23, 2005

Millennial Librarians Training the Boomer Librarians

Skagirlie ponders:


And I wonder, as she does, if this is a global thing. We had a wave a few years ago of embracing the Web as a one way information tool (for the most part) and now social software, such as blogs, IM, flickr, etc, (as well as Gaming which can really heat things up) has created a whole new divide between the Millennial librarians who ache to implement and use these hot tools and the Boomer Libs who proceed with caution and possibly trepidation.


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Reinventing Libraries Session 3

This is a catch up post.

Starting the Day

On June 8, Sharon and Dan Wiseman and I finished up our three workshop series "Reinventing Libraries" for the Indiana Cooperative Library Service Authority. It was most thought-provoking and engaging!

We started with an "around the room" asking folks what they had done since we started in April. Answers included:

Loaded IM on all public computers so library patrons can use their screenames

One person said "I now get 95% of my news from blogs"

One person started a blog

We also discussed the unintended consequences of technology, specifically all the planning that went into a library computer lab that now has frequent use, including a group of folks looking to meet their matches on match.com!

Most of the day was focused on optimizing technology and what new technolgies are out there that libraries pondering. Here's a previous post from that day with the presentation, which is yet another update of this huge talk I've been giving since the spring.

It was intriguing to see how folks took to some of the new stuff. The slides about gaming certainly got people thinking, which lead to a discussion that lasted almost 45 minutes. It was fascinating: back and forth discussion with some folks resistant to the idea of GAMES in the library and then a library director in the room put up her hand and simply said "We host Halo parties at my library..." Woohoo!


Then we identified the top technologies from the presentation folks were fired up about and wanted to discuss and broke into groups. Each group met for 30 minutes to discuss planning steps and implementation. A debrief followed with some "next step" discussion and a round up of the whole experience.

Overall, I'm glad I got to participate in such a wonderful experience. It was an excellent group of engaged librarians. I learned a lot.

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June 22, 2005



LibraryMan tagged me! Here goes:

Total Volume of music files on my computer: 5568 Songs, 18 days, 31.11GB

The last CD I Bought Was:
Moby "It's Raining Again" UK CD Single

The last Song I bought at iTunes was:
"I'll Give You My Skin" Indigo Girls & Michael Stipe

Song playing right now:
"Farmer's Daughter" Fleetwood Mac Tusk (Bonus Material/Demos, Roughs, and Outtakes)

Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:

Mean a lot:
1. ďSara" Fleetwood Mac "All I ever wanted was to know that you were dreaming...and the wind became crazy..."
2. "Harbour" Moby w/Sinead O'Connor -- "My heart is full ...my heart is wide..."
3. "Seven Wonders" Fleetwood Mac "So it's hard to find someone with that kind of intensity, you touched my hand...I played it cool."
4. "Seven Bridges Road" Eagles "Sometimes there's a part of me that has to turn from here and go...running like a child from these warm stars.."
5. "Dante's Prayer" Loreena McKennit "Cast your eyes on the ocean..Cast your soul to the sea...When the dark night seems endless...Please remember me"

5 Songs I Listen to a lot:

1. ďKrafty" (12" Mix) New Order
2. "Steal Your Heart Away" Fleetwood Mac
3. "Goodbye Baby" Fleetwood Mac
4. "All or Nothing" (Almighty Mix) Cher
5. "Temptation" Moby (New Order cover)

Find out more at my music library page and my audioscrobbler page!

First concert I ever attended:

Styx, Kilroy Was Here Tour, Summer 1983 at Notre Dame Athletic and Convocation Center

In keeping with the nature of this exersize I need to tag three other folks. If I passed it along, it would go to:


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Video on Demand via OverDrive


"OverDrive, a provider of download audio books and ebooks for libraries, has announced the addition of Video on Demand services and materials to its Digital Library Reserve network. With the new VoD service library patrons will be able to access digital video from anywhere in the world via an Internet connected PC."

I'll say just this for now: "Music & Video...like water...raining down..."

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"So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me - SOS" ABBA

Nice IM tale: Some managers were meeting at my library, including my colleague and friend Julie who uses her laptop for note taking and looking up documents as needed for meetings (hint hint to librarians who have laptops but never move them from their desks!). Julie also had her IM app open. From three floors above came an IM from the person working her desk in Sights and Sounds: "SOS." It seems there was a little equipment crisis for a meeting room. Julie was able to solve it from the meeting. No muss..no fuss. No running about.

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Access My Library


Most interesting bit to me:

"Hopefully, more people will become hip to the fact that many library services, not only databases, are accessible without having to go to the library building." Gary Price

I like this statement for a couple of reasons:

We really need to shift our thinking from our physical libraries. Now before you get irked at me: I'm not saying forget the building, I'm saying balance services between a strong Web presence and a physical space that draws folks in, from Boomers to Gamers and back again.

Second it's indicative that services are changing and those librarians who are stuck in the mindset that we serve the people who physically come to the library FIRST need to get a grip! For example, I received this email from a librarian struggling with implementing IM:

"At my library, there is the fundamental moral belief that a patron who comes to the library, finds a parking space and stands at the desk deserves more and better service than the lazier one who calls. Forget about the laziest one who contacts you online. There is the concept that they will always put a call on hold to answer the person at the desk, even if they are in the middle of helping the caller. These people (and it is at least 50% of our staff) don't want to help people online. Period. This is where I'm stuck. Yes, I probably can just drag them through this and make them, but I so want them to see the light, and most importantly, have fun."

Sakes people! I would be horrified if one of our librarians put a call on hold to jump to an in person question. We take 'em as they come. I offered the following to the above emailer: guide them gently into training and make that training fun with role-palying via IM and question sets, give them some good articles ("Born with the Chip" "IM Me" (sorry shameless plug)) and show them all the libraries doing good things with all kinds of services: IM, jybe, RSS, etc.

Try this on: http://www.lib.unc.edu/reference/imalibrariandavis.html to see an IMing library in action!

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June 21, 2005

Flickr as medium for Proof of Concept

I've been talking to groups of librarians for a week and a half... ..and I've hit on gaming everytime. I used Jenny's slideshow as a proof of concept of what some libraries can do with gaming as well as how librarians are taking to it. Are you diving in to gaming? Here's the link:


These images speak volumes.

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Returning to the UK: Internet Librarian International 2005

Returning to London

I'm thrilled to report I'm going back to London this fall, with Walking Paper's Aaron Schmidt,, for a couple of presentations and a workshop at Internet Librarian International. I am also presenting with Rob Coers, my library trainer chum from the Netherlands.

Here's the list:

1. Digital Tools for Collaboration, 10 October, 10:30-11:30, a joint session with Aaron Schmidt and Brian Kelly

2. Twenty Technology Teaching Tips, 10 October 11:45-12:30, a joint session with Rob Coers

3. The Blogger's Toolkit, 9 October 10:00-13:00, a pre-conference workshop

Here's the site:


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CIL 2006 Call for Speakers!


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Traverse Area District library PRESENCE on flickr

I heart my home away from home library. Look at this cool set by a flickr user who works there:


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June 20, 2005

Karen Looks for Comments on Tech trends

I just weighed in myself...


I owe TTW readers a boatload of posts, but I am gosh darn tuckered out! (I've been in Texas for 5 days!) More tomorrow...

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June 19, 2005

One Year into PhD Coursework


(Click for Notes!)

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June 16, 2005

Back in Texas

Hi all! No posts for awhile because I've been running workshops in Connecticut and now I'm heading to Denton for a weekend class, a wiki demo and some elbow rubbing with the new cohort!

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June 14, 2005

Example of a Post!

Here's a sample post!

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Rob Coers in Top Ten Nederlandse Bieblogs

Congrats to Rob Coers for being named in the Top Ten LIS blogs of the Netherlands! Here's his blog: http://www.robcoers.nl/blog/


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June 13, 2005

Hollywood IMs

Via Wired and so in sync with "Entourage" on HBO:


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June 11, 2005



On an envelope from Alan at Darien Public Library...nice touch.

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Great Survey Stats for IM, VR and Podcasting

Via Sherri, who totally gets it!

Chad F. Boeninger reports on a survey of students! Take a look...there's good data and loads of food for thought. Working with Purdue has me thinking about serving students in the acedemic setting. All the Millennial stuff...all the gamer stuff apllies here as well.


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Future of Music

Music Like Water (Raining Down)

I want to write a post about this soon because I finished the book yesterday, but for now:

The Future of Musis Site: http://www.futureofmusicbook.com/

First Chapter Online: http://www.themusic.com.au/im_m/archive/2005/050503-453_guests.php

Quickly: if you want a very possible glimpse into our future as providers of entertainment and information, give this one a read!

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June 10, 2005

Workshopping at Purdue

How cool is this: Jennifer Sharkey is blogging the workshop so it is archived and can be looked at as Purdue Libraries move forward with blogs & RSS!


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DDR at Purdue!

Dance Dance Revolution @ the Purdue Blogging Workshop

In the morning workshop yesterday, I mentioned what was happening in the public library realm with gaming tournaments and what university libraries may expect from gamers as students. At lunch, Scott Brandt lead a field trip down to the Student Union to check it out. Scott and Brook, another Purdue librarian, grabbed the chance to stretch their legs!

Then, the students offered to show us how it's done! One fellow jumped up and wowed us -- dancing to "It's Raining Men!"


Lesson: there's a lot of talk about gaming...a first step might be to check it out for yourself at the local arcade or wherever young people in your life may gather to game or DDR.

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June 09, 2005

At Purdue for Two Days of Blogging Workshops

Here's where we will be:


(there are frogs all over town too!)

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June 08, 2005

Reinventing Libraries Day 3


I'm in Kokomo, IN for part 3 of the 3 session series of workshops I have been presenting with Sharon and Dan Wiseman. Today, I present a version of my "Optimizing Tech" talk to 25 Indiana librarians, followed by group practice planning for technology!

Here's the updated PPT as a PDF:


This kicks off a twelve day stetch of travel for workshops and scholl that I will document here. Jessamyn inspired me with her flickr shots of her lodgings and her workshops...

After the session today, I zip across Indiana to west lafayette to meet up with the one and only Scott Brandt!

More tonite...

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June 07, 2005

Gaming...Spaces..Library Zones... read the OCLC Newsletter

I'll be using this link in my talk tomorrow during "Reinventing Libraries Part 3"


And this one too:


(Thanks Jenny!)

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I was just thinking this am whilst getting ready for work that I am a busy guy the next 2 weeks: workshops in Indiana, Connecticut and school in Texas. On the way to work, a good friend who works with me called to say one our SJCPL employees had died suddenly Monday night. It's like a blow to the stomach, friends.

It makes me realize how fragile everything is and how we shouldn't get so caught up in buzz buzz business and "drama" in our workplaces. I just "shot the breeze" yesterday afternoon with this employee..and now he is gone.

So..do this.. stop for a minute at your desks, in your offices..wherever... and breathe and look around you..and listen to what your inner voice says is important. Balance... renewal...life...love. Take care of yourselves and the people around you.

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June 06, 2005

Butler University Library Wiki

Good stuff:


Via a post from http://pfitzblog.royaltylinks.com/archives/2005/05/21/going-wiki/ :-)

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Reference Desk at Panera

Via Frances, our SJCPL Staff Devlopment Librarian:


This, my friends, is OUTREACH. This makes the librarian visible..the library visible...and provides a valuable service. I'd ponder this for sure if I was planning outreach services.

From http://fulton.blogspot.com/

"On Saturday, June 4, Daveman will be at Panera Bread in Clay on Route 31 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. Using their wireless network and my tablet PC, I'll be answering any and all questions faster than you can spell focaccia. I can show you how to find articles from Consumer Reports and hundreds of other magazines for free. Enter the raffle for a tote bag full of Liverpool Library stuff. You can sign up for a library card, too.

Grab a mug of the Costa Rican and see if you can stump the chump!"

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June 03, 2005

June 02, 2005

Librarian in Black on Presence

Here's a great list in response to my own:


Rock On Librarian in Black - these are effective steps EVERY LIBRARY should be taking!

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iPods in Museums

Via an email from Jessamyn while I am unplugged and waiting for the internet install at the cottage:


Could folks record audio tours of libraries? I think so!

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