September 28, 2005

Buzz Buzz Busy

I'm working a lot this week as well as getting ready for three weeks of conferences. TTW posts will be a tad slower. More in a bit...

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September 17, 2005

Sometimes we give in to lust in our hearts...


Michael's Black iPod Nano!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/sets/964460/

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September 15, 2005

Off to Bloomington & Indy!

I'm off to meet up with Jessamyn in Bloomington and get to Indy for tomorrow's prgram.

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September 12, 2005

A Confession of Supreme Technolust

LUST

I'm weak! Weak I tell you!

In the last few days I've lusted for some HOT new tech items: an iPod nano, the iTunes phone, a new Powerbook (hopefully announced in a couple of weeks)... what to do??

What I would tell a library or a workshop filled with tech-planning librarians is to give it some time, read some reviews and talk to some early adopters. Find out what their experience has been, etc. What are folks saying about the nano or the phone? Look at the big poicture of what needs and services such tech might improve or replace...

Hmmmm...or maybe I'll just surf over to the Apple Store.. :-)

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August 11, 2005

Seven Wonders

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So long ago
It's a certain time
It's a certain place
You touched my hand and you smiled
All the way back you held out your hand...

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July 28, 2005

TTW Unplugged

I'm back Up North for 6 days to read, write and plan my research for UNT. I'll be back next week. :-)

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July 25, 2005

Getting Things Done - David Allen (Updated)

My empty inbox this am:

My Inbox 7/25/05

That David Allen is so hot right now! I guess David and his GTD tipped while I was on leave... have you read it? Listened? Thanks to David King for turning me on to Allen and his book "Getting Things Done" back in June. Here are some cool links from our new Coordinator of Information Technology at SJCPL, Nancy Korpal, who totally gets this stuff:

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68103,00.html

http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,68110,00.html

Advanced Workflow PDF: http://www.davidco.com/pdfs/gtd_workflow_advanced.pdf

Cool E-Mail link (A Mac site but useful for all):

http://www.macworld.com/2005/04/features/tipsinbox/index.php

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July 23, 2005

Flickr Badge

A diversion after a day of reading Patrick Wilson....

My Flickr Badge

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July 19, 2005

Summer Listening

Listening List

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July 17, 2005

Summer Reading

Reading List

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July 08, 2005

Conference Presentations by Michael Stephens

Library Presentations

Effective Use of Search Engines - Indiana Library Federation April 1997

Ready Reference on the WWW Indiana Library Federation District 2, September 1997

Search Engine Savvy - Indiana Library Federation April 1998

Training Library Staff for Net Results - Indiana Library Federation April 1998

Developing a WWW-Based Reference Resource - Indiana Library Federation April 1999

Methods for Training Library Staff - Indiana Library Federation April 1999

Developing a WWW-Based Reference Resource - Indiana Library Federation District 2, October 1999

Developing a WWW-Based Reference Resource - Indiana Library Federation District 1 October 1999

The Nuts & Bolts of SJCPL's Training Program - Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2000 (PPT Here)

Bibliographic Instruction in the Age of Technology, FLICC Institute, Library of Congress, Washington DC - July 2000

Evaluating WWW Resources - ILF Reference Division Meeting, November 2000

Bibliographic Instruction in the Age of Technology -Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2001

Evaluating WWW Resources - Indiana Library Federation, April 2001

Bibliographic Instruction in the Age of Technology - Indiana Library Federation, April 2001

Staff In-Service Day: Web Skills for Library Staff - Marian Public Library, Marian, Indiana, April 2001

Mastering a Training Program -Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2001

10 Web Design Tips - Indiana Library Federation District 1 October 2002

Mastering a Training Program - Indiana Library Federation District 2 October 2002

Technology Skills for Live Librarians - Internet Librarian, Palm Springs, CA November 2002

Designing Training Sessions for Libraries - Computers in Libraries Washington DC, March 2003

Kendallville Public Library Staff In-Service Day, August 22, 2003

Reference & Technology - Indiana Library Federation District 1 October 7, 2003

Future Roles of Public Librarians, Endnote, Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, November 2003

Celebrating Library Staff with Technology, Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2004

SLS Tech Summit : Staff and User Technology Training with Robert Lewandowski, Wedenesday May 19, 2004

Marketing Libraries Via the WWW, Indiana Library Federation District 1, October 5, 2004

Blogs & RSS for Indiana Librarians, Indiana Library Federation District 1, October 5, 2004

Make Learning Stick Pre-conference Workshop, Internet Librarian International, London, England November 2004

Technology Planning for Libraries, Internet Librarian International, London, England October 2004

Top Tech Issues: Cyberclinic, Internet Librarian International, London, England October 2004

Internet Savvy Patrons: Info and Tech Literacy, Internet Librarian 2004, Monterey CA (PPT)

Teaching Weblogs to Staff and Users, Internet Librarian 2004, Monterey CA (PPT), with Steven Cohen

Fast, Easy & Cheap: IM in Libraries, Internet Librarian 2004, Monterey CA (PPT), with Aaron Schmidt

The Library Blogosphere: Toward a Working Taxonomy, Online Social Networks (http://socialnets.org), February 2005 with Aaron Schmidt

Optimizing Technology in Libraries, Computers in Libraries, March 2005

Collaboration & IM: Breaking Down Boundaries, Computers in Libraries, March 2005

IM in Libraries, Indiana Library Federation State Meeting, March 2005

Technolust! Optimizing Technology in Libraries, Indiana Library Federation State Meeting, March 2005

Optimizing Technology in Libraries, New England Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, Providence, Rhode Island, May 3, 2005

Ten Steps to Effective Web Presence, Indiana Online Users Group, May 20, 2005

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With That, Friends...TTW is Unplugged

Sunset Cruise on Spider Lake

I've caught up a bit with that ALA post so i am unplugging to focus on school and relaxation during the next week and a half. I am writing up my preliminary research proposal, working on a group project and pondering a web survey I'll tell you about soon. I'm Up North until the 20th of July.

Be well. I'll be back to blogging around the 20th.

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June 22, 2005

TAGGED: Music

itunes

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. “Sara" 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. “Krafty" (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:

Marianne
Aaron
Chad

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June 03, 2005

May 25, 2005

Time For a Cool Change

I begin six weeks leave of absence today from SJCPL! Wowza!

I am hitting the road for ten days in Traverse City this afternoon...for some much needed unpluggedness and some prep time for a very busy stint in June: Reinventing Libraries workshop, workshops with the Purdue Library (blogs), the Darien, Connecticut Public Library (blogs & IM), the start of the summer session at UNT and ALA!

I'll be blogging after the Memoiall Day weekend!

Enjoy the Weekend! Unplug!

Best to you all

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April 19, 2005

A Brief Personal Note to Take Care of Ourselves

Read this:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2005-04-12-laptop-pain_x.htm

Please be careful and take care of yourselves! I have been wrestling with a neck injury probably aggravated by too much laptop-ing since the fall and it's a tad disheartening. I heart my laptop but I am super careful using it now.

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April 15, 2005

WooHoo! 500 Entries

This is TTW's 500th entry since March 2004! To give it some substance:

Three Things that are HOT right now:

Libraries that get the balance between technology, space and people and plan accordingly to meet the needs of all who seek information.

Librarians who experiment with new techie stuff and report to the LIS Blogosphere how it goes. (That's a big piece of what a learning community is all about)

Technologies that are used as tools, not like carnival attractions in our organizations!

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April 09, 2005

Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!

Thanks everyone for the nice wishes as TTW turned 2! And THANKS to Karen for singing. It's on my iPod playlist!

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April 04, 2005

TTW Version 2.0

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I spent some time last night updating my main pages. Take a look. There may be some weirdness as I work out the glitches.

I used Rapidweaver for Mac.

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March 26, 2005

TTW Unplugged

UNPLUG

Good Morning! For almost 2 weeks I have been busy- in DC for CIL 2005, downstate for Indiana Library Federation, teaching at IUSB and doing some online collaboration. Today, however, I'm hitting the road for Traverse City to see how things are going Up North. See you in a couple of days!

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March 13, 2005

Happy Birthday Jake -- 11 years old today

Happy Birthday Jake -- 11 years old today

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December 25, 2004

Holiday Hiatus

I am relaxing...watching movies..playing with the boys... we'll see you in 2005!

Best to all for a safe and happy holiday!

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December 08, 2004

TTW Unplugged? Almost!

I feel validated today:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2004-12-08-need-to-unplug_x.htm?csp=34

I am finishing a huge project for school this week and next. It's independent study with Dr. Maurice Wheeler at UNT. I'm designing a class for doc students examining how technology has impacted Public libraries. One of the themes is the "unintended consequences" of technology.

I am hurtling toward unplugging through Christmas though. The idea of a break from the keyboard is attractive right now...

Do not fret - I will be back...we have so much cool stuff to look at and talk about here at TTW as libraries continue to meet technologies in new and interesting ways.

I also need to write a bit about my amazing weekend in Denton for class!

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November 28, 2004

Get a Load of That!

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This evening I finished an update to the whole TTW site I sent it up... a CSS error was quickly fixed by Aaron and TTW 2.0 is ready to go! Take a look..let me know if you find something crazy or wrong!

Tame the Web

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October 31, 2004

Workshops presented By Michael Stephens

Workshops

The Reference Interview in the 21st Century - INCOLSA Workshops around Indiana Spring & Summer 2003

Make Learning Stick Preconference Workshop, Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, November 2003

Make Learning Stick Pre-conference Workshop, with D. Scott Brandt, Computers
in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2004

SLS Tech Summit : Staff and User Technology Training with Robert Lewandowski, Wedenesday May 19, 2004

Make Learning Stick Pre-conference Workshop, with D. Scott Brandt, Internet Librarian, Monterey, CA, November 2004

Technology Planning: Avoiding Technolust & Technobust with Aaron Schmidt, Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2005

Toolbox of Training Techniques with D. Scott Brandt, Computers in Libraries, Washington DC, March 2005

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Public Presentations by Michael Stephens

Public Presentations:

Mishawaka Public Library 1998-1999

Northeast Indiana Libraries Training Sessions Summer 1998

Michiana Tax Accountants December 1998

Michiana Consultants Group 1998

Investigating INSPIRE Northeast Indiana Libraries November 1999

Michiana Tax Accountants December 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Nappanee Public Library - HTML Classes, Digital Cameras, Auctions

Bremen Public Library Technology Classes

Plymouth Public Library Technology Classes

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