Nov 23rd, 2005
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Nov 23rd, 2005
Nov 22nd, 2005
Three important things today:
#1. A press release from The Library of Congress (US) and Google: ?LIBRARY OF CONGRESS LAUNCHES EFFORT TO CREATE WORLD DIGITAL LIBRARY? .
#2 Always trying to avoid reinvention of the wheel, rather than add my own commentary, please read this interesting and thoughtful article about the press release and this entire situation by Danny Sullivan and Gary Price from Search Engine Watch.
#3 Do you believe there will be a global digital library in our future? Believe it. And think about it. Often. Think about what it means for your library, your community and your job. What do we need to do individually and at large to grow our library?s relevance in the face of changes like this? Ponder not just what do we need to do to stay ?alive?, but rather what we need to do in order to thrive, grow and add even more value to the communities we serve.
We can do it, but only if we are attentive, nimble, thoughtful, active and unafraid.
Nov 15th, 2005
Nov 12th, 2005
So much convergence in so many guises. All of this API business, Google Maps and Flickr stuff is making for Mash-ups that provide more than just a promise of something useful. We get real tools! Web 2.0!! Library 2.0!!!
As mentioned in previous posts, there is of course the Libraries and Librarians Geotagging project page with push pin markers linking Flickr photos with library shots from all around the globe. Cool! We just got our first picture from an African library mapped with this very nifty tool.
Here is another really fun one called the Blogging Librarians Frapper page. Check this out:
“This is a map of librarians with blogs, or “blogging librarians.” If you’re a librarian and you have a blog, please put your “pushpin” on the map, so we can see where all the blogging librarians are and build up our online community.”
Nov 11th, 2005
Just Can?t Get Enough?
The Keep Up! Workshop Resources Page on the OCLC Western web site just went ?live? this afternoon and is the happy home of the following:
Keep Up! Web Links
Workshop Presentation PowerPoint Handout
The documents will likely soon become .pdf files, but for now are in Word and PowerPoint. There are no notes in the PowerPoint and they are mostly placeholders for those who would like to have something to roughly follow along with in class. Please think of these workshop documents as version 1.0. They will evolve, change and improve in short order. Future versions may even move away entirely from PowerPoint.
Please feel free to visit the blog and comment. Workshop attendees will be given user names and passwords so they can post to the blog too. You can also add to the Wiki if you like. In fact, please do!
I wish I could show you all the trainer notes, videos and extra juicy class tidbits, but you?ll just have to sign up and attend in person to see and hear those! There is a ton of extra cool stuff in class that isn?t included here like the chance for discussion, feedback and guided exercises. Class attendees also get a valuable, extensive and very spiffy looking info packet on subjects covered in class. They even get a CD full of resources!
With the Keep Up! Workshop Resources Page though you do get some serious content. You even get a peek at the ?Six C?s? which is a huge driving force for this class and is something I hope others find to be a useful as a conceptual/learning tool. Enjoy!
Nov 9th, 2005
Finally, the first “public” presentation of this full day workshop is Monday in San Diego at National University! Most every class has filled to capacity, extra dates were added when possible and a second round of workshops will soon be booked in the first part of 2006. Thanks to everyone that has signed up and expressed interest! I’ve worked really hard to make this a valuable workshop for you and your library, at least if the number of drafts are any indication!
I’m going to go pass out now, thank you very much.
Nov 6th, 2005
I went to the 2005 California Library Association Conference and all I got was:
1. plenty of time to meet and rub elbows with library folks of all stripes. I was nice to meet and see so many of you!
3. A chance to stick my head in a hole and have my picture taken. This was sponsored by Infopeople, who totally rock and have for years. I good naturedly do have to say that Libraryman came way, way before this promo. Of course, the Libraryman booth was nowhere to be found, so….
4. The opportunity to spend some time hanging out with two of my most excellent library/internet cohorts. Both are exceedingly admirable, smart, funny and full of exciting ideas. Karen Schneider, The Free Range Librarian and Sarah Houghton, The Librarian In Black.
5. A free roast beef sandwich at the OCLC Western luncheon.
6. Yet another bag full of plastic conference swag. The best is the cow shaped fridge magnet from the Rural Libraries Initiative.
**I’ve added a few more Internet Librarian Conference photos (mentioned in the previous post) to that pool as well. My Treo was being stubborn for a short while, but it was worth the wait. Check out the new shot of Michael S. and his giant calculator emerging from the foggy netherworld that was IL05**