Archive for October, 2006


I Caught You A Delicious Bass

“Library” as a marketing term. Bass Pro Shops (?) MySpace(?!) “Library” (!?!) screenshot:

Bass Pro Shops

Notice how the color scheme so perfectly blends in with the new :)

And a link to a video of the Bass Pro Shops “Library” interface loading.? The first library ad I see on a social networking site is for Bass Pro Shops?? Hmmm….


Identity Crisis?

This isn?t Libraryman,, library man or me, Michael Porter. I DID NOT write this. It does border on amusing though:

lman - This is so not me

This isn?t Libraryman,, library man or me, Michael Porter. I DID NOT write this. It does not border on amusing or appropriate for what I want people to think I try to posit on this site. avoids politics staunchly in most cases unless it affects libraries. Again, I DID NOT write this:

lman - NOT ME Writing This!

?I would like to encourage everybody who reads this to vote for the pro-life canidate in the upcoming election Nov,7. For the most part this means vote Republican.?

On one hand being all about libraries and open access, this doesn?t phase me. I also understand that it is likely best to simply ignore it when things like this pop up. I have done that in the past, but these examples seem somewhat more dramatic. In fact, I won?t link to either of them directly.


I will however take screenshots and say that it appears that there is a small spate of libraryman fakers out there. Perhaps ?faker? is a strong word. Maybe poser is harsh too. Is knock off closer? I would imagine it was unintentional in one or two cases. In another, I can?t imagine it wasn?t done on purpose. Anybody have any comments, thoughts, ideas about all of this?

Not really bugging me, this one.

It is worth noting that libraryman is a copyright that I have full permission to use.? Additionally, I have been using the libraryman moniker and web site for several years, very carefully adding content and slowly and surely building what I hope are relationships based on that trust and reliability. Very often people say ?Oh, you?re Libraryman!? when we meet for the first time. If folks were to see some of the above content and think it was something I had written, it would be really quite upsetting.

Libraryman Small


Libraries + Flickr Update

Short version:

-Recent libraries + flickr presentations have been a blast to do and appear to have been useful and fun for most attendees. Woo hoo!

-More librarians are joining flickr every day and uncovering its professional and community benefits. This means connecting to resources and each other (often via our happy little Libraries and Librarians Group).

-Librarians on flickr rock ever so much!

More detailed version :

Hello to all you lovely Libraries and Librarian flickr Group members!

Just wanted to pop in and say hello to the new flickr members and/or Libraries and Librarians Group members that have joined since the recent presentations.

The presentations have been a total blast, thanks especially to the contributions from Lluisa (one of your friendly Libraries and Librarians Group admins:) and Fiona and Tony at the National Library of Australia/PictureAustralia Project. Thanks also to Michael Sauers who did a nice wrap up of fun flickr tools and groups at the Internet Librarian Conference flickr presentation.

flickr and Libraries Intro Slide

I just did a similar flickr and libraries presentation at the Montana Education Association Conference last week and will be in Honolulu next Friday doing another one. If you’re in HI, why not stop by the HI Library Association Conference and say hello! :)

MEA-MFT 06 flickr Presentation Intro Slide

For anybody else interested in seeing what these presentations were all about, I’ll be doing another flickr + libraries gig with Steve Lawson in March as part of the “Five Weeks to a Social Library” 2007 event. This online event is free, but limited to 40 attendees; however it will be archived and available later for viewing later online by anyone so inclined. We’re calling our class something like “flickr and Libraries: Far greater than the sum of their parts.”

That?s a wrap up for now! Thanks everybody and keep on librarying and flickering!

PS- Anybody else notice we’re on the cusp of 1000 Librarians and Librarians Group members now? Yay!

Related links:

The Libraries and Librarians Group on flickr.

Lluisa Nunez (University of Barcelona) on flickr.

PictureAustralia/Yahoo!/flickr project page.

Michael Sauers on flickr:

5 Weeks to a Social Library site.

Steve Lawson on flickr.
also at Colorado College Tutt Library on flickr.

Presentation page on the blog (which will have .pdfs of many of the presentations posted soon).


Internet Librarian

This is my favorite library conference! Now is really the time for gatherings like this and so many of the right people are here talking, listening, learning and sharing. It’s dorked out, geek cool, forward thinking library worker central. Tonight I heard two different folks say “I wish I could be around this every day at work. Think of what we could get done”. True, true.

Here are some snapshots from the conference so far. More will go up over the next few days too. Wish you were here too!


Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes.

Ch, ch, ch, changes, I choo, choo, choose you. is evolving! New blog software, a new look and new information. Some info has gone away but new material will be regularly popping up. Things are a bit fluid at the moment so please bear with me. Blog content and RSS feeds should work just fine now and going forward so you might not have even noticed. Thanks everybody!

In Process
Thanks also to Kris Bell, my main man behind the scenes. He’s the brains of the operations don’t you know.


CORLC Session 1 – right side

Group Hug!
Social Software: For You, Your Library and Your Community. Held yesterday in lovely Eagle Creek Oregon during the Central Oregon Regional Library Conference.

The folks in this group were offering up a kindly group hug after the session. It was a pretty funny moment after having had quite a lot of fun during the actual presentation. Great questions all around! So much to cover, but very interesting stuff. I have some of the resources consulted for class listed on Check it out!
Learn and play and let me know if you have any questions along the way! Thanks again attendees!


Lluisa Nunez and flickr

Lluisa is a librarian and library technology instructor in Barcelona. We met on flickr via the Libraries and Librarians group where we are admins.

Lluisa has added slides and a very lovely audio file to the upcoming “flickr and libraries” presentation I’ve been putting together for the upcoming Internet Librarian conference in Monterey.

Her flickr/library/geotagging story and accompanying audio files (along with Fiona’s and Tony’s) really make the presentation pop! Flickr really is an amazing tool for connecting library professionals, around the globe!
Lluisa Nunez and flickr

Originally uploaded by libraryman.


National Library of Australia and flickr

Fiona and Tony have both contributed slide and audio files to the “flickr and libraries” presentation I’ve been working on for the upcoming Internet Librarian Conference. Fiona and I met and became acquainted through flickr, libraries and the project she works on for the National Library of Australia.

The Picture Australia program is an amazingly substantive use of flickr. Their flickr and libraries story and accompanying audio files (and Lluisa’s as well) really make the presentation pop! Flickr really is an amazing tool for connecting library professionals, around the globe!

National Library of Australia and flickr

Originally uploaded by libraryman.


flickr and Libraries Intro Slide

flickr and Libraries Intro Slide

Originally uploaded by libraryman.


Libraries and Librarians Facebook Group

The Libraries and Librarians Group is now also on facebook. If that sort of thing is your bag, check it out and join!