Archive for January, 2009

You may have heard that library staff (and their families/significant others/loved ones) are having an increasingly strong presence in the game World of Warcraft. With 11 million players (willing to pay $15 dollars a month btw, so there really *must* be something going on there, eh?), it would make sense that Libraries and Librarians be represented and join together at times. And the Libraries and Librarians Guild is a great way to do just that (more info on getting started with that Guild can be found here). It is a friendly, helpful and fairly wealthy guild that is just for libraries and librarians!

But up until now the “Libraries and Librarians” Guild was only an Alliance Guild (there are two sides or “factions” in WoW; Alliance and Horde). The Libraries and Librarians Guild is on the Alliance side. The thing is, lots of library staff like to play the different characters and lands available only on the Horde side. So now that our Alliance Guild is well established and humming along nicely, we are going to start up a Horde guild for Library staff. And we are doing it in a way that maximizes our Library centric community in WoW. That means we are starting the guild on the same server (Aerie Peak) as our Alliance Guild. There are many benefits to this, but basically it will help the guild get more members and wealth while giving us rare and uniqe opportunity to partner and get things done across what are traditionally “enemy” lines. Pretty cool, eh? Talk about partnership and community. Hey, that sound like something libraries excel at! :)

So, just to review, our Alliance guild is “Libraries and Librarians” and it is on the Aerie Peak server. Our new Horde Guild is “LibrariesandLibrarians” (can’t have the same guild name twice on a single server) and it now forming on the Aerie Peak server as well.

I’ll be logged on to Aerie Peak on the Horde side with my character “Libstauren” on the Horde side of Aerie Peak tonight at 5pm PST/8pmEST and 8pm PST/11pmEST. I’ll mostly be in Orgrimmar (a Horde Capital City). I will try to be on these times for the next four days as well. If you want to join us you are both invited and very welcome. Just a note on our server, “Aerie Peak”. Sometimes you can’t get on the server because it is full. But open slots come up all the time with great regularity. It appears that most will have little trouble creating a character (Horde or Alliance) on Aerie Peak, but if you have trouble getting in, please be patient. You will be able to get on and even it that requires a little patience, it is worth if because, again, we are putting both an Alliance and Horde on the same server for strategic and reward reasons.

If you have any questions, visit our guild web site, email me or leave a comment!) This is gonna be fun!!

PS- We will be needing experienced and/or motivated co-GMs for our Horde “LibrariesandLibrarians” guild so lmk if that interests you!

PPS- A big plug and shout out to Bob Beck at the Central Arkansas Library System who just got funding for a WoW program for PATRONS! He is publishing the story and details as they progress via a new blog. Bob invites you to visit him there and “Feel free to read, comment, criticize or just make fun of me”. :)
LibrariesandLibrarians Horde Guild on Aerie Peak

Libraryman

Twitter Follower Mosaic

So cool! A mosaic of your followers on twitter! It is a happy feeling to see all your friends and colleagues on Tiwtter in one image this way. Definitely a warm fuzzy. Hmmm…. maybe I’ll print and frame it…

Found on walterhiggins.net via Kevin’s blog. Thanks!
PS-Here is a link to a screenshot of the mosaic in case Walter’s site get slammed.

Libraryman

Twitter vs. friendfeed

Twitter vs. frendfeed. The definition and debate could rage (or not be cared about perhaps, lol). But taking all that debate out and forcing a simple choice between the two, which is a better tool?
So the exact question was:
“friendfeed vs. twitter Even if it is apples to oranges, in an all or nothing cage match, who wins?

The answers I got from Libraryland via twitter were:
twitter vs friendfeed -twitter

The answers I got from friendfeed were:
twitter vs friendfeed -friendfeed

My vote would go to friendfeed btw, though having a few choices for the way the information is visually displayed on the screen would be useful imo. On second thought, twitter,please buy friend feed and stick your designers on that interface. You could then take the folks on the ff team that prevent their version of the fail whale from appearing and put them to good use. ;) Sorry twitter, had to tease you a bit there. :)
twitter whale error image

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Now playing: Testify – Rage Against The Machine
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Passing Me By – The Pharcyde

With the developing program that Getty and flickr are building to allow users to sell invited pics on Getty, it seemed importnat to give a heads up to libraries. It likely goes without saying, but if you are a library and you get an invite like this, you’ll likely want to decline the invite for myriad reasons (payment, copyright and privacy issues primarily). This would seem to be ESPECIALLY true if there are patrons in the pics (though they require model releases for individuals in pictures).

I do wonder how common these invites are and if this will become more common in the years to come. You can check out the links for more info, but bear in mind that you participate you will give up copyright control and Getty can sell your (now their) pictures to any company that pays, even if the make a product you wouldn’t endorse. I know that for many that isn’t a factor at all, but for me personally it means I’ll very likely decline the invite. And if these were my library or company pics it would be an instant total no-brainer.

Invite to Sell Pics On Getty via flickr
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Now playing: Simple Song – The Meters

Libraryman

No infoTubey Awards at CiL This Year

No InfoTubey awards this year? :( Wondering if they will show up in another arean with different partners perhaps? Seems like the award should continue, even if it has a different name or sponsor, yes? Wonder what others in Libraryland think about this.

“The InfoTubey awards are not scheduled for this year. The Tuesday evening session will instead focus on “Dead & Innovative Technology: Moving & Shaking in the Information World.”"
http://cil2009.pbwiki.com/Contests-and-Promotions

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Now playing: Air – Run