Archive for April, 2009

It is slightly freaky that six years ago there was a post here about another scary bug floating in the air, eh? My advice? Between chicken club sandwiches and checking cnn for panicky hybrid bird/swine flu updates, why not take a moment and just have some good ole’ geek fun and change your facebook interface to Pirate? Avast! It be simple, matey!

Here’s what it will (partly) look like after your customization
(Click the pics for access to larger versions):
Pirate facebook Interface

Here is another image with clear instructions on how to make this simple customization:
facebook Pirate Instructions

Your pandemic stress can walk the plan and be well forgotten. Besides, scurvy is worse than swine flu, right?

PS-Check out imeem.com, my latest tech crush, for seemingly endless eternally glorious musical distractions.

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Now playing: Don’t Touch Me (Rock mix)

In doing presentations of the years, I’ve been really lucky to make friends and stay in touch with a few folks out there doing the real work in the libraries I visit. We’ll occasionally exchange emails and ideas and just keep track of each other. Today I got a message on facebook from one of those friends who is now preparing to teach a class in his library that will be somewhat similar to the session I presented to their lib a couple of years ago. How cool is that?! :) At any rate, this person asked if I had any suggestions or topics that are top of mind for me lately that they might be interested in using too. But of course! Here is the email I sent my friend. Maybe you’ll find it interesting too? Or perhaps you might have other/different ideas? We’d love to hear them here if you have any different ones to share!

Oh, and ______, if you want to do a conference presentation like this *with me* some time just say the word, k?

Hey _______,

Always good to hear from you and glad we are keeping in touch as you keep things rolling with your library career. Super cool, man! :)

At the moment, I am especially keen on these things/concept. Not sure if they all fit your class, but they are all sparkly in my brain:

1. Ubiquitous computing
2. Mobile computing (not now but in 10-15 years)
3. Grooveshark.com (and its ilk like imeem.com)
4. freiendfeed as a model for the next iteration of social networking trends (this piggybacks on RSS in a way as I see aggregation being the thing will see this will all come together. I’ve been hollerin’ about aggregation being “it” for years, but until it get wrapped up in the right package it (and isnt called aggregation) it isnt gonna REALLY happen imo.
5. WebJunction, boyeee! lol
6. Acceptance of tools by wider society. It’s like the movies….before there were movies there was more live theater, right? The wider adoption of online tools is a similar sea change…but with serious implications for libraries in relation to:
7. Electronic content distribution and ACCESS. Media companies didn’t want libraries to circulate VHS tapes back in the day, right? Now they are finding and have found some ways (via hulu.com, netflix.com, amazon.com itunes, etc, etc) to effectively cut libraries out of the content distribution model on this “new” intwebs based platform. It is very disturbing and not being talked about or addressed sufficiently by our industry (and its something I hope to work on actually). Again, all my opinions here.

Hope that helps or at least sparks some thoughts. Always great to hear from you.

PS-I’m gonna blog this now. lol! :)”

Libraryman

Computers in Libraries 2009: Personality

For some time now I’ve wanted to go to a library conference and try and capture the spirit of a single, recurring and highly enjoyable event. So last night I got my camera batteries ready and went to the Speakers Reception at Computers in Libraries hoping to accomplish this mission. My objective was clear: show what folks in Libraryland are like when they let there hair down a bit and are with their friends. I wanted to try and get folks to reveal their personalities as much as possible and be with me and each other and make a record of that in the moment. It is an uplifting experience to celebrate with like mined colleagues, new and old, knowing that we respect each other and face so many similar challenges. At these sorts of events it has always seemed clear to me that people are very grateful to be together and are finally letting themselves relax together, in person. Hopefully this set of images will help tell that story. Libraryland is full of amazing folks and this may show pieces of that more clearly.* Many more pics will go up in the next few days but I had to get these up tonight, fresh off the plane. :)
cil2009 flickr Group
*thanks to everyone who took and endured all the snapshots. I’m very grateful to have pictures with so many of you! If you aren’t in this batch, perhaps next year?

PS- Please and tag, names and any other data that is missing to the photos!