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Library 101.. ON BOING BOING!!!

WOW WOW WOW!!! The Library 101 Project made it to Boing Boing!!! So cool! Huge thanks to Cory and to Boing Boing, and again, thanks mostly to everyone that joined in the project so far (and still will). Libraries rock!!

David and I also want to thank the other librarians who sent this in to them too. As with this entire project, it has been a massive group effort, proving what astounding collaborators modern library staff are.

PS- If you don’t know Boing Boing you might give it a shot beyong scoping out Library 101. Of all the interweb sites out there on the tubes, this is one of my personal favorites.

Library 101 Made It To Boing Boing!!!

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Library 101 Is All About Change

“We now have new basics in Libraryland, a new “Library 101″, if you will. And embracing a new Library 101 means change is in store. My challenge to all of you is to be that change. Yes, it means some things will be different. Yes, your jobs will adjust. And YES, libraries can be more relevant, secure, useful and practical societal anchors, anchors that do more good and provide more value to society than many of us ever imagined possible. But, that is dependent on all the fine library staff members around the world embracing and shaping the change that a new “Library 101″ can bring. Please join me in the call that is “Library 101″ and do your part to secure a bright, thriving future for libraries. Go and be Library 101! Thank you Libraryland! ”
Library 101 Is All About Change

This post showed up on my facebook page, and I wondered if seeing the debate might be useful, interesting, thought provoking, and hopefully not boring. :) Check it out. What do you think?:
Library 101 facebook comments

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Killing Our Libraries

A motivational poster of sorts. Large size is the only way to really see it.
killing our libraries - mini-poster 2009

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ACRL In Seattle

As always, good sessions, good friends, big brains and a fine time all around. Highlight from my perspective, as is usual at a Libraryland conference, were all about the people. The Tweetup was a cool addition which many enjoyed, and, again, conversations, particularly over meals, were wonderful and constructive. Libraryland rocks! Here are some photos for ya’:
One diner party group:
ACRL Walk

A amazing librarian and person, Shawn Calhoun:
ACRL2009 MP and Shawn Calhoun

See, told you we had fun!:
ACRL2009 Was Fun

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

Things are looking good for our Guild! We have been having quite a lot of fun playing and chatting and I can happily report that there are now 55 characters in our happy little library-centric guild. A good estimate is that these characters are represented by 35-40 different people (including three from Australia. Hello mates!). By my own unscientific estimation I would say that about 2/3 of the characters would be considered “regular” Guild players.

If you are interested in giving the game a shot you might want to consider dropping me a line first. If you do that I will hook you up with the refer a friend program with someone in our guild. It will make the game a lot easier for you and will also get you and your Guild partner and bunch of cool extras that really add up. Also, if you have a partner or significant other, my strong advice is to play together. WoW can be a lot of fun as a team and we’ve already seen couples in the guild having a great time together helping each other (and benefiting from Refer-a-Friend for sure *ahem* Rosz!) And with that, we bring you…pretty pictures!

Here is a nifty logo some of us will soon be wearing on t-shirts:
WoW Libraries and Librarians Libraryrogue Shirt

And here are some stats for the guild. You’ll need to click to see the larger version if you are interested in more details. More female characters and plenty of hunters. Lots of other fun details here if you are so inclined. :)
Libraries and Librarians WoW Guild Stats October 2008

There are also a ton of screen shots that guild members have been taking over the last several months. You can find that pool of images here. Enjoy!

Libraryman

We Are High Fidelity Libraries

A brief video snippet (with added graphics) that describes why the “hi-fi” in “hi-fi sci-fi library” is key to our present and future success.

Fighting the forces of evil and oppression with your high fidelity library/librarians!

Libraryman

LJ Mover & Shaker Nominations Are Open

Today over on friendfeed, Greg Schwartz (of Uncontrolled Vocabulary fame), posted this:
Oh boy, it’s LJ Movers and Shakers nomination season again. Where does the time go?”
And within seven hours there were almost 50 comments. Some are typically irreverent and fun, but others are more pointed. So what is this award really about?

Well, the Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award recognizes “emerging leaders in the library world.” This is the eighth year for the award (and special print supplement to the regular magazine). Each year LJ “profile(s) 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field”.

In my conversations and observations, the general consensus out there in Libraryland is that this is a very good thing to have happen each year and that it is a valuable “thing” to receive. There are some exceptions to this more general opinion though which are interesting to note.

In Greg’s friendfeed discussion thread on the subject some folks put forth the idea that this whole “Mover & Shaker” business is mostly just a marketing tool. I wouldn’t disagree, but it isn’t just a marketing for LJ in my opinion. I think Libraryland should honor their own more than they do. This recognition tool is for a specific segment of our profession. And I think it is important. I would also say that I think we need a couple other awards of this size that embrace the folks that don’t fit into the category of this award. Wouldn’t be a total blast to work on coming up with those award criteria?

But *this* is the award that the largest number of my closest Libraryland colleagues are involved with. And I have personally seen the positive impact receiving it has had on several careers. So the award get my vote of support. And I don’t say this lightly either. I have had lengthy conversations with more than one very high profile winner of this award that really thought it was mostly bunk. I respect their opinion on this, but also know that they have the luxury of not really caring about this. Besides, I believe that even if they didn’t care about getting it, that the award provided more attention to their work. And their work is just magnificent in my opinion. So, I still say this is a valuable event/award/honor to hold.

A couple folks observed that there have been cases where people became more isolated in their library after receiving this award. I’ve heard that too, and know it a real concern for some. From my observations this is a more rare exception. An exception that is amazingly frustrating and intolerable, but an important thing to note.

So I’m here to encourage you to vote for the next round of LJ Movers & Shakers.

I can think of several folks just right off the top of my head that would be fine Libraryland reps for this award. I know there really are hundreds of others. In fact, I’d LOVE for you to list other names in the comments! Here are a few I wold love to see get this award:

Jason Griffey
Cindi Trainor
Greg Schwartz
Bobbi Newman
Josh Neff

And, I have to confess that I posted this to the discussion we had today about the award:
“So is there a way to try to get nominated without coming across like an egocentric jerk? *ahem*” So, no, I haven’t ever been selected as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker award winner.

So who do you think should be on the list this year??