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#infograd
Here’s a FUN graduation exercise you can easily join in on! Send you congratulations to all the 2009 Library and Information Science Grads using the #infograd hash tag! The hash tag started as a part of the convocation address I’m writing and will present University of Washington’s iSchool this evening. But it sure would be nice to all celebrate together and send the Library and Info Science grads the world over good wishes here, on Twitter or elsewhere using that tag.

And all you grads, parents and friends on Twitter, please be sure to use that tag pre, post or even DURING the ceremony tonight at the University of Washington!

Congratulations all you fresh Library and Information Science Graduates! You will accomplish so many amazing things! #infograd

Libraryman

2009 Mover & Shaker

It is with a deep sense of gratitude, humility and motivation that I can now happily share some big news with you! Because of many of your very kind nominations, I have been selected as one of the 2009 Library Journal “Movers & Shakers“!

Given the things I get to work on and present about in Libraryland I suppose it fits best that I got plopped in the “Trendspotters” category. And I have to say that being there with folks like Sarah Houghton-Jan and Jason Griffey & Karen Coombs makes me just say “Wow! Cool!”.

Additionally, there are hundreds of other folks who have received this recognition over the years that I personally owe a great deal to. Too many to mention, really as it would be a huge list of hyperlinked names filling the page. Suffice it to say that David, Michael(s), Jenny, Helene, Chrystie, Rachel, Aaron, John, Stephen…oh, just check out the full list already! It is full of people who are motivating, inspiring, amazingly hard working and just plain good people. And if you want them to help you out too I’ll bet they will!

Since 2009 is my M&S “class” I wanted to give a shout to these folks on the list, people that I know especially well, have ben able to work with and am just pleased as punch to see on this year’s short, short list of folks selected: Jenica Rogers-Urbanek, Lori Reed, Lauren Pressley, Brian Bannon and Eric, Jaap and Geert. You guys (and more) all knock my socks off.

Now, I know very, very clearly that for every person that receives this honor there are hundreds of equally (or even more) worthy library professionals out there. I have written in the past that I believe this award is a good thing and does actually mean something. In that same piece I commented that I firmly believe our industry needs to do more to recognize the people that this award does not. So to the folks not on the list yet, the folks that might not know the amazing and powerful importance of their work and the folks that don’t get fancy recognition as they slog it out every day in their library, please know that YOU are are the people that really make it happen and you and the impact of your work are why I try to do as much as I can in Libraryland. I feel the most kinship with these professionals and want to do whatever I can to help them (us, really), especially during these crazy times. So whether you are an LJ Mover & Shaker or not, if you are trying to get good things done for your community though your work in a library and can think of any way I can help or encourage you, please drop me a line and I will do what I can. You know, if you need an industry recognized consultant with credentials to support a programming proposal, budget item, grant or innovative library, learning or technology project, I’m your man. Ping me and I will do whatever I can to help you!

Regardless of attention or accolades, we are all so fortunate to work together in an industry that does so much good for so many people and is filled with the caliber of intellect and professional commitment that we see around us in Libraryland each day. It is one of my greatest privileges to work with you all and I promise to try and use this (and any other) small bit of recognition that might come my way to try and get as much good work done as I can for our profession and the people we serve.

Finally, thanks to all the folks who sent nominations, congratulatory notes or even just sat through a blog post, a conference of staff day presentation, column or whatever I’ve done that might have touched your professional life over the last few years. Also, to Mary, Becky and Steve at the ACPL and Mary K at Indiana University thank you so very, very much! Before I was really rolling along professionally each of you got me up and running in Libraryland at vulnerable times when I really could have fallen over flat. Thanks also to my Grandma, who would likely be both pleased as punch at this moment and would also be telling me to pipe down and be more humble. I miss you Grandma, and you are right, I’ll stop now. :)

I'm a Library Journal 2009 "Mover & Shaker"! Thank you, thank you!! *this picture is supposed to tell a story, but it just looks like four pics of me being a ham. Sorry about that. Still, if you click it you’ll get linked to the flickr page with the story*

PS- I can just see it now on the blogs/twitter/etc “What, did this joker think he won an Emmy or something?! Sheesh!” lol! :)

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

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

hi-fi sci-fi library: The Presentation

(Maybe) You’ve heard the song and seen the video. Now you can see the presentation that inspired them both!

-Hi-Fi-Sci-Fi-Library: Technology, Convergence, Content, Community, Ubiquity and Library Futures.
LITA National Forum – keynote – October 18, Cincinnati, OH

Description:
So you think it’s an interesting time to be a librarian now? Just wait! Through an examination of past trends, current tech, emerging tech, academic futurism and a dash of pop culture, we’ll take a realistic peek at where library technology is headed. We’ll then take this information and start planning what we can do now to ensure that libraries not only continue to offer our vital service, but that our role and positive contributions to society increase – perhaps quite dramatically.

The presentation is stuffed full of multi media, special effects and lots of realistic, yet fun and thought provoking surprises designed to get your mind chugging along as is contemplates the future of Libraryland. A future populated with hi-fi sci-fi libraries!

These two intro slides will be running at as people are filtering into the room (they are slightly clipped here, click to see the whole slide):
hi-fi sci-fi library: LITA 08 Intro Slide #1

hi-fi sci-fi library: LITA 08 Intro Slide #2

Hope to see some of you there!

    Video is up and linked below!

Song available for download very soon through a link on
David Lee King’s web page
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There is a slew of Libraryland folks singing along in the video (mostly in the second half). Thank you guys!

Here is “hi-fi sci-fi library”…behind the music!

Several months ago LITA asked me to be one of their keynote speakers at their upcoming National Forum (October 16-19). This made me happy, proud, excited and, well, a little nervous. It also left me wondering…what should the theme of my presentation be? Hmmm… LITA, eh? The Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association? Well, lets see…I travel all over the place talking about libraries, library futures and emerging technology, right? And I believe we are in the midst of a sea change in library, culture, community and info services. And I am convinced there are things libraries need to do *right now* to ensure our relevance going forward. And while we are generally smart enough, we surely don’t get rich from our jobs…yet we keep at it. So we need some inspiration AND amusement! We all work so hard and we keep on believing that libraries will and MUST endure as society evolves. So why not talk about libraries present and future in light of current tech, future tech, academic futurism and, yes, science fiction! But what might get people’s toes tapping before the presentation? Yep! A groovy library song! A song that shares the same name as that upcoming presentation :”hi-fi sci-fi library”!

As far as I am concerned, what the world needs is a collection of “hi-fi sci-fi libraries”. And I was so excited about this idea that I just had to sing it out loud! But alas, I know how to play only the most basic of notes on the most basic of instruments. Soooo, I approached my most helpful and generous Libraryland buddy (and joint author of the “Internet Spotlight” column in each issue of Public Libraries Magazine), David Lee King. You see, before he worked in Libraryland, David worked in Nashville, in the music industry. And as you might imagine, David is also a fairly accomplished musician and producer (though he is far too humble to admit that to most folks despite his great talent and ability).

So I said to David: “David, I want to make a song and a video for this LITA presentation I am doing in the Fall. Something that both you and I could do together and can both believe in and get behind. I’m slightly nervous about this presentation for some reason, but I also see it as a GREAT opportunity to help get the word out about what we both believe in when it comes to society, library futures and technology. I have some basic song ideas and all the lyrics ready. Would you like to help me make a song and a video?”

And David, being the generous and thoughtful friend that he is said “Of course!”. Actually, he said something like “Well I like the idea for sure. Why don’t you write down your ideas and lyrics, send them to me and we might be able to work on it once things settle down a bit.” And, of course, things never did settle down, for either of us. So, slowly but surely we worked on it like a hobby for a few months.

Over the course of those months David and I sent musical ideas and lyrics and rhythmical concepts back and forth. Then, I arranged to spend a day with David in Kansas recording our song. No, it wasn’t easy. But yes, we actually DID IT! And lo and behold, one day of recording later….we had our song. AND a few goofy video files! So..we were really on our way!

With the song complete, it was time to make the video. And since David had done 85% of the musical work, it seemed only fair that *I* (non-Mac owner that I am btw) handle the video making responsibilities.

So I dove in. And, well, it took a couple of weeks. Actaully, it took almost a month. And it took contributions from librarians all across the planet. Literally! BUT…we now have a video. And it is, in my opinion, a pretty decent video. Sure, it is goofy! But it is also just as hopeful and honest as it is goofy.

And let me tell you…it was quite a project. A project involving weeks of editing and nearly 100 different video and audio files. Is it perfect? Nah! Is it a labor of love for Libraryland? Completely. And heck, some of you folks reading this might even be in the thing,lip syncing along to the jaunty little “hi-fi sci-fi LIBRARY!!” chorus.

So, on behalf of David and I, THANK YOU! Thank you so much to the folks that contributed to this video! We both hope it provides some inspiration and energy to the quest we are all on as library professionals as we strive to help libraries realize their unparalleled potential in this crazy, cool and even sometimes scary, hi-fi sci-fi world we all now live in.

Rock on, Libraryland! We hope you enjoy it!

-Michael

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Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library

From the last post you can see that David and I recorded a snappy little library song last week. We are really proud of the work we’ve produced and now YOU get a chance to be in the video!! It is jumpy little ditty about library futures, technology and how we will succeed as libraries.
Please listen to this short snippet and then…..shoot a brief video of you singing along! Thats all it takes! You can use a web cam, or any other camera you like and send it to the email below. It should really only take a few minutes on your end, and after we get the videos, we’ll take the best and put them in the video we are hard at work on! Of course, please also feel free to send other video that might go along with the title/theme of the song “hi-fi sci-fi library” (costumes are very welcome by the way!:)
So join in the fun and star in a video with us! This is your official invite! We are looking forward to seeing YOU in our upcoming video!

Here is a link to the very short snippet to sing along with (you can download it even if you want). The “hi-fi sci-fi library” part is what we really need to see you singing.

If you have you have a webcam, you really should be emailing your video to: michael.libraryman *At Sign**gmail.com

Please send your clips in to the above address no later than August 24th, 2008.

We are really looking forward to seeing you in the video with us!!!!!!!!!

-Michael Porter and David Lee King

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Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library

Last week, during an amazing trip to Kansas to speak at the NEKLS Tech Day 2008 (more about that in another post), David and I took a day to record a song that we had been working on together for a couple of months via phone, email and the interweb tubes. We started pretty early and had a happy, long day of fun, creativity, meeting family and, well, making music about the most exciting things out there when it comes to library futures.
The song is called “hi-fi sci-fi library”, and is intended for use around the time I do my keynote session at the 2008 LITA National Forum in October, but I doubt we’ll be able to resist sharing it for that long. We even shot some nice HD video to turn into a music video. lol! It was really fun work and my deepest appreciation to David and his family for their kind welcome. I think we might all still have the chorus knocking around in our heads three days later. Oh, and speaking of the chorus, the song is actually pretty good! It is catchy, fun, quick, (hopefully) inspiring and the lyrics are tight! David and I will both blog about it when we get the mix and the finishing touches completed. In the meantime, here area couple shots of us in the studio:
Me Singing Small

we r recording our song

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Now playing: David Lee King and Michel Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library

Libraryman

My New Job: Work It!

I’m very honored and happy to share with everyone news of…drum roll….. my new job! While still at WebJunction, I now have a spiffy new title and more focused duties. I’m not saying that as the new Community Product Manager I’ll be able to do ALL this stuff:

Specific Responsibilities
· Grow our Online Community for Library Staff
· Build library field readiness for collaborative content publishing, social networking, and blended learning for staff development
· Grow customer awareness, use, participation, ownership, and satisfaction with all our programs, features, and services
· Wow the library community with practical, user-centered, user-friendly, fun-to-try, socially-oriented, and interactive features and tools
· Develop & Deploy a Robust Social Networking Environment
· Identify and segment relevant library staff audiences; evaluate and document tools and features of interest to each audience
· Develop and implement an overall social networking strategy, including collaborative content management, that addresses customer needs
· Solicit individual and organization input and feedback on social networking features, tools, and best practices
· Scan and engage the broader library, social networking, and online community environments for relevant tools, features, best practices, and mash-up opportunities
· Make Customers Happy & Ensure their Success
· Advocate for customer-centered, interactive tools and features across WebJunction; represent customers to WebJunction staff and organization partners
· Lead and manage customer focus groups, advisory committees, user groups, and related feedback sessions
· Identify social networking outcomes; ensure high quality customer experiences and satisfaction; adjust, refresh and create new features as appropriate
· Engage customers in effectively using social networking tools, making site contributions, and sharing their technology resources
· Contribute to WebJunction’s Overall Success
· Build team capacity to identify and meet customer needs
· Share knowledge and expertise on social networking tools, features, formats, and management processes relevant to successful online communities
· Lead and manage the development of functional tools and services you and our customers will use to build community across WebJunction
· Deploy social networking expertise across WebJunction; lead the team in creating effective, sustainable online community based on web-based, collaborative, interactive, and participatory software

…but I am REALLY going to try. If you ask me, I’d say it’s a very good fit. I am energized and excited to get on with the work (friends know I’ve been working on a lot of this already, but the new job definition and scope help in a lot of ways). Reading the above description you can tell that there are exciting things in store for WebJunciton and I can’t think of another job I’d rather have right now. Watch WebJunction in the upcoming 12-18 months for some pretty exciting new developments!

PS-The new Netflix ad says the have circulated, ooops, I mean, DELIVERED, over 1 billion titles.
PPS- Chumby is almost for sale to the general public.
PPPS-Completely unrelated and off topic musical plug: Can I go back in time to see this show please?

Palo Alto Library General Public Presentation Web Page

A blog post, an event page and a press release. Thanks Palo Alto! Or more accurately: Excellent advocacy work, Palo Alto! Sure, it’s my ugly mug up there, but the fact of the matter is they are bringing someone from outside into their community to help. Carefully selected bits of specialized knowledge and experience can be used to help inform decisions, facilitate brainstorming and can lend a hand to libraries trying to be transparent to the community they serve. Working hard to decide how to best implement what users/patrons really want is more important now than ever before and bringing in appropriate amounts and types of outside thought can significantly assists libraries in making important decisions about the technological directions they take.

So this is exceptionally commendable of Palo Alto (and really has almost nothing to do with me individually). Having said that, perhaps I should have highlighted someone else’s public library tech presentation to make this point? While not entirely common, there are other examples, and each make me equally happy and hopeful for that community and their library.

As far as Palo Alto goes, I really do hope lots of folks show up. It’ll be a great chance to cover some important issues, issue a challenge or two and get some back-and-forth going on things that are driving libraries (and society at large).

As further example, here is the text from the press release for the event:

10/25/2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #10/25/07
Subject :
Library Technology Expert Michael Porter to Speak at Palo Alto City Hall
Contact :
Mary Minto, Division Manager, Library (650) 329-2517

Palo Alto, CA – Library technologist, Michael Porter, trainer and author, will share his expertise November 8 from 7–9 p.m. on how public libraries use new digital tools to build communities. His presentation, “Your Library’s Future Has Changed: Technology, Content and Community,” will include a look at the web sites of innovative libraries that are using social networking tools and creative implementation to provide access to information and create connections in their communities.

Michael Porter is Community Associate for WebJunction, an organization funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assist libraries and cultural organizations in meeting their objectives through the effective use of web-based technologies. His professional focus is on technology, community, and training. He co-authors the “Internet Spotlight” column in Public Libraries magazine and is writing a book about effective electronic communities.

The talk will be hosted by the Palo Alto City Library, which is gearing up to develop a library technology plan by early 2008. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

· Date and Time: Thursday, November 8, 2007, 7–9 p.m.
· Place: Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Visit the Library web site at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library for more information.”

Very nice! I look forward to seeing everyone in Palo Alto (and Sunnyvale and Santa Clara Co. too) later this week!

-Michael

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