Archive for the 'Tech' Category

The archive of today’s WebJunction webinar with Jeff Dawson from the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and myself on Marketing Library Services with Images is live now. You can watch the archive here: http://www.webjunction.org/marketing/articles/content/94460985

Here is a shot of Jeff and I meeting for the first time at the PLA Conference in Portland, OR last week. Birds of a feather!
JEFF DAWSON GETS A THUMBS UP

Also from last week’s PLA conference, here is a link to the write up in Library Journal on the Top Tech Trends Panel I was on. The room was packed and the ideas were flowing!
The Audience at the LITA Top Tech Trends Panel

From that article:
Connecting community and content
To start, Porter offered what he hopes will become the librarian’s mantra: “Libraries need a new electronic content access and distribution infrastructure.” He returned to this phrase repeatedly and tied it to his view of the fundamental mission of libraries as community intermediaries providing access to content. He contended that libraries are at serious risk of being marginalized if they cannot compete with flashier and more robust digital content distribution outlets, like the Amazon, Google, Netflix, and others.

He also made veiled mention of founding a project or a foundation to address content access concerns on behalf of libraries, perhaps even via legal or judicial means. Pressed for more detail by audience members, Porter said the process has barely begun and that he had few concrete details to offer. But, he concluded, “if we can…make libraries the hub, we would be more vibrant, relevant, and well funded than we’ve ever been, and able to achieve the things that are at the core of our mission”—namely, connecting patrons to the content they’ve come to expect to be made easily available.”

That last paragraph hints at a much larger project I have been working on and will be talking about here much more in the coming months. It is a substantial, exciting and much needed project designed to help libraries figure out how to thrive in a world filled with electronic content. Want more hints? Check this out.

As you likely know, the Public Library Association conference is just around the corner, and there are two events I wanted to help spread the word for. One you can even attend if you aren’t in Portland at the conference. The other is a party/educational event I have worked a lot on during my day job at WebJunction.

First, from the LITA list serve, here is info on the “Top Tech Trends” panel that you can attend in person in Portland, or virtually, wherever you are, on Thursday, March 25th. *note* If you are attending virtually you have to register, so be sure to do that if you want to see it. It is consistently one of the more popular and interesting sessions and I promise to do my best, to use the parlance of our times, to “bring it”. In fact, I hope to well and truly be able to say, “Oh, it’s done been broughten!” by the time we are finished. lol! Here are details for that session:

LITA is headed to the 2010 PLA National Conference in Portland, OR for a Top Tech Trends panel focused on public libraries. Panelists include David Lee King, Michael Porter, Monique Sendze, and Kate Sheehan. Program participants will come away from Top Tech Trends with a better understanding of the variety of complex technology issues currently facing public libraries.

LITA’s Top Tech Trends session will also be part of PLA’s Virtual Conference, consisting of live programming chosen from the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. The Virtual Conference will feature panel discussions, author interviews, interactive workshops, and chats with colleagues, all from the comfort of your computer.

*Virtual Conference registration closes March 19* http://www.placonference.org/virtual_conference.cfm
Check out the LITA web site for information on Happy Hour and Exhibit Booth hours at PLA: http://www.lita.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/litaevents/pla2010.cfm

The second event I wanted to get the word out about is the “Party with Competencies” event, also on Thursday, March 25th. At this event you’ll be able to learn, chat, snack, imbibe a bit and get a first look at a new competency resource we’ll be unveiling. It will be a lot of fun and good company and you will leave with practical info you can use in your training and instruction work back at the library. So if that is you bag, you should come to this event! Please note that this too is an event you need to register for! As my colleague JD would say, “check it”:

WebJunction’s Party with Competencies
6:30-8:30 pm, Doubletree Hotel Portland, OCLC suite 1455
Please register for this session

Grab a bite and a sip and connect with the people and proven competency resources that can help your library! We’ll have plenty of fun, food, festivities, good company and practical material for you to enjoy and take back to your library to help you and your staff learn and work more effectively.

And just a note, to register for that event, you’ll use the OCLC event page. On that page, there are some sessions worth considering like the “Geek the Library” session, the “2010 Perceptions of Libraries in Changing Economic Times” event, and the “Web-scale Management Services” session (which, while to some seems oddly named, is something library folks should be aware of and informed about, and while I keep my day job separate from much of my other work, I would say regardless of where I was employed). There are others you can go to as well, so if you’ll be at PLA and haven’t gone though though sessions yet, well, “check it:)

One final note, I have some video interviews that I conducted during my recent trip to Scotland to present at the EDGE 2010 conference (which was AMAZING btw). As soon as I can get my computer to work properly (I’m currently at the “kick it three times” stage of troubleshooting;), those will go up. One is even with Martyn Wade, the National Librarian of Scotland. It is so encouraging and motivating to see how our colleagues in libraries around the world care and work hard, all for the same positive reasons! So watch for those videos, coming soon. In the meantime, I scanned in some postcards from a very surprising and effective ad campaign the National Library of Scotland is using right now…and those scans prompted a blog post from the CalPoly Library Services folks. Here’s a link. Enjoy!

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!

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

Libraryman

facebook Dev Platorm BIGWIG07 Presentation

Whew! Just finished, and you can check it out by following this link.

Here’s what it is about:
“I have a presentation to share with you about the new facebook developer’s application. In actuality the presentation is really about how this tool has huge potential importance for libraries. Naturally, the tool and it’s functionality are covered here, but the larger principles that apply to library futures, ILS systems and patron engagement with and within the online library environment are the real reasons to understand what is discussed in the presentation. It’s stuff that is worth know for sure! Here’s a screen shot of the introduction. The real file plays as a “movie” and can be found by clicking here. I hope you find it useful!
BIGWIG ALA07 facebook Developers Platform Presentation Intro Slide
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to get ahold of me. My contact info can be found on my web site/blog: www.libraryman.com

**Thanks to WebJunction for hosting this presentation and for sharing the software needed to create it. WebJunction has tools like this that you can use too!**

Libraryman

facebook Maneuvers and TweetVolume

In fairly huge social networking news, if you aren’t using (or at least monitoring the maneuvers of) facebook much lately, you might consider firing up your account again. They have been adding outside app functionality (with a few hickups, natch) in ways I’d hoped might show up on a social library web site first. *grumble* The facebook Developers Platform will help you make your own if you are smarter than me in this regard. I lament that this didn’t show up in Libraryland first, but you know, I also wish I could have written Sgt. Peppers and wishin’ don’t mean I’ve got the chops, brother! Still, it’s made the weekend more interesting watching people/friends/colleagues dive in over the weekend. Superpatron (Edward V.) said it best via twitter when he sent out the message “You got your facebook in my twitter!”. I love you, you glorious geek! :)

In other, more lighthearted social networking news, Tweet Volume is a tool that tells you how often words are being used on twitter. Hmmm…anybody else see the word occurrence below as telling?
I'm just sayin': Memorial Day oclc ala sex library 2.0 TweetVolumes
Thanks to thefreerangelibrarian for the Tweet Volume heads up. KGS, you are the bomb.

The Santiago Library System has created a pretty spiffy flier for an upcoming event that I am very honored to be taking part in next month. I’ve had a chance to speak with a couple of the other presenters and I believe they will be quite interesting and certainly worth the time it takes to attend. I already know the audience ’round Santiago LS and MCLS land is pretty amazing, so it should be a great day all around (though I can admit that this is a bit of an intimidating crowd and not scare any potential attendees away, right?). At any rate, the event even includes lunch and a library tour, so how can you go wrong?

If you see me there be sure to say hello. I’ll do the same!

Generation Tech - Upcoming So Cal Presentation

Thanks M! ;)

Libraryman

A Happily Converged Recursive Spiral

This image in this post is just slightly freaky when you read what it includes and how the image came to be posted to the blog tonight. It’s deep, shallow and goes ’round and ’round.
So yesterday I blogged about Pandora and libraries (again, sorry), tonight I was working a bit at home and listening away to my good friend Pandora when a “frame ad” came up around the player. The ad? It was from the folks at Palm, for the Treo. In this series of ads, they mention the different ways you can integrate a Treo into your life. Interestingly, the ad I saw highlighted flickr. So, I whip out my Treo, while listening to Pandora, take a picture of the flickr/Treo/Palm/Pandora screen and upload it to flickr. Then I go into my blog editing software and write this post. Which will now include some code that will make a picture showing you an amazingly deep example of convergence show up for you. Enjoy!
Hyper Recursive

Libraryman

Let’s Be More Like Pandora

A banner ad on Pandora this morning:

Community Connecting, Pandora Style

Love it! Let’s do this in libraries, why not?

Libraryman

Last Chance Gultch + Flickr Gamma Go

I’ll be in Helena, Montana next Thursday, May 25th presenting the “Keep Up: Practical emerging technology for you and your library” workshop. Isn’t it a lovely bit of serendipity that the host site, the Lewis and Clark Library, is located at 120 S. Last Chance Gulch? Plus, if you’re a fan of the show, it totally sounds like a street name out of Deadwood. Seriously though, Montana library folks are notoriously fun, interesting, cool and curious so I’m really looking forward to this workshop.

And now for something completely different: Flickr moved into “Gamma” yesterday, officially leaving “Beta”. Who says pertpetual Beta is a feature of Web/Library 2.0? My favorite change so far is that as you page through a persons photo stream, more photo thumbnails display on each page. For those interested in FLickr, stop HERE to see a very interesting survey of changes Flickr users would like to see once they decide to leave all the Greek alphabet behind and finally move into software numeral land. Sorry that was a horribly nerdy sentence. Please pardon my geek out. :)

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