Monday’s Presentation in New York

Here’s the intro slide. At large size (like when you walk in the room to see the presentation), you have to squint to read the title letters. Its hard to read, just like it is hard to predict the future! Geddit? :) You can click the images to be taken to the full image and larger versions of each.
Nassau Library System 2009 Presentation - Intro Slide

And here’s the intro slide for the recent Staff Day keynote I gave at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.:
ACPL Staff Day 2009 Intro Slide v2

CPLA Poster Style Intro Slide

That’s the new intro slide, this time poster style, for the two day workshop I’m leading next week in Mountlake Terrace (just barely North of Seattle) which is part of the Public Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA). This session is co-sponsored by PLA, the Washington State Library (WLA), Sno-Isle Libraries and the Mountlake Terrace Library. Wow! Those are a lot of credits for a workshop! :)

If you are interested, you can still attend as there a couple open slots left. Details on the course and the CPLA program from PLA can be found here:…

PS- v1 of the intro slide is below. Can’t decide which is best. Or, maybe usable is a better word? ;)
CPLA Poster Style Intro Slide v1

Now playing: Library 101 ;)

Now playing: Morrissey’s new album, Swords.


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!!!


The Library 101 Project Is Live Now!

Have you seen it? Have you heard the song and seen the music video? Have you read any of the 23 essays from some of the greatest minds in Libraryland (and David King and I too;)? Have you looked at the carefully selected list of 101 hyperlinked resources that share critically important things to think about and know in order to ensure a vibrant future for libraries, even as technology changes the information access and community landscapes?

Well you should go check it out!

And while you are there, please notice there there are comment boxes all over the place along with easy share buttons on almost every page. Those are really important to the project’s success! We want YOU to chime in and talk about what YOU think the new Library 101 is. So…what *is* your Library 101? Check out the Library 101 Project to let the world know!



You can watch a live stream of the in-person session where the Library Project is launched today! After a fab ten minute “opening act” of sorts, David and I will be back to talk Library 101, debut the video, and then, open up the site to the world! And be sure to become a fan of the Library 101 facebook page (linked below). That page has all the streaming info you’ll need to attend.

PS- Many thanks to Information Today, Inc. for sponsoring part of this video! ITI does a LOT of good for Libraryland and we are very happy to have worked with them. Thank you ITI!

PPS- Thanks also to the Shanachies for doing so much extra to get the live stream working today. And with such great equipment!


Library 101 Project: Pre-Launch Site

Library 101 Pre-Launch Page

As of today, at, the Library 101 Project pre-launch page is live! This page is a teaser page at this point with lunch info and a link in to the Library 101 facebook page (where you can become a fan and get project updates). We’ll have a few prizes around the both the pre-launch here and next week’s full on Library 101 Project launch! Woo hoo!

fyi, Next Wednesday at 2:00pm PST, this page will have host all three of the main Library 101 Project pages, including the song, video, nearly 20 essays from Libraryland thought leaders and a resources list of things to help library staff keep up, get ahead and feel good about library work…even as technology and culture evolve in unexpected ways!


Library 101 on “T Is for Training”

This morning/afternoon I was very grateful to be a part of Maurice Coleman’s regular “T is for Training” podcast recording. We talk about the “Library 101 Project”, training, technology, library futures, collaboration and a slew of the subjects so many of us hold near and dear. It was a fun conversation and if you would like to listen in, just follow this link. Fun stuff! Thanks again Maurice!

PS- Here’s Maurice with the Library 101 qr code he made for the Library 101 video. So cool/fun/geeky!:
Baldgeekinmd holding Library 101 QR


Library 101- The Final Lyrics

The debut of the “Library 101 Project” is only three weeks away! David and I will be launching a web site with essays from several key Libraryland thought leaders, a list of “Library 101″ resources, tips to help library professions keep up as technology and libraries evolve. And, or course, we will debut the new song and music video “Library 101″!! And guess what? The video is almost completed! And it looks pretty good (at least according to the small handful of folks who got a sneak peak). If you submitted you picture or video for inclusion in the video there is a VERY good chance at least one of your shots made it in. We had over 600 images submitted and I did my best to get at least one quick shot of everyone in! Hopefully you’ll be able to spot yourself.

In the meantime, as I am adding the subtitles to the video, I thought I would share the final Library 101 lyrics with all of you. And, if this inspires any of you to submit an essay for inclusion on the very spiffy Library 101 Project web page at launch, (we are working with a web designer on the “Library 101 Project web pages don’t you know! It is gonna be so COOL!), feel free to email that directly to me! Hopefully the lyrics with provide some inspiration. This way, picture, video or not, you can still be a part of Library 101 when it launches! :) Here are the lyrics:

“Library 101! (The basics have changed)
Library 101! (They are not the same)
Library 101! (Your lib can remain with)
Library 101!!

When libraries first started out, we weren’t quite the dream.
See we were useful, but private clubs played host to a scene,
Intellectuals, rich men, lawyers and deans.
But you can’t keep the good people down, that’s what 101 means.
Now for generations libraries have been at freedom’s core.
But now technology is making huge leaps and we must do more.
There’s a cry for emerging tools that help us evolve.
And without that we might die, man this must be solved!

101 our parts make a sum that will be the key to what is to come.
101’s how we get the job done! Evolve and make your Library 101!

As technology marches on, change is a must.
It’s a basic 101 for us, we have to adjust.
Improve digital content and access, or our dreams die.
Become InfoGoogleDonalds? “No way!” We’ll tell you why!

101 new basics have come, our role can’t succumb to evolution
101 we’re beating the drum! Librarians, learn your Library 101!

Bridge 1 (punk rock style)
101’s YOUR *beep* GATE
101! 101! LI-BRAR-Y 101!
101! 101! LI-BRAR-Y 101!!

See your library needs to evolve, get an expanded brand.
Sure books and meeting rooms and storytimes, are still in our plans.
But social tools are here to stay, so are media streams.
And if you can’t that from your library, it should make your ears steam (for real)!

101 new basics have come, our role can’t succumb to evolution
101 is how we get the job done, evolve and make your Library 101!

Bridge 2 (“boy band” style)
Library 101, you need to come get some.
Follow tradition but go new directions and make course corrections and make it come.
Library 101, you need to come get some.
Reference and reading and classes and research
with digital content, check chat on the net,
and though our budgets hurt, we’ve got your wireless,
internet, SMS, gaming, you can bet, on:
Library 101, now we must move along.
whoooooooo whoooooh whoo whooooo

Chorus, Chorus, Chorus, Chorus
101’s challenge can be won, we’ll get the job done while having some fun.
101! We’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!
101! Libraries are some of democracy’s most favorite sons.
101’s how we get the job done, ch-ch-change and make your l-l-l-library 101
101! We can’t be outdone by companies who have profits that stun.
101, and in the long run, it’s what you get done with Library 101!
101! Libraries aren’t done, but if we don’t change people will move on.
101! We’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!
101! We hope this was fun, we want to talk ideas as they come.
101! This song is now done, please go now and make your Library 101!
10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 101!!!!!!!!”

(Many thanks to Kendra for the spell check!)

Grant Success Video Contest:
Stephanie Gerding (I used to work with Stephanie and the Gates Foundation and as many of you know she is great!) and Pam MacKellar authors of “Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual” are looking for success stories to include in their next book (and DVD). To that end they are having a VIDEO CONTEST! Stephanie says: “Just submit a 5 minute video or screencast about your library grant success story by Oct. 30, 2009 for your chance to be spotlighted in our new book and DVD. Your video could include a tour of a grant project, interviews with grant team members or people who benefited from the grant, tips about grant writing or any part of the grant process. More details are available online and you can submit at YouTube in the Library Grants Group.”

Hey! The “You: The Online Version” presentation from my most recent speaking gig was featured on Slideshare! Neat! :)
You can see the presentation embedded below in the previous post. Becoming “featured” doesn’t happen that often, so this is kinda cool! Thanks slideshare (and really to all the folks that gave it a peek). You can still check it out via this link. Hope you like it. It was really designed with library folks in mind, knowing that in addition to family, friends and colleagues, that the general public will see what we do online. Hopefully it is useful for some of you!
My Presentation Was "Featured" on slideshare.  Coolness!

Now playing: Library 101 Draft v2 (Almost done with the video! Video and the “Library 101 Project” web site are launching in a little more than three weeks!!!)


You: The Online Version

I gave this presentation after my keynote at the PUG annual conference/meeting today. Most of my presentations don’t make sense without narration, but I tried to make this one work well (mostly) without it so I could put it up on Slideshare. Many thanks to Sarah Houghton-Jan for the content on slides 36-40 & 57.

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