Monday, June 30, 2008

meet Bobbi Newman

I love my flickr feeds.
Daily, I scan hundred of photos tagged library. Today, one of them was a shared slide show for the Missouri River Regional Library detailing steps for renewing items online they also have one for placing holds. That lead me to the Librarian by Day photostream, which lead me to the Librarian By Day blog.
Bobbi Newman is the Digital Services Librarian at the Missouri River Regional Library. She obviously has a passion for all things Library 2.0 and for instruction, training and user services.

Reading thru her posts, I quickly discover that what lead me to her was only the tip of the iceberg and I can only encourage you to discover her work in the use of social networking and to read how she trains library users in blogging and photo sharing

I am looking forward to learn a lot from Bobbi, and to steal some of her great ideas. This is a blog that I should have been following all along; I will now. (I don't know how I missed it!?) She's definitely a Mover and Shaker in my book.
(Maybe next year?)

It doesn't hurt that we seem to have quite a few things - in common. Not the least of which being an appreciation for open minded cell phone signs.



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Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday, June 05, 2008

My libX

w00t!
I had promised that it would be on my short list after the SirsiDynix Superconference this year. I went to a great (GRRRRREAT) pre-conference session on catalog add-ons and Bernardo Gomez from Emory presented it there. (note: I heard Mack once say that if we created a sirsi API knighthood, Bernardo would be the 1st one in.)

Long, long ago, (1999?) we go iBistro and we had the option to add a link to Amazon in the form of a BUY NOW button to title records in our catalog which had a wait list.
I remember bitching ;) that until Amazon was willing to put a library button in their results, we shouldn't do that. (which is not the reason why PTB decided against it.)

Well here it is, not official yet, not even public outside this little forum. Probably still full of bugs and certainly not ready for prime time. A way for our customer to download the firefox plugin and have our library at the tip of their finger (mouse) everywhere they browse, all the time.

Best yet will be the library icon next to every amazon record (or NYT book review title), the ability to search for any term by simple highlight, right click; AND the fact that we will have it downloaded at ALL OUR PUBLIC PCs to allow all the good Internet users to access all the rest of the resources they might have been missing out on.

Can you tell I'm excited?

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Heaven and Hell

David Armano is VP of Experience Design with Critical Mass,
a professional services firm with a sweet spot for creating outstanding experiences.

His Logic+Emotion Blog is one of my all time favorites.
In this case, he makes the point so well. (as always.)

How does our library brand measure up?




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