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I know. I know. I know. Everyone is sick of snow pictures and videos. And this one is a few days past the 'event' but I wanted to test the WordPress Blackberry mobile app. Pretty sweet. I can upload video to this site straight from my phone. I wonder if there is a size limit? More video to come...

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Lately I've been involved in explaining social media to people in county administration. Its been a very rewarding experience and I've learned a lot about my county, the people who run it and myself.

One realization about my self that I've come to is the need to upgrade my computer skills. I am no slouch when it comes to navigating a pc, far from it. I'm one of the first people called in my branch when someone is having difficulty with a computer. Most of the time I'm able to solve the problems I am presented. Luckily we have a very good library IT department who can fix anything I can't

Where I need to upgrade is in the area of creation. I am not a programmer. Not sure I'll ever be one, but right now I know very little about how programming is done. This is an area I need to strengthen. By not knowing more about how software is created I feel I'm at a disadvantage. As I progress through my career having a basic understanding of programming will become more important. I'd like to be able to create something useful for me and my colleagues one day. I don't know what it would be but right now everything I use is created by someone else.

So, to go about this new initiative, I've looked into the local community college. It looks like a good place to start. I'll also try to teach myself by using the library's collection. Let's see where this takes me.


Google Wave Cinema: Pulp Fiction

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I've recently gotten a wave invitation and have been looking at a lot of videos that describe wave and I really like this one.


YouTube - Google Wave Cinema: Pulp Fiction.

I've got a few invites left if anyone wants one.

Many thanks to Chris Brogan for pointing me to this.

Thanks to the people who took the time to make it!



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[caption id="attachment_1074" align="alignright" width="158" caption="shankarmenon on flickr"]shankarmenon on flickr[/caption]

Yesterday I saw this post on twitter and was intrigued.

So...I went on over to to check it out.

Well! This is a VERY interesting site! It is FULL of free music you can download and there is a lot of it! Look here to see how they do it.

After spending some time on it tonight I think I may be in love. There aren't any big name artists that I've found yet but (to me) that makes this site better. I've never been one to really care about popular music so the chance to discover new artists is exciting! The diversity of music and musicians is world wide. (They have a little flag that lets you know where the musician is from...very cool). I am sure I'll be spending loads of time here. I'm looking forward to discovering loads of new music!


Big boss

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Been reading A LOT lately about the use of online social networking tools (I just can't use the term web 2.0...really I just can't anymore...aren't we past that? - And don't even get me stated on Library 2.0!)  in relation to government use.  Not just libraries (there are TONS of articles about that!) but local, particularly county governments using SNT's to connect with the people.  There's plenty out there but I'm trying to find some good concise (recent) articles that I can share.  We're trying to obtain approval from the Big boss to use stuff like facebook, blogs, twitter and flickr for the library.

So, I'm in over my paygrade and hoping I help more than hinder.  Should be fun though! I've learned a lot already.



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This seems pretty cool. May have to install it on my laptop soon.  It is supposed to help you track down your laptop if it is stolen.  It's free so if you may want to try it.  Hopefully you'll never have to use it...

Thanks to @LibrarySecrets for the info.


Common Sense Media

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My wife brought this site to my attention today and I'm so happy she did!

I can see me using this site a lot as my children grow up.  It is similar to kids-in-mind that I wrote about a few months ago but it does more than movies.  They have books, TV, websites, games and music rated with children in mind.  I've been fiddling with it for a few minutes and I really like it!  Check it out!


Week 7 - Wikis

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For collaboration it doesn't get much easier.  We've been using a wiki at work for a while.  We have used it to post all of the lesson plans and accompanying files for all of our computer classes.  (I actually added some filesand updated some others this morning...woohoo!)  There are many other things we are dong with our internal wiki.  It's a great way to share stuff.

After working with our staff wiki and pbwiki I am really impressed by how easy pbwiki is.

The uses for a wiki in library land are many and it really depends on what you need to do.

I wish wikis were around when I was in school.


Evaluating, Recommending & Justifying 2.0 Tools

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Marydee Ojala was the presenter at this wildly popular session.  There were no empty seats and people were standing in the back for this one!  I guess that means it’s something that a lot of people want to have strategies for. 

She discussed many different things and I know I missed a lot when taking my notes.  Luckily,  her presentation can be accessed here. 

The session began by highlighting what she planned going to discuss:

  • New Technologies
  • Evaluating, Recommending and Justifying
  • Building a business case for the new tools

2.0 = empowerment, sharing, communicating

  •  Social median & networking are interchangeable

Magazines & papers are adding things to their websites that won’t show up in archival versions (reporter’s blogs, comments on articles etc)

Social media as research (missed some of this)

  • Realtime & more

Does management really appreciate the power of social?

Does Staff?

Do you?

Personal use vs professional

  • Keep your personal life out of your worklife


  • Would you ‘SuperPoke’ your boss?
  • Post something derogatory about a coworker/customer on any social media?

Social in a business setting

  • Guidelines not that different from technology before

Why add social tools?

  • Customer expectations
  • Marketing the organization
  • Product promotion (OPAC, new materials)
  • Transmitting/sharing information
  • Learning from others
  • Reputation management


  • Get outside your comfort zone
  • It isn’t just a library decision
  • Opportunity to join a larger conversation


  • What problem does it solve?
    • Should solve problems not produce them
    • What’s the problem?
    • What’s the best solution?
    • What’s the best product?
      • How well does it solve the problem?
      • Does it work as advertised
      • Will it survive?
      • Is there tech support?  Is it good?
      • Who owns the data?
  • Common Objections
    • Social is a waste of time
    • Invasion of privacy
    • Opens us up to security violations
    • Could give away secrets
    • Just a fad…get over it

The objections are NOT trivial

  • Don’t be quick to label people ‘luddites’
  • Some are real & serious concerns
    • Got to come up with real/serious reasons you want ___ tool

Try using the phrase “Yes…and” instead of “Yes…but” when discussing objections. 

Counter Arguments

  • Need to be constructed with understanding that the objections are valid
  • What are the technical ramifications?

Who are the stakeholders in implementing new technologies?

  • IT (can be either enthusiastic or paranoid)
  • Sales & Marketing
  • HR (concerned about employee privacy)
  • Strategic Planning
  • Top Management

All the stakeholders have a different worldview.

Making the Business Case

  • Align with goals
  • How do decisions get made?
  • Build a case based on outcomes
  • Anecdotes vs. statistics (depends on your audience)
  • Tailor your arguments
  • Your timing can be very important
  • Understand the internal decision making process

Money implications

  • Free stuff costs – staff time, training, upkeep etc.


  • Know your audience
    • How do they want information delivered?
  • Start with benefits
  • Problems = Solutions

There are some things you may be able to do with out having to get ‘approval’ from management.  If you try this make sure they know about it. 

How do you measure success?

Have a good reason to want this new thing…just because it is cool does not cut it!

NO Tinselware!!!!

Other notes can be found at these sites:

Library Trainer

The Analog Divide

David Lee King