Thursday, March 29, 2007

Should libraries blog?

This quotation I read on The Book Depository says it all if we change "business" to "libraries:"

In an interview with David Sifry, the founder and CEO of Technorati, reproduced in Bob Walsh’s excellent Clear Blogging, Walsh asks: “So, do you think blogging is going to change the whole process of how companies and customers relate to each other?” Sifry replies: “Let me put it this way: Has email fundamentally changed how business and people relate to each other?”

If we are to be assured of reaching the young adult population, then blogging and MySpace accounts seem to be a good way to reach these folks on their own turf although it might be better to ask them!

Monday, March 26, 2007

#12 of the 27 Things

If didn't have such a challenging name (I look away and forget its breakdown), the concept is delectable. Working telephone reference, we need site access quickly and are plagued by too many bookmarks (some of which date way back) and too many systems of categorization by different compilers so one is never certain one can find the World Time Server under Geography, Time Zones, World Clock, etc. This would solve it. Having used Library Thing, I am completely onboard with the concept and consider an excellent tool which I only discovered today. This project really works! Look forward to using it at home, too.

27 Things Learning

I'm still thinking about how the library can use MySpace other than its obvious availability to young people.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The 27 Things Continued may be my undoing. While setting up the account on MySpace was not a problem, it appears I am to remain a solitary poster or find some completely quiet, focused time off the phone to figure out these illusive paths to friendship. Perhaps it was something I said?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

#6, #7 and #8 of the 27 Things

Either I'm slowing down or the 27 things are speeding up. I feel like I'm panting to keep up with the assignments. Finally explored the mashups a bit last night and created a poster from one of my Flickr photos, thanks to the aid of Advocate Matt. I had so many windows open, I wasn't sure which one I was in at any one time and to whom I had handed my login info. The libary could do realistic posters of actual library events using these mashups, i.e. Connie & Lisa introducing the author at the Book Group Event, Jim in costume doing a story hour, etc. No end of options once we start documenting presentations on camera.

Moved on to Bloglines easily enough and set up an account, added all of the assigned RSS feeds and a few others. Today I managed to track down a library-related site and get back on target. This *is* a work project! I was hunting for Stumpers which I hadn't heard about for awhile and found it has retired, but is now being resurrected on a site called Project Wombat (which didn't have an RSS feed).

The buzz is contagious. All around the room, I can hear queries and exclamations as people tackle the 27 Things.

Monday, March 12, 2007