Thursday, December 16, 2010
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—U.K. researcher John Kirriemuir, “Are UK Public Libraries Expensive to Run?” in Use Libraries and Learn Stuff, Oct. 31.
-Seen in November 3rd's American Libraries Direct.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
How long has it been since you've been to your local public library? Days? Weeks? Months? Years? Never? In the midst of all the talk about funding cuts to libraries in the past year and the turmoil in the library community and among library advocates as a result, have you ever found yourself wondering, "Why do libraries need so much money? The books they lend out are free!"
Of course everyone is aware (or should be aware) that while the books are free to patrons, they're not free to libraries. And neither are the DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, downloadables, databases, facilities, professional staff, internet access, wireless connections, programs, computers—you get the picture. To provide free public services costs a lot of money.
If you don't use your library, you're probably asking yourself, "Why should I care?" Well, maybe you owe it to yourself to find out, and you don't have to leave home to do that. Check out your local library's Web site--most (if not all) have them. Find out what they offer. Ask yourself if the information you find there is useful to you. If not, ask yourself if it could be useful to someone else for different reasons.
Check out your local library's Facebook page--many have them. Follow your local library on Twitter or YouTube—yep, they’re there, too. Test your library's services from home. Using your library card, you have access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. You can try most of the library's databases from home, too—the ones that still exist after funding cuts took away most of Power Library last year. You can place books on hold and renew books from home as well. You can search the library’s catalog.
Instead, maybe you decide to pay a visit in person to your local library. In light of funding cuts, which have facilitated cuts in paid staff at many libraries, you might encounter a volunteer at the desk. A volunteer is a wonderful asset to any library. But a volunteer is not a replacement for a professional librarian or paraprofessional staff (yes, those cost money, too). Generally, a librarian has to have a Master’s in Library Science (MLS) degree to secure a professional librarian position, which usually requires 36 credit hours of coursework in a graduate program accredited by The American Library Association—that’s not free, either. I know because I have 9 credit hours left to complete in my two-year program.
Librarians today are required to know much more than the Dewey Decimal System. They are required to be technologically savvy and to instruct users on how to use the (free) internet access on the library’s computers. They have to know how to troubleshoot technical problems. They have to know and, more importantly, understand how to use the internet. Despite a perception to the contrary, the internet is not the librarian’s enemy. Librarians love Google as much as you do. However, they are trained to use it as a tool, along with other tools, including the online research databases libraries provide for free, so that the information found there can be verified and validated and therefore become more useful to the user. And of course, as always, librarians have to plan and develop new programs and services (children's programming and job search/resume assistance are two good examples) and market them; they have to institute and follow budgets; they have to build quality collections; and, in some cases, they have to facilitate the construction of new buildings. They also have to advocate for their libraries to local municipalities in order to secure funds.
Like volunteers, your monetary donations to the library are appreciated. However, a library cannot survive on donations alone. And they cannot go forward from year to year having to generate support for every dollar in funding secured. Libraries need to have a solid foundation for funding and know, with some degree of certainty, how much money they will have to depend on in order to plan for those services, collections, and programs. They have to know how many hours per week they can afford to operate. They have to know who they can and cannot hire. The yearly scramble to advocate for state and local funding takes away from the time needed to do all of those things.
I came to libraries late in life, as a second career. Before I began working in the library world about 7 years ago, I was like many of you—uninformed. I wanted to work in a library because I like books and I like to read. Still a good reason, but not good enough, not nearly good enough. Like the internet, the library is a source of unlimited information. But unlike the internet, the information found there can be contained and turned into true knowledge with the help of trained professionals and validated resources. And you can borrow the latest feature films—for free, get books to listen to on your portable device of choice—for free, browse the stacks—for free, use the computers—for free, or just sit, have a cup of coffee and read. But please, don’t confuse free services with services that are free to offer. And please, if you haven’t explored what your local public library has to offer, get on your computer or get in your car and find out. You owe it to yourself to find out what you’re missing.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Call it a hunch, but it seems to me that the thing is in the air that happens right before something — families with a million kids, cupcakes, wedding coordinators — suddenly becomes the thing everyone wants to do happy-fuzzy pop-culture stories about. Why?
-Libraries get in fights
-Librarians know stuff
-Libraries are green and local
-Libraries will give you things for free...
Go read the whole post and spread the word. I think that Linda Holmes is on to something...
We live in a 24/7 InfoWhelm world. We have access to more information than we will ever need. This video will tell you just how much information there is out there. It requires a different set of skills than the ones we leave school with today.
Thanks Marianne for buzzing about this!
Monday, July 19, 2010
This advocacy education, originally designed for public libraries participating in the Gates Foundation Opportunity Online hardware grants program, has benefited more than 3,500 librarians and library supporters across 32 states. Following training, the vast majority of participants were better advocates for their libraries—feeling more confident in their abilities and more excited about advocacy. As a result, more than 98 percent of participating libraries achieved their funding goals. Through the generosity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PLA is now able to offer this training to all ALA members.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
But the icing on the cake is that Andy Woodworth was able to get a resonse for libraries! Take a look:
Way to go Andy!! You should go read his whole post about the experience. It contains a lot of great links too.
And way to go Old Spice, you have just broken new ground in social media marketing. So, are we all ready to watch the copy cats now?...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Basically it will be a user-generated feature film shot in a single day by ANYONE on planet earth on Saturday July 24, 2010. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011! So go for it and show the world what exciting things happen in YOUR library or in YOUR life. I can't wait to see this film!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Here are a few golden nuggets...
...if you visit public libraries, you will see an essential service in action. Librarians help people who don't have other ways to get online, can't get the answers they urgently need, or simply need a safe place to bring their children.
The people who welcome us to the library are idealists who believe that accurate information leads to good decisions, and that exposure to the intellectual riches of civilization leads to a better world
While they help us get online, employed, and informed, librarians don't try to sell us anything. Nor do they broadcast our problems, send us spam, or keep a record of our interests and needs, because no matter how savvy this profession is at navigating the online world, it clings to that old-fashioned value: privacy. They represent the best civic value out there - an army of resourceful workers that can help us compete in the world.
Communities that support their libraries will have an undeniable competitive advantage.
...those who own computers or have high-speed Internet service and on-call technical assistance, will not notice the effects of a diminished public library system - not at first. Whizzes who can whittle down 15 million hits on a Google search to find the useful and accurate bits of info, and those able to buy any book or article or film they want, will escape the immediate consequences of these cuts. Those in cities that haven't preserved their libraries, those less fortunate and baffled by technology, and our children will be the first to suffer.
Thanks to Margie Perella from the Pequea Valley Public Library for pointing me to this great article. Now go share it!
Monday, June 28, 2010
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Here is a great Phishing and Spam IQ Quiz from SonicWALL that only takes a few minutes to complete. You are given 10 samples of emails that you have to determine whether they are legitimate or scams. When you get your results, you are given great information as to why something is a "Phish".
Thanks to the Swiss Army Librarian for pointing me to this great training resource that was seen in Slashdot.
Friday, May 28, 2010
1. Seeing a need
2. Addressing a need
3. Being transparent while doing so
Jeffrey Krull states "...improve our management skills so we can have a better organization". Well said!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I also find it incredibly irresponsible for you to label devices like iPods and
iPads as instruments of “distraction” and “entertainment” that are not capable
of “empowerment” when you admit within the speech you don’t know how to work
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Computers In Libraries 2010 - Reports from those who went in person or attended virtually. What did you learn, how did your presentations go, favorite and least favorite moments...
Thoughts on the use of the backchannel when presenting. Are you for or against?
Competencies and Training Needs Assessments - how do you do it, have you done it, what works and what doesn't work... We'll be discussing WebJunction's wonderful resources.
If you cannot join us, catch all of the episodes in the widget on the handy sidebar of this blog.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Digital Photo Management for Libraries
Have digital photos? Now what? Discover online management services that can make organizing photo collections easier and learn about free web-based photo editing tools that can help you to fix those not-quite-right pics. Get direct comparisons of these tools that can help you decide which are best for your needs or your library.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:
* Be able to identify at least three differences between Flickr and Picasa
* Be familiar with the photo management capabilities of Photoshop.com and Facebook
* Be able to evaluate at least two online photo editor tools
This webinar will be of interest to staff that would like to work with photos for websites or online photo management tools, and to Reference who may get questions about digital photography and other staff working with local history archives.
Webinar: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 12pm-1pm PDT (That's 3pm for EST)
Speaker: Laura Solomon
Friday, March 26, 2010
Now, she, Heather Braum, and many others have decided to take action by setting up SaveLibraries.org Read all about it in her latest post. You can also become a fan on Facebook.
Here's the message from the site and fan page:
"Our slogan is, “When one library is in trouble, ALL libraries are in trouble.” There is a trend happening in this country and it’s one as a society that we should be appalled at. Our libraries represent the freedom and democracy that our country was founded on. Can you think of another place where all are welcome? No matter what your color, religion, or economic status the library is there with open doors.
However when libraries close and communities accept library closings as “the new normal,” then all libraries are in trouble. Other states, other communities, and other politicians are going to get the message that it’s ok. If it was ok for _____________ to close it’s libraries, then it’s ok here.
Well here’s a message. It’s not ok! Especially now. Communities need their libraries more than ever. I realize that we are in a recession. I get that state and local governments are out of money. But as library professionals, it is up to us to come up with a solution. Be a part of the solution!"
Now go show your support with a Twibbon!
Monday, March 15, 2010
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(Per Lori Reed's advice, for best results after clicking play, click the full screen icon in the bottom right corner, then click Show Info in the upper right corner to view my captions for each photo/video).
Friday, January 15, 2010
This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
There is a page of results in detail, pictures, and the opportunity for patrons to continue to submit their stories.
Please promote this initiative by linking to the Snapshot website through your Website and Social Media avenues!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Featured Pennsylvania Library for WebJunction Library Spotlight
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HSLC/Access PA announces the creation of a new professional development service for libraries in Pennsylvania. WebJunction Pennsylvania (http://pa.webjunction.org/) makes a large selection of online workshops and training courses available to library employees, library board members, and trustees in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at a cost of $5 per course. The new service is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
To access the subsidized courses, eligible persons must create a free account on WebJunction, then request affiliation with WebJunction Pennsylvania (click on My Affiliations, when editing your account).
HSLC/Access PA created WebJunction Pennsylvania in partnership with WebJunction, an online learning community that incorporates social software features to encourage community building. Members of the WebJunction community share their ideas and experience and promote best practices in libraries. Pennsylvania joins over fifteen other states in this cooperative educational system. Course content is contributed by the cooperative. The WebJunction system keeps track of courses taken and can generate a certificate upon course completion.
HSLC's training for Access PA services will also be integrated into the WebJunction service, and additional courses will be shared as they are created.
What to do now:
Visit the new WebJunction Pennsylvania (http://pa.webjunction.org/).
- Create a new account, or sign in with your current WebJunction username and password.
- If you create a new account, be sure to check the box to request affiliation with Pennsylvania, when you get to the affiliations page.
- If you already have an account, after signing in, click on *Edit Account* and the My Affiliations tab to request affiliation with Pennsylvania.
- After you take a look around, we’d love to hear from you about your experiences in the member center (http://pa.webjunction.org/membercenter).
- Need help? Find help and support in the member center, or you can always contact us (http://pa.webjunction.org/contact).
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Friday, January 8, 2010
1) Your One Sentence Bio
A surrendering to something greater than myself mother and wife who likes to sing and is a training coordinator for a public library system.
2) Do you blog? If yes, how did you come up with your blog name?
Yes. I always warn the library-types I train that I am NOT a creative-type; I'm more of a math/science-type, and I don't come up with very original stuff; hence, the name of this blog...
3) What is your professional background?
I have a BA in Social Work with a minor in Spanish and I almost finished a tech degree in Computer Information Systems. See question 21 for more details.
4) What training do you do? staff? patrons? types of classes?
Strictly staff/volunteers. Millennium ILS, Microsoft Office, Social Media, and anything else staff/volunteers need to use a computer for in our libraries.
5) What training do you think is most important to libraries right now
How to do advocacy well - something I know nothing about but can see is desperately needed.
6) Where do you get your training?
I LOVE webinars, especially the free variety as that works well with my current budget.
7) How do you keep up?
If only I could! I do my best through RSS (just made the switch from Bloglines to Google Reader last week and LOVE it), tweets, Facebook, Friendfeed, podcasts, video, flickr, etc.
8) What do you think are the biggest challenges libraries are facing right now?
Funding, funding, oh, and funding!
9) What are biggest challenges for trainers?
For underfunded and understaffed libraries to see the value of time/cost needed for training.
10) What exciting things are you doing training wise?
Currently working on being able to offer some e-learning Microsoft tutorials through CustomGuide.
11) What do you wish were you doing?
Wish I were home with my 2 beautiful girls. For a more work-related answer, I wish I could be training the public; the patrons, on all things technology with a focus on social media.
12) What would you do with a badger?
Stand at least twenty feet away from it. Wait, make that thirty feet.
13) What's your favorite food?
Teff, an amazing Ethiopian grain. I gave up all forms of sugar, wheat and flour over 9 years ago and have discovered so many amazing foods.
14) If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you want to have with you?
15) Do you know what happens when a grasshopper kicks all the seeds out of a pickle?
It's left with a seedless pickle.
16) Post it notes or the back of your hand?
Post it notes - everywhere...
17) Windows or Mac?
Windows, but wish I weren't.
18) Talk about one training moment you'd like to forget?
I had a training while working in private industry where we were shoved in a room big enough to hold a small round table and I had to train the president, vp and 2 other high ranking people (usually the hardest types to train as they usually have other people do everything for them) for 2 straight days; agony!
19) What's your take on handshakes?
They are a necessary evil.
20) Global warming: yes or no
I'm afraid the answer is... yes.
21) How did you get into this line of work?
Feel free to read the twisted tale here.
22) What is the best part of your job?
Watching someones eyes grow big and hear them let out an "oooh" or an "ahhh" when they learn how to do something really cool or something that will save them TONS of time on a computer.
23) Why should someone else follow in your shoes?
I have to agree with Peter here and suggest people find their own pair of shoes.
24) Sushi or hamburger?
Neither thank you. Refer to question 13.
25) LSW or ALA?
LSW, it's hip, it's what I can afford, and it allows me to wear a cape when I'm in the mood.
26) What one person in the world do you want to have lunch with and why?
Mary, the mother of God, to ask her how she survived motherhood and how to cultivate unconditional love and acceptance.
27) What cell phone do you have and why?
A Motorola E815 I got over 5 years ago because it still works, I only use it for telephone calls, and I'm too broke to afford a data plan.