September 27, 2009

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@hblowers felicity & natasha are wonderful & that’s a great CML/YPL exchange program. going to add job exchange to#alaconnect b/c of it :-) [shifted]
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September 26, 2009

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@DownersGroveVlg will you have a magnet onsite for erasing hard drives? [shifted]
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@librarienne hey – I didn’t know you were in that group. say hi next time! :-) [shifted]
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@Altair77 sorry about that. someone accidentally posted the document to other#alaconnect groups. it’s been fixed & won’t happen again. [shifted]
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great lunch w/2 aussie librarians from#yarraplenty, visiting the U.S. wanted to talk about gaming – can’t wait to see what they do next! [shifted]
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@bibliobbabe it *is* a fine line but it sounds to me (in the peanut gallery) like the oak brook director did a pretty good job of walking it [shifted]
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new post: The Book Was Not Driven by Reading http://bit.ly/1LHW9G [shifted]
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@oodja sadly, no gaming at#alamw2010 – no $ for it :( [shifted]

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September 25, 2009

The Book Was Not Driven by Reading

I hadn’t seen Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination TED talk before. It’s an interesting take on the printing press, the book, and reading, and how they’re not as connected as we think they’ve always been. The whole talk (short at just eight minutes) is interesting because of the way Walker links different items together.

“The book was not driven by reading. In 1455, nobody could read, so why did the printing press succeed?… The printing press was driven entirely by the printing of forgivenesses and had nothing to do with reading….”


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September 25th Stream

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The 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting will take place in Boston, MA. See you there!
ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting

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From ALA Connect: ALA Midwinter Meeting: The 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting will take place in Bos.. http://bit.ly/IY1Fm [shifted]
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a library director specifically noted for being loyal to her staff is somehow a bad thing. opposite of awesome. http://bit.ly/h2mYV [shifted]

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September 24, 2009

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new post: Social Media Policies http://bit.ly/15GyWO [shifted]
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@kgs ’tis strange indeed that BBW isn’t listed there. I’m pulling in @amlibraries to see if they can fix this. thx for the heads up [shifted]
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puppets explaining why banning books is a bad idea. awesome. http://bit.ly/xJXlv (youtube) [shifted]
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@anildash they shouldn’t just aspire to not be evil. they should work hard to be as *good* as libraries are. [shifted]
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September 23, 2009

Social Media Policies

Yesterday I was invited to the DuPage Library System to give a presentation about ALA Connect as part of the kickoff session for their year-long series of programs called “Let’s Get Social.” I had a great time, and I was pleased to hear positive comments about Connect and its future, so thanks for inviting me, DLS! If you’re in the Chicagoland area and want to learn more about social media, this is a great opportunity (see the rest of the series listed in the entry here).

During the lunch break, I was asked about social media policies for libraries, so rather than just send the URL for the Database of Social Media Policies to two people, I figured I’d post it here in case you haven’t seen it yet. While it’s more business-oriented at the moment, it does include a category for government and non-profit organizations. If your library ends up implementing a social media policy, help out and use the “add your policy” option on on the site so that we can build a repository of library policies, too.

If you haven’t tracked it, the site Mashable also has lots of great tips, recommendations, and suggestions, including a post from April asking Should Your Company Have a Social Media Policy. If you find the site a little overwhelming, try tracking just the How to category as a start.


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September 23rd Stream

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made my day! RT @reblakeley: @shifted Got my first mentee @ALAConnect ! :-Dy [shifted]
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gearing up for a presentation about#alaconnect at the lovely @dupagels [shifted]
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lynn dennis is showing http://rosellelibrary.ning.com- cool! [shifted]
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@MaryAnnHarlan jfyi, our website was under a denial of service attack this morning, which is why it wasn’t working. should be okay now [shifted]
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"I came in Monday morning to see these messages all over our sidewalks. Every approach to Crumb Library had been tagged…. A very public complaint, and a very clear one. I dont feel comfortable ignoring or responding privately to public complaints. So, later in the day, I replied…. Were working up a similar poster for the Crane Library to respond to concerns from the music school students. I was aiming for fast, transparent, and public, and I think I hit all three goals. I realize, as I type this, that I was also aiming for personable and approachable, and I hope I hit that one, too. I spent half an hour talking to people and soliciting opinions about approaches, and a few hours fiddling with a poster design… and maybe, just maybe, as a result of my decision to take those few hours last night to respond, the people whore frustrated that we close at 6 on Fridays will understand why that is. And maybe well get some suggestions about what theyd prefer we do."

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@cclibrarian it would be really great if u could send me URLs or page names so I can submit them to be fixed. thx! (jlevine [at] ala.org) [shifted]
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@cclibrarian I know – the sheer size and amount of info makes it difficult to maintain. feel free to send me problems as u come across them [shifted]

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