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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“Word­Press is one of the most pop­u­lar blog­ging plat­forms avail­able today. And for good reason.

Its pow­er­ful enough to be a com­plete CMS, has every fea­ture or func­tion a blog­ger could dream of (either built in or avail­able via plu­g­ins or cus­tom func­tions), and its free and open source.

While Word­Press is incred­i­bly pow­er­ful and easy to use on its most basic lev­els, it can also get pretty com­pli­cated, pretty quickly.

Below are more than 300 resources to help you mas­ter Word­Press no mat­ter what your skill level is.

Every­thing from pre­mium and free themes to plu­g­ins to WP hacks and every­thing in between is included. If its pos­si­ble with Word­Press, its likely youll find it below.” — via ALD

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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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