October 28, 2009

Tag Cloud of Tweets for Internet Librarian 2009

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October 27, 2009

WebSite Improvement Faceoff


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October 25, 2009

Web Manager's Academy - Mind map of topics

Just a quick map of what topics are of the most interest.

mind map of web manager's topics

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Web Manager's Academy Word Cloud - Internet Librarian 2009

What do participants want to know?

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May 01, 2009

Friday Funny Videos - Comic Sans to the Rescue


Warm Up Acts:

"Font Conference
This video wasn't long enough, so we made it double-spaced."

Leave it to the Onion - Extra-Slanty Italics Introduced For Extremely Important Words

Watch Font Conference and more funny videos on CollegeHumor

Related Funny Video Posts

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April 01, 2009

CIL Tweet Cloud for April 1: Mining the Conversations

The Raw Truth*

24 hours
50 tweets per page x ~ 25 pages = ~ 1250 tweets
3,472 paragraphs
30,944 words
*standard pagination and navigation / twitter links stripped where possible, posting client not stripped

Twitter like pencil sharpener photo
Photo by Brian Sawyer via Flickr

Here's a tag cloud showing the tweets for the 24 hours for the last day of Computers in Libraries.
Computers in Libraries 2009 Logo

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Librarians Rule! Dead Tech Presentation showcased by Slideshare

Hurrah - this email was not an April Fool's prank. Had to check that before I was fooled in front of many many folks.

Check it out on the Slideshare Tech page -- have a couple of laughs -- don't forget to eat some chocolate or drink some beer for some of the more dire predictions. Warning ... cataloguers - this presentation may be hazardous to your career ;-).

Oh and if you like it please pass it along.

Dead Tech presentation featured

Screen snapshot via Flickr

First this email:

Hi fichter!
Your presentation Dead & Innovative Technology: Moving & Shaking in the Information World is currently being showcased on the 'Technology' page by our editorial team.

It's likely to remain there for the next 16-20 hours...

And boy does Slideshare know how to flatter folks (LOL). Their second email calls you a rockstar. Sharing this because of how they are promoting the use of social media for promotion and doing a workshop on that tomorrow.

You're a SlideShare RockStar

Hi fichter,

We've noticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting a LOT of views in the last 24 hours. Great job ... you must be doing something right. ;-)

Why don't you tweet or blog this? Use the hashtag #bestofslideshare so we can track the conversation.

-SlideShare Team

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Dead Tech and Cool Tools Presentations at Computers in Libraries 2009

Here are the slides from the Cool Tools presentation that Frank Cervone and I did at Computers in Libraries 2009 served up by Slideshare.net (a cool tool)

I have also posted the slides from the Dead and Innovative Technology Panel on Tuesday evening.

Past Cool Tool presentations (we try not to repeat any tools).

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March 29, 2009

What do 2009 CIL Web Manager Academy participants want to know?

Here's what they'd like to find out today:

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See last year's CIL tag cloud.

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March 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day and I'd Like to Recognize Canada's Valerie Steeves

A few weeks ago Suw Charman-Anderson pledged to blog on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same. I guess you've figured out that I signed up and so did more 1500 other people to do a blog posts, podcast, and other online media.

Read the comments and headlines about the posts that have been uploaded all day.

Who was Ada?

Ada Lovelace"Ada Lovelace was one of the world's first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software."

Who is Valerie Steeves?

Valerie SteevesValerie's main area of research is about human rights and technology issues. I have been fortunate to hear Valerie speak about privacy issues and cyberspace a couple of times.

The new wave of technologies creates new opportunities for good effects and harmful effects on privacy, identity theft, confidential communications, security and safety. It's important to have someone like Valerie looking at the intersection of human rights, privacy, new technologies, and the law.

Valerie works on so many fronts from being a privacy activist helping forge policies to designing interactive games that are used by children to protect their privacy and security in cyberspace to being a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights where she sought public input into the meaning of privacy as a human right and helped draft the Committee's report, Where Do we Draw the Line?

Valerie Steeves is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada.

Thanks Valerie for all the great work!

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February 11, 2009

Lovely Charts - Create Flowcharts, Wireframes, Organization Charts, and Network Diagrams

Dog licking strawberry popsicles

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This is easy to use free tool makes creating and exporting flowcharts and site maps a snap.

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February 08, 2009

David Lee King - What Special Things Can We Do at Digital Branch?

Bookshelf spectrum

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David has a neat blog thread going about crafting the library experience and Doing Stuff at the Library’s Website. He's followed it up with a new post, Doing Unique Things at the Digital Branch based on a comment I had made.

I left this comment on the David's post but thought I'd share it here too.

I guess I'm a bit of a "what if" thinker. I see so many possibilities - some silly and some with merit (I hope) for digital library services. There's so much to be tapped into online and we've just started. Here's a few of the ideas that come to mind.

Doing It Online with a Twist
First, some libraries are already doing similar things with an unique twist. For example, we offer reference in the branch but online if we want to do it 24x7 it makes sense to partner with others so that's a bit of twist. It's not your "local" librarian who answers and it's round the clock.

User Contributed Books
User contributed content is a hot trend online and what if we could marry the real world and digital world to do more for our communities. I wonder if any libraries are doing this yet? Letting users "tag" - "I own this book too and I would lend it"? This would really help with the bestseller lineups. Or add items they have the library doesn't. Imagine your book and magazine collection. A community library added to by the community.

It'd be hard to do this in the real library -- a) you'd run out of room b) end up with 5000 duplicates etc etc. Virtually it could be done and for "user contributed books", it could have software to generate a "request" to borrow that would email the book owner. A fancy system would print out a "Community Contributed Book Slip" that could be dropped off with the book at the nearest branch. This _COULD_ be done in way that the Lender and the Recipient remain anonymous or not depending on what is preferred.

Organization Contributed Content

If the thought of users contributed book holdings is mind boggling, what about other organizations? What if organizations in your community that have special libraries around autism, cancer, etc. could add their collections to the library catalogue and people could request items to be picked up at a branch close to them?

Visualizing, Merchandising, Clustering and Packaging

Libraries could also create unique visualizations - coverflow of the new books or the items on the return cart or last 50 items checked out. These mimic the real world but we could literally have hundreds online and all kinds of them. There's literally hundreds of different ways to visualize books/collections.
-Coverflow - new knitting books
-Coverflow - last returned mysteries

Data Mining to Create New Services/Content

University of Pittsburgh library does this with Yahoo Pipes, a mashup too. They parse some of the licensed article databases to identify new articles by their "faculty" and then show that as ticker on the site. Yes you can see it in the building if you're using the web site. But it's something we can do online much easier than in the physical library. But what if we also built a page of cover art - books published by our faculty that showed up all year. For public libraries - books published by authors from our community or that are set in our community (from there you of course leap to a Google Map Mashup and from there to a Community Walk - book/walking tour)

Or what if we alerted our faculty every time we discover one of their works in a licensed db and say this is available now via our library in our "licensed" collection. Academic libraries are looking for ways to inform users that we pay for the licensed databases that they use, so this could be service and educational moment.

Take a Chunk of our Library with You to Remix and Publish

What if we allowed our users to take a chunk of the library to their own sites -- post this feed on their site or a segment our collection on it - the sociology reading room... Amazon let 100,000 web sites rebundle their content and covers starting about 10 years ago.

Redesign the Library
Has anyone let people re-arrange / redesign their library like those decorating tools? Much easier digitally? Submit a new floor plan.

Here's one student who write about at Tropical Paradise at the Library.

the good life - reading at the beach

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I'm sure there are libraries that had users participate in designing Second Life spaces and in a virtual world many many things are possible that one could never do in a real library. After all reading in a water fountain doesn't turn out too well.

Some libraries let you "rearrange" the library web site by offering personalize options - that's a bit tricky to do in a physical branch - some have areas where you can move the furniture but not most don't let you shift a lot of things around and share your ideas.

Sometimes, the Simplest Ideas Work Best

Sometimes simplest ideas work best. Let your library users take a photo of their library and share it on the site. Let folks vote for their favourite ones. They do garden tours in the summer for gardening enthusiasts - not so easy to tour people's homes and see their libraries. Book lovers love to see other book rooms.

What other "what ifs" can you think of?

Please feel free to comment here and leave new ideas at David's post.

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