Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hysterical Satire on Twitter

For you twitter users (or those curious about it), here is a VERY entertaining video, the trouble with twitter:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Self Check Baby!

We are rolling out the self-check machines this week. The pilot study at Lancaster Public Library was a success. Wanted to share some photos of all of the hard work going on here at the System getting 14 stations set up - no easy task!! As you can see, John Ditmore is doing a lot of the work! Be sure to follow the project on LILLY (our intranet, requires login).

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm a Shover & Maker!!

Shovers and Makers 2009: I’m a winner! (So are you.)

Check it out here. I want to express my sincere thanks to the Library Society of the World.

Conversants :-) A Participatory Conversation

This is a GREAT idea for continuing your professional development FOR FREE and without any travel! Please read Jill Hurst-Wahl's post detailing this fascinating idea. She is part of the group that is organizing this global event. Here's an intro:

"We invite you to join the movement to create and share information through worldwide coordinated conversations. Library communities and organizations are uniquely poised to employ the latest collaborative resources; the conversations that result from these collaborations hold great promise for students and practitioners across the information professions. Sharing knowledge and expertise via these collaborative conversations as part of a united effort is both beneficial and necessary, so we invite you lend your voice and join us in this unique event. Become a Conversant!
This effort is spearheaded by R. David Lankes with support from the Information Institute at Syracuse University, librarians and library students."

The post has more details and here is a video explaining the idea. I will be following this closely:

Introducing Conversants from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Google Celebrates Spring AND Eric Carle

googleericcarlespring09, originally uploaded by Slzimm1.

Cool! Google is celebrating the first day of spring today by using a design by Eric Carle. Here's an article with more details. What a nice surprise to see this logo today (Google is my home page, of course!).

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Miller Branch Library "Terror in the Stacks"

Gotta love the ingenuity and creativity of the folks at Howard County Library's Miller Branch:

Monday, March 9, 2009

Computer Hardware in Plain English

Common Craft has done it again... Love their videos. This one is "a short explanation of the basic parts of computers and what they do to make computers work. Focuses on the Hard Drive, RAM and Processor."

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

WebJunction's 23 Things Summit

WebJunction put on one of the best webinars I have attended yesterday. Check out their page in reference to the 23 Things Summit. They had a question and answer style dialog with those who have done staff development learning using social collaboration tools = Learning2.0. This is something I hope to do here one day, so I've been following these examples for awhile. It was nice to have a big gathering in one spot to glean even more information.

This was one of WJ's biggest webinars to date with over 200 people in attendance. The latest trend in webinars is people twittering the event at the same time using a hashtag so everyone can reference the tweets. See the tweets from this event here. There were over 25 pages full of tweets and we trended at the top of twitter for awhile. Between that and the chat log in the webinar and listening to the presenters and taking notes on our intranet wiki at the same time, by the end of 2 hours - I was exhausted. But what a great experience! Be sure to check out all of the resources on WebJunction related to this inspiring online event.