I’ve been trying to find ways to enliven PatRec for awhile now, as I don’t post as much as I used to, and some of my energy/content has drifted off to other shores (Audioboo, TechSource, etc). I think I finally found a solution that I can use: FeedWordpress. It’s a plugin that pulls RSS, and … Continue reading Success!
This is a panel that I was a part of at ALA 2009 on the future of mobile….phenomenal panelists. I was especially geeked to finally get to meet Eli Neiburger. Anyway, we all had something to say about the future of mobile, and what libraries need to be worried about. Watch it, and let me … Continue reading Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations
Thanks to my coworker Andrea for the wording below…we have a quandary at MPOW, and we’re trying to work out the best answer. We need your help in seeing other ways of handling the situation. So: to the question! The context: Here at UTC, we require our patrons to login with a username and password … Continue reading Guest computer access
Just some quick thoughts about my recent posts, as responses to comments. Todd said: Virtual meetings are all very nice, but its never the same as meeting people in person. In addition, real-life conferences give you a chance to see places you might not have gone otherwiseâ€¦virtual conferences mean you stay right where you are. … Continue reading Some clarification re:conferences
After thinking a bit more on the conference issue, and reflecting on discussions I had with Michelle Boule at Internet Librarian, there’s another piece to the revenue puzzle that is worth considering. Warning: more numbers ahead. Let’s assume, for a moment, that everyone going to ALA Annual preregisters. Not true, but we’re looking for rough … Continue reading Conferences and revenue
After returning from Internet Librarian, I’ve been thinking a lot about conference models and how the ALA and library conferences in general need to change in order to survive the next 5-10 years. The existing ALA model is broken beyond repair, and while I know that the ALA has a task force on virtual membership … Continue reading Why online conferences win
Updated with correct URL!!! Please take our survey!!!! You will almost certainly see this call for input on a few blogs this week, as well as listservs and other electronic means of communication in libraryland. Consider that behind the scenes, some of us are trying desperately to build a different sort of library conference…Better than … Continue reading Library Technology Conferences
I call upon the wisdom of the Intertubes: Help me decide on a smartphone. Our cell contract runs out this month, and I need to get a Smartphone of some type. Needs: Obviously, it needs to be a good phone IM, SMS, and email must be solid and easy to use (bonus for gmail & … Continue reading Smartphone choices
If anyone reading this blog would do me a huge favor and throw a linkback or comment or mention on your blog my way…we’re trying desperately to find a great candidate for our recently vacated Head of Systems position here at UTC. The entire job ad is here, and here’s a brief description. If anyone … Continue reading Head, Library Information Technology Services
Inspired by an Ask Metafilter comment, I decided to track down a 2004 political map, and let people draw their own conclusions about links between votes and gas prices. What is the same about this: And this… See any patterns?