December 30, 2009
Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract new Users - Nov. 2009
I have finally finished compiling the results of the Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract new Users - Second Survey November 2009 into a 15 page report. I was truly amazed at all of the extremely useful comments. It was quite difficult narrowing it down to the most substantial and useful for the purposes of the report.
The report can now be found on Slideshare.
You can make comments on the report at the Slideshare page if you have an account. You can also download the report or email it to others who may be interested, etc.
As a result of the growing numbers of library staff members and those who serve on boards of trustees and interested friends groups (768 took the survey), I am planning to conduct it twice in 2010.
To those of you who responded, thank you for your time and thoughtful input. I hope you enjoy it and can find it useful.
Happy New Year!
December 09, 2009
November 30, 2009
Once again, the USC School of Library and Information Science Student Association is offering their wonderful fundraiser calendar. The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS for 2010! It's now available to purchase so get yours today! Here's the info from their blog:
Another year, another calendar to choose for your wall. Would you like some puppies in a basket? Perhaps a gallery of assorted fruits with faces drawn on them? Well, forget about them! The mildly attractive gentlemen attending USC have assembled for your viewing pleasure throughout 2010, arranging themselves in iconic poses from the history of film. And, lest you think the calendar is all sticks and veggies, witness some of the beef we've got... Wow, all that and more? (It's ok if you're not even reading at this point; just click "Add to Cart" and we'll be even) Does the calendar include important ALA and SCLA dates so you can plan the year's conferences around a bevy of ALA-certified grade-A guybrarians? Look no further! There's even a convenient button below to make the process as painless as taking a masters student "between the stacks." All proceeds from sales will be used to fund SLIS students' attendance at major conferences, assuring you can meet them in person! (Pricing: $12 per calendar, $3 shipping or purchase directly from Davis College and its LISSA officers)
November 25, 2009
For the full article, visit http://www.govtech.com/pcio/728193. Thanks for sending this to me, Rick! :-)
November 20, 2009
State CIO Priorities November 18, 2009
A. Priority Strategies, Management Processes and Solutions
Top 10 Final Ranking
1. Budget and Cost Control: managing budget reduction, strategies for savings, reducing or avoiding costs, activity based costing
2. Consolidation: centralizing, consolidating services, operations, resources, infrastructure, data centers
3. Shared Services: business models, sharing resources, services, infrastructure, independent of organizational structure
4. Broadband and Connectivity: strengthening statewide connectivity, broadband and wireless
5. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: execution, support, reporting, data management
6. Security: risk assessment, security safeguards, enterprise policies, employee education, data protection, insider threat
7. Transparency: open government, performance measures and data, accountability, access to government data
8. Infrastructure: data centers, infrastructure investment, critical infrastructure protection
9. Health Information: architecture, assessment, partnering, implementation, health information exchange, technology solutions
10. Governance: improving IT governance, data governance
B. Priority Technologies, Applications and Tools
Top 10 Final Ranking
1. Virtualization (storage, computing, data center, servers, applications)
2. Networking, voice and data communications, unified communications
3. Document/Content/Records/E-mail management (repository, archiving, digital preservation)
4. Cloud computing, software as a service
5. Security enhancement tools
6. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Legacy application modernization-renovation
7. Geospatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
8. Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA) applications
9. Identity and access management
10. Social Media and Networking (Web 2.0 services, wikis, blogs, collaboration technologies, and social networking)
November 19, 2009
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November 17, 2009
10 Things to do at a Library that Don’t Involve Renting Books
Libraries have long stood as a cornerstone of neighborhoods across the world, offering access to books and other resources for entertainment in addition to research purposes. In their continuing devotion to nurturing a love of reading and knowledge in the citizenry, many have expanded their offerings beyond the ability to rent books. Some newer features embrace technological advances, while others provide free services blending education and enjoyment. No matter what extras these libraries offer, all of them continue the tradition of intellectually and creatively stimulating their respective communities.
- 1. Access digital media : In addition to the usual databases filled with millions of journal articles, libraries across the world have expanded their virtual offerings in order to keep up with new media trends and advances. MP3s, WMAs, and iPod-compatible audiobooks from a broad spectrum of genres are all available for download or streaming. eBooks have also been made available as well, either for reading online or as a download to a portable device such as Kindle or the iPhone. Some even offer videos of children's books that blend the illustrations with narration to replicate traditional storytimes. And with an automated checkout and check in system, users entirely dismiss the fear of late fines.
2. Have coffee: Literature and coffee share an undeniably intimate connection, and many libraries celebrate this revered union with their own shops and cafés. Such measures serve the dual purpose of generating much-needed extra revenue as well as catering to the interests of those who prefer flavoring their mochas with a little Murakami. They also act as an alternative study space for students and other researchers wanting immediate access to information and data while under the influence of a generously stimulating caffeine jolt.
3. Take a computer class : Because of their status as an integral aspect of communities everywhere, libraries seek to empathize with and address the various stresses and complaints of their patrons. With technology advancing at an alarmingly rapid clip, it comes as no surprise that many individuals – most especially seniors - find themselves intimidated by computers, software, and the associated peripherals. As a result, many libraries have opened up their computer labs and stations to teaching free courses in Microsoft Office, the internet, HTML, and other basics as a means of helping people assuage their reservations and anxieties regarding technology. These classes also help grant established workers and those eagerly seeking employment a much-needed résumé boost as well.
4. Entertain children. : Not surprisingly, libraries seek to instill their core values of knowledge and curiosity in children while they still remain impressionable and open to new ideas. They accomplish this by hosting a slew of educational and fun events specially tailored to appeal to kids and their interests. Parents can take children to regularly scheduled storytimes, where librarians read books out loud and play games or organize activities around subject matter relating to that day's featured book. Storytime makes for a fun, stimulating, and no-pressure introduction to recognizing and analyzing themes, characters, symbols, and other literary devices that children will face later on in their schooling. Most libraries also host summer programs, offering prizes, certificates, coupons, and other incentives to children based on how many books they read during their break from school. Best of all, these services come entirely free of charge, allowing parents to keep their children's attentions occupied in a safe, educational environment without having to worry about denting the pocketbook.
5. Rent movies and music : Libraries have carried documentaries and other educational or instructional films and videos for decades now, but recently many have expanded into carrying mainstream movies as well. While they frequently lag when it comes to offering very new releases, most of them offer a back catalogue brimming with DVDs of classic, foreign, and older contemporary films. They also carry many television shows and specials as well. Likewise, many libraries stock an impressive amount of music to check out as well. As with movies, they may be slow to acquire recently released albums, but will not balk at offering the back catalogues of popular, independent, and obscure artists alike, either. In defense of the First Amendment, several libraries take no issue with renting music with controversial lyrics, allowing parents to personally discern what they do and do not deem appropriate listening for their children.
6. Entertain young adults : Like their children's programs, libraries also offer after school and evening events centering on the needs and interests of young adults. They tend to emphasize a more eclectic variety of activities than the more youthful counterparts, with art or craft classes, book clubs, fiction and poetry workshops, video and board game nights, and cultural exchanges ranking as some of the most popular events. Some have even hosted dance lessons and poetry slams targeted towards young adults as well. For parents concerned about their teenager's safety and overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being, these programs offer wholesome entertainment that seeks to engage and educate rather than exploit or isolate.
7. Join a book club : Library activities are not solely relegated to the entertainment and education of children and adolescents. Many also host book clubs for adults, sometimes forming different groups for different genres so fans of one don’t have to slog through the others to find a title that piques their interest. With a librarian assisting in the selection process, the featured reads come recommended based more on merit rather than popularity – a welcome solace for anyone who cringes over empty celebrities or talk show hosts proselytizing about dodgy, flavor-of-the-month novels with little regard to actual content or literary style. Some may even supplement discussions with lectures or workshops regarding themes and subjects similar to the current read. Book clubs make for an excellent, economical way to make new friends, get exposed to some great literature, and learn how to become a more informed, analytical, and intelligent reader in the process.
8. Take an SAT or ACT Practice Exam : Scourge of college-bound high school students across the United States, the SAT and ACT exams require an exhausting amount of study in order to master. While practice tests can be found online and on the shelves, many students are opting to take advantage of library programs offering free or heavily discounted run-throughs of the real thing. Occasionally accompanied by a prep course, these practice exams replicate the quiet, restrained experience of taking a standardized test without the distractions inherent in the computer or book versions available at home.
9. Attend a job fair : In light of layoffs, unemployment, and other hallmarks of a crumbling economy, libraries have been hosting job fairs for struggling locals to network with other professionals and employers. Every opportunity to learn of new openings and meet with potential connections ought to be explored, and taking advantage of the library’s services opens up so many valuable doors. Some counties also offer complimentary classes on writing striking cover letters and résumés and interview etiquette to help their patrons gain an advantage when trying to re-enter the work force. Interested parties may also want to supplement their job search with the aforementioned computer classes, as it means one more admirable trait to add onto a list of skills. As a necessary component of a healthy community, the library provides a number of valuable resources and services for its friends and neighbors to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
10. Book a meeting room : Most libraries have a conference room or two available to rent, either for free or a small fee - some may even check out AV equipment and peripherals for presentations as well. Many local chapters of national organizations and charities elect to convene at libraries due to their convenient proximity to potentially necessary information and free wi-fi connections. Whether or not a library chooses to allow business meetings varies from county to county, but in the event money is to change hands in order to take advantage of their resources, at least it all goes back into the community.
In spite of offering a wide variety of valuable services, activities, projects, and events, many people still view libraries as merely a means of renting books and nothing more. However, these treasured institutions have deftly adapted to shifts in technology and patron interests in order to both expand their role in society as well as preserve their allegiance to the pursuit of knowledge and education. Whether they provide safe entertainment for teenagers, computer lessons for the elderly, or employment assistance and placement for the harried jobless, every auxiliary activity these libraries host helps to reinforce and stabilize the backbone of their surrounding communities.
November 12, 2009
Thank you for taking time to respond to this survey on American libraries using Social Media tools for PR/Marketing. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. It is a follow up to a survey of the same type conducted March 2009.
The survey will end on Wednesday November 25, 2009, 5:00pm EST.
Please forward this survey to library colleagues, state library association listservs, or others who may be interested.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the video, McNamee emphasizes the importance of telling stories.
An op-ed written by then-ALA President Jim Rettig and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey appeared in the Sun-Times prior to the Annual Conference. A link to the op-ed can also be found on the blog.
Visibility @ your library provides librarians and library supporters with news and information about important communications issues from ALA’s Public Information Office and the Campaign for America’s Libraries. It also contains links to the latest ALA News.
November 10, 2009
Each interview concludes with resources where viewers can find further information. We hope you find these interviews useful for staff development & training as well as providing an insight to what we do at the SC State Library.
November 03, 2009
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October 21, 2009
Barnes & Noble’s Kindle competitor may have been the worst-kept secret since balloon boy’s disastrous appearance on CNN last week.
But the advance hype doesn’t seem to have hurt the launch of the Nook, an impressive-looking $260 device that will go head-to-head with Amazon.com’s Kindle, currently the most successful product in a small but growing market for e-book readers.
Basic details of the Nook were published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday following leaked images that appeared on Gizmodo last week. And Barnes & Noble leaked product details hours before reporters filed into Pier 60 in Manhattan for the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
“Simply following the leader is not in our DNA,” said Barnes & Noble president William Lynch.
October 18, 2009
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Ordinary Heroes is a collection of 48 hauntingly beautiful portraits of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. They have been captured by photographer Tom Casalini over a year’s time and travel, and each is accompanied by his insightful observations or a shared thought from that individual. Casalini will appear for a book talk and signing reception at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, on Tuesday October 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase with portions of the proceeds going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society as well as various Veteran organizations and groups throughout the United States.
tom casaliniThe book opens with the stories of some of the Medal Recipients in-depth, as told to writer Tim Wallis. Throughout the telling of the stories, Wallis has woven his own childhood remembrances of growing up in middle America during the same years. It contrasts the world these men experience as they fought and won their Medals of Honor against the backdrop of the world of innocence and freedom they were fighting to protect.
Casalini tours the nation sharing a dynamic, emotional, unforgettable presentation about the recipients of our nation’s highest tribute for valor – The Medal of Honor. The uplifting message of the heroism potential in all of us is an outgrowth of his yearlong experience in 18 states and 52 cities photographing living Medal of Honor recipients. Walter Cronkite stated, “Ordinary Heroes is a brilliant title as this book speaks of the ordinary lives from which heroes emerge and to which most return. And it is a perfect oxymoron as we learn here of that extraordinary courage in combat that brought them to the nation’s highest honor.”
For more information about Ordinary Heroes, visit www.ordinaryheroesbook.com.
October 07, 2009
October 06, 2009
LIBRARIES! Are you tapped in to this wonderful mode of communication? Reach out to a new set of customers. You'll be surprised at how many will people in your community will become a fan of your library on Facebook!
Fueled in large part by younger women, Facebook’s US active base grew by 8.6% in September 2009 to 88.3 million, according to an analysis by Inside Facebook that tracks Facebook’s self-reported demographic statistics for the US market.
Though increases for the month came mostly from younger demographics, Facebook is still growing the fastest- percentage-wise among the over-45 set, the analysis found. For example, the 30-day growth rate for women ages 45-54 is 6.9% and for women ages 55-64 it is 8.4% (vs. a growth rate of only 5.8% for women 18-24). This trend toward more mature demographics was noted earlier this year.
Read the full article at MarketingCharts.
September 30, 2009
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I used animoto to create this little 30 second video promo for the Letters About Literature contest. Check it out and please let teachers and students know about the contest! It's a great program. You can learn more at http://lettersaboutliterature.org/faqs.
September 04, 2009
great idea! check out how this library is planning for a green roof!
August 14, 2009
August 12, 2009
Why don't all libraries use social media? Not enough time to fit it in? (this is the most common excuse)...
What you have to do is FIGURE OUT WHAT IS NO LONGER WORKING AND STOP DOING IT! However, take baby steps - don't try to do too much at first...
Step 1. Try to get into a mindset of "Let go of the past and what no longer works - move forward"
Step 2. Take a deep breath
Step 3. Set up a generic email account to use to manage your social media applications using Gmail or Yahoo or similar service
Step 4. Go to Facebook.com and set up a fan page for your library. (If you're a newbie, read, "How to setup a Facebook Fan Page for your charity" - a great web article that will talk you through the process...
Step 5. Plan to post weekly updates to your fan page. Mark your calendar if you need to.
Step 6. Go to twitter.com and set up an account.
Step 7. Send out a "tweet" 2-3 times a week. Make it meaningful like a new service you offer or announce an upcoming event.
Step 8. Watch a few YouTube videos on Twitter or Facebook or Social Networking to learn more... Common Craft has some good ones.
Step 9. Keep up - don't let these fall behind. And don't lose interest. Soon you'll forget what you stopped doing and wondered why it has taken you so long to jump on the Social Networking/Web 2.0 wagon.
Step 10. Share your ideas with colleagues and learn from one another.
August 11, 2009
This is a great example of a public library director using YouTube to get out the word about events and programs the library system is offering. It really puts a "face" on the library especially when it is the library director. Can't wait for the Spartanburg County Library's next Monday Minute! I just subscribed.
August 07, 2009
Can Social Media and Lead Generation Coalesce?
Written By: Chris Sietsema
By now, we all know that social media is a fantastic tool for gauging the audience and communicating with previous and current customers. But, can it also be used to lure in new customers? Can social media marketing be paired with other lead generation tactics to create new business opportunities? My initial response was, ”mmh, maybe”.
Recently, I was asked to speak about “Social Media for Driving Leads.” At first glance, it felt as though I had been asked to open a jar of pickles with my feet – there are so many better ways. After giving it some consideration and thinking about social media as a lead acquisition tactic, I suppose that it’s plausible. However, I will still contend that social media is best served as a method for retention and engagement, while social media marketing can be utilized to garner new leads and revenue.
If new, qualified lead generation is your objective, here are three strategies to employ within social media marketing.
1. Create – Develop Amazing Content Always. No matter what your marketing goal, people will always gravitate toward terrific content. Content that educates, entertains, inspires, enlightens and/or enrages has magnetism. By creating a content strategy for your social media program, the process for creating new content becomes much easier. Give your current contacts, followers and fans something they’ll want to talk about and share. In doing so, you’ll no doubt add some to the roster.
2. Listen – (Or at least eavesdrop). I recently introduced Twitter Search to a social media novice who sells pet products, specifically those for puppies and kittens. She was shocked to see how many people were using the words “new puppy” in their tweets. It also came as a great surprise to her how often these mentions just continually rolled in, minute after minute. The trick, then, is what to do about it.
Given a set of conversations that are contextually relevant to a product or service you provide, you could: a) follow those people, b) create and publish content that specifically addresses their issues/questions, c) identify other influencers within social media circles with whom you can create relationships, d) all of the above.
So what do you think? … The best answer in my humble opinion would be “d”. They are all viable options given the scenario, but show caution in exhibiting just one of these. Simply following an individual might not be enough (and could seem a bit creepy and intrusive). Creating new content can be ineffective if your real targets don’t know that it exists. Finally, developing relationships with other influencers is always preferred, but be sure you have the authority over your message so it doesn’t get muddled.
3. Engage – Spur On Those Already in Your Camp. This is going to sound like a Yogi-ism, but nothing is truly viral until it actually is. Developing a program with the intent of growing your base exponentially is often times wishful thinking. However, there are a few things one can do to encourage existing fans to spread the word.
First, ask open ended questions to allow fans to provide answers for all (their friends) to see. By eliciting feedback and input from your loyalists, you may draw in others with similar interests and needs.
Second, develop incentives, contests and promotions only available to current fans and followers. Make the incentive great enough that others would want to join.
Finally, simply take part in the conversation yourself. Similar to asking questions, be proactive in commenting on your fans status, retweet their posts where it makes sense, and share information they have provided. Giving kudos, providing your own feedback and thanking your customers in this public forum not only serves your current fans well, but it solidifies the legitimacy of your brand in social media by making it human – a trait to which every company active in social media should aspire.
Tactically speaking, there are several methods of generating new business leads and prospective customers via social media marketing. Facebook, Twitter and Blogging are great for B2C companies. For B2B relationships, Jason has created a great presentation on using LinkedIn. No matter your marketing goals, consider social media as primarily a public relations, retention and customer service tactic. The new business you derive from it are simply gravy.
How do you or your clients use social media marketing for lead generation?
August 06, 2009
August 05, 2009
Registration is free, easy, and online at: http://tinyurl.com/N4JMV7
Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALescence, a free online conference for everyone. Fantastic, nationally known speakers with interesting and informative presentations as well as "unconference" discussions spread over two days.
OPALescence 2009 is two online conferences in one:
•A "traditional" conference with scheduled speakers.
•An unconference with facilitators where you can discuss whatever topic interests you.
The conference will be held in OPAL: Online Programs for All: http://www.opal-online.org and is hosted by TAP Information Services.
Sign up & join the conference wiki today: http://opalescence.wetpaint.com/
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Noon Eastern Time, 11 Central, 10 Mountain, and 9 Pacific:
Opening Keynote: The Future of User Experience in Libraries
Speaker: Nate Bolt
1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 Mountain, and 10 Pacific:
Topic: Librarians in Virtual Environments: From Classrooms to Communities
Speaker: Alison Miller
3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, and noon Pacific:
Topic: Collaboration 2.0
Speaker: Robin Hastings
4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, and 1 Pacific:
Topic: Best Practices for Web 2.0 in Schools
Speaker: Erin Downey Howerton
Friday, August 14, 2009
Noon Eastern Time, 11 Central, 10 Mountain, and 9 Pacific:
Topic: Listening to the Future of Reading: Readers' Advisory and Audio Books
Speaker: Kaite Stover
1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 Mountain, and 10 Pacific:
Topic: How American Libraries Are Using Web 2.0 Tools for Marketing
Speaker: Curtis Rogers
3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, and noon Pacific:
Topic: Beyond the Basics: Training for Technological Fluency
Speaker: Brenda Hough
4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, and 1 Pacific:
Closing Keynote: Networking Library Services: A Glimpse at the Future--Moving Library Management Services to Web-Scale
Speaker: Andrew Pace
Or…Participate in one of the Unconference Sessions—Held throughout the conference on Thursday and Friday in one of the online rooms in OPAL: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
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August 04, 2009
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According to David Goble, “This is a huge accomplishment in difficult times which required energy, creativity, and initiative.” He also commented on the library’s leadership by stating, “The library director, Nancy Rosenwald, has superb leadership skills and her influence reaches statewide because she understands we are stronger together than we are individually.”
Dr. Stephens said that he, “was really impressed with what they’re doing.” Unfortunately, the library has had to take large budget cuts and will be reducing operating hours beginning August 3. The library is currently running a campaign seeking volunteers and monetary donations. Stephens continued to say that “the library was full of patrons. I got the impression that the library’s board is made up of exceptionally good members. I was really impressed with their enthusiasm for what the library is doing.”
South Carolina State Library
Whereas the staff of the Union Carnegie Public Library has improved services to the citizens of Union County through innovative programs;
Whereas the citizens of Union County support the Union Carnegie Public Library by dramatically increasing usage through checking out library materials and attending programs;
Whereas the Union Carnegie Public Library in South Carolina received from Library Journal the highest recognition of excellence for a small public library in the United States;
The Board of the South Carolina State Library sends its congratulations and appreciation for a job well done.
For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library, visit www.unionlibrary.org. For more information about Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America award, visit www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6630781.html.
Photo: 1st row LR: Dr. BG Stephens, David Goble, Board Chair Jennifer Alexander. 2nd Row LR: Jennifer Tazerouti, Thad Strom, Chrissy Mobley, Harriett Berry, Dr. Tom Crosby. Not pictured: Stephanie Kitchens and Ann White
July 23, 2009
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July 08, 2009
Dear Flickr CEO:
I innocently violated your Terms of Service. When I started using Etsy.com to host my jewelry making hobby earlier this year, I thought it would be a cool idea to direct people from each image to my Etsy site! WOW, this was a BAD idea. I truly did NOT realize I was violating the Flickr.com Terms of Service and that my ENTIRE Flickr account would be terminated and not restored even if I would gladly delete all references to my online store on Etsy.
This goes to a larger customer service issue. When people innocently do something wrong it's generally a good thing to give them a second chance... Well, i guess that's not the case with Flickr. I asked the customer service rep if my account could be restored if I deleted all the references to my online Etsy store, and here's the response I received:
Account deleted for violation can not be restore.
Well, I guess all of the years of being a paid Flickr member and promoter, and someone who even received schwag for free from a Flickr rep to help promote Flickr, means nothing.
This is a really good example of customer service gone wrong.
I guess I'll just use Facebook for photo sharing now. Looks like more people are migrating from photosharing web sites like Flickr anyway now that Facebook is so much more popular...
Dr. Curtis Rogers,
(former Flickr user)
July 06, 2009
So, if McDonalds is planning on offering this as a service in the US, since there are more public libraries than McDonalds and since many people probably stay longer on average in the library than they do in a restaurant, wouldn't it be a great idea for libraries to plan to offer this kind of service in their parking lots???
Mind you, we're talking just one of the 30,000 or so McDonalds around the world. Nevertheless, the first "green" version of the ubiquitous US "restaurant" will offer NovaCharge ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations when it opens in Cary, North Carolina on July 14th. The idea is to recharge your plug-in Electric Vehicle while "enjoying your meal." Unfortunately, the current generation of EV batteries won't likely benefit from the 10 minutes or so it takes to gulp down a value meal. However, Mickey D's might be on to something should drivers choose to stay for the additional 2-hours of regret that follows.
June 30, 2009
June 26, 2009
The Library launched a new photostream on our Flickr page to celebrate this visual heritage. It is a series of 52 weekly supplements in the New-York Tribune, beginning 100 years ago in 1909. About 50 new pages will be added to the stream every month.
June 22, 2009
June 19, 2009
The main building is the Green Castle (Grünes Schloss), Anna's residence, which had been built between 1562 and 1565. The dowager Duchess had the building converted into a library in 1761. The Duchess, seeking a tutor for her son Duke Carl August, hired Christoph Martin Wieland, an important poet and noted translator of William Shakespeare. Wieland's Shakespeare volumes formed the core of the collection. From an architectural standpoint, the library is world famous for its oval Rococo hall featuring a portrait of Grand Duke Carl August.
One of the library's most famous patrons was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who worked there from 1797 to 1832. The library also includes the world's largest Faust collection. The Duchess's significant 13,000-volume music collection is also available in the library.
In World War II, most of the collection was housed elsewhere to preserve them from Allied bombing.
Today, the library is a public research library for literature and art history. The main focus is German literature from the Classical and the late Romantic eras.
Part of the collection was burned in a fire on 2 September 2004, which destroyed 50,000 volumes of which 12,500 are considered irreplaceable. Another 62,000 volumes were severely damaged. However, some 6,000 historical works were saved, including the 1534 Lutheran Bible and a collection of Alexander von Humboldt's papers, by being passed hand-over-hand out of the building. 28,000 books in the building were not affected by the fire. Other items, like Friedrich Schiller's death mask suffered damage, too. 35 historic oil paintings were destroyed.
The fire came as a particular tragedy, in part because the collection was scheduled to move to another site in late October, little more than a month later. Some of the damaged books are being freeze-dried in Leipzig to save them from rotting as a result of water damage. Book restoration is scheduled to last at least until 2015.
In June 2005, it was announced that manuscripts that were out of the building at the time of the fire, and thus saved, included a hitherto undiscovered 1713 aria by Johann Sebastian Bach titled "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn".
The library building was restored for $18.2 million and reopened at the end of October 2007 with some 60,000 volumes. This includes the unaffected books, the first restored books and replacements which have been obtained on the international antique book market, from other libraries, or were donated. An online database lists the books the library still wants to obtain to replace lost volumes.
This photo is of the newer addition. Photography is not allowed in the older, original library. Overall, this was quite a sight to behold!
June 18, 2009
The Handheld Librarian 2009 – An online conference about Mobile Library Services
More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.
The first ever Handheld Librarian Online on July 30, 2009 is the place to learn about these and other topics related to using wireless and handheld devices in your library. The program -- sponsored by Alliance Library System, LearningTimes and Infoquest -- will include a variety of ways to collaborate, network and learn from a great group of experts in the field. In addition to live interactive webcasts, we will have a collection of available resources, discussions boards, and access to the recording of all live events for one year after the conference.http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/
June 17, 2009
architecture presentation - the public library must change!
Originally uploaded by curtis rogers
June 16, 2009
Why should you join SCLA?
* Advocate and Support Libraries/Advocate for Higher Salaries - Do you feel librarians are underpaid? Do you want to have association members talk to congressional members at Library Legislative Day in Washington DC? If you join SCLA, you’ll have a voice with SCLA executive board members and others who will advocate for higher library staff member salaries, and much more.
* Partnerships/Collaboration Opportunities - Through networking opportunities, you may be able to find another library and library staff members who are working on similar projects, dealing with similar issues, and thinking about new services. You may be able to partner with other libraries on these topics. Just ask!
* Continuing Education/Developing New Skill Sets - Sections, Committees, and Round Tables sponsor various and reasonably priced workshop opportunities throughout the year where you can develop new skills and learn what is going on in the profession.
* Provide Leadership Opportunities - Do you think you’d be a good leader? Do you want the opportunity to help and lend your support to guiding the association in the direction you want to see it go? Become a section leader, join a committee, and work with a round table. There are many opportunities!
* Resume/Curriculum Vita Credentials - Do you want to move ahead within the profession? Do you want potential employers to see that you’ve been active with association work? Get involved to get ahead!
* Awards and Recognition - The association provides recognition at the annual conference in many categories. Nominate your colleagues and recognize their efforts!
* Newsletter and Information - Keep up with what’s going on in the South Carolina library community. See who is doing what! Visit the ever-changing web site at www.scla.org to keep in touch with the latest news. Chat with the web master!
* Strength in Numbers - When issues and problems arise, your association can provide you with resources and connections.
* Scholarships/Diversity - The association works hard to provide scholarship opportunities. Contribute your time and money to give future leaders the opportunities they may not otherwise have.
* Annual Conference - The association hosts a multi-day annual conference which can provide you with many memorable experiences, both learning and fun. These experiences will last you throughout and beyond your library career!
* It’s an Honor and Duty - While this sounds like an outdated notion, it holds true. It is an Honor and your Duty as a library staff member to join your state’s library association. You’ll have wonderful opportunities to meet others in the profession in the state. You may learn something new from someone. You will make lasting connections to take you through your library career. Join today!
June 12, 2009
June 11, 2009
Market the library's mission, not the library.
I think we should concentrate on specific services and how they support the library's mission. We need to stop just saying how wonderful the library is and market the why's...
June 10, 2009
June 08, 2009
IPhone, Kindle & Co: Die mobile Bibliothek - Welche Auswirkungen haben die neuen mobilen Geräte auf Bibliotheksdienstleistungen?
June 07, 2009
June 03, 2009
Yes, the library is open and new things are happening here in Germany!
This morning in I attended a very interesting presentation about the Blended Library. A professor from the University of Konstanz provided very interesting information about new technologies being used in the library for visual learners. He talked about how the computer is a disappearing metaphor and that new designs in touch screens are being used for more new forms of tactile engagement. He discussed Embodied Interaction and that humans have really only been using their fingers, eyes and ears working with computers and that we need to use more engaged ways of accessing technology. He mentioned a book, Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction so I will have to check to see if my library has it so I can read more... Fascinating stuff!