May 30, 2009

great lighting

Here you can see how the lighting is built into the book stacks at the Hamburg Parliamentary Library. It is a wonderful system and works quite well!

May 29, 2009

hamburg parliamentary library

Today I visited the Hamburg Parliamentary library and talked to some of the staff about how the SC State Library is using Web 2.0 tools to market library services.

May 28, 2009

Busy Library!

It is always nice to see such a busy library. This is the entrance area of the Hamburg State and University library. There is a wonderful cafe and there were literally hundreds of students studying, eating, doing research, and enjoying the library. I was told that some days they have as many as 7,000 visitors. Yes, that is in one day!

Hamburg Librarians

I had a wonderful bite to eat at the Cafe Leonar in Hamburg with two great librarians: Dr. Christine Wellems, Director of the Hamburg Parliament Library and Christiane Schaffer, Information Resource Director at the US Consulate in Hamburg. The Cafe was also very much like a book store and close to the University. Such a nice atmosphere!

May 27, 2009

Bookmobile sign

Bookmobile sign
Originally uploaded by curtis rogers
This is an example of a bookmobile sign in Hamburg, Germany.

My Presentation in Hamburg

my presentation
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I had a wonderful time presenting about Web 2.0 and Social Media in libraries in from of an audience of approximately 80 librarians and library school students at the Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek (Hamburg State and University library). I was pleased to get many questions about how libraries in the US and the SC State Library are using web 2.0 tools to promote the library services and events.

May 24, 2009

social engagement and libraries

I just came across this wonderful explanation and diagram of the social engagement spectrum.  libraries should pay close attention to it and understand how traditional marketing needs to move to today's social media marketing world.  check out the blog post!Social_engage

May 15, 2009

LIBRIS Conference - Adam Haigh

I learned a lot about using Google Docs in the library at Adam's session at the LIBRIS conference! Great presentation!

LIBRIS Conference - Ray Turner

Ray did a great job promoting SCLA at the LIBRIS Conference!

LIBRIS Conference - senteo

Attended a very cool session today at the LIBRIS conference and learned all about using a smart board and all of the things that go along with it. Laura Baker, instruciton librarian from Midlands Technical College gave a very informative presentation and created a wiki about it at

May 14, 2009

Web 2.0 Survey - Please Respond!

Thank you for taking time to respond!
This survey is available for responses from now through Thursday May 21, 5:00pm EST.
Please feel free to forward this survey to your library colleagues.

Many academic and public libraries in the United States have been embracing the use of Web 2.0 and Social Networking tools to enhance services to library patrons as well as promote/market library events to new audiences.

Libraries have been implementing a wide variety of these tools but many are concentrating their efforts on the use of blogs, open source content management systems such as Joomla and Drupal, social networks such as MySpace and Facebook, and many are also using Instant Messaging chat services such as Meebo to answer reference questions.

According to Wikipedia, “Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and "building" of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.”

The private sector industries that use Web 2.0 tools for marketing and public relations should be closely studied by librarians. Fifty-seven percent of respondents to a research study, New Media, New Influencers and Implications for Public Relations by the Society for New Communications Research said that “social media tools are becoming more valuable to their activities as more customers and influencers use them.”

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