September 29, 2010

The Lion's Roar - SC Public Library History Project

Here is my latest Lion's Roar. Check it out so you can learn more about the SC Library History Project.

September 23, 2010

New ideas about non-linear interactive reading and shared reading!

Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book. Watch global design and innovation consultancy IDEO’s vision for the future of the book. What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions, what additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and what innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

September 21, 2010

Reading Rooster READS

Watch Helen Fellers, Coordinator of the SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy read It's the Bear on Reading Rooster Reads via the SC State Library's YouTube channel.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on

This video got me thinking. How can libraries (public or academic) be centers of creativity and innovation. How can we create surroundings that foster innovation and creative thinking? Watch this video then discuss your ideas.

The Lion's Roar - CPM Projects

The SC State Library has a unique online collection: The SC Certified Public Manager project collection. Student final projects are digitized and added to the State Library's online catalog. Watch this video about how to access them!

September 19, 2010

Seth Godin: This is broken | Video on

If you have some "broken" processes or workflow issues in your library, then spend 20 minutes watching this video and discuss how you can improve your services.

Seth Godin: This is broken | Video on

September 18, 2010

Presentation for Oconee County Library Board of Trustees

Here is my presentation at the Oconee County Library Trustee Retreat. They all came up with some wonderful ideas during the exercise that is at the end of the presentation.

Here is a list of what came out of the brainstorming session:

What do you see as the library’s future?

· “Go to” place for all county
· Oconee county develop Wikipedia/history
· Physical Google
· Involve the community with technology
· Resource for new comers
· Greater accessibility – more computers/hardware
· Location for all to come together to use technology/meeting place for technology
· Social interaction and going beyond that with technology/neutral place where this can occur
· Training center
· Check out a book/check out a library
· Hardware – look at what’s available and test it out

What are the partnership possibilities?

· Business industry group/plant managers – help drive infrastructure with broadband, etc.
· Schools/k-12/adult education – eliminate duplication and meet people where they are.
· Employment security commission – people coming in looking for jobs – getting email
· Economic Development – how to sell ourselves and selling technology and having the library as a recruiting tool (PR/Marketing)
· Chamber of Commerce – retail/service sector – more industry
· Foundations – non-profits – for fundraising – how can we get money?
· Higher Education – Clemson adult education (co-sponsor workshop on library resources)
· Arts Community
· Recreation/YMCA
· Heritage groups
· Legislative Delegation
· Youth in the Community (gaming – xbox wii, etc.)
· Diversity – bringing community together

What do you want to see happen by the end of 2011?

· Pilot project for technology iPads or kindles, etc.
· Groundbreaking for new library (Seneca)
· Center for the county’s outreach of technology
· Improved relationship with local government
· Video on library service
· More targeted to the community to let them know what the library does
· Determine how to get more money/funding

During the session when we were discussing what might be broken and how to fix them, I recommended they watch Seth Godin's "Broken" presentation: Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

We also took a look at the State Library's two new web sites: and

September 14, 2010

September 13, 2010

Reading Rooster Recommends September 13 2010

Bears will start hibernating and the fair is coming! Check out the latest Reading Rooster Recommends today :-)

September 10, 2010

Moving Boxes at the State Library

we got 44,000 family literacy calendars in at the state library and had to move them all to other locations! there are still more to come! many people pitched in :-)

September 07, 2010

September 02, 2010