A Day in the Life of a Library 2010 (Part One)

After watching from the sidelines the past four rounds of the “A Day in the Life of a Library” Project, I swore I’d participate the next time, which is this week!

On Monday, I managed to take meticulous notes by hand throughout the day, but haven’t had a chance to record them on here yet. I’ve got a general idea of what I’ve done on Tuesday and Wednesday and will do one big blog post about my week at the end of the week.

I’ve also been using the #libday5 hashtag on Twitter off and on, included many times this morning in response to a “certain” comment on this post by Bobbi Newman, but what I’ve gotten the most out of this week is using the libday5 tag for my Delicious account. I share and save a lot of articles I run across throughout the day to Delicious and to Instapaper (RSS Feed link to my items). I rarely do go back and read them, but I’m amazed at the times I run to Delicious when a certain topic comes at hand and I can find an article/resource or two in there. Check out my reading list so far this week.

Stay tuned for my summary post.

Pivot Points for Change: Libraries and Librarians Blog Posting

I thought you all might be interested in a new blog post by Bobbi Newman. Some of you might be familiar with Bobbi; she is now the digital branch manager at the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System. Bobbi will be speaking at the KLA Conference on Thursday, April 8, at 10am-11:30am as the Beta Phi Mu speaker, presenting on Libraries and Transliteracy.

Bobbi blogged this morning about a recent staff day at her library where Buffy Hamilton (who will be speaking at the ESU SLIM Summer Institute for School Librarians) spoke about 9 pivot points of change in libraries. I’m going to post the first five here; many of them fit in very neatly with what we’ve been covering so far in 23 Things Kansas and will be covering in the weeks to come. Check out Bobbi’s blog for the other points as well as the slides from Buffy’s presentation.

The fabulous Buffy Hamilton gave her Pivot Points of Change presentation at my library’s Staff Day last week. The points were inspired by post from Seth Godin in which he states changing everything is too difficult. Buffy applied this to libraries and librarians for the 9 pivot points of change. This is a slightly modified version of her original 9 pivot points of change for school librarians.

  1. Instead of thinking you can only participate in face to face conferences, consider how you can participate virtually
  2. Keep your traditional means of connecting with patrons and colleagues, but innovate at every possible touch point through social media and social networking
  3. Keep reading your print journals, but use a feed aggregator or information portal to access and organize your favorite blogs, journals, podcasts, youtube videos, and twitter rss feeds to stay on the cutting edge
  4. Keep networking with colleagues face to face, but cultivate a personal learning network to broaden your PLN (Personal Learning Network) to include librarians and other professionals from around the world who can inform your thinking, practice, and philosophy
  5. Keep your traditional productivity tools, but use cloud computing to encourage collaboration and information sharing

For those 23 Things Kansas participants who started using Twitter last week, I hope you remember to check in from time to time and keep the conversation going there, and find new resources. I try to remember to cross-post good articles and links I come across to my Delicious account, but I’m pretty forgetful. I usually just end tweeting these articles.

Please let me know if you still have questions about Twitter or about how it might work for you. The pivot point of change #4 mentioned above is a huge reason why I use Twitter so much in my daily professional life. The people I communicate with around the country (librarians and educators) shape my thinking and the tools that I use on a regular basis.

Also, coming up in April, even if you won’t be able to attend the KLA conference in Wichita, you’ll be able to follow from home, through the Twitter hashtag that will be used to track everyone’s tweets relating to the conference. I believe that hashtag will be #kla2010. I’ll post more information about how to do this in the coming weeks.

Who are my Technology Heroines?

Note: This post is for part of Ada Lovelace Day (See this list for all the Ada Lovelace Day heroine posts)

Who are my tech heroines? That’s easy. Liz Rea (creator and system admin), Brenda Hough (creator and former trainer), and Sharon Moreland (current trainer) of the My Kansas Libraries on the Web (KLOW) project, developed by the Northeast Kansas Library System.

Liz and Brenda Hough started the My Kansas Libraries on the Web (KLOW) project several years ago, with the goal of providing easy-to-update, yet professional looking websites, for public libraries in Kansas. This project has required Brenda, Liz, and now Sharon to customize an open source product (WordPress), write grants, continue to learn WordPress, provide on-going training to NEKLS librarians, provide training of other technology trainers from the other regional library systems in Kansas, and figure out the best version and upgrade time schedule to the WordPress software, while carrying out all their other technology duties at NEKLS.

KLOW has empowered Kansas libraries and it’s all because of a vision of two women, Liz and Brenda, for Kansas libraries to have fantastic websites. Now, Sharon and Liz utilize the KLOW website as not only a clearinghouse of information about upgrades, new features, and possible problems with the KLOW platform, but also as a portal for training of the librarians.

Liz, Brenda, and Sharon: You are my heroes on this Ada Lovelace Day. The impact of the KLOW project on the Kansas library community cannot begin to be measured!

One final note: If you wanted to see my entire list of technology heroines, all you need to do walk into any smaller public library and watch a public librarian support her technology. That’s also heroic!!

Gaming, Public Funds, and Libraries in Nebraska

An interesting discussion on libraries, public funds and gaming/social networking is going on up in Nebraska. The State Auditor has questioned why the Nebraska Library Commission used public funds for a PlayStation 2 purchase, why staff time is being used for social networking/second life participation, and why is staff uploading content to YouTube and Flickr. The commission’s response is a great defense of why library’s are purchasing gaming equipment, participating in social networking, etc. Something to keep handy as it develops and as a resource in case your library is ever questioned for similar purchasing/participation.

See the Nebraska State Paper for more info

HT: LibraryStuff