Social Media Specialist & Author Chris Brogan’s Experience & Appreciation of Libraries…08.31.09

31 08 2009

Bloggers like it when authors leave comments on blogs, particularly librarian bloggers, of course.  After mentioning his great new book, Chris Brogan, author of the new book Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust, was kind enough to leave the following comments for the Lone Wolf Librarian:

Did you know that my first job was at a library page? I used to shelve books in North Andover, MA. I’ve grown up in libraries since I was about 7. I still remember when I got my ‘big boy’ card in Augusta, Maine. I can still navigate my way around the Dewey pretty nicely. I couldn’t figure out the systems in college to save myself.

Just funny facts about me. : )”


Library Resources in Medellín, Colombia…08.31.09

31 08 2009


Thanks to the Bi-Lingual Librarian for pointing out the work of libraries in Medellín, Colombia which is excerpted from her post here:

“The Red de Bibliotecas will provide you with all the information you may need about the network of libraries in the Medellín area…

Under ‘Bibliotecas‘ you’ll find basic contact information and location to the participating libraries. The link for ‘Bibliotecólogos‘ provides a space for library professionals to share resources, tips, and other relevant information. They also have a brand new blog that serves the same purpose of sharing resources. “Cinéfilos” gather information about movies being screed around the city, either at libraries or as part of film festivals. There are also links for cultural events, and multimedia projects. These multimedia projects are really good, and most tell stories about the region. ‘Pinacoteca’ share art created by Colombian artists.

Alongside the top of the page you can find links to the region’s shared OPAC, their Virtual Library which offers access to online encyclopedias, journals, and links to many other digital initiatives around the country and throughout the Spanish speaking world…”

“Six Books About Twitter” by Social Media Expert Chris Brogan…08.31.09

31 08 2009

CloudProfile – Social Optimization For Small Organizations – What’s It All About?…08.31.09

31 08 2009

Read more about CloudProfile on Mashable! in their posting CloudProfile: Social Media Optimization for Small Business and watch this video:

Yet MORE Twitter Problems…08.31.09

31 08 2009

This afternoon’s message after lunch from Twitter:

Twitter is over capacity.

Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again.


“Trends, Transformations, and Change in Libraries”…08.31.09

31 08 2009

Here is a good new presentation from David Lee King:

New Color-Coded Wikipedia…08.31.09

31 08 2009


Several places, including Wired, report of changes in Wikipedia. This is an excerpt from Wired’s Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text:

Starting this fall, you’ll have a new reason to trust the information you find on Wikipedia: An optional feature called ‘Wiki Tust’ will color code every word of the encyclopedia based on the reliability of its author and the length of time it has persisted on the page…”

The Secret Recipe to Delivering “World-Class” Library Lectures/Presentations/Talks…08.31.09

31 08 2009

zaidlearn methodI found the information excerpted below and the balance of the post The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures potentially useful and insightful:


So, how can we improve our lecturing capabilities fast?

Read articles about it (Search yourself!), visit and explore Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, or any other freely available online resources from teaching and learning centres around the world, or perhaps attend training or tons of teaching and learning workshops.

These are all useful options, but not my cup of tea to real excellence. Especially, training and workshops often require heavy investments, if you want to get excellent educators to teach you a trick or two. Not all of us can access such opportunities, and if so, we have to wait for the workshop to happen, and that might be months down the pipeline.

Why wait? Why blame it on the University if our lecturing ability stinks. Why do we have to blame it on everything, except ourselves? The truth of the matter, whether the University is simply ignoring this issue, or being stingy, or perhaps don’t give two hoops, is that we need to take action ourselves to make it happen.

So, why wait, let’s master the art of lecturing with or without the University’s help. Let’s be lifelong self-independent learners. Isn’t that what we expect from our students? No more excuses, let’s be responsible for our own learning and lecturing. Welcome, to the…


Five simple learning steps/phases, which can of course overlap anyway you like (image above):

  • Explore
  • Learn
  • Innovate
  • Feedback
  • Reflect (back to Explore)
  • This learning cycle can happen within minutes using your mental reflection and visualization, or perhaps days, weeks, or months in the real world, depending upon how you apply this flexible learning approach. Actually, these steps are just indicators and do not need to be followed step-by-step. Just use them how you feel like it, or what works best for you. I am still learning, so these steps or phases might change even by the time I really finish this article…”

    “How do libraries deal with the roles and responsibilities of 2.0 technology?”…08.31.09

    31 08 2009

    Information Wants to Be Free is highlighting the important question “How do libraries deal with the roles and responsibilities of 2.0 technology?” and is seeking input from the library community:

    “…My take on this is that there probably isn’t much professional literature on this topic because how the roles and responsibilities are assigned depend very much on organizational size, organizational structure, and who is really interested in doing it. At a library with a very small staff (like the Luria Library at Santa Barbara City College) it may be an interested director who takes responsibility for these 2.0 initiatives. At libraries where the lines between tech and public service are very clearly delineated, it may be the tech folks who are in charge of the Twitter account, whereas, at a library (like mine) where tech librarians do reference shifts and public service librarians are well-trained in library technologies (and every line is extremely blurred), it may be a joint responsibility or the responsibility of the public services librarians. In some libraries (perhaps most?), people have taken this on because they’re simply the ones most into marketing and/or web 2.0 tools. In bigger libraries where there is a marketing director or an outreach librarian or a digital branch manager, that person may be in charge of these initiatives.

    But I’m curious, what are your thoughts on this?…”

    Why Teens Don’t Use Twitter…08.31.09

    31 08 2009


    From TechCrunch posting Why Teens Don’t Tweet? We Asked Over 10,000 of Them:

    “…there is a lot more to the story than widespread misinterpretation of data. After all, why don’t the majority of teens tweet? The issue of teens and Twitter first got legs when Morgan Stanley published an influential report written by Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern from the UK, which became an instant hit. Here is the reason the report suggested that teens don’t tweet:

    Most have signed up to the service, but then just leave it as they realize that they are not going to update it (mostly because texting twitter uses up credit, and they would rather text friends with that credit).

    To validate this explanation, we ran a survey asking thousands of US teens whether text messaging charges have anything to do with whether or not they use Twitter, and over 90% said: ‘No — I wouldn’t use Twitter anyway.’ (Note: unlimited texting plans are common in the US, whereas the Morgan Stanley report was written from the perspective of a UK teen.)

    Robson also observed his friends and classmates in the UK signing up for the service and then never using it again, a pattern that proves very similar in the US. In fact, in our survey, we found that 45% of teens aged 13 – 17 who have a Twitter account don’t tweet. Most send a few and stop altogether, and 17% never sent a single one…

    • Teens already update their status religiously on other sites like Facebook, MySpace, and myYearbook.
    • Teens use MySpace to keep up with musicians and celebrities, which MySpace differentiates on.
    • As a group, teens are not major consumers of news from any outlet, making “staying current” a poor driver of mainstream adoption — though of course there are exceptions.
    • Teens use both MySpace and Facebook to keep up with friends they know.

    Given the above, it is no surprise that teen penetration is not higher. The value proposition of Twitter to the majority of teens is the issue.

    No doubt, this is why most teens describe Twitter as “not for me”, and also why most teens who are not on Twitter cite the generic reason why as “Because it’s lame.” Twitter doesn’t help most of them do anything new, so to them, it is lame. Of course, for those teens who are celebrity hounds or compulsive news followers, or those looking for an audience for their status updates, Twitter is invaluable.

    But now we have come full circle. Most teens don’t use Twitter because it doesn’t enable them to do anything they can’t already do elsewhere, which is the same reason most adults don’t use Twitter….”

    The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship – Summer 09 Online…08.31.09

    31 08 2009

    You can now read the summer issue of E-JASL, distributed by the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP):

    “E-JASL is an independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated first and foremost to advancing knowledge and research in the areas of academic and special librarianship. We are committed to covering all aspects of academic and special librarianship without regard to region or country. We are also committed to the principles of open access for academic research…”

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 3…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    Data, Information, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Wisdom

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 2

    The dark genius of Caravaggio…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    Librarians as Trust Agents…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    trust_agent_coverHere is a biased but decent review by Brian Clark of the new book Trust Agents which I spent a good deal of time with yesterday:

    Trust Agents, the new book on social media marketing by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, should be on your immediate purchase list. It’s a stand-out piece of work among the great wash of “gee, isn’t social media great” books that say nothing new or original.

    Of course, since Chris and Julien are friends of mine, you might think I’m biased… and you’re right. But the book rocks regardless.

    So, to put your mind at ease, I went to the Amazon reviews page for Trust Agents and selected a review at random to provide some objectivity:

    This one’s a keeper. If you do business online (or do business with people who have ever been online) or know someone who once used a computer, I strongly suggest you get smart about the ideas in this book. ~Seth Godin…”

    comScore Stats: YouTube Leads With 120 Million U.S. Viewers in July 2009…08.30.09

    30 08 2009


    From Mashable! posting YouTube Now Has Over 120 Million Viewers:

    “…According to some astounding numbers from comScore, online video is surging as 8.9 billion videos were viewed by 120.3 million U.S. citizens in July. That’s over 1/3 of the entire U.S. population. Just as astounding is that over 21 billion videos were viewed on the Internet according to the new numbers…”

    Group of NJ Libraries Test Patron Interest in Text Messaging Reference Service…08.29.09

    29 08 2009

    Here is an excerpt from Mobile Libraries post QandANJ Launches a Text Reference Pilot!:

    “Five QandANJ libraries are participating in the year long project that will test their customers’ interest in using text messaging to ask reference questions.

    Participating libraries include Atlantic Cape Community College Library, Newark Public Library, Princeton Public Library, Vineland Public Library and William Paterson University Library.

    QandANJ is covering the cost of Mosio’s Text a Librarian software – the best we’ve found for this application. Each subscription includes one microboard (online location to view incoming texts) and each library’s own text keyword. All texts go to the same phone number (66746, which spells Mosio) and patrons start the body of their text with the library’s keyword to route it to the correct library microboard. Patron info is private and anonymous…”

    “Censored Librarian Fights Back…” …08.29.09

    29 08 2009

    This is a reposting Censored Librarian Fights Back: Defamation Lawsuit by Scott Savage–Maybe the ALA Should Be Sued Too from Safe Libraries:

    “The American Library Association [ALA] opposes censorship, right? That’s why it created ‘National Hogwash Week,’ a.k.a. ‘Banned Books Week,’ right? False. The ALA refused to come to the aid of a censored librarian. Why? He sought to balance a reading list for college freshmen with conservative choices. See ‘Persecuted Librarian Censored Again” by Scott SavageWorldNetDaily, 9 May 2006.

    Now, years later, Scott Savage is suing for defamation, and I’ll venture to say the need for this suit is possibly a direct result of the ALA’s failure to help Scott Savage in the first place. I urge Mr. Savage to consider if there may be any legal remedy against the ALA for damages resulting from its failure to support his efforts to provide a balanced reading list to incoming Ohio State University-Mansfield freshmen. Had Scott Savage recommended inappropriate material for children, the ALA would have snapped to attention. As Mr. Savage said, ‘Memo to J. Krug: four weeks of heavy media and Internet exposure, and you haven’t called – is this a ‘Day of Silence’ protest on your part?’

    So much for the ALA’s touted devotion to ‘intellectual freedom.’

    For details on the defamation suit, see ‘Ex-Librarian Refiles Suit Over Reading List Dispute,’ by Linda MartzMansfield News Journal, 28 August 2009.

    Hat tip to LISNews for making me aware of this matter.”

    Museums Libraries Archives Council and JISC on QR Codes…08.29.09

    29 08 2009

    From UKOLN (“…a research organisation that aims to inform practice and influence policy in the areas of: digital libraries, information systems, bibliographic management, and web technologies…”) comes An Introduction to QR Codes which includes:

    What are QR Codes?….

    How Can You Read Them?….

    Figure 1: QR Code for the UKOLN Cultural Heritage Web site
    Figure 1: QR Code for the UKOLN Cultural Heritage Web site

    Creating QR Codes….


    Potential of QR Codes….

    QR Codes in the Museum….


    FREE (PC or Mac) New e-Book Library Software from Sony…08.28.09

    28 08 2009

    banner_mainFrom LifeHacker post today e-Book Library Organizes and Indexes Your Books:

    “…Looking for a way to organize your ebooks, perhaps due to an influx of reading material thanks to Google making millions of public-domain books available? Sony’s eBook Library can organize your ebooks whether you have a Sony Reader or not

    Much like you don’t need to have an iPod to use iTunes for your music collection, you don’t need a Sony Reader to use eBook Library for your book collection. After importing your ebooks into eBook Library you can sort them, display them by list or cover, and can even check out ebooks from your local library if they support the service…”

    Library Web Design – Thinking “Simple”…08.28.09

    28 08 2009


    Here is an concise excerpt from librarian and digital designer David Lee King’s latest post Think Simple:

    Simple is good. But that doesn’t mean your site has to BE simple…

    Our goal should be this – Think simple… always. Can we have detailed functionality? Yes – as long as it doesn’t get in the customer’s way. Our goal should be to keep the customer focused on the task at hand – and that task should NEVER be to figure out how your website works. Let’s keep our website innards out of the customer’s way!”

    Typedia – A Shared Encyclopedia of Typefaces…08.28.09

    28 08 2009


    Self-described as “a resource to classify, categorize, and connect typefaces” Typedia is further explained as follows:

    “…Typedia is a community website to classify typefaces and educate people about them. Think of it like a mix between IMDb and Wikipedia, but just for type. Anyone can join, add, and edit pages for typefaces or for the people behind the type.

    We love type, and we have a burning desire to learn as much as possible about typefaces: where they come from, who made them, and why they look the way they do. We want everyone to be able to share in that rich knowledge and enjoy the art and artists of type design. Over time, we think Typedia could grow into a great educational resource for people to learn about their favorite typefaces and discover new ones…”

    3M’s New MPro 120 POCKET Projector…08.28.09

    28 08 2009

    Thanks to the Centered Librarian for pointing out the remarkable new POCKET projector for 3M:

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 2…08.28.09

    28 08 2009

    An interesting argument from ancient times follows on the nature of “Wisdom” worth truly serious contemplation and consideration.

    This post is a follow-up post to 2 related previous postings:  Data, Information, Knowledge and the Pursuit of Wisdom and Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom

    “People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold.  They know where to dig iron from the earth and how to smelt copper from rock.  They know how to shine light in darkness and explore the farthest regions of the earth as they search in the dark for ore.  They sink a mine shaft into the earth far from where anyone lives.

    They descend on rope, swinging back and forth.  Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.

    Here the rocks contain precious lapis lazuli and the dust contains gold. These are treasures no bird of prey can see, no falcon’s eye observe.  No wild animal walks upon these treasure; no lion has ever set his paw there.

    People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains.  They cut tunnels in the rocks and uncover precious stones.  They dam up the trickling streams and bring to light the hidden treasures.

    But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?

    No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living.  ‘It is not here,’ says the ocean.  ‘Nor is it here,’ says the sea.

    It cannot be bought with gold.  It cannot be purchased with silver.

    Wisdom is worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

    Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal.  It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.

    Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to find it.  The price of wisdom is far above rubies.  Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it.  It’s worth more than the purest gold.

    But do people know where to find wisdom?  Where can they find understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity.  Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.

    Destruction and Death say, ‘We’ve heard only rumors of where wisdom can be found.’

    God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where wisdom can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens.

    He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall. He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightening.

    Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it.  He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.  And this is what He says to all humanity:

    The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.”

    from the writings of a man named Job

    Data, Information, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Wisdom

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 3 (Conclusion)

    Videosurf – A Video Search Engine For Multiple Video Sites

    28 08 2009

    videosurf today highlighted a video search engine Videosurf:

    “…VideoSurf is a video search engine that allows you to not only search videos visually but it also allows you to search multiple sites all at once! Those sites include YouTube, MetaCafe, Comedy Central, Yahoo Music, ESPN, Hulu and many others. So if you are looking for full TV episodes, a funny video, or even a music video this is the place to search…”

    “Virtual Worlds: Web 3.0?”…08.28.09

    28 08 2009

    “LibraryNext Connecting libraries and librarians worldwide”…08.28.09

    28 08 2009


    This new site describes itself as: is a type of social networking, specially targeted towards – libraries, library networks, librarians, library suppliers and all those associated with a library. A user can register for free and interact with others, connect with others on the website and discuss on various topics.

    Some of the features of include:

    • Community – a feature through which you can find fellow librarians, libraries, library suppliers and connect with them. Once a connection is created you can interact with one another through various means inclduing a Private Message system.
    • Each user can create his own blog.
    • You can upload your profile pictures as well as create photo galleries for others to view.
    • There is also a forum where you could answer others queries as well as post a new query and get answers for the same
    • You also have an events section – here you could list your venues and post the events. The events are integrated with a map system so you could find location to the event as well as register for the event.
    • Further, there is also a directory – listing area – where you should list your library, library jobs and suppliers and outsourcing agencies can list themselves in this area. This is useful for others to find you easily.
    • You can also search for books and order books online. Please click books on the main menu…”

    Facebook Global Reach…08.28.09

    28 08 2009

    From A Look at Facebook’s Reach Worldwide:


    Library-Related Blog Stats Rising?…08.27.08

    27 08 2009


    Just wondering if other library-related blogs are also experiencing significantly increased traffic in recent months.

    FREE Crowdsourced Maps for GPS with OpenStreetMap…08.27.09

    27 08 2009


    OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.

    OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth…”

    “So You Want To Be a Librarian”…08.27.09

    27 08 2009


    Author: Lauren Pressley
    Price: : $15.00
    Published: July 2009
    ISBN: 978-0-9802004-8-5

    Lauren has a blog to accompany the book – check it out.


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