A Librarian’s 2010 New Years Resolutions…12.31.09

31 12 2009

Excerpted from A Librarian’s New Year’s Resolutions:

“…I resolve to make each and every patron who walks in the door feel welcome – even the guy who alarms patrons by doing back exercises on the floor of the mens’ room.

I resolve to give each and every patron who approaches me with a question my undivided attention, even when it is the 50th time I am asked for their library card number.

I resolve to answer each and every question fully and with value added i.e. I will go the extra mile. If a patron comes up to the desk with cookbooks to check out, I might say, “You might be interested in our Foodie Book Group.”

I resolve to continue to provide programming our community wants and needs. I can’t tell you how proud we are that since we began offering free citizenship classes in October, three students have become U.S. citizens.

I resolve to handle all building issues such as toilet plunging and the like with good humor.

I resolve to read more (and yes, librarians like to read but we don’t do it at work).

I resolve to support my staff in the work they do and to encourage innovation and creativity.

I resolve to share the enthusiasm I feel about the nobility of a librarian’s work and the important role the library plays in the community.

I resolve to make 2010 the best it can be for myself and for those I serve…”

Social Marketing Trends for 2010…12.31.09

31 12 2009

Digital Trends for 2010…12.31.09

31 12 2009

Twenty Ten and the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine…12.31.09

31 12 2009

Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-900 E-Reader Review…12.31.09

31 12 2009

The Value of School Libraries…12.31.09

31 12 2009

School Library Media Center Collection Development…12.30.09

31 12 2009

Sweet Search – Search Engine for Students…12.30.09

30 12 2009

Sweet Search:

“SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.

Most search engines search billions of Web sites and return tens of millions of results; some are from reliable Web sites, some are not.  SweetSearch searches only 35,000 Web sites that have been evaluated and approved by a staff of Internet research experts at Dulcinea Media, and its librarian and teacher consultants. 

SweetSearch excludes results from the unreliable sites that rank high in other search engines, and waste your time.  It lets  students choose the most relevant result from a list of credible results, rather than having them waste time on unreliable sites…”

New Media Consortium – Key Trends for 2010…12.30.09

30 12 2009

From 2010 Preview Horizon Report:

© 2009 The New Media Consortium

New Blio Platform Said to Reinvent the Book Yet Again…12.30.09

30 12 2009

From Wired’s Gadget Lab report Singularity Proponent Ray Kurzwweil Reinvents the Book, Again:

“Ray Kurzweil, a prolific inventor who is best known for his prediction that machine intelligence will surpass that of humans around 2045, still has a few things to offer carbon-based life forms. Kurzweil has introduced new e-reader software, called Blio, that approaches e-reading from a completely different angle than the current E Ink-based devices like the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

Blio is not a device. Rather, it is a ‘platform’ that could run on any device, but would be most obviously at home on a tablet. The software is free and available currently for PCs, iPod Touch and iPhone.

‘Everyone who has seen it acknowledges that it is head and shoulders above others,’ says Kurzweil. ‘We have high-quality graphics and animated features. Other e-readers are very primitive.’

Blio is set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week…”

E-Books, E-Readers, E-Papers – 2010 and Beyond…12.30.09

30 12 2009

The Library Sandbox – A Place for Innovation…12.30.09

30 12 2009

Winter Evening Reading from 1678 – The Pilgrim’s Progress…12.30.09

30 12 2009

After many years, I have finally started to read The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come by John Bunyan – truly a remarkable piece of literature and a must-read for any Christian.

New Google Goggles Demo…12.29.09

29 12 2009

The Facebook Guide Book from Mashable!…12.29.09

29 12 2009

Mashable! describes its Facebook Guide Book:

“Whether you’re new to Facebook or an old hat, the magnitude of features and functionality in the enormous social network can still be somewhat daunting. From personal profiles to brand pages and applications to groups, there’s a lot to get up to speed on — and even an expert might have occasion to want a primer on one of the lesser-travelled corners now and then.

We’ve put together a collection of some of our best resources, how-tos and guides to help individuals, businesses, organizations and non-profits get the most out of your experiences on Facebook…”

Library of Congress Scans 60,000 Fragile Books for Online Reading…12.29.09

29 12 2009

Excerpted from Library of Congress Puts Almost 60,000 Fragile Books Online:

“The Library of Congress, in collaboration with The Internet Archive and using a $2 million grant from the Sloan Foundation, has scanned 60,000 delicate books from its vast collection and made them available for online reading–and download in various formats, including EPub and Kindle–for anyone who wants to check them out…

These books can now be accessed through the library’s online catalog…”

Critical Thinking for Librarians and Others…12.29.09

29 12 2009

Mobile Library Patrons…12.28.09

28 12 2009

Librarianship 2015…12.28.09

28 12 2009

Podcast – The Challenges that Public Libraries face with eBooks…12.28.09

28 12 2009

Google Quickly to Become “Caffeinated”…12.28.08

28 12 2009

TechCrunch reports today:

“Google is getting serious about realtime search, adding Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace streams into results and adding a recent ‘updates’ option which is addictive. But behind the scenes Google is also getting ready to push out an entirely new way for indexing the Web. Codenamed ‘Caffeine,‘ Google has been testing it since last summer in one datacenter, and is now getting ready to push it out across all of Google. Some SEO-minded tipsters say that they are starting to notice faster search response times, but Google is sticking to the party line that Caffeine won’t roll out until after the New Year (in part so that everybody can enjoy the holidays).

When Caffeine does roll out, what can you expect? Most people won’t even notice. The look and feel of Google results won’t change. Caffeine is an under-the-hood upgrade to Google’s search index algorithms. But it will significantly speed up how fast Google can present results, especially across different media types such as photos and videos. Overall, search will be more realtime because Google considers the speed of its index to be a competitive advantage…”

2010 Library Social Networking Trends…12.27.09

27 12 2009

Excerpted from The Top 10 Social Networking in Libraries Trends in 2010:

“…1. An increase in the use of mobile applications for library services…

2. Even more ebook readers and the popularity of the ones that already exist…

3. The usage of more niche social networking sites for the public at large and this will spill over into libraries.

4. An increase in the amount and usage of Google Applications such as Google Wave and other similar applications.

5. The Google Books controversy will more or less be resolved and patrons will begin to use it more.

6. Library websites will become more socialized and customized…

7. College libraries will use more open source software and more social networking sites to educate their patrons and for library literacy in order to save money.

8. More libraries will use podcasting and itunes U to communicate with patrons and to offer value.

9. More libraries will offer social networking classes to their patrons.

10. Social networking in libraries will be viewed more as a must and as a way to save money than as a fun thing to play with or to use to market the library…”

Texas Voter Survey Shows Support for Libraries…12.27.09

27 12 2009

From the Texas Library Association

The Day After Christmas – Enter the 5 Days of Twixtmas…12.26.09

26 12 2009

Thanks to Stephen Abrams:


Welcome to the five days of Twixtmas where you are being encouraged to make the most of this valuable time.

Do 5 things to change your world for the better: Do something different from the shopping, scoffing and slothing.

Twixtmas is a brilliant opportunity. A significant part of the population is on holiday and has free quality time to do something.



Christmas – The Advent Conspiracy…12.25.09

25 12 2009

The True Meaning of Christmas…12.24.09

24 12 2009

The true meaning of Christmas by GoFish:

 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him [Jesus], Which is the first commandment of all?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

–Mark 12:28-31

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

–John 3:16-17

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

–John 15:13

Digital Librarianship in Academic Libraries…12.24.09

24 12 2009

Thanks to Stephen Abrams of Stephen’s Lighthouse

Apple Tablet May Be Announced January 26…12.24.09

24 12 2009

The Boy Genius Report is saying:

“Right as we were whispering about the 7 inch display of the Apple tablet, the Apple tablet rumors simultaneously exploded. The Financial Times reported that Apple has reserved Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January. A source reportedly claims that Apple will use the venue to make a big product announcement on January 26th…”

Christmas Eve Contemplation…12.24.09

24 12 2009

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’…

There are wise men and then there are wise men, if you know what I mean. You can find a lot of smart people teaching in colleges and universities, but they may not qualify as wise people. .The Wise Men of today’s text were smart enough to follow God’s directions

Matthew calls them MAGI. Despite the beauty of the popular Christmas song, they most certainly were not Kings. The word MAGI is usually translated as ‘astrologers or Oriental scientists.’ Their profession was a combination of modern-day astronomy and astrology.

‘From the east’ points to origins in Mesopotamia or Persia. The Magi were a powerful and influential priestly caste among the Medes and the Persians. These priest-sages were extremely well-educated for their day and were known to specialize in medicine, religion, astronomy, etc. The Persian Magi were well known for their higher religious and intellectual achievements.

They knew of the story of the coming Savior no doubt from the presence of Jewish people like Daniel in their country centuries before. Their honor in history is that they were intellectually honest enough to look for God’s revealing of himself and then acting upon that knowledge.

Dr. Paul Meier writes: ‘There is nothing the least bit improbable about a group of sages being attracted by some event in the heavens and then trying to investigate it more closely. The ancient historians of Greece & Rome were fond of describing astronomical phenomena and the effects they had on the lives of people.

In that region of clear air and in that time of poor artificial lighting, the nights were long and the heavens were quite impressive.’ The stars told them that a new king was born to the Jews and they mounted an expedition to find him.


–Wayne Dobratz 

The Gospel of St. John 3:16-17:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

A Christmas of Compassion…12.24.09

24 12 2009

Christmas of Compassion is provided as a free service to the local and global community.


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