FREE Conduit – An Option for Library Toolbars…07.30.09

30 07 2009


Thanks to the SocialNetworkingLibrarian for the following:

“…Basically…you create a special toolbar for your library and then you install them on the browsers on your computers. You can include links to your library website, to news websites, important or useful websites for your college, or community as well as pictures and logos important to your library. One of the best and easiest places you can go to create a library toolbar is Conduit...

Conduit is very easy to use, open source so its free, and does not require you to download any separate programs…”


Librarians and Others – Change and Influence…07.30.09

30 07 2009

The following gleanings are useful thoughts on change from Ed Batitsta‘s post On Change: Inclination, Motivation, Action. This ties in with his previous work on the Influence Pyramid of which many here have found interesting and helpful.

“…I believe that our actions rest on a foundation of inclination and motivation…Here’s what I mean by those terms in the context of a proposed change:


  • Am likely to change?
  • Am I inclined or not to make this change?
  • How does it align with my life and my preferences?
  • Why might this process be easy or difficult for me?


  • What are my goals?
  • What motivates me to make this change?
  • What optimal results do I expect?
  • What minimal results will I accept?


  • What steps will result in forward motion?
  • What will encourage me to act?
  • How do I move from reflection to action?
  • And what will keep me moving ahead?

Here’s a graphic representation:




…1) This model describes the conditions that support sustainable change.

2) The questions that accompany each of the model’s components–inclination, motivation, and action–allow us to determine whether the conditions are right for change and to understand how we might influence those conditions.

3) And if we define sustainable change as ‘influencing ourselves,’ there’s a clear parallel between this model and the Influence Pyramid–food for future thought….”


Of course, many fail to realize that the only person we can really change is ourselves. As we change, we affect those around us and become an influence for change – hopefully positive change.

Today’s “2 cents worth” from the Lone Wolf

Content and Knowledge Management Uses for Wikis in Libraries…07.29.09

29 07 2009


From Wikis: Knowledge is Only a Click Away:

“…Wikis can be used by libraries as content and knowledge management tools for:

  • internal communication (University of Connecticut Libraries)
  • staff resources or training (Antioch University of New England Library Staff Training and Support Wiki)
  • conference information (CLA Calgary 2005ALA Chicago 2005)
  • planning conferences, programs, and projects (Durham County Library Strategic Plan)
  • institutional collaboration (University of Calgary)
  • professional collaboration (Library Success: A Best Practices WikiLIS WikiLIS Publications Wiki)
  • social networking and sharing for librarians (Library Day In The Life Wiki)
  • community information (Davis Wiki, CaliforniaLoudounpedia, Virginia)
  • research guides (Ohio University Library Biz WikiNorwich University)
  • reader’s advisory guides (iRead)
  • hosting a website (Bull Run Library)
  • supplementing a website (Grand Rapids Public Library Wiki)…”

  • Cloud Computing Risks to Consider…07.29.09

    29 07 2009


    LifeHacker’s The Hidden Risks of Cloud Computing lists 4 potential serious risk of using cloud computing:

    ” Every day more users move their computing lives from the desktop to the cloud and rely on hosted web applications to store and access email, photos, and documents. But this new frontier involves serious risks that aren’t obvious to most…

    Lesser Privacy Protection Under the Law…

    Weak Security Systems That Are Too Easy to Break Into…

    Data Lock-in and Third-party Control…

    Server Unavailability and Account Lockout…

    …The key is to know what you’re getting into when you make that choice, to ratchet up your personal security mechanisms (like alternate email addresses and password choices) and to lobby for better user protection by hosting providers in the cloud…”

    “Users Reveal Critical Factors for Virtual Reference Service Excellence”…07.29.09

    29 07 2009

    Lone Wolf in Social Media & Attention Distraction…07.29.09

    29 07 2009


    Despite the current “wisdom” of having all your social media strategically connected, I have chosen to keep my blog and my Twitter accounts reserved for professional activity beyond my employment.  Facebook and the majority of my non-employer, web-based,  email accounts are reserved for family, close personal friends, and personal business (I keep 1 web mail account for communications from social media networks).

    I used Flickr photo sharing until Yahoo! decided to charge $’s for reasonable storage space while continuing to hold some of my images hostage although they did give me a couple of weeks to snatch my pictures back. Time ran out, however, so now I just keep photos on CDs and my personal desktop instead of hopping to Picasa or elsewhere.

    I have a limited profile on LinkedIn but don’t bother with it much since I’m not actively seeking work.  My blog is listed there along with a link to my general online CV/Resume page.

    BTW, I use Bloglines for an agregator despites its flaws and down time although I think Google Reader is better and use it occasionally.  My favorite browser is Chrome because it seems faster and the features suit my. All the browsers I use though crash occasionally. If I found one that didn’t, it would be top pick regardless of anything else.

    Of course, we need to keep our social media and information glut in perspective – easier said than done.  Check out In Defense of Distraction from NY Magazine… a long, but good read relevant to us all:

    “…before the founders of Google had even managed to get themselves born, the polymath economist Herbert A. Simon wrote maybe the most concise possible description of our modern struggle: ‘What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.’ As beneficiaries of the greatest information boom in the history of the world, we are suffering, by Simon’s logic, a correspondingly serious poverty of attention…

    It’s too late to just retreat to a quieter time. Our jobs depend on connectivity. Our pleasure-cycles—no trivial matter—are increasingly tied to it. Information rains down faster and thicker every day, and there are plenty of non-moronic reasons for it to do so. The question, now, is how successfully we can adapt

    …because attention is a limited resource—one psychologist has calculated that we can attend to only 110 bits of information per second, or 173 billion bits in an average lifetime—our moment-by-moment choice of attentional targets determines, in a very real sense, the shape of our lives…

    “Top 7 Places to Watch Great Minds in Action”…07.29.09

    29 07 2009


    Mashable! today has a useful post today from Josh Catone titled Top 7 Places to Watch Great Minds in Action excerpted here:

    “…below is a list of the top 7 places to watch great minds in action…

    1. TED

    2. Pop!Tech

    3.  Business Innovation Factory

    4. Gel

    5.  Bil

    6.  Big Think

    7. Idea City…”