Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New and upcoming

The newest site I've found this week is http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com If you have wondered about what kids addiction is with social networking sites-this is for you! This site is dedicated to Teacher Librarians-you can invite a friend, post images or videos-the site is great. This one was started by Joyce Valenza.

Another one is Chris Harris's Library 2.0 http://library20.ning.com/ If you join both it links them together. Chris's network is for librarians interested in what a library can offer to it's patrons that involved today's technology.

They are both great websites. You can browse or lurk for free. If you wonder what the buzz is, check them out!

I am still getting ready for SLMS 2007. I am very bummed that my program is opposite Chris's since I like to attend his presentations. Maybe I can talk him into podcasting or posting a video at YouTube!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Interesting new tool

There is a new mapping tool that combines sickness outbreaks with Google maps. If you are wondering who in your area has the sniffles or what is going around. Check this out:


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New networking website

For those of you who have been wondering about the addiction of social networking, this site is for you:


Here's the blurb for the website-it was started by Joyce Valenza.

"For those of us who connect, teach, share, and lead in new information landscapes. Come play in this exciting learning sandbox! Pose questions in the forum. Add your images!"

You can post video and collaborate with your peers. Come and satisfy your curiosity!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Ten Things a Blogging Librarian Must Do-by Mike

Ten Things a Blogging Librarian Must Do (an exercise in common sense)

Cite your sources. Link to them. It's what this Web and blog thing is all about.

Post often but have something to say. I'd rather read one or two super good posts than multiple posts that someone puts up because they feel they have to. I've done that here. I used to post everyday, but now I focus on what's really interesting me and what I can comment on.
However: make the commitment though to follow through. It pains me to see a new blog go up, get listed here and there and then never hear from it again. Blogging is an investment of time and energy, commit.

Post about what you're passionate about and don't be afraid to say what you think!

And share yourself. I love learning about folks and how they see the world. Their POV may help me understand or change mine. It also adds to the community that is the blogosphere and more so the Internet. We are people... be yourself!

Never miss an opportunity to show your administration how well an external library blog is working. Did you get a nice email from someone who found your blog helpful? Forward it to all involved. It's feedback of the best kind.

If you are doing a personal blog, don't do it on your library's dime. Breaks? Lunch? Sure! In the speaking I've done about blogging I've had numerous library admin types ask what to do about a blogger on their staff. If it's a library-related blog, discuss what you might do as part of professional development with your supervisor.

Blog unto others as you'd have them blog unto you. In other words, play nice. I don't want to read flames. I do want to read a differing opinion from someone who thought out their points on whatever the topic of the day is.

Read other blogs for inspiration and AHHA moments. Chime in. CITE!

Learn all there is to know about your blog app and make use of its features. These are good skills to have.

Have FUN!

(well, that was 11! :) )
Posted by Michael on June 9, 2004 11:15 AM
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