Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SirsiDynix Institute Webcast

Would you like to hear me talk about podcasting? For free? Excellent. I'm doing a webcast for the SirsiDynix Institute called "What's New In Podcasting?" on Tuesday, June 5 at 11:00am EDT. The webcast is an update of the awesome two part podcasting series Greg Schwartz presented for SDI last year. In fact, Greg's presentations are so good that I really had trouble coming up with things to talk about.

But we'll take a look at some professional development podcasts (and fun ones too) along with some new library produced podcasts and a few tools that Greg didn't cover in his talks. I'll also give some tips for planning, implementing and sustaining podcasting at your library.

You can register at the SirsiDynix Institute website. Did I mention it is free?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Podcast Listening?

Hello blog readers! I have a question for you: what (if any) podcasts do you listen to for professional development purposes? They can be library specific or not, it doesn't matter. Or really even just for fun.

Leave a comment. You can do so anonymously and it won't hurt a bit!


Tuesday, May 22, 2007


There's a good photo essay on the lolcat phenomenon on Slate today. It even mentions lolbrarians. All i have to say

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Till Death Do Us Part - And Then Some

If I ever get around to blogging again I was going to blog a recent New York Times column on copyright by Mark Helprin. He basically equates copyright with physical property rights. But just check it out through ACRLog. The post also links to a great Harper's article by Jonathan Lethem, whose newest book I've been told is a bit of a let down.

May 22 Update:
Anonymous commenter pointed out Against Perpetual Copyright on the Lessig wiki. This is a great response to Helprin that I completely forgot about in the original post. Well worth a look.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

GUGM 2007 Presentation Links

Here are links to things that I talked about/ played/ showed during my talk "The World of Social Software" at GUGM 2007 in Fort Valley, GA. Take a look at my presentation page for more information including the PPT from the session.

The music I played before the session was by Hermon Hitson.

The Machine Is Us/ing Us

RSS In Plain English

North Metro Tech View From The Library
George Mason University Law Library Circulation Blog
Circ And Serve

Libraries and Librarians Group
Georgia State University Library Transformation
Flickr As A Training Tool (scroll down to section for presentation)

Georgia Perimeter Decatur Campus Library
Ohio University Alden Library Audio Tour
WPI Audio To Go
Library Guide For Nursing (Cal State Fullerton)

The L-Team (Williams College)
Information and Circulation (Cal State Long Beach)
ENGbaseNET (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Playlist (Includes sleepy kitty and other videos I didn't show during the session)

Two For Fun:
Pandora(Information about the fight over new royalty rates for online streaming radio is available on

Try Me, I'm New:
Meebo Rooms

Thanks so much for coming to the session. I had a blast and hope you had fun and learned something as well.

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GUGM 2007: Lies, D@#n Lies, and Missing Teeth

UGA folks

pay stats/ free stats:
first search
google gvt search
umich gov docs

ad driven metasearch:
nationmaster -mashup w/ wikipedia (content from wikipedia), limited search
statemaster - state version, comments under each page of stats, related sites links weird

open bible - bible/ google earth mashup, cool use of free info

impt to evaluate info from pay/ ad driven sites: purpose/sources/geography/years/content/viability/functionality
- good site, housing stuff, nice run down of contents of sources, data from other sources in new interface

social networking + online stats:
swivel- shows source for stats, comments etc, see what other people are doing, can upload your own spreadsheet info or type in yr own data, very current

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

GUGM 2007 Social Software Talk

If you happen to find yourself in Fort Valley, GA on Thursday, come listen to me talk about social software at the 2007 GIL User Group Meeting. We will watch videos, listen to podcasts, post pictures to Flickr and maybe even Twitter a bit. It'll be a blast.

My talk is from 1:15 until 2:30 in an as yet to be determined location. Or go listen to Sarah Steiner talk about wikis at the same time. She rocks waaay more than I do.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Boing Boing: NPR Science Friday segment on digital libraries

From Boing Boing comes this very interesting discussion of Google books search and book search in general from NPR Science Friday. Definitely worth a listen.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

ACRL Webcast Podcast Links

Here are links to the library and higher education podcasts I talked about during my ACRL webcast on May 9, 2007. I again apologize for the technical difficulties that didn't allow me to play the clips that I intended. The titles of the episodes I was going to play are in parentheses. Permalinks to blog/ web posts are provided where available, but I didn't want to directly link to the MP3 files.
Links to podcasting resources and tools are available on my wiki.

Thanks to everyone for coming! Look for posts responding to some questions and comments I didn't get to during the session in the next week after I get a copy of the chat transcript.

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