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Web 2.0 Training for the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce

Peter Chien of the Jervis Public Library in Rome and I, in conjunction with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce have been conducting an 8 part series over the course of the past year on how web 2.0 tools can help Chamber members in their business. The series, including hands-on workshops and labs held at various area businesses and organizations and at the chamber headquarters has focused on both through creation and utilization of web 2.0 tools to promote and manage their business and, also,… Continue

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 2:55pm

CIL 2008 - Day 3 - Marketing Your Library with Web 2.0 Tools

I have to say that this is the one single confererence where I learn the most, am the most energized and become recommitted to our role.

Now I am in the Innovative Marketing Using 2.0 Tools with Helene Blowers who spoke in Utica and is the creator of the 23 things) and Michael Porter from WebJunction.

The notes below are paraphrasing of Helene's and Michael's comments.

Here are some good examples of marketing libraries using Web 2.0 technologies.

"A… Continue

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

CIL 2008 Monday April 7 - Keynote address Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie, a dynamic man who speaks at warp speed, presented the latest finding of the Pew Foundations research into library use. The most compelling finding that he presented today was that TEENAGERS comprise the largest segment of the population using public libraries. This is a CRITICAL finding. I think of the some libraries where teenagers are made to feel unwanted, where staff are trying to limit teen use of social networking sites (such as MySpace and Facebook) and diminish their… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2008 at 10:30am

Searchers Academy at CIL 2008

Yesterday I attended the preconference workshop Searcher's Academy which was chock full of new websites and resources for power searching. Mary Ellen Bates, Marcy Phelps, Greg Notess and Gary Price all provided us with enough to keep us all busy for years. The discussion at the end of the day regarding the perennial issues of why users use Google almost exclusively, the role of libraries and librarians and the issues regarding fee-based databases and why people don't use them was very… Continue

Posted on April 7, 2008 at 7:22am

Need to think about the Computers in Libraries conference

I have signed up for the conference in April and realized it was right around the corner. I need to get a hotel reservation soon.....I am looking forward to learning all the new things and am happy I am taking a pre-conference on searching. We are starting to see real gains in our libraries re: library 2.0 technology use. One of our member libraries (Waterville Public Library) has begun a staff wiki so that staff can make suggestions, voice issues, etc. The director stated that it has been very… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 9:21am

Helene Blowers presentation at the New York PULISDO conference

Helene Blowers at NY PULISDO conference (image used with permission)

Helene Blowers, the vision behind the wonderful "23 Things" program, designed to get as many of the staff at the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County in North Carolina as possible to become comfortable with Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 technologies, spoke at our statewide Public Library System Directors conference in…


Posted on September 10, 2007 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Text Message Recruiting of Athletes/Earbud Worries

Though not specifically Library 2.0 related, I was listening to NPR (Morning Edition) this morning and heard the piece about the use of excessive text messaging by college coaches and recruiters to potential student athletes. Apparently this practice has become problematic for so many of the students to the point of there being talk of banning the practice. My thought is that it is a certain hallmark of our culture that colleges are not text messaging and recruiting potential science or art or… Continue

Posted on April 26, 2007 at 3:38pm

Synchronicity-Thomas Friedman

I found out today that Thomas Friedman is speaking at my son Evan's graduation this May from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We were trying a year ago at Mid-York to get him to speak or be part of a videoconference for our World Is Flat Regional Read, but his speaking fee is way out of our price range and he is booked a year in advance. Oh well, I will take good notes at graduation. If anyone knows of any good sites related to globalization and The World is Flat (aside from Thomas Friedman's)… Continue

Posted on April 8, 2007 at 8:41pm

First post in Library 2.0

Today is my first post in Library 2.0. Hello to everyone out there in Library 2.0 land. A busy day. Working on the Regional Read Programming wiki and my RR2007 blog. Our Regional Read 2007 "Finding Your Balance in a Flat World" encourages everyone in our 3 county service area to read the same book and this year's featured title is Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat". We are also featuring additional titles and resources which address the varying points of view concerning globalization. The RR… Continue

Posted on March 30, 2007 at 12:02pm

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At 1:26am on May 26, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Beverly,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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At 1:10pm on June 4, 2007, Linda McCreight said…
Great photo!
At 3:33pm on April 21, 2007, James E Weaver said…
Beverly - of the five or six certified librarians who work the ref desk, only three of us seem interested enough with IM as another usable ref technology to do something about it. One of the three is the manager of the branch from which we do ref work, the coordinator of ref services for the entire system, and selector of ref materials. The other one works the ref desk three hours a week, but is quite interested in backing me up on IM during the other hours. And I will work IM into my 40 hours. The others - one is retired and subs occasionally for us, the other is the Reference trainer for the system, and the third is not really certified - are quite uninterested.
Even so, I do not think IM will overwhelm us such that our coordinator would need to order us all to monitor the channel.
At 5:42pm on April 8, 2007, RJ said…
Beautiful picture - looks like you are on top of the world!
At 6:31pm on April 4, 2007, fernando_vilarinho said…
Hello! thanks for the add and nice to have you here!

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