I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
I can definitely relate to your situation. Here's how it goes at the library where I work: I have a very supportive supervisor, and usually either she or I will see some new techno-gadget and decide whether it merits a closer inspection. If it does, she'll say, "See what you can do with it then check back with me." Basically, that's how the blog, wiki, IM reference, Picasa, del.icio.us, etc. accounts started. I love all these new Library 2.0 gadgets, but I don't believe in technology for technology's sake. I truly believe that these gadgets provide not only alternative ways to communicate with our patrons, but news ways in which patrons can learn about Mabee Library's resources and services, and that's what I'm trying to convince my colleagues. It's been an uphill endeavor, but I'll continue to talk with my colleagues, offer training sessions, interact with faculty and administrators, or do whatever else it takes to ensure that these services are available to our patrons.
Hi Tony, thanks for the invite, I've had a snoop around your work blogs, thanks for that. Just the kind of ideas I am tring to share in the training I deliver (and will be doing tomorrow to a group of librarians from Sussex in SE England - so your reputation is spreading far and wide!)
Hi Tony -- thanks very much for the friend invitation! I hope you comment on Joanna's question below (please...) such a good observation about how introducing some of these things can run into resistance and also --how to spark interest in colleagues?