Friday, April 30, 2010

My other blog

btw... I haven't been as active as I would like on this blog. the big reason why is I started another blog with a very specific focus and it's been taking up a lot of my time. I put stuff up on there several times a week. Almost every day as a matter of fact. So if you're interested in "indie" rock check out my other blog and website.

The Pudge Song Of The Month Project

Web 2.0 at Libraries

The library I work at doesn't do much of anything with Web 2.0 stuff. It's sort of a shame because I would like to do so much more myself at the library I work at with social networking. It's one of the things I went to library school for. It's also a Catch 22 in my case because I'm looking for a full time library job. Almost every library at this point does Web 2.0 stuff and expects to see examples of your work. Unfortunately the management of my library is a little old fashioned and doesn't see the benefit of social networking.

Because of this I am planning on working on a document about how to use Web 2.0 technology in libraries. If nothing else I would like to do it for myself. I started an online CV and thought it would be a great piece to put up online. I think it would be pretty easy to show how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr in a coordinated way to promote library services.

Then I'll go ahead and follow the protocols at my library. I'll submit my proposal to my department head. She'll decide to approve it, or not. If it is approved it will be sent to the correct committee. After several months it will come up for discussion, or not, depending on if there's any interest from management. My fingers are crossed...

Friday, April 23, 2010

I was wrong about Twitter

When I first started this blog one of my posts was about Twitter. I ragged on it to be honest and wrote that I couldn't think of a way that a library could use Twitter effectively.

I was wrong!

One of the things about me that I feel is a strength is to always try to keep an open mind about technology advances. I think it's always a good thing to keep an eye on things and reevaluate them over time. When I first saw twitter I saw it as a more superficial version of something like Facebook that limited itself to only texts of up to 140 characters. It seemed to me that it had limited potential for libraries.

As I said I was wrong. If I could have my way I would set up a Twitter account for the adult reference area of the library I work at. I would post tweets that look like this.

"Today is Earth Day. Come in and check out our display of Green books."

"Zeitoun is a fantastic non-fiction account of the days of hurricane Katrina. One of the best new non-fiction books in awhile. Check it out!"

and so on and so on...

I think the Teen area in particular could reach young people this way.