April 2009 Archives



April 17-20 I was in Indianapolis at the Art Libraries Society of North America conference. It was a bit of a homecoming being a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington; so much that I coordinated an Indiana Reunion honoring my adviser and art librarianship guru, Betty Jo Irvine. During the conference I worked at the Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk where participants could freely ask questions about wikis, blogs, social tagging, bookmarking and other technologies, and assist in setting up new account. For more information on the Tech Kiosk, visit http://artlibrarytech.pbworks.com/The-Tech-Kiosk . A few highlights from the conference include:
- Amazingly I learn more exciting things by casual conversations than panels many times. At the IU Fine Arts Library they are using Delicious to help categorize databases and resources.
- Also at IU, they use Library Thing to advertise their newest books.
- I learned about MadCloud to create cheap publications. More for vanity magazines, but could be great for nonprofits or newsletters.
- Swivl is an interesting alternative to Google Custom Search Engine.
- Omeka is a resource for web publishing- some interesting oral history collections can be found there (I might look into this for my MLS thesis).
- Conduit I have heard about before, btu I saw in action how easy it is to create a custom toolbar.
- The IMA created an interesting dashboard application which is fascinating. It lists all sorts of stats from the previous two years in a widget like format, such as hoe much energy is used per month and number of works of art currently on loan from the permanent collection.
- Art Babble is a wonderful new website full of free artist interviews!
- Blist is a new resource for creating data sets and making it available on the web. Jodie at the U is interested in using this to catalog images.

For more information via an aggregater can be found below:


Libraries Scavenger Hunt


Last week I had the opportunity to be invited to participate in Youth Development's professional development online conference. In working with the staff, we created a scavenger hunt that highlighted key resources Extension staff should be familiar with, along with creating a little quiz. (Two lucky winners get some prizes.) In addition to my welcome video introducing myself I had one hour of live chat with the staff. Over fifteen people participated with many great comments and suggestions! I hope to do the live chat quarterly, since it went so well.

- Keeping Current in Extension: https://umconnect.umn.edu/p62302589/

Artist Interviews


This is a fabulous new site full of free artist interviews! http://www.artbabble.org/

ARLIS Indiana Reunion


I created the following slide show for the Indiana Reunion at ARLIS on April 18, 2009.

Author's Rights & MAEE


Linda Eells and I presented via a webinar to the Minnesota Association of Extension Educators. Our presentation, Author’s Rights: Publishing options & alternative venues, can be viewed below.

Even though I am not an Extension Educator I picked up a lot regarding the review process from the following panel. Eli Sagor shared some great layouts for thinking about projects in relation to review criteria. I am so using that to outline my libraries continuous appointment review!

Keeping Current: Search and Journal Alerts


The past few days have kept me busy with working on a Presenter narrated sideshow on how to create search alerts and journal alerts for the YD Extension staff. There are still a few bugs in the presentation that I can't work out right this moment, but it is coming along.


I created the above video to introduce myself through a self-directed professional development opportunity on Moodle for Youth Development Extension staff.

Where in the world is Kristen's office?


National Library Week



Study Break Events
Fuel up on some snacks and coffee in preparation for your exams. Library staff and SMART writing consultants are available for assistance with last minute papers.

April 13: Coffee & cookies at Magrath Library
Coffee served at 11am, cookies throughout the day

April 14 & 15: Free popcorn in the Magrath SMART
Learning Commons from 1-3pm in celebration of National Library Week

April 16: Coffee & cookies break at 1pm in the Magrath SMART Learning Commons in celebration of National Library Week