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March 26, 2009

Your Library is not Batman

Does your library have a Twitter handle, a Facebook site, a MySpace page, a YouTube channel, and a FriendFeed account? If so, you've got quite a social media utility belt. But do you need all those tools? Rohit Bhargava at the Influential Marketing Blog wonders if libraries, er, brands that try to have a presence everywhere spread themselves too thin and don't have an impact anywhere. Sure, Batman needed a utility belt, but does your library? Leave a note in the comments with your thoughts.

March 10, 2009

Minnesota Historical Society Interview

Here is an interesting interview with Minnesota Historical Society Acquisitions Librarian Patrick Coleman. Coleman takes a look at the seamy, steamy and entertaining world of Minnesota pulp fiction and science fiction. This was posted on MNStories.com.

March 9, 2009

100 Useful Tips...Research on the Web

I haven't completely scoured through this post but so far I like what I'm seeing. This will come in handy when I'm in a chat session and need to pull up a website fast:

100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web
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http://tinyurl.com/5wqyng

March 6, 2009

PEW Internet Report: Generations Online in 2009

If you haevn't seen the Pew Report from February, Generations Online in 2009, it is a must-read for all library staff.  The report discusses how different generations use the Internet for different reasons and it might even kill some of the stereotypes and assumptions that we have about online users.  "Teens and Generation Y find entertainment and social networks online" and "older generations use the internet as a tool for research, shopping and banking."  The report features a great chart and graph that highlights Generational Differences in Online Activities.  Be sure to check this out!

March 4, 2009

2.0 Tools in 2.0 Minutes

What do you think of when you think of “2.0”? For some, the term brings to mind time-wasting websites and misplaced library efforts. Others fully embrace 2.0 and spread themselves - and their libraries - successfully throughout the social web. Many of us are likely somewhere in the middle: interested in new tools, but not sure how to efficiently incorporate them into our professional duties.

Today we’d like to open up a new series of videos that speak to people in all of these scenarios: “2.0 Tools in 2.0 Minutes.” This ongoing series will profile a 2.0 tool and highlight its value to you, the busy library professional, in almost no time flat. You’ll find no 2.0 for the sake of 2.0 here, though; nothing bleeding edge just because it’s bleeding edge. Instead, we’ll only highlight tools that can help you do your everyday job more efficiently. We’ll answer the question, how can 2.0 tools help me be more productive, not less?

The series begins with what we believe to be the most essential element of the 2.0 revolution, and arguably the tool that can add the most productivity to your work day by bringing valuable information to you: RSS Feeds (2:00). Then we’ll take a look at how Greasemonkey (2:17) can help you customize and optimize specific websites. And we’ll end with a tour of a tool that grants free access to office products like word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software from anywhere with an Internet connection: Zoho (1:59).

These videos are the first three in an ongoing series. To determine which tools to cover next, we’d like to hear from you. What single 2.0 tool has been most effective in making your work more efficient? Drop a comment and we’ll consider your favorite site for the dubious honor of being the next “2.0 Tools in 2.0 Minutes” video.