Join us — new Drupal and Expression Engine Groups

November 20, 2009

Hola! I’m chairing the ATHDrupal group and for now, I am just “helping” the EEATH group (I hope a Chair rises organically in the group).
ATHDrupal is a new regional Drupal group (forming out of the ashes of UGA Drupal Group). We would like to invite anyone interested in Drupal to join us. We hope to have some f2f meetings — perhaps, semesterly (and also, to connect up with DrupalAtlanta at some point).

Drupal is an opensource content management system.
You can join the Drupal group @

Additionally a new regional group has formed for the CMS, Expression Engine

If you have questions, just drop me a line. thanks, robin

Why use Twitter (and why I twitter)

August 26, 2009

Some time ago, I gave up on the notion that I could be an artist and have a completely private life. The thing with being an artist (musician, writer, painter, director, actor, etc…) is that you need fans. You need supporters. You need people to know about your artwork and support your artwork (both financially and intellectually). So, unless you have an agent working for you, you have to do this yourself.
I think the same applies to organizations, businesses, etc. How do you stand out in a crowd? One way is to use social media to build a fan base (or user community or support network or … )

I twitter for 3 reasons: to get up to date info/links/buzz about technology through people I follow, to build a network of followers who I might not want to facebook (facebook is more personal to me although there is some overlap on fb) or those that might not want to facebook with me, and to post news/announcements relating to artwork or my writings (in other words, straight up PR).

There are of course, other reasons to use twitter. If you are confused about twitter, I suggest you take a look at this great post. It explains what twitter is, how to use it and why it is useful, especially as relates to organizations.

Facebook and Friendfinder — what you need to know

August 25, 2009

Interesting post about how facebook uses your email address to connect you to people through friendfinder

Delete your info here

…which all just goes to show, we all need to stay on top of what information we put out there. I don’t use friendfinder, but apparently my email address was harvested from a couple of mailing lists by people who DO use friendfinder via facebook.

…and don’t friend me on facebook, if we are not in the same professional circles — especially, if we’ve never met or had a conversation (either f2f or online) because I won’t friend you back unless you WRITE A REALLY REALLY GOOD MESSAGE EXPLAINING WHY YOU ARE APPROACHING PEOPLE ONLINE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW…. AND EVEN THEN, PROBABLY NOT. GOT IT?

12 worst kinds of facebookers

August 20, 2009

From CNN (the short version)…

  1. The Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day Bore.
  2. The Self-Promoter.
  3. The Friend Padder
  4. The Town Crier
  5. The TMIer
  6. The Bad Grammarian.
  7. The Sympathy Baiter
  8. The Lurker.
  9. The Crank.
  10. The Paparazzo.
  11. The Maddening Obscurist.
  12. The Chronic Inviter

Okay, I think I might have committed all of these offenses at some time … except for the Paparazzo and the Friend Padder. I surely hope I am not the TMIer (ick, we all have one of those in our friends’ list, right?)

for more detail read the article here

Seeking librarians/writers (professional development opportunies)

April 13, 2009

Seeking regular contributors:
Do you have a story to tell?

Come and share it at Library Worklife!
Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today’s Leaders is looking for aspiring and experienced writers – library employees and graduate students who have stories to tell about their careers, jobs, research, and pathways to success. Library Worklife is a monthly, electronic newsletter published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). Stories can be about:

* You or a great project that you want to share with colleagues – Spotlight
* Advice, testimonials, opportunities and research about advancing your career – Career Advancement
* Why it is important to participate in professional development and continuing education, including state and national certification programs – Certification
* Legal issues facing or concerning library personnel – Human Resources Law
* How to manage library staffing issues, such as training, budgeting, performance appraisals, hiring, outsourcing, and motivation – Human Resources Practice
* What you, your library or your state has done to address pay inequities – Salaries and Pay Equity and Statistics
* How do we attract people to the profession? – Recruitment
* Profiles, standards, innovative approaches, conferences or topics of concern for support staff – Support Staff
* How you manage the two (or more) roles you play on a daily basis – Work/life Balance

Write about your ideas or use some of ours on almost any other topic related to working in libraries.

Submission should range from 200 – 1200 words, although longer articles can be accepted by arrangement. They can be in almost any style from serious academic research to humorous work-life articles. Further details can be found at the Library Worklife web page, or by emailing the editor, Jenifer Grady at

And the best news is… If you commit to writing three (3), count ‘em THREE, articles in one year, you get a free subscription to Library Worklife, a $35 value (for ALA Regular members.)

So come and share your story, at Library Worklife.

Professional & Cont Ed Group online

October 29, 2008

The Professional & Continuing Education Interest Group (PACE) of GLA (the Georgia Library Association) chaired by Robin Fay & Beth Thornton have decided to do a free online community portal (a ning).

Even if you are not a member of the Interest Group or GLA, feel free to participate. We decided to give this a try to see if we pool the library, IT and/or web2.0 resources that come across our desks (training, webinars, links, blogs, library videos, tutorials, etc.) we’d have a good mix of stuff, as well as a place to find help, network & discuss issues relating to librarianship.

Oh, and you can subscribe to the site via your rss reader (google, bloglines, etc.)

If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to drop me a line.

Need a mentor?

September 29, 2008

For those at the UGA Libraries, there is an internal mentoring program via the Professional Development & Research Committee. too.

New Member’s Roundtable of ALA offers a mentoring program:

Have you been a librarian for 5 years or less? Do you sometimes feel you have professional questions to ask and no one to direct them to? Do you find yourself wondering, in the midst of hardcore budget season, or in that massive collection development strategy meeting…What the heck are they talking about? Well, through NMRT’s Mentoring Committee, help has arrived! Here’s your chance to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to ask about all those questions you can’t really ask!

The NMRT Mentoring Committee will pair up “newbie librarians” with “seasoned vets” as part of our Career Mentoring program. The program will last from October 2008 to July 2009. Conference attendance is not required. Membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. Applications are due October 17, 2008, with the goal of notifying the matching pairs by the end of October.

If you are interested in additional information or would like to be paired with a mentor, please complete the online application at:

Free webinar – Second Circle Event Technologies – Beyond Registration to Community Engagement

September 10, 2008

Although not specifically library related, considering how many seminars, workshops, and conferences we all attend, this might be an interesting webinar (and free!)

Second Circle Event Technologies – Beyond Registration to Community Engagement
September 18, 2008
2:00 PM EDT | Register Now!

Events and meetings are a critical element of your overall market relationship management (MRM) strategy – providing customers, employees, partners, and franchises a powerful channel to experience your brand message. Meanwhile, event technologies have moved from being an adjunct support capability to being an essential part of every event or meeting. Unfortunately, too often, events are managed as one-time audience interactions and not as part of a continuous relationship that can address the audience needs over time. Join Stephen Saber CEO, CrossTech Group, with Chris Copelas, Director of Business Development, CrossTech Partners, as they discuss how Second Circle Technologies are transforming the way companies use these interactions to gain a competitive advantage.

shutterfly one-ups flickr in social networking

August 22, 2008

Whoa, so have you checked out shutterfly lately? I haven’t done anything with my account there in FOREVER, because well, shutterfly didn’t seem to do much. It certainly wasn’t as great as flickr.

However, shutterfly has jumped into the social networking venue with both feet — take a look at my “profile” shutterfly page vs my flickr page.

Okay, Okay, I know, the shutterfly page is more than just a profile — it is an actual webpage with my blogs embedded via rss, images of my choosing, and even some basic design features (layout, color scheme, etc.); I can even blog via shutterfly, pull in my images from my shutterfly photo collection, plus control who can contribute (only me or a group).

Not sure about how tagging works in shutterfly and although it seems to support groups and collaborative galleries, I haven’t tried to do that in shutterfly.

…but still…. it does makes my profile and site at flickr look pretty dinky, doesn’t it?

..and apparently, you can batch export out flickr using flump.


more here about the changes here
and here
and here

50 social networking sites (the basics)

August 12, 2008

From social networking to blogging to image sharing…. a nice list of all the basics organized by category.

A few additions:
Under social networking, I would add one of the oldest social networking sites for artists, deviantart; under misc, I would also throw in sites which are more tool based, too, like slideshare (for sharing powerpoint), and some of the rss/blog services (technorati, bloglines, google reader) and maybe most importantly, claimid, for identity management.