For you bloggers — National Blog Posting Month

October 26, 2009

Nablopomo runs several blog events to encourage bloggers, too…. well, blog. October’s theme was haunted. November is blog every day. I’m going to give it a try this year.

As you know, November is just around the corner and with it comes the big blogging free-for-all of the “official” National Blog Posting Month. There’s no theme for November, so you’re free to make it into whatever you want it to be!

There’s a new system for submitting your link to the blogroll. If you go to the Blogrolls tab you’ll see a sub-tab right below it that says “Submit Link.” Click on that, follow the directions, and if all goes well you’ll see your link show up on the blogroll within a couple of hours, rather than days. It’s a new system and I fully expect to spend the week ironing the kinks out of it, but feel free to give it a try and let me know what you think.

The Randomizer is back just in time for November! It draws pages from the blogroll, so be sure to sign up for monthly blogging if you want your blog to be seen on the Randomizer.

November HTML badges are up, too:
If you’ve made a badge of your own, be sure to link to it in the comments.

And lastly, prize guidelines have been posted, too. They’re a sub-tab under the Prizes tab:
We’re starting to get a few donations already, and I’ll continue to accept prize queries until the end of November, so there’s no rush.

That’s all for now. You’ll probably be hearing from me a few times during November, mostly just with prize updates and motivational messages that will no doubt inspire you to keep posting every day. Best of luck, everyone!


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Emerging trends book discussion group

October 19, 2007

A new project from the Kansas Library System (and the book discussion group is open to anyone).

Intersections: A book discussion group for librarians

Intersections is a book discussion group for librarians, focused on emerging trends in the intersection of society, libraries, and technology. “The Long Tail” by Chris Anderson is the first book being discussed. NEKLS received an Interlibrary Loan Development Program
(ILDP) grant, which is being used to purchase materials for the group (including multiple copies of the books — in multiple formats… audio
book, KS Audio Books, Music and More…).

The website at will host guest commentary about the books and will provide an opportunity for questions and ongoing discussion, too.

conference overview

May 18, 2007

Alot of interesting info at the conference I attended yesterday. A few practical things (how to use handheld scanners to do inventory — looks labor intensive but not hard) and an glimpse into captivate for creating tutorials.

The social technologies program was most interesting. For one, the presenter demoed my favorite web 2.0 video. 😉
Mostly, I was interested to see how many libraries in that group are NOT blogging or using social networking in some ways. and blogs seem to be the most obvious and useful of the current “hot” tools. I am working on wrangling a bunch of departmental links into now. I mean, it seems downright silly to maintain a html links list these days. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? So that you can organize it the way you want? Do it with flickr bundled tags. So that you can style it the way you want? Pull in your bundled tag feeds into a sidebar (as I’ve done here). Easy, easy. 😉

I really need to take a serious look at the wiki stuff. I’ve contributed to a few wikis (internal project management sorts of wikis, edits in wikipedia, etc.) but I’m interested to see if a wiki can be turned into a documentation manual, in other words as a means of document control. I have a wiki setup but I need to finish up the stuff and get everyone up to speed on that before I go forward with the wiki.

Also, I still need to finish up the online e-learning/training tutorial created for staff. In talking to a colleague with an IDD background, we came up with a couple of neat ideas. I also got a few neat ideas from the ms ppt user group at google (a treasure trove of info for those of you seeking advanced help on ppt!) Of course, nothing like thinking you have finished, only to find that the best ideas have come up. 😉

Also, a brief discussion of twitter. Twitter is just a timewaster. Maybe it has useful applications as it seems that some people are using it in interesting ways… but you know, when it comes down to it, there is always SOMETHING more important that needs doing…and if you start twittering, do not blame me. 😉

New copyright blog

February 15, 2007
The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at the University of Maryland
University College is excited to announce the launch of a new blog
portal addressing the cultural, political and legal context of copyright


The new (c)ollectanea blog will serve as an online discussion platform
for the current and future Center for Intellectual Property scholars.
Today, join one of the leading copyright scholars in the country,
GEORGIA HARPER as she provides insight and leads discussions with guest
bloggers on issues relating to copyright generally, with a specific
focus on issues facing the education and library communities. Georgia
K. Harper serves as the CIP 2006-2008 Intellectual Property Virtual
Scholar and the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University of
Texas at Austin Libraries. Previously, Ms. Harper specialized in
copyright law and created the well known and widely used online
publication, The Copyright Crash Course, for the University of Texas

CIP is one of the leading online educational centers providing training,
and solutions on copyright issues affecting the higher education
community. This new blog, (c)ollectanea, furthers the Center's mission
to provide timely copyright resources for educators. Although the blog
will address the needs of the education and library communities, all are
welcome to engage in the discussion and contribute.

Share your thoughts on copyright issues. Join the blog group
(c)ollectanea, collected perspectives on copyright.

some kind of new stuff from yahoo…

February 13, 2007

yahoo pipes (rss feed & aggregator)

and 360 which seems set to take on umm. myspace(? facebook?)

…and then there is new aol video website which also has taken the place of the wonderful multimedia search engine, singing fish. From what I’ve read elsewhere, singingfish was purchased by aol in 2003, but they have just recently taken down the whole site.