Entries for June 2007

June 21, 2007

From D.C.


ALABlogging
Originally uploaded by bcg8
I hope to learn plenty at ALA Annual and I will share as much as possible.

June 17, 2007

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of June 11th
  • June 18-19 (Monday-Tuesday): By Appointment
  • June 20-28: OUT
  • June 29 (Friday): 8AM-10AM

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .
* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.


Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

Laura Solomon on Second Life

As I mentioned before I attended TechConnectons 8, the other day. I attended a session by Laura Solomon (Lebachai Vesta in SL) on Second Life. It was perfect timing for me as I was preparing my own presentation on Second Life.

There was a couple stats or ideas she shared that I wish the same thing could be said about our libraries:

  • Doubling Rate is every 7 months
  • Approxmately 10% of the participants spend 80+ hours per week in SL
  • Second Life was named one of the most influential sites for the 2008 election

Could you imagine if libraries could say the same thing?

June 16, 2007

TechConnections 8 and Michael Stephens

I was also lucky enough to attend two sessions by Michael Stephens at TechConnections 8. Even more valuable was the time we spent away from the conference discussing libraries, education, future goals, and everything else under the sun over lunch at a local Dublin, Ohio restaurant.

1. Hyperlinked Library: Trends, Tools and Technologies (Michael Stephens)
2. Technology Trends (Michael Stephens)

See his bibliography for these talks.

Some new things I picked up and need to explore:


Michael Stephens on Library 2.0
Originally uploaded by bcg8

Presentation on Second Life

I gave my first presentation focused solely on Second Life yesterday. I was talking to the Distance Learning Interest Group of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO). It was a 2-hour long session that I ran very openly and accepted questions throughout. The discussion was great about how Second Life can be used by librarians and educators. what works or does not work, and where virtual environments may take education in the future.

Presented Web 2.0 at TechConnections 8

I presented on web 2.0 at TechConnections 8 on June 11, 2007. It was a wonderful experience. I have presented on web 2.0 previously, but never to a group of public librarians and administrators. They had great questions. And as always, I walked away with some new contacts and some new web/library 2.0 tools to explore.

I will do a separate post on my learnings and experience as soon as I go through all my notes.

June 12, 2007

Few Posts Lately - Been Busy

I have been quite busy with various personal projects, and my library has been doing special summer projects lately.

Let me share some happenings...

I recently gave a presentation for NOTSL (Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians) on May 24, 2007.

Russ Crabtree of Holy Cow Consulting gave a presentation on perceptions. It was quite interesting. He had the group participate in several exercises that showed how our personal perceptions and bias can skew our interactions. It was funny how our minds can make us believe something that does not really exist.

Rick Rubin, the Director of the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science, gave his thoughts on how he saw the profession, especially technical services, changing in the future. He also addressed library school education. He expressed how challenging it was to cover everything necessary in library school, when librarians are finding all kinds of unique jobs and organizations to work for.

June 11, 2007

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.



Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of June 11th
  • June 11 (Monday): OUT
  • June 12 (Tuesday): OUT
  • June 13 (Wednesday): None Scheduled
  • June 14 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • June 15 (Friday): OUT

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.




Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 508)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall