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2.0 Tools & Statewide Library Services

Better late than never? My apologies for not posting this sooner, time got away from me – again.

The slides are from the forum on “Using Web 2.0 Tools to Deliver Statewide Library Service” at the 2009 COSLINE (Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast) meeting. The theme for the conference is the role of technology on delivery of statewide services.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Deliver Statewide Library Services

On Sept 24th, I’ll be participating in a forum at the 2009 COSLINE (Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast) meeting. The theme for the conference is the role of technology on delivery of statewide services.

I’ll be leading a discussion and demonstration of how Web 2.0 tools are being used by state library agencies. There are tons of great examples out there that I’ve been bookmarking on delicious.

But I’m still looking for more examples! How are your states using 2.0 tools?

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This should be a great discussion!!! Participate live – Thursday night.

Join us tomorrow on the Future of Education at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) when Joyce Valenza leads a discussion on the future of librarians and their role in education. Special guests: Buffy Hamilton, Cathy Nelson, and Carolyn Foote! See the full event details at

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Project BudBurst, eBird and Journey North – Is it Spring Yet?

budburstIt’s that time of year in my neck of the woods. The snow is deep, the coldest temps are upon us and my mind is obsessed with wondering when the first snowdrops will bloom. And when I can start a few tomato seeds on a potential suicide mission in my never-ending quest to have a really, really early tomatoes.

And that means it’s also time to take a look at some web sites that track the arrival of spring.

Project BudBurst

I ran across this site in an issue of Organic Gardening today. It’s run by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the purpose is: (more…)

Share Your Social Software Successes!

Michelle Boule, who blogs at A Wandering Eyre, is looking for public and school librarians who have had success overcoming challenges in dealing with social software.

If you are a school or public librarian and have overcome a challenge or obstacle dealing with social software, please contact me. I would love to share your story. I will, of course, give credit for your triumph or leave you anonymous as you prefer.

I’ve heard some great success stories from folks in my classes, so don’t be shy! Please your stories with Michelle at: A Wandering Eyre.

What are you doing? Twitter what?

I have to admit to a love-hate relationship with Twitter, the microblogging “what are you doing?” tool that many people are, shall we say, twittering about. Some days I love being tuned into all the goings on in my community there, other days, I just need to tune out.

140 characters, enough to say where you are during a conference and find out who wants to meet for dinner. Or to find out where there’s a great session going on so you can leave the deadly dull one that you ended up in by mistake. I’ve used it a lot during conferences and had great meetups with colleagues I would have missed otherwise.

On a day to day basis, it’s very useful for sharing breaking news, alerts about interesting blog posts, posing questions and getting fast answers. Many organizations are using it to connect with customers, patrons, supporters. Political campaigns use twitter to alert supporters to the latest campaign news. Libraries use it as one more way to distribute updates about services and events. Library professional groups use it to get news out to members and the library community at large.

What you get out of it, depends on finding friends and colleagues who share your interests. And like any community, you have to give to get. So I try to respond to questions when I can and share new resources that I come across. In return I’ve gotten help with questions of my own. Will I stay with Twitter forever? Will I be fickle and love it and leave it? I don’t know, it has had some problems keeping up with traffic lately. If they continues, people will certainly move on to another tool that serves the same purpose, and there are other ones out there! For now, I’m finding Twitter a useful way to connect with friends and colleagues.

To find out more and see some great examples of how libraries are using Twitter, read Elyssa Kroski’s terrific article in School Library Journal, All a Twitter: Want to Try Microblogging? It’s an excellent introduction to Twitter. And even if you don’t get into using Twitter yourself, it’s definitely a tool to be aware of.