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SALS 10 Mobile Things Wrapup

being a newbieOne of the major projects I worked on over the past year was the SALS Ten Mobile Things project that concluded in June. This was part of a Digital Literacy project run by Jill Ryder, Jennifer Ferriss and Sara Dallas at the Southern Adirondack Library System.

It was modeled on 23MobileThings project originally developed by Jan Holmquist for the Guldborgsund Bibliotekern in Denmark. That project was translated into English by Jan, Kathryn Barwick and Mylee Joseph (both  from the State Library of New South Wales, Australia).  Like Helene Blowers’ original 23Things project, this mobile project is being translated into multiple languages and spreading like wildfire. There’s no doubt that the time was right for this!

For our project, we focused on many  of the same topics, but condensed them into 10 topics (more…)

Workshops in Connecticut – May 2014

There’s still space available in the following workshops in CT later this month:


CDLC Tech Tools Workshop


I haven’t been posting much about workshops and classes these days, so here’s a local workshop that I’m running at the end of April.

CDLC Tech Tools Workshop

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany

A program offered by CDLC’s Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC)

Need a chance to catch up with the ever-changing stream of new (and not so news) tech tools? There’s always something new that sounds interesting, fun and maybe even useful! But sometimes it’s hard to find time to test them out and figure out what to do with them.

During this workshop we’ll look at productivity tools that can help you during your workday, social media services that can help you connect with your community, graphics and presentation tools, cloud storage options and much more. You’ll have a chance to explore lots of tools (new and old!) and share ideas with your colleagues. You’ll come away with some new tips and tricks in your tool-kit and and decide which tools are right for you, your library, your community. Bring a list of your favorite tools or ones that baffle you. No question is too silly, bring them all!!

(More info)

Using WordPress to Build Library Websites eCourse

The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide

The ever awesome Amanda Goodman (Darien PL, CT) and I will be offering another round of our popular 6-week online WordPress course starting in February 2014.  Using WordPress to Build Library Websites  is offered through ALA Editions.

And the really big news is that about the same time, Amanda’s new book, The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide, will be coming out!  What perfect timing.  You can read excerpts from her book here, here and here.

We hope you’ll join us for the ecourse and check out the great examples and resources in Amanda’s book.

Upcoming Workshops

I’ve been terribly negligent about keeping my workshop calendar up to date.  But it’s finally up to date. So do take a look. There are lots of workshops coming up through the CT State Library, AZ State Library, Internet@Schools/CIL and more.

Direct Link to my Google Calendar in case your mobile browser can’t see it here.

WordPress 3.5 is almost here

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The next release of WordPress will be coming out any day now. I’ve been testing the beta versions and found the latest betas stable enough to use in workshops this past week.

The biggest change that most of us will notice is in the Media Uploader. It’s much simpler and more intuitive.   This is a huge improvement. It’s so much simpler that when I included it in a workshop last week, a participant actually  noted on the evaluation that I shouldn’t have covered it because it was so simple.  Loved that, proof that ease of use is always improving.

Other changes include:

  • A new default theme, TwentyTwelve. A nicely designed,  responsive theme.
  • Goodbye to the outdated and rarely used Links Manager (A plugin will add that functionality back if you really want it.)
  • Ability to access your favorite plugins from your Plugins admin panel. Very handy.
  • For an overview of more changes see:  10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.5