I’m so looking forward to attending the New York Library Association annual conference this week. A great conference with tons of interesting and useful programs. And I always have fun catching up with all my NYS friends and colleagues. And it’s going to be just down the street from the amazing Niagara Falls. (slowly I turn…..)
This year I’m presenting a session on Cloud Services for the Empire Friends Roundtable. I’ve never presented to this group before and am looking forward to learning more about their perspectives on libraries. Hope we have time for some chattering.
The Friends Roundtable is in the midst of a campaign to become a Section instead of a Roundtable. Sign their petition!
I’m also hoping to see some of the NYS participants in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC. I should have gotten this organized sooner, but there are a few of us who are going to try to meetup. If you’re going to be at NYLA and you’re in the MOOC, let me know. We have a NYS Tribe, do join!
Wow, the new Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome that was released last week is beyond terrific! I loved the old clipper, but this incorporates the best of the Clipper, Clearly and Skitch all in one easy to use panel. This really streamlines the use of Evernote even more.
Once installed, clicking on the elephant in your toolbar brings up a slide out options pane on the right side of the screen. Choose to capture a full web page, just the main article on a page, or the URL with a snippet of the text. Or use the ‘Simplified Article‘ option to do what Clearly does – strips the page down to simple to read text with an option to highlight content. And finally, the Screenshot option comes complete with Skitch annotation options.
Select which folder to store the note in, tag it and save it. And oh so handy, there’s an option to share the note with others right there on the side panel. Once the note is saved, the confirmation panel even offers the option to set a reminder on the note. Did I say WOW yet?
I’ve been using Evernote since early 2008 and also teach workshops on Evernote. I’m impressed at how it just keeps getting better and better.
That’s a whole lot of museums!
What do they all have in common? The Smithsonian Museum Day Live event is Saturday September 28. The NYLA annual conference in Niagara Falls ends that day. There’s a small science museum in Niagara Falls. And the 2014 summer reading theme is all about science.
So why not take advantage of the free admission offered by Smithsonian Museum Day Live program and visit a museum after the conference ends, there are tons of them participating.
And if it’s a science museum, you can get a head start on inspirations for the 2014 summer reading. I know, I know, no one really wants to start talking about summer reading for next year yet. But still, take a break on your drive home and visit a museum of some other sort.
Liz with her Little Free Library
Another Little Free Library
has opened in my area, this one is in Scotia, New York and was lovingly built by Liz & Jim Bailey. After 2 neighborhood children become the first visitors, Liz said:
This is why Jim and I decided to join the LFL world wide movement: to promote healthy neighborhoods, to encourage early and continuing literacy, and to give back to a community that we have enjoyed living in for almost all of our adult years here in Scotia!
Liz is a school librarian (at my alma mater!) and is considering building another LFL with a group of students as part of a global studies project. What a wonderful idea!
Liz & Jim, you guys rock!
Päivi Jokitalo, a Finnish library colleague and friend, is seeking contributions for a book that will be titled something along the lines of “Powerpoint-free Zone”.
Her description from her blog post:
I am interested in e.g. all kinds of camps, labs and unconferences, collaborations not based on hierarchies. I would also like to present examples of networks where libraries (and partners) are striving to renew the tools of library work and cooperation itself. (read more here)
Päivi has worked for the National Library of Finland and is now an independent library consultant. She’s also the ultimate collaborator and connector. Though we’ve never met, she eagerly and generously connected me with many librarians in Finland, including her collaborator Päivi Almgren. And while I was in Helsinki, I spent some time visiting bookstores with another librarian who was in search of their books.
If you want to contribute to this terrific project, please read her blog post for more information.
I’ve had a request for an ereader workshop for the staff and trustees of a local library. Would love to do it myself, but I’m completely unqualified! I know how to get ebooks on to my own lovely little ereader, but that’s about it.
The library is in the Albany/Saratoga NY region and they do have a small budget (I don’t know how much) to pay someone. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch.