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Jauntful: Create your own travel guides

Jauntful is a great new tool for creating and sharing your own personalized travel guides. Create a guide to share your favorite places with friends. Create one for an upcoming trip with spots you don’t want to miss. Create a guide to your local area and share your favorite haunts.

Libraries could create a guide to the local community or a treasure hunt map for a fun summer event.

Students could use this to create a tour of an ancient or modern (or both) city for a school project. Or map out locations in a book, similar to a Google LitTrip.

Guides can be shared privately or with the world. Full color PDF versions for printing or taking with your offline.

Here’s my map of some favorite spots in Helsinki.


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!!

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NYLA SnapshotNY – Participate!


All the folks in our Cool Tools for School and SALS Ten Mobile Things workshops have been playing with photo and video tools for the last few weeks, so they should be all set to participate in SNASPSHOTNY! What about you?

From ProtectNYLibraries

How do people use library services on a typical day? Document your library — how busy and how essential your library is with statistics, pictures, videos and user comments?

Join New York’s libraries and participate in SNAPSHOTNY: A Day in the Life of a Library by collecting photographs and videos between Monday, January 13th and Friday, January 31st and choose one day to track your stats.

Ready to join? Then pick a day and collect statistics on:

  • How many patron visits?
  • How many people used your public computers?
  • How many reference questions did your staff answer?
  • How many children participated in programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)?
  • How many adults participated in programs?
  • What was the total circulation for the day?
  • How many hits did your website receive?

Deadline for submitting all data–stats, photos and video is Friday, January 31st.

Library Advocacy MOOC

Interesting learning opportunity Begins Feb 24 – free edX MOOC on library advocacy being offered by Wendy Newman, Gwen Harris and Colleen Dineen – U of Toronto iSchool.

Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, evidence, action

Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!

About this Course

How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential ab (more…)

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.

30 Tools in 30 Minutes…

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Century House donates a meal for every meal purchased. Lots of meals donated today!

What a pleasure to take part in the Capital District Library Council’s Annual Meeting at the Century House today. CDLC has been part of my professional and personal world since I started working in libraries. It’s also the organization that jump-started my consulting career by hiring me to do Internet training back in the days of Gopher, Telnet & FTP. Thank you to the CDLC staff, trustees and community for all you do to support  libraries and librarians. 

Today’s program included terrific presentations by Emily Thompson and Geoff Kirkpatrick. My piece was a Tech Smackdown meets Speed Dating session called  “30 tools in 30 minutes.”  I didn’t actually finish in 30 minutes and it was more like 4o tools.

Great fun to see so many friends and colleagues. And meet new colleagues too.