#WomensMarch Photos on Storify

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Protect Your Privacy – Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow

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FamilyTreeNow, a free “people search” site, has received a lot of attention in the past week, starting with some tweets and a Washington Post article. Like many, I’d never heard of the site. The site aggregates personal information from a wide range of public sourcse. Street addresses are the easiest to find. Other data might include names of family members & colleagues, marriage and divorce information, military background and more.

Since all of the data is from public records databases, none of it is truly secret or unavailable. But FamilyTreeNow makes the data really easy to find. Great for genealogy fans, not so great for privacy fans.

Fortunately, it’s also very easy to opt-out. Continue reading

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Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Book Challenge


BookRiot has posted it’s 3rd annual Read Harder Challenge. A list of 24 reading tasks to challenge you through the year. Read a book for each task or use a single book to meet multiple challenges.

There’s a GoodReads group which is great for gathering suggested titles and of course BookRiot is full of ideas.

Here’s the 2017 Challenge List

Right off the bat, I’m a bit stumped by #1. Despite my sports talk there, I really don’t know what to read for that. Maybe something about Cricket? (bats, stumped…) Continue reading

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WebJunction: Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

webjunction logoWhat do your trustees need to know about tech and libraries? Find out at this free WebJunction webinar on Thursday Jan 26, 2017. Sounds like it would also be useful for Friends groups, school boards, parents groups, etc.  And anyone else who has to translate library tech trends into something others understand. More information.

Library staff are expected to embrace technology advancements and keep their skills sharp and their libraries relevant. But what about library boards—how tech savvy are your trustees? The more that trustees are dialed into a personal use of technology, the better advocates they will be for the library’s technology needs. Learn some fun and practical ways to inspire greater tech savviness in your trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has a sharper set of digital tools.  Presented by: Bonnie McKewon, Consultant, State Library of Iowa, Northwest District

WebJunction offers lots of great webinar. Check out their Webinar Calendar. 

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Sharalike Slide Show

Sharalike is a truly simple way to create a slideshow. Simply upload your photos, arrange them in any order, select from a few slide transition options, and pick some music or upload your own. That’s it, you’re done.

Did I mention it’s free?

Options for sharing directly to Facebook and Twitter. Copy a link and share. Or copy iframe embed code for your web pages.

I don’t see options for adding text on top of the images, but you could easily do that ahead of time with any number of photo editing tools.

Use it for presentations, end of the school year highlights, what I did on vacation, fun family greeting cards, and more.

Sharalike isn’t new, but it’s new to me. I heard about it via a recent Edshelf email. (love Edshelf!)

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Social Media & Friends of Libraries

nyla2016The #NYLA2016 conference is happening this week in Saratoga Springs. I need to skedaddle and get myself there! I’m excited to be presenting a session a session for the Friends of the Libraries section on Growing Your Friends Group Online. The session is Friday at 11. Presentation slides are available as a PDF.

Love the theme this year: Strong Strategic Sustainable. Lots of great programs around this theme. Follow tweets for #nyla2016




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