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Animoto Book Trailer

Here’s the Book Trailer I made using Animoto today in my LIS724 class.  I decided to do it on “And Then Things Fall Apart” by Arlaina Tibensky because she is coming to Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville August 4th.  I created the images using PowerPoint after watching this awesome tutorial.

Have you used Animoto in your Library? How so? Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? I’m always looking for new “hacks!”




A Librarian’s Worth

Just sharing an interesting infographic by!

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A Librarian's Worth Around the World  | Infographic |

Do you agree with this? Do you think we are worth more? What was your favorite statistic? I really liked the image of reference questions being stretched from New York to Alaska. That’s a lot of questions!

I often wonder how people truly perceive the role of a Librarian in society. Do they view us as valuable? Do we make ourselves appear valuable?

Sometimes I think we do a great job of proving our worth. Take the Radical Reference Librarians for example, a group of volunteer librarians who provide “professional research support, education and access to information” in situations like presidential elections, conferences and book fairs. They work in a collaborative virtual setting and arm themselves with the skills to provide free, unbiased information in settings where the facts matter.

Other times, I think we can make a really bad name for ourselves, and propel some of those negative stereotypes. For example, this sign just really bothers me: Library Cell Phone Sign

I mean COME ON! It’s 2011. Sure cell phones can be annoying sometimes when the ringer is turned up to max volume in the middle of a program or storytime, but cell phones can also be really valuable tools in the library. Especially if they are used for learning and interaction. It’s fine to have rules and guidelines, but “forbidding” things just makes us seem mean and unapproachable and in turn, not as valuable.

How different would your service model look if you answered each reference question in such a way that would prove your value? How much more would you give to the patron in terms of help and assistance if your value was in question and your job was on the line every time you helped someone? It’s definitely something to strive for when we work with our public so that librarians aren’t just “there,” but are an important part of an informed society that is desperately and infinitely needed.

Try something new for 30 days

Lululemon merchandise bag

I was really inspired by Matt Cutt’s Ted Talk “Try something new for 30 days” where we learn that 30 days is a great starting point to either add new habits (biking to work, exercising, etc) or remove habits (biting nails, smoking, etc).  It is also a great way to test something out that you’ve always wanted to do, but have been too afraid to try.  With that in mind, I’ve decided that I really want to try this “30 Day Challenge,” but I’m not exactly sure what I want to do. Thus, I’ve created a wall on and I’m hoping that all of you can help me come up with ideas by sharing your own.  While you are at it, feel free to borrow the ideas on the wall and try them out for yourself!  I’ve started the wall myself by posting some ideas that were in the video, as well as things I have already done, but I’m looking for that one idea that just stands out and screams “try me for 30 days, do it, do it, do it!!!”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Wall Wisher, it’s really easy!

  1. Click on this link to access the wall–>
  2. Double click on the space to create a sticky note
  3. Type in your name (if you wish) in the header, and then your idea in the body
  4. Add a link to an article, website, video or image in the footer
  5. You’re done!

If you do add something, feel free to let me know by writing a comment in this blog.

Can’t wait to see what ideas pop up!



Promotional Flyer

Here is an example of the promotional flyer I am working on for my LIS724 class.  For this assignment, we were to apply the principles of the book “The Non-Designer’s Design Book” by Robin Williams, to a simple promotional 8×11″ poster using Microsoft Word.  Here is what I came up with:

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Blog Recomendations

For my LIS 724 class (Media Services and Production), we have been asked to discuss 3 blogs that we enjoy following, or find helpful in our professional development.  Below are my contenders.

Top 3 Library Blogs I Enjoy Following

Stephen’s Lighthouse

Stephen Abram does a great job of pointing his subscribers to relevant content on the web that focuses on trends in libraries and information technology.  I especially enjoy the infographics that he shares, such as this one about why people follow brands.  Stephen also posts many of the slides to presentations or seminars that he gives around the country.  Check out this one on cooperative library strategies.  Stephen updates his blog frequently and multiple times per day, so there is always a multitude of interesting information to sort through.  I have retweeted and recently Google+ed many of his links so far because I find them interesting, quick to read and relevant to our profession.

Librarian by Day

This blog is written by Bobbi L. Newman who talks about digital literacy, the digital divide and using digital technology in the Library.  Bobbi also focuses a lot of her personal research on Transliteracy and the role librarians play in understanding, nurturing and providing for a transliterate society.  One of my favorite features of this blog is when Bobbi recaps her personal favorite “Top 10 Links” that she shared on Twitter for the week.  This is a good way for me to understand major topics and trends that affected “libraryworld” for the week to make sure that I am staying up to date on current issues of the profession.

David Lee King

David Lee King focus on emerging trends in the library setting. He isn’t afraid to try new technology and then blog about it so we can see what worked and didn’t work, like when he described his attempt at giving a PowerPoint presentation with his iPad.  He also does a great job of reviewing conferences he attends and/or pulling out key pieces of information from lectures, presentations or articles/books he is reading.  One other thing I find particularly appealing about David Lee King is his professional informality.  The blog posts are easy to read/skim quickly while being incredibly informative.  He also seems like a very approachable person to contact with questions or comments as he provides numerous ways to connect with him via the internet like e-mail and even skype!

What are your favorite librarian/technology blogs to follow?

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