Wow! Library Camp KS was awesome!
For one the day started off with me welcoming all the rock stars to the event: Brenda Hough, Joshua Neff, Erin Downey Howerton, David Lee King, Michael Sauers, Cindi Hickey. Yeah, it was pretty intense. Plus added to the mix was a lot of my school friends from ESU. Brian, Dan, Lily, Jen 1, Jen 2…quite the time.
My experience was actually really cool. I went in thinking “what in the world am i going to learn today”. But instead I actually served as a resource to others.
My first session was on customer service. We told stories, looked at some online resources, and did quite an extensive wiki update on customer service (alas, we also figured out that two people editing the same wiki page is no good idea.) Some real good ideas, mainly we focused on:
-how do you train someone
-how do you pick the right person
-what do you do when they suck.
The second session was a lunch session. From what I heard, some groups didn’t really get to talk about anything, but oh was my group different. We spent the entire lunch period talking about what our favorite 2.0 things are, and how we use them in the library, and what potential uses other technologies might have. We talked enough my food got cold, but it was the Hibachi Hut and they serve the best food. I used to work there, so I got the star treatment, such as taking my own menus to the table and passing out the silverware.
In the morning we picked the topics, so for the third session I knew it was going to be on gaming. I ran to my library over lunch and picked up a wii. And for the gaming session we hooked it up and those who hadn’t played it before got a chance to check it out. During that time those of us who had put on tourneys, or are into gaming, talked about what has worked and what didn’t. Mainly we discovered that just plugging the games in is enough to get participation. Also, it still seems that the biggest hurdle to gaming is going up against the whole “its the ruin of civilization” argument. We had fun.
The afternoon ended with a bull session on what we thought. Some of the things I picked up on:
-something in the western part of the state (let’s face it people, everything is done in the eastern part of the state, and as Kathy Rippel alluded to “Salina is not western Kansas. You gotta love Kathy, she always says what others won’t say.)
-keep the wiki going, make it your friend -bring lunches in (im not a fan of this idea, i like informal library lunches, you box the lunches in and it just zaps the fun out of it.)
Overall I give the day an A-. The minus based solely on the fact that I meant to get a pic of myself with Josh and his bowtie, but he wore a regular tie.
Kudos to Brenda and Jason…..and to Jason again. Good job everyone.
Flicker Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roycekitts/sets/72157604164018604/
I am probably the last person to read the book “Presentation Zen” by Garr Reynolds. Oh well, I still haven’t seen the Titanic movie either. I hear it sinks.
Well, the topic of this post today is: images. What is a blog post without an image? Boring. Well to me anyway. The good news is that in this book the author lists some sites that you can get pictures from, all the while remaining copyright compliant and guilt free.
Here are those links:
Morgue File www.morguefile.com
Flickr Creative Commons Pool www.flickr.com/creativecommons
Image After www.imageafter.com
Everystockphoto search engine www.everystockphoto.com
Oh, and that photo to keep this post from being boring:
That is my son, Harrison, singing some Brian Eno.
Since we here in Kansas are currently celebrating the first ever Talking Books week (March 3 – 8), I thought it would be the perfect time to share a great “Talking Books” resource with you! It’s called the Talking Books Librarian blog! Check it out at http://talkingbookslibrarian.blogspot.com/
I started the blog several months ago, to help make people more aware of resources available for older adults and those with disabilities, as well as to promote the free Talking Books program by the Library of Congress! The blog also includes everything from library “stuff,” to books, to general public resources I come across.
Happy Talking Books week to all of you!!!
One of the new features of the State Library of Kansas website is a virtual tour. The tour walks you through the State Library and describes some of its history.
The tour script was written by Cindy Roupe, Director of Public Services; the voice recording is provided by Rhonda Machlan, Resource Sharing Specialist. Josh Motsinger, web developer from KU Medical Center, provided the digital photos. You’ll also find Josh’s photos sprinkled throughout the pages of our new website. They include not only the State Library, but also the Capitol Building.
For those techies out there: the original recording was done using Camtasia [http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp] software; it was then saved in QuickTime movie format.
To find the virtual tour, click on the “Visit Us” link: http://www.kslib.info/visit.html. At the bottom of the page is a link to the Virtual Tour. Note: You will need QuickTime Player in order to view the tour.
We hope to upload the tour to YouTube and increase its viewing audience. Our next project is a Virtual Tour of the Talking Books Library on the ESU campus. Stay tuned for further developments!
Hi everyone! My name is Jaime Prideaux, and I am the Talking Books and Special Needs Consultant for the Southeast Kansas Library System. I will be posting on occasion about issues related to Talking Books, special needs, and other disability related resources. For my first post here, I want to mention a cool online service known as Talkr.
Would you like to listen to audio versions of the new posts of your favorite blogs? Then give Talkr.com a try! Talkr lets you listen to any (or all!) of your blog subscriptions. You can search through the Talkr “database” to see if the blogs you already subscribe to are part of Talkr. If they’re not, it’s very easy to add them. All it takes is a few minutes to set up your subscriptions, and then you can immediately begin listening to them online. In addition, Talkr automatically updates itself with the new posts from all your favorite blogs. If you are a blog author, it is also easy to set up Talkr on your blog, so that all your readers can use Talkr via your blog. You can even use Talkr to convert text-only blogs into podcasts! This is a great (and free!) resource to share with your patrons, especially those with low vision! Check it out at http://talkr.com/
I am sure we are all familiar with the phrase “Music makes the world go round.” This is true in real life, and our other real life: the online world.
As a big music junkie I would like to pass along the following recommendations to those of you needing a boost of new tunage.
Users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm’s music library, and are able to listen to some individual tracks on demand, and in some cases download tracks if the creator has given permission.
Users enter a song or artist that they enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar. Users provide feedback on the individual song choices — approval or disapproval — which Pandora takes into account for future selections.
Project Playlist is an information location tool similar to Google but devoted entirely to the world of music. The purpose is to help you find and enjoy music legally throughout the web in the same way that other search engines help you find webpages, images, and other media.
See good things really do come in threes.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration starts at 9 a.m.)
Hale Library, Hemisphere Room
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KSA complete agenda and links to lunch options, directions and parking information are available on the unconference wiki at: http://librarycampks.wetpaint.com/page/Unconference+Details.Topics:
The participants of Library Camp Kansas choose the topics to be discussed the day of the conference. Potential topics can be posted ahead of time to the wiki: http://librarycampks.wetpaint.com/page/Discussion+Topics.
Registration is free. Visit the “Invitation to Participate page” to register online:
If you need a parking permit, you must register by Friday, March 7.
Due to space limitations, overall registration is capped at 100 participants.
Free wi-fi. Some laptops are available for those who can’t bring their own. Flip charts and meeting supplies will be provided as well. Snacks and drinks thanks to K-LIRT. Parking permits thanks to NEKLS.
What you should bring:
Great ideas, great questions, an interest in collaboration, laptop with wi-fi (if possible), and money for lunch.
For more information, check out the Kansas Library Camp wiki: http://librarycampks.wetpaint.com/
Questions? Please contact:
Technology Consultant, NEKLS
email@example.com ~ (785) 838-4090
Hope to see you there!
Check out this archived webinar, Dump the Org. Chart: Get `Er Done!: Management for a 2.0 Library. Part of the SirsiDynix Institute’s “Grow Your Skills” webinar series, this program stars our own Rob Banks and Gina Milsap from the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. You can listen to it on your mp3 player or watch it on your computer and follow along using the supplemental material also provided.
Robin Good has created Mobile Instant Messaging Meets Social Networking: Twitter – A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1 - an excellent way to get acquainted with Twitter, a social networking application.combine the ease of Instant Messaging and SMS with the reach and scope of social networking services. So what’s all the buzz about? Twitter lets you publish your thoughts on the fly or tune into the thoughts and information streams of other users from around the world. Success with Twitter = brevity (max. 140 characters for each message.) Not a replacement for blogs but another option for instant online publishing. Visit Robin’s guide to learn more!