Some of us are intermittent Twitter users. I glance through the posts of those I follow once in a while. I don’t look at everything. Occassionally I come across something that holds my attention, a “Twitter find”. Here’s one I really like.
If you teach online searching or love data centers, or if you like flowcharts and the lovely irony of typed text boxes + purple crayon arrows to describe the very high-tech Google, then you’ll love this surprisingly interesting graphic. Learn How Google Works was created by an company that offers Pay Per Click training, and seems to know Google well. Tip: To print a copy, use legal size paper.
School library media specialist and Robbinsdale schools program director for media and instruction technology, Jane Prestebak, was quoted in yesterday’s Star Tribune article, “Interactive boards get screened in class”. *
Jane and her district are working to find out whether interactive whiteboards make a difference in student achievement. See the article for the details. Jane clarified by email that she and her staff are involved in several aspects of the grant and implementation process.
District Media Services does much of the background work for finding, researching, preparing and submitting grants. We ensure that those we hire to coordinate and train have the resources they need to be successful. We will ensure that reporting is completed. In most of our grants, I sometimes participate in training, especially teaching about research process. I run around and take pictures and collect stories to use in promotional materials. (The photo they used was one that I took–not a great photo to be sure, but better than none.) I read a lot of stuff about technology so that when an opportunity arises, I have data to support an application.
How cool is that? interactive whiteboards are hot right now and it’s great to see a Minnesota school library media specialist involved in pragmatic research on student impact and quoted in the press. If other school library media specialists are involved in current research, add a comment or send me a note!
A colleague just forwarded a CNN story to me. Since it’s so directly related to the previous blog entry, I had to share it. Amazing story.
Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.
Starting in July, telecommunication companies in the northern European nation will be required to provide all 5.2 million citizens with Internet connection ….
On the other hand, the United States is the only industrialized nation without a national policy to promote high-speed broadband, ….
When I need a photo for some brochure or web page, I’m usually in a hurry and usually have a concern about how to quickly obtain a photo without violating copyright law. I’m adding this site to my Favorites. Smashingmagazine.com offers a fabulous, lengthy, annotated listing of Free and Commercial Stock Photography Sites.
Many libraries in Minnesota recently started participating in a form of digital reference, AskMN. According to the website, AskMN is “An online service for information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AskMN is a cooperative service of Minnesota libraries.” Individual libraries offer additional forms of “virtual” or “digital” reference to their local populations.
If you’re interested in learning about the trends and tips in digital reference with a panel of special guests, consider participating in the WebJunction-sponsored Digital Reference Summit, online, 9/30/09, 1-2:30pm Central time.
There is no cost, but registration is required.
The Summit recording will be available after the event in the WebJunction Event Archives.
When Hennepin County and the former Minneapolis Public libraries merged a couple years back, they took time to sort out how and when to merge their operations. Since the two library systems used different automation vendors for their public access catalogs/integrated online library systems (Dynix Horizon for suburban Hennepin, Innovative Interfaces for Minneapolis), there were some serious conversations about “data migration”. Let’s just say that the staff thought long and hard and made a plan before moving ahead with the merger of their online systems.
Congratulations, Hennepin County Library! As of today, August 27, the library has one merged catalog for its 41 locations, and access to over 5 million items in one online place. Library users no longer have to search separate catalogs for resources in Minneapolis and the suburbs. Minneapolis’ system data was merged into Hennepin County’s Dynix Horizon system. Want to know more? Read, HCL’s Catalog News.
Web conferencing tools are increasingly used for online meetings and training programs. If you’ve been assigned to find the scoop on these tools, here are three of my favorite links on the topic.
Unique around the world: vendor-independent review of web conferencing solutions
–compares 22 tools; updated; recommended by TechSoup
A Few Good Online Conferencing Tools (July 2008)
–an excellent overview, grouping the various tools into three useful categories: Desktop and Application Sharing Software, Online Seminar Tools, and eLearning Environments
Nonprofits and Libraries: Have You Considered Web Conferencing? (July 2009)
Btw–These are favorites I’ve gleaned from reading the e-newletter, TechSoup By the Cup! To subscribe, visit www.techsoup.org/tools/newsletters.cfm. They have a new companion newsletter too, TechSoup for Libraries. To subscribe, visit http://ga0.org/techsoup/join.html.
Sitting in a conference for library staff, I’m taking a moment to list here the great stuff ALA released today on broadband stimulus. The Washington Office released another practical paper for those who are making a BTOP application. Don’t miss: ALA Washington Office releases guidance on demonstrating libraries’ economic impact in BTOP applications (District Dispatch, 8/5/2009)
To learn about Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts and how libraries might influence national directions, view these links.
ALA: FCC should consider role, benefits of libraries in National Broadband Plan (District Dispatch, 8/5/2009)
Participate live or online in the planned FCC broadband workshops. View the schedule.
Yesterday ALA released a 7-page paper, “targeted to members of the library community who have a serious interest in applying to the Public Computer Center (PCC) funding category of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).”
The paper, “A Note On The Public Computer Center Funding Category and Library Proposals”, is available via this District Dispatch entry, ALA Washington Office releases paper on public computer center BTOP funding, library proposals.
I see the District Dispatch just provided a reminder about deadlines and resources, Broadband stimulus funding application deadline drawing near.
ALA’s Washington Office is doing a great job of providing info on a complicated grant.