Michael Porter, aka Libraryman, from WebJunction did a great job as a last minute substitute for Chrystie Hill who couldn’t make it to Minnesota for our MLA presentation. It is not easy to jump in like that and we appreciate his willingness to make an 8am on the last day presentation.
Michael told the audience of 40 or so attendees about himself. (The highpoints–he is not Chrystie, but he knows her. He is a big Prince fan. He is a librarian from Indiana, taught computer classes on a cruise ship, worked on the Gates Public Library Computing project, and a few more details.)
Michael gave an overview of the history of WebJunction and his role as product manager for the social tools on the new WebJunction. He walked us through the features of WJ and WJMN. The key words to remember? Connect, create, and learn. WJ and WJMN are places library staff can connect with others with similar interests, create content, groups, forums, and more, and learn from one another and through the classes offered to members.
He acknowledged some of the issues we have been working through since the August launch–slow response, glitches with the course registration, link confusion, etc.–and assured us that WJ is on it!
A true believer in all things WebJunction, Michael invited all attendees–and other WJ members–to friend him as you explore the features of WJMN. The WJMN team also encourages all MN library staff to register with WJ and affiliate with MN to start using all the features of this rich resource–which will be made richer and more useful as members add content, create groups, and more.
Thanks again, Michael. Hope you can return to Minnesota soon. Maybe we can arrange an opportunity for curling!