StartUp, Ownshelf, Helps People Share Their eBooks

I came across an article today on Mashable Startups about a new site called Ownshelf, which let’s people share ebooks with friends.

The terms of use of Ownshelf imply that the book must be in public domain in order be shared.

It will be interesting to see if people cross the line and share books regardless of copyright.

Have you tried it?  What do you think?

App Review: WikiWeb

I like Wikipedia. It’s a good start point when you’re looking for information. The one thing that has always bothered me (other than the potential for mis-information) is the rabbit hole you cannot stop yourself from heading down when you start clicking links within text.

Well, the app Wikiweb changes that. It provides a unique visual map helping you to see where you’ve been – topically speaking, where you can go and how topics are linked.

I’ve only played with it minimally but so far I like it. It’s intuitive and fun and I love how it visualizes the information on Wikipedia At $4.99 the price could be considered high, but I think it could be really interesting for information instruction. I don’t have an iPad to try it on, but I really like how it works on my iPhone.

Learn more on their website or check out this video:

Social Customer Service White Paper

If you are managing Social Media for your library, check out the free Conversocial White Paper that just came out. 

It’s a business-centric* white paper that talks about how companies should use Social Media for customer service exchanges.  It’s a nice start to a bigger topic…how are you using social media to attract, engage, and assist your library users?  

*Libraries are a business too!  


This is how playing library is done right, people!

A recent post by Amy Karol at Angry Chicken highlights her daughters playing library and how they’re kickin’ it old skool with due date slips and everything!

It’s so cute you have to see it.

Read the comments – they will make any library person smile all day.

Check check. Australia Bound.

Hey kids.  Long time no blog.  I’m headed to Australia later this Summer to check out some Australian libraries.  I’ll try to write you a couple of blog posts while I’m there and get the inside scoop of the down under crew.

A cool gardening blog…

I recently received a “Like” from the awesome folks at the Soulsby Farm blog!  If you’re looking for solid gardening/farming knowledge that you can pass on to patrons or just use at home, you should visit their blog!

In the first five seconds of reading I learned that worms love Cheerios!  Mind.  Blown.  So, I had to share.  I plan on reading for way more than five seconds!  Lots of great stuff there!

If all else fails…

you can promote that your library has a public restroom.  I mean, there are worse things to be known for.  So, y’know, if other awesome aspects of your library (free entertainment! charming staff!  untold treasure troves of knowledge!) don’t boost the door count, consider listing your library’s restrooms!

Check out Sit or Squat.  They even have an app!  Yes!  There is an app for that!

Saving Seeds – Free Webinar! Libraries take note!

Interested in the seed library concept?  Start by understanding more about seeds and what it takes to preserve seeds.  Check out this great free webinar happening on March 20 at 7 PM CDT!

Pima County Public Library is one of many libraries in on the seed exchange concept!  Consider for your library.


Instagram folks…what are you waiting for?

Hey library land!  I get that you love Pinterest, I really do.  It’s a cool site.  But check out Instagram!  The statistics for Instagram are pretty impressive – it is growing exponentially and I believe it may have already surpassed FourSquare in membership!  (If not, it will soon.)

I recently hosted a webinar for work with over 100 participants – when I took a poll of social media usage, not one said their library was using Instagram.

What’s impressive is that it’s only available on iPhone right now and it’s reached surpassed FourSquare. It’s in beta for Android now, so I can only imagine what participation will be like when that rolls out.

Mobile social networks are where the world is headed and Instagram is quickly becoming the new leader.


Urban Gardening Concepts

It’s been an insane few weeks preparing for the Public Library Association Annual Conference!  I have a lot more I’d like to share, but time has gotten away from me.  So here are a few ideas to get started for urban food education!

If you’re in an urban library, you can still teach patrons quite a bit about gardening, even if you don’t have a lot of green space.

For instance, you can grow lettuce, herbs and microgreens near a window.  There are a ton of great tutorials out there to check out!

If you have just a small bit of dirt running along a wall, consider growing peas.  Peas are easy to start now, and they’ll grow up a small trellis or string along the side of your building!

If you have some space ( a few feet ) to place a container, consider potatoes!  Using a collapsing pot let’s you grow potatoes during the season, then remove the dirt and the pot easily in the fall!

And don’t forget window boxes.  With a window box you can grow dwarf varieties of snap/sugar peas, edible flowers, herbs and more!