Monthly Archives: May 2008

All Things Digital

http://allthingsd.com/d/

Tech conference.  Wonder if any librarians are in attendance?  If I wasn’t so poor right now, I’d be there.  I will watch the videos in lieu of attendance this time.

😉

I *heart* Google Analytics

I love Google Analytics.  May I gush?  Okay…

I just figured out that I can narrow down visitors BY CITY.  I mean, for a free analytics to do that…that’s nice.

It’s very telling…somehow, I feel like I’m a voyeurist (sp?).  hee hee hee

Webware

Webware: Cool Web 2.0 Apps for Everyone

I found it when I was looking for articles on improving Twitter. It’s a CNET website, so it has good stuff and is interesting. You sort of need to click around to get to the actual 2.0 app stuff that you can download. Going to look at it today to kill time at work.

things you shouldn’t post

Um, I’m in the process of looking for a new job. And it’s annoying me. I hate lying to my employer (i’m sick, again…cough!) and the nervousness is just not healthy.

But I need to say some things and get them off my chest….call it my “Job Seekers Manifesto”

Dear Potential Employers:

Read my resume please. Actually look at. I fit it on two pages, like you asked. I printed in a nice font and I took extra care to be concise but clear. READ IT.

I’m sorry if I’m not from your state. Consider me anyways. I’m not applying to out of state jobs for my health. I’m applying because I’m actually interested. If I didn’t want to live in your state and I wasn’t serious I wouldn’t apply. Ask the libraries in Idaho, they have not gotten a single resume from me. I don’t want to live in Boise. (no offense, Boise.)

It was a cover letter. Don’t analyze every single freaking word, because quite frankly I don’t remember the exact “unique project your library has” when I wrote it. It took you three months to respond to me, so no, I don’t know what I was referring to. Okay, you have a right to analyze every freaking word, but I’m nervous enough so don’t be so f***ing critical.

Call me, email me, do something. I jump through hoops to fax my forms, in a particular order, on a particular day so that you will get it and be happy. I’m busy too. But I do it. Now just take three seconds and write me a note saying “I got your resume, thank you. We will let you know if you have an interview or not in three weeks. Please don’t call again, you over-anxious loser.” At this point, I’d be super freaking happy with that.

Pay me what I’m worth. I worked my a$$ for my masters. I’ve got bills to pay back. At least pay me a competitive wage. (And to those of you taking jobs at a less then competitive wages, stop it. You’re screwing over your working buddies and it’s pissing us all off…)

Okay, I feel better now.  Thanks.

brightkite

huh, brightkite. what twitter originally was meant to be?

“location based social networking”. i like hanging out in detroit. that doesn’t mean i want to talk to crack dealers. how will they pull it off? interesting.

i dunno. i’ll check it out and let you know.

one more thing

One of the language teachers was complaining about her kids not taking advantage of conversation time in class.  So I said “why don’t you come to the library and we can set up a videoconference with another French/Spanish/Italian class in the area…they’ll be kind of forced to speak in the language then, won’t they?  Or we can try to contact a school in Quebec/France/Mexico/Italy and see if they want to videoconference…”

Insert blank look from teacher here.

We can do this people, we really can.  Technology is no longer out of our reach.  Let’s just push the envelope as far as we can.  This isn’t rocket science and I know other schools are doing it.  And they’re doing it at LIBRARIES.

This is the new age of high school media centers.  We don’t just check out the DVD player to you.  We host web and video conferencing and help you set up RSS feeds.  😉

Listserv frenzy…

I’m drowning in listservs.  It’s crazy really.  I need a better way to manage them all…

I’m going to attempt to list all the different ways to access professional information…this is for me, not for you, so sorry if it’s boring…

okay, so there’s

conferences
listservs
blogs
magazines (from the ALA, MLA, etc)
whatever random mail you get from your associations

that’s it? no wait…

chit chatting with other librarians
sometimes there’s social networking sites

okay.  i know there’s more than this…well, i suppose information can only come in so many forms until we really can do vulcan mind-mells or whatever they are called.  How nerdy am I?????

All you have to do is pay attention, k?

I was in a brief meeting with some fellow librarians yesterday and they had never heard of the ALA office of Public Programs.  Honestly people, just pay attention a little and you can get a ton of free things.  And it’s high quality, amazing stuff.  For all of the whining our fellow professionals do about lack of tax money, no funding, minimal community support…there is SO SO SO MUCH stuff out there for us to apply for.  Yeah, it takes a bit of paperwork, but you can really accomplish a lot with the things provided.  You will have better odds of getting stuff if you:

– Show that you discussed the grant or gifts potential uses with your staff

– Demonstrate that you are willing to work with area organizations in innovative ways – think of groups that might not necessarily reach out to the library – how about a collaborative outreach effort with the local hot rod club, VFW hall, or a local college or university?

– Can measure the outcomes – how many people, fliers, events, clicks on a webpage – you name it.  Be able to count SOMETHING to prove access.

– Show how excited you are and how you will use your energy to make the most of what you might receive.

– Be genuine.  If you are only applying for the sake of applying, that will not do.  If you are not driven to apply and try for it, then don’t do it.  There are other libraries that would love that little prize and will do great things with it because their interest is sincere.

WTF?!

I have a crush on the the Scobleizer. He’s been talking about FriendFeed lately. But I’m still back trying to grasp Twitter. Hmmm. So with a sigh, I say, WTF?

But FriendFeed might be something worth trying, especially for all the librarians who are trying to have a profile on every 2.0 site in existence.

Detroit Public Library

Yo, my peeps.  I was on vacation last week.  It was…interesting.  Will delve into library visits in a later post.  At work and sorting mail, and bored out of my f-ing mind.

I’m pimping my friends new teen space at Detroit Public Library:

http://www.dplhype.org

It’s pretty amazing.  Check it out.