Silent, but not gone. Yet.

October 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter… I had an epic technology fail last week. I got a virus on my computer (still not sure how), and had to have it reimaged. The wonder folks in our IT department got it back to me in a day, but other random problems with hardware and permissions kept me busy until yesterday afternoon.

Luckily, I save all of my files on my network drive, so nothing was lost. And I tend to save important things online, on Google Docs or some such, so that I can access them, even if I can’t get to my network drive. I’m really glad I learned to do that in grad school. There, it was a necessity, since I was constantly using different computers, and sometimes needed to access things from a coffee shop at 11pm. Now, it’s nice for when such failures occur.

Anywho. I hope this explains why I haven’t posted anything in a few days. I’ve been busy getting everything set up just right again (though I still don’t have all of my bookmarklets installed).

And all this just in time for me to leave for vacation for a week! I’ll be back with a vengeance after that, I think. I’ll probably have lots to report about technology withdrawal, since I plan on leaving my computer AND PHONE at home. Yes, only the Nook goes with me to the beaches of Jamaica.

The New Facebook Groups: All You Need To Know

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

The New Facebook Groups: All You Need To Know.

I’ve heard conflicting opinions about the use of Facebook as a librarian/teacher/boss. Some say that high school and college students love it when their teacher or library is on Facebook, since it is their information and contact medium of choice. Others say that students don’t like it, because Facebook is too “personal” of a space for school or work interactions. I’m wondering how the new Groups will change this.

I like the multiple chat feature, and that you can email the group as a whole. I haven’t created any groups yet, but I may experiment in the near future.

What do you think? Do you think you could use this feature, either for personal or professional reasons?

Never Leave Home Without It

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Never Leave Home Without It.

As I’ve been giving a number of presentations lately, I can say that all these are good recommendations. Unfortunately, I’ve learned most of these the hard way.

I would add that it is important to arrive early, if at all possible, to give yourself time to figure out and fix any problems that arise. I usually try to get to the presentation spot 45-60 minutes early, then test all of the media I plan on using. Don’t assume that just because the video worked yesterday, it will work today. Actually check that it works. If it doesn’t, and you can’t figure out how to get it to work, you should have enough time to figure out an alternative.

I also stress the note of caution in the article about using your cell phone as an Internet connection. I’m not sure about all plans, but I know that Verizon does not include the use of a cell phone as a wifi hotspot or other Internet connection in their unlimited data plan. You pay according to the amount of data… a long presentation could get pricey.

Booklist Online – Top 10 First Novels for Youth, by Ilene Cooper (FEATURE)

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Booklist Online – Top 10 First Novels for Youth, by Ilene Cooper (FEATURE).

I love Judy Blume as much as the next person, but are you looking for some new material for your YA readers? Here’s a recent list of fantastic debut novels. Give one a try!

 

Ban Violent Books from Prison Libraries, Urges Connecticut State Senator | American Libraries Magazine

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ban Violent Books from Prison Libraries, Urges Connecticut State Senator | American Libraries Magazine.

The idea of limiting inmates’ reading material reminds me of the late 19th century notion amongst librarians that individuals could be “improved” through proper reading choices. It seems a little ridiculous to think that because a person reads a novel about a violent crime, he is more likely to commit on in the future. I’d dare say that if that person is likely to commit a violent crime, he’ll do it no matter what he’s read in the last year (or ten).

I wonder if the Berkeley County Detention Center has done any studies to see if their policy has reduced crime committed by recently released inmates. I doubt it.

What do you think about limiting the reading material of inmates?

A Web 2.0 Class: Students Learn 21st Century Skills, Collaboration, and Digital Citizenship | Edutopia

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is pretty much how I would teach a tech class if I had the opportunity… Only I wouldn’t use the term “Web2.0,” since my eyes automatically roll and my gag reflex is triggered every time I hear the phrase.

A Web 2.0 Class: Students Learn 21st Century Skills, Collaboration, and Digital Citizenship | Edutopia.

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

How appropriate, given the subject of today’s post…

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview.

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