Friday, March 25, 2011

Another Weekly Reader Wrap-Up

It's Friday! In a few days (four, but I'm not counting) many academic library folks will be headed to Philadelphia, PA for the ACRL National Conference; I'm excited to have the opportunity to attend and present. I am also slightly crazed; the time is close and my part of the session not quite where I would like it to be. Presenting about technology resources, with technology, to an audience that is well versed in said technology can be daunting and exhilarating. I've been increasingly immersed in the presentation this week, hence the number of technology topics presented in the wrap-up.

Valuing Change
"The past couple of weeks have reminded me how hard it is for teachers to consider change when they don’t have a context for it and, most importantly, when they don’t value it." -- Will Richardson, Weblogg-ed, 3/21/11

Making What's Old, New
"Almost a year ago, we introduced a new version of the document editor. The new version launched with character-by-character collaboration, higher import fidelity and new features like a ruler and support for positioned images. Since then, we’ve been continually adding more features like collaborative highlighting, better revision history, mobile editing, and discussions." -- Jeff Harris, Docs Blog, 3/24/11

Are People "Borrowing" Your Content (and How Do You Know When They Do)?
"The downside of social media is the expectation that everything on the Internet is free. Some people regularly pass other people’s thoughts and ideas off as their own. Copyright infringement is a serious offense. There are laws to protect people who use words to create art when those words are on a printed piece of paper. The digital age has left those laws behind. The concept that everything is free on the Internet has created a new breed of thievery AKA 'copy & paste.'" -- Debra Ellis, Social Media Today, 3/24/11

Famous Speech Friday: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 Whistle Stop Tour
"Lady Bird Johnson died just a few months before The Eloquent Woman blog launched, and it was during her funeral services that I realized few today recall her shy start as a public speaker." -- Denise Graveline, The Eloquent Woman Blog, 3/25/11

No Video Camera? No Problem! Create Original Videos with Your Own Photos, Clips,or Just and Idea
"More than 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and with the motto of "Broadcast Yourself", it's hard to believe that anyone is left out of the YouTube experience. But the truth is, sites like YouTube do largely leave out people who don't have a video camera. That's changing with the beta launch of, where anyone can use video creation sites Xtranormal, Stupeflix and GoAnimate to make personal videos or animations and post them directly to YouTube." -- Stanley Wang and Shenaz Zack, YouTube Blog, 3/24/11

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekly reader wrap-up

Unsure as to if there was too much to read, or too little information that caught my attention, here is last week's somewhat abbreviated reader wrap-up. Is it time for a bit of feed reader spring cleaning? Regardless, in addition to these entries be sure to take a second look at the CMCIG spring workshop date (this morning) and the 2011 ALAO Call for proposals posts from last week.

Lita Offering Web course on Mashups and APIs
"Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs will be held April 18-22, 2011 and presented by Karen Coombs of the OCLC Developer Network and Jason Clark of Montana State University Libraries. Live, synchronous lectures will be presented each day from 10:00 am – 12 noon CDT." -- Melissa Prentice, Lita Blog, 3/15/11

LibGuides: Information is a Candle in the Dark
"We love sharing great examples of librarians using LibGuides/CampusGuides to publish high quality, timely information. When we saw Kathy Park’s guide about the tragic events in Japan, we were inspired by its breadth, quality, & currency - so we’d like to share her work with the community. Check out the COM Library’s guide to the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami:" -- Springshare Support Blog, 3/15/11

Refurbed Card Catalog Becomes eReader Storage
"How many of us have emply card catalogs gathering dust in the back halls of our our libraries? Linn McDonald, Library Media Specialist at the Bloomington Jr. High School in Illinois, came up with a creative way to take one of these treasured relics into the digital age." -- Marianne Lenox, ALA Learning Roundtable, 3/17/11

C&RL to Go Open Access
"ACRL announces that its scholarly research journal, College & Research Libraries (C&RL), will become an open access publication beginning with the May 2011 issue. This change in access policy lifts the online version of the publication’s current six-month embargo on new content and makes the complete contents of the journal from 1997 to the present freely available through the publication website at" -- ACRL Insider, 3/18/11

CMCIG Spring Workshop

Save the date! Think Spring! It will soon be time for the 2011 CMCIG spring workshop.

The CMCIG 2011 workshop will take place:

When? Friday, May 20, 2011
Where? Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Information will be posted on the ALAO IG workshop page and updates will posted as more information becomes available.

* Originally posted on the CMCIG Blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ALAO Newsletter: March 2011

The latest edition of the ALAO Newsletter is available! Featured this month:

Note that registration for the Distance Learning Interest Group's (DLIG) spring workshop, INOV8: Revitalizing Distance Learning, scheduled for Friday, May 13th, is now open.

"This year’s workshop will focus on ways to revitalize your approach to distance learning by featuring freely available technologies, successful strategies for connecting to our students and faculty, and tips for librarianship in learning management systems."

For more information on the DLIG workshop, visit their events page or view the brochure (PDF).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ALAO 2011: Call for Proposals

Constant Change, Constant Opportunity
ALAO Annual Conference 2011
Call for Proposals

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) *37th Annual Conference*
November 3rd and 4th, 2011
Hilton Toledo Hotel, Toledo, OH

Presentation and Poster Session Deadline: April 8th, 2011

The ALAO Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for presentations, 25-minute spotlight sessions, or poster sessions that bring new ideas or approaches useful for academic libraries. This year’s conference theme, “ Constant Change, Constant Opportunity,” looks at the challenges facing academic libraries as budgetary, institutional, occupational, and technological changes cause us to reflect and adapt how we provide services to our users and communities.

Presentations may take the form of contributed papers, demonstrations, workshops, research, or panel discussions. Spotlight sessions can be “lightning round” style programs, multimedia slides, or other presentation techniques that cover a subject or issue that can be dealt with in a 25-minute time frame. Poster sessions should embrace the conference theme and present original ideas, innovative solutions to problems, library-related projects, or creative approaches to dealing with change in today’s academic libraries.

This year we have available both a Support Staff Presenter Grant and a Student Presenter Grant. Further details on both grants are available at the URLs above. For more information regarding the Call for Proposals for presentations, spotlight sessions, or poster sessions, contact the Conference Planning Committee members listed below:

Katie Gibson – Presentations and Spotlight Sessions
Email: gibsonke at

Masha Misco – Poster Sessions
Email: stepanm at

For more details, proposal forms , and presentation grant forms, please check the conference website:

We look forward to receiving your proposals for the 2011 ALAO Annual Conference!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Reader Wrap-up

A long time ago ... I published a blog post. I won't digress too much by sharing how many posts I deleted from draft format, or even how many remain awaiting publication. I will share that my lunchtime reading today was comprised of catching up with my spring break collection of feeds. Here's a short collection of technology-related items that caught my attention, the last two feature QR Codes (no big surprise).

What's New With Blogger
"2010 was a big year for Blogger. We cemented ourselves as one of the largest blogging platforms and the sixth largest website in the world, according to Alexa. Blogger users published more than half a billion blog posts, which were read by more than 400 million active readers across the globe." -- Chang Kim, Blogger Buzz, 3/14/11

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your YouTube Channel
"You don’t have to be a YouTube “personality” to create a fantastic, customized YouTube channel. Everyone can take advantage of the options available. YouTube’s product manager for consumer channels, AJ Crane, says your personal channel is “the best place to showcase your content.” We spoke to Crane to find out some great ways to improve, and make the most of, your channel’s appearance, usability and engagement options." -- Amy-Mae Elliott, Mashable ,3/11/11

8 Powerful & Inexpensive Desktop Design Apps
"We’ve discovered some great design software that you may not have heard of — and they’re all less than $50. Are these tools as robust and powerful as their pricey counterparts? Realistically, no. But they’re still great apps, especially given their price tags (or lack thereof). If you’re working on a small budget or just looking to try something new, check out some of the programs below." -- Kelli Shaver, Mashable, 3/14/11

Why QR Codes Will Go Mainstream [Opinion]
"I believe the answer is yes, QR codes are coming to an advertisement or object near you, and sooner than you may think. Here are the reasons why, along with suggestions on how advertisers can catalyze this movement by making QR code campaigns as useful and rewarding as possible." -- Hamilton Chan, Mashable Opinion Piece, 3/8/11

Who's Really Scanning All Those QR Codes? [Infographic]
"QR code-focused startup JumpScan was kind enough to send along a graphically organized representation of some data they’ve gathered about QR codes — who’s scanning them, what kinds of devices they’re using and what brands are running QR code campaigns." --Jolie O'Dell, Mashable, 3/4/11