Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I am a {social} librarian: infographic

A fun librarian infographic from "Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture)." Read more about it here and download your own copy here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Weekly Reader

Need Help? Online
"When librarians first began offering chat reference, most envisioned it as a medium to answer quick and simple questions. Involved research questions were best answered in person. Somehow, our patrons didn’t get the memo on this, and many chat interactions are just as involved as face-to-face reference sessions." -- Meredith Farkas, American Libraries Magazine, June 2013

The Ultimate, Mega, Essential Web Site Design Guide - 115 Tools and Resources
"Whether you’re building your first website or re-designing an existing one for your organization, this all-in-one guide will get you started with tools and resources for creating today’s modern websites."-- Ellyssa Kroski, OEDb, 6/26/13

A Quick Guide to YouTube Privacy
"While we don't share as much personal information on YouTube as on other social networks, if you're conscious of online privacy, you may want to take a look at your privacy settings. We've taken a quick look at how to protect your privacy on the video-sharing site with a few easy steps to ensure your account is set up in a way that satisfies your need for online confidentiality." -- Amy-Mae Elliott, Mashable, 8/7/13

10 Must Ask-Questions for the Campus Interview
"Visiting a campus for the first time can be a dizzying and chaotic experience even when you are simply attending a conference or visiting a colleague. When you are in town to interview for a position it can be even more stressful, which is one reason why it’s important to think ahead about questions you want answered or people you want to meet while there." -- Menachem Wecker, Vitae, 8/6/13

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (and Solutions) for Teachers
"Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom this fall? Flipping can let you make the most of face-to-face time with your students. Rather than taking class time to introduce content and using homework to review concepts, flip the process so that students gain basic knowledge at home and then create, collaborate, and make connections in school." -- Beth Holland and Samantha Morra,  Edudemic, 8/12/13

Pinterest Targets Casual Visitors with New "Pinterest for Teachers" Site, May Add More Content Hubs in Future
"Pinterest has launched what may be the first of several official “hubs” featuring content targeting a particular segment of its user base, with today’s debut of a new “Pinterest for Teachers” site at Obviously timed to coincide with the back-to-school rush and news cycle, the company tells us that the new hub will also serve as something of a test to see if it makes more sense to continue down this path in the future, with more hubs devoted to other interests or groups." -- Sara Perez, Tech Crunch, 8/13/13

17 Pinterest Metrics Every Brand Should Track
"Pinterest has established itself as the dominant online source of visual inspiration. The social bookmarking site enables users collect and share photos of their favorite events, interests, and hobbies. Pinterest users spend more money, shop more frequently, and purchase items more often and in larger quantities than users on any other social network." -- Pam Dyer, Social Media Today, 8/12/13

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Weekly Reader

California Puts MOOC Bill on Ice
"Legislation in California originally aimed at getting state colleges to award credit for massive open online courses and other offerings from non-university providers has been shelved for at least a year." -- Steve Kolowich, Wired Campus, 8/1/13

Two New Services Offer Ready-To-Launch Websites for Libraries
"Library web hosting provider LISHost this month launched Library CMS, a modular, Drupal-based content management system template tailored to the needs of library websites. The move follows the March debut of Prefab, a WordPress-based CMS template designed for libraries by user experience (UX) consultancy Influx." -- Matt Enis, The Digital Shift, 7/31/13

All the Project Based Learning Terms You Should Know
"Project-based learning is far and away one of the most popular strategies teachers are discussing right now. Whether it’s at conferences, on social media, or in the school hallways, it’s easy to see that this trend is not slowing down." -- Jeff Dunn, Edudemic, 7/24/13

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Snap Your Joy

Great video from Soul Pancake on YouTube: "SoulPancake set up a giant camera on the street and captured people's expressions of happiness. How will you express yourself today?"