Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blogs and Wikis: What's the Difference?

Yesterday, Samantha and I conducted a workshop for librarians in Suffolk County on blogs and wikis. We discussed the differences between blogs and wikis as well as the differences they can make for both staff and patrons. It was a true collaborative effort, first between Samantha and me, and then between the audience and the presenters. We created the slides on Google documents so that we could share and edit simultaneously. We then uploaded the presentation in both Google Documents and SlideShare, so that it is readily available. The presentation was videotaped and should be available shortly via streaming video or DVD from SCLS.

Friday, January 25, 2008

About Books! ...Kinda

Librarian in Black blogged about this cool new board game called Bookchase check it out.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Check out this blog entry on the Impagnination blog:

Are Public Libraries Criminalizing Poor People?

Social Networking

Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services blog post, Data: Students + Facebook + Library Outreach discusses an interesting study by Suzanne Chapman, Mike Creech, Susan Hollar, Ken Varnum of the University of Michigan (Report Date: January 9, 2008). The study found that 23% of respondents said yes or maybe to contacting librarians via Facebook or Myspace. This number went up when looking only at undergraduates.

Check out the study
or Suzanne Chapman's Blog.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

So Sue (at NBAB) and I were talking yesterday about Mashups and how they always seem to incorporate maps…and how we don’t necessarily need to see everything connected to maps. SO here are some examples of Mashups that don’t necessarily involve Maps:

Songza- cool music site that Sue says her teenagers use all the time.

50 Matches- which searches for sites that have been tagged in, digg or reddit.

Quintura - a search engine designed specifically for children

All of these have been highlighted by the Mashup Awards.

:) Sam