Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Go Green @ Your Library

This isn't necessarily "Library 2.0", but I got approval to post it here anyways :)

Planning is already underway for National Library Week 2009 and I hope you can be involved. Our 2009 theme will focus on "green" initiatives and I am requesting feedback from all library staff regarding activities for our Event. A list of suggested activities has been started and is available in our workspace at:

Please feel free to add your suggestions for possible activities, topics, and/or partners for this event. You'll also notice that a list of suggested actions on how our department can be "greener" has been started. Feel free to add your suggestions to this list as well. I hope that we'll be able to talk as a department about becoming a model of "greenness" and sustainability for the rest of the campus.

As I mentioned, the Communications and Outreach Team has already started to plan for National Library Week 2009. If you would like to be involved in planning, presenting, or in another aspect please feel free to contact me (Tori).

For a list of other suggested future topics or to suggest a future topic for National Library Week events, please visit the Library Events page on our wiki at:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

IUG Opening Session

The key note speaker at this year's Innovative Users' Group was Larry Irving. Mr. Irving coined the phrase "digital divide" but now he thinks the divide will be among the availability of broadband.

He shared a few statistics with us that I found interesting:
  • The United States generates an equivalent amount of online content every fifteen minutes as the entire content of the Library of Congress (gathered from the 1880s to 2007)
  • YouTube generates as much traffic in one day (7-10% of all traffic) as what was generated over the entire web in 2000
  • In 2010, 20 typical American households will consume as much technology as the entire world did in 1998
  • Previously, the digital divide was thought to be limited to race. This new "broadband divide" is now limited by income, age, and location -- race is no longer the primary factor.
With the "broadband divide" affecting over 50% of the US population, Mr. Irving said that libraries will continue to play an important role as bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots. Is our technology up to the challenge?

His closing thought was that the internet revolution is the only revolution that is happening simultaneously around the world.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Opening Speaker - LOEX 2008

Laurel Ofstein, Asst. Director at the Center for Creativity & Innovation at DePaul spoke about the "Nine Dimensions of the Creative Environment": Idea support; trust & openness; discussion; challenge & involvement; idea time; humor & play; freedom; risk-taking; degree of conflict. In my summation it appears that having a positive, enthusiastic, and open attitude will go a long way towards fostering a creative environment. Now, the question is, how to extend the discussion, extend the environment virtually? Is that desirable?