Wednesday, June 25, 2008

For the Geeks Among Us

I read about a web site called Engadget where many new consumer electronics and tech gadgets are reviewed and demonstrated. Since I'm from a far away galaxy and different era, I'm no Geek, but for those who would like photos, reviews and video demos of what's "cool" out there, I suggest you check out Engadget!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Newbie Librarian Unconference

Librarians, like many professionals, like to talk about trends. Today I'm attending an emerging trend called the unconference. This Newbie Unconference is kindly hosted by the Southfield Public Library and organized by Christine Ayar (Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library) and Elizabeth Bollinger (Michigan State University). This event seeks to bring librarians together for discussion and the exchange of ideas.

While being a face-to-face gathering of librarians some discussion has revolved around the need to facilitate larger gatherings like MLA and ALA annual conferences virtually, as well, using the internet to extend the interaction of smaller groups. Some of us wondered, wouldn't it be nice if these professional organizations made more of an effort to embrace new librarians, help provide a clearer path into professional service?

One of the sessions we organized revolved around the idea of networking for personal, professional, institutional, and political reasons. The conversation branched into the areas of mentorship, involvement in professional organizations, the value of networks and how to utilize them effectively both face-to-face and virtually.

Unconferencing is fun! It allowed all of the attendees (@35) to have a voice, feel included, and hopefully learn exactly what they had come to learn. I'm excited to unconference again sometime in the future and pleased that the conversation can continue on the New Librarians unConference page.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Got Voki?

Earlier last month I had fun creating a speaking Avatar or Voki! I then put my speaking Avatar on my instruction blog. If you promise not to laugh (I need to re-record to eliminate an error), I will share my blog link and you can give "Barb" listen for yourself.