Monday, February 27, 2006

HigherEd BlogCon 2006

The HigherEd BlogCon is coming to a browser near you! Starting April 3rd, the HigherEd BlogCon website will feature presentations, audio, and video on topics dealing with Teaching, Library & Info Resources, admissions, alumni relations, and communications & marketing, and websites & web development.

Thanks to Meredith at Information Wants to be Free, I will have a presentation in the Library & Info Resources track which runs from April 10th-14th.

Bookmark the page or add the feed to your favorite aggregator! (mine is Bloglines)

HigherEdBlogCon 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ILSDO Diversity Drive-in photos

ILSDO held it's Diversity Drive-in workshop at the Parkland College in Champaign. There were over 65 system consultants and library staff in attendance.

Speakers included Vandella Brown from the Illinois State Library, Tracie hall from the ALA's Office of Diversity and Satia Orange from ALA's Office of Outreach.

Vandella overviewed the diversity programs available at the state library and also had us take the diversity eye exam which really makes you think about how open you are to things like having a female president or who would you rather your direct supervisor be: a white female or an asian male? A very interesting test.

Tracie had the longest of the presentations. She is a very inspiring speaker and really made you think about how populations are changing, especially in the United States and what libraries should be doing to reach out to these new population segments.

Some interesting facts:
-Illinois is always one of the top six "Gateway States" that people are most likely to migrate into from other countries.
-Less than 32% of high school graduates are ready for college upon graduation (That is Scary)
-Today the average college student graduates in six years, some are forecasting it could be as long as eight years in the future (for undergrad studies!)

Tracie also hit on some very, very library 2.0 topics. Topics that need to be discussed and topics I think that fit in with much of the library 2.0 talk that is not technology related.

My favorite: Libraries need to get rid of the "no-first" attitude. Libraries need to stop saying no as their first answer! Want to test your library? Keep a log of how many times your staff tell a patron "no". I would love to see data from libraries on how much they say no.

She discussed libraries breaking down barriers and not putting up walls for their community. Consider multilingual services and also make sure to market them to those parts of your community that could use them.

Tracie also talked about libraries as the third place and what we have to learn from places like Border's and Barnes & Noble.

Some of Tracie's best advice:
"If you don't like people, don't work in the library!"

Satia came in and wrapped things up. She added some more thought to some of Tracie's comments as well as sharing some stories about diversity.

Unfortunately I need to leave early, so I will miss out on the afternoon. But overall this was a great program to attend. To all the Illinois libraries, expect to see a lot of diversity information coming from the systems in 2006!

I took a few photos which you can find in the LCLS flickr account.

Smile Kathryn & Judy!
Smile Kathryn & Judy!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Stedman Graham speaks at the Edwardsville Country Club

I was fortunate enough to be asked to provide technical support for the Leadership Series, a program being sponsored by the Glen Carbon Centennial Library (the library was awarded a grant to fund all this), the Lewis & Clark Community College, and the Edwardsville & Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerice.

The first program in the series was presented by Stedman Graham on building your life brand. What an amazing program! He is a very dynamic and engaging speaker and very, very personable. After the program he toured the Glen Carbon Library and spent some time talking to the staff and browsing the collection. I hear he asked one of the catalogers to show him what she does.

So thank you to Anne for asking Tina to lend me out for tech support there, the work was more than worth it!

Stedman Graham and me

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tag! I'm it!

Thanks to Eli, it's now my turn:

Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Paper boy (for the E-ville Intelligencer!)
2. McSlave
3. Tech Support at several Internet Providers (none of which exist anymore...)

Four movies I can watch over and over:

1. Ocean's 11 & 12
2. The Bourne Movies
3. Supertroopers
4. Saving Private Ryan

(the only) Two places I’ve lived:

1. Troy, IL
2. Glen Carbon, IL

Four TV shows I love:

1. 24
2. Fairly Oddparents
3. Jimmy Neutron
4. MXC

Four places I’ve vacationed:

1. Monterey, CA (Do conferences count??)
2. Chicago
3. Las Vegas
4. Ft Benning, GA (road trip for my buddies graduation from Basic)

Four of my favorite dishes:

1. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Gino's East!)
2. Tortellini
3. Anything my Father-in-law cooks
4. Cheesecake!

Four sites I visit daily:


Four places I would rather be right now:

1. Home with my wife :)
2. In the middle of no-where with a GPS, a compass (the military style, not a crappy commercial one), and a map
3. Anywhere with a bottle of Stewart's Orange'n'Cream in my hand
4. Sleeping

(added for Eli):
Four books (or series) I love:

1. Harry Potter
2. Bourne Series (Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum)
3. How to Survive a Robot Uprising
4. Starship Troopers

Four video games I can (and do) play over and over:
1. Star Wars Battlefront II (Xbox)
2. Mario Kart: Double Dash (Gamecube)
3. Ghost Recon 2 (Xbox)
4. C&C: Tiberian Sun (PC)

Four bloggers I am tagging:

1. walking paper
2. wanderings of a student librarian
3. what I learned today...
4. Library Service in the Metro-East

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

How-to: Make Firefox show the "live bookmark" button in the address bar when viewing your website

This had been puzzling me for a week or so. But after a little source-viewing I found the trick to getting the live bookmark button to display in Firefox's address bar when viewing the LCLS website.

The secret:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS feed LCLS" href=""/>

That's it! Just replace the title & href= portion of this with your RSS feed info. Put it in the <head> element of your page. The same place where you link to your style sheets.

Next time you refresh, Firefox should display the little live bookmark button in the address bar (looks like this: )

Yes. I'm sure that is documented somewhere. But I didn't feel like searching for it. And now its documented here too. For the whole 20 people that read this ;)