Library 2.0

Facebook in business?

From the iLibrarian comes this article on a company that has Facebook Fridays! They are an encouraged to spend an hour of work time updating their Facebook profile, making contacts, and talking to co-workers.

Although this article is referring to a business, the same could apply to libraries. Public Libraries with multiple branches could keep in touch with each other, see whats going on with their co-workers that they might not see more than once a year. Smaller one person libraries can use Facebook to make contacts with the outside library world.

How many libraries I wonder are already doing something like this?

Trying to figure out how to pronounce a word?

Then look no further than Type in a word and it speaks it back to you giving you the correct pronunciation or multiple if there are others ways to say it. Very cool tool. Brought to you by,

Google Alerts

If you aren't familiar with Google Alerts, check out this posting from on what they are and can do for you. Yahoo has a similar service as well. I use them to keep an eye open for library related articles, blog postings etc. Very cool stuff that comes through.

A new dictionary...

Merriam Webster has created a new online "visual" dictionary. Its decent enough for certain topics, but at this time only has 6,000 entries and its selective. If you type in "Mona Lisa" nothing comes up. Its based upon the published version, so perhaps over time they'll add more.

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Free Camtasia Studio download

That's right Techsmith (maker of Camtasia) is offering a free download of version 3 of the software. Camtasia is great for doing recordings for podcasts, tutorials, webcasts, screen recordings, etc, etc. Although Camtasia is up to edition 5 if you download this version you get version 5 for half price (it costs $500 dollars, so half would be $250.00) Check out all of the details courtesy of

Instant 2-point-Opinion Generator

Mash-up any of the following terms for your own personal, unique statement about the impact of social networking and 2.0 technologies on the future of the Internet. It's fun and educational, too!


  • transversable
  • interactive
  • persistent
  • empowering
  • relevant
  • synthesized
  • "it"
  • la chose qui fait le chien rire
  • pro-dividual
  • splunge
  • synergistic
  • user-tastic
  • mashed (or smashed)
  • impactivating
  • metalogue

Let's test it to see how it works: "The impact of social networking on the future of the Internet is both pro-dividual and synergistic. Persistent transversable metalogues have smashed traditional communication and given birth to 'it' by impactivating and empowering."

Isn't that fun!

Use this handy tool for your next presentation. Need to nail that next job interview? Memorize three or four of these buzzwords. Hell, write 'em on your wrist in permanent marker. Soon you will be the "go to" gal when news editors need a trendy library spokesperson. Alternate black marker and correction fluid on your fingernails and then cover the white with hot pink highlighter. Spike up your hair and get that eyebrow pierced and you'll be on your way to Hollywood! -- Read More


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Library 2.0 owes it all to a stripper.

Ahem, Burlesque Queen.

We here at the effing labs have thought long and hard about Library 2.0 and realized that everything about it can be explained by watching the movie Gypsy, starring Natalie Wood. We've been evaluating the components of Library 2.0 and realized that everything we once thought was new, can now be traced back to a film made in 1962 and even to the Broadway show from 1959 if you want to get picky.

So to redefine Library 2.0 as it is now understood, we'd like to introduce Library Rose Lee™.

We've heard librarians complain about change. But Library Rose Lee is based on the second oldest profession, so it isn't really about change, it's about giving the customer what he wants, about putting it out there and bringing to him, or her, one glove at a time.

Library Rose Lee is for the customers. You can't be afraid to let it all out if you want to get paid.
Library Rose Lee is constantly changing, in front of everyone, taking it off, taking it all off .
Library Rose Lee is about technology and having a gimmick. As Electra (the stripper with the lights) says about her use of technology: -- Read More

New OCLC report on social networking

OCLC just released a report called Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World, which addresses social networking and what role libraries may play in this area. Based on their other excellent reports, I'm sure it will present fascinating research.

Harris County PL Learning 2.0 Program for Patrons

Grace writes "iHCPL offers nine weeks of self-paced web instruction plus fun.

Beginning October 1, Harris County Public Library debuts iHCPL: A Learning Experience for Our Customers through the world of web based tools.

Technology has changed the world and not everyone is experienced with the types of free tools that are available online or the ways they can be used in our jobs and personal lives. The iHCPL program was created to increase understanding of and comfort with these tools. This program was adapted from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg's Learning 2.0 program and has been enthusiastically received by the staff of Harris County Public Library, who started the staff iHCPL program three weeks ago and are ready to share it with the public.

So, if you've ever wondered what it's like to have your own blog, to post pictures on Flickr, to catalog your personal library on LibraryThing or to create your own online alter ego, then the iHCPL learning program is made for you! By the end of this nine week program, you will have done all of these things and much more.

Each week of the program is centered around a theme, such as blogging or sharing photos, and 2-3 discovery exercises are posted each week to explore these themes. Anyone following through the program is encouraged to share their discoveries through their own blog, which is set up as part of the program.

iHCPL: A Learning Experience for Our Customers
iHCPL: A Learning Experience for Staff"

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