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We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with Neil Gaiman yesterday, following his Newbery win, about his social media success story.
You can listen to it here at Just One More Book
Today's Word-of-the-Day from Wordsmith.com is ex libris (from the library), but there's also a mention of spam and where it's heading (it would be nice if it was heading in the opposite direction of our inboxes...surely you've heard from Mariam Abachha in the last few years).
Here's the link to subscribe to A.Word.A.Day.
At the Federated Search blog there is this entry:
Carmichael’s federated search journey
Carmichael does something in her blog that I’d like to see more of — she shares her federated search journey. Over the past year, but especially in recent weeks, Carmichael has written about her experiences exploring federated search.
WhiteHouse.gov is on the job on day one. The 'first blogger' writes:
"Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.
A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House's new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.
Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future. WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement.
Just like your new government, WhiteHouse.gov and the rest of the Administration's online programs will put citizens first. Our initial new media efforts will center around three priorities:
They are 1)Communication, 2) Transparency and 3)Participation
(read more at WhiteHouse.gov)
One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it. -- Read More
Joh Idol, a retired writing professor in North Carolina has a beef with the University of North Carolina chief librarian, Sarah Michalak.
Michalak declined to put up Christmas trees where they had previously stood in the Davis and the Wilson Libraries.
It's quite a while until that time of year comes again, but maybe this letter will help you form your opinions on the hot topic of Christmas trees in libraries. In the meantime, you can form an opinion on another hot topic...tax forms in libraries.
From The Morning News, some basic recommendations on the etiquette of Twittering; Fourteen Ways to Use Twitter Politely.
Written by Margaret Mason, author of "No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog", the article is "not about the things Twitter does, it’s an article about the ways in which you can accidentally annoy people with Twitter. Should you choose to avoid Twitter, that’s fine."
To start you off...Rule 1). Watch your ratio. If only a few people follow you, but you follow a thousand or more, many people will assume you’re a spammer. That’s because you probably are. Go away, spammer. We do not care about your Facebook app.
I should have mentioned this earlier, but if you ask, I'll email you a PDF copy of my blog book, or blook as they're called. Or is it blobogok? Wait, blobogok is Klingon for "Vengeance is a plate of tuna noodle casserole best reheated at 350°F," so that can't be it. Anyway, free PDF copy of Fame and Fortune blah blah blah if you email me.
That esnips link on the THE BOOK page only has about 109 pages you can download, but this would be the full 317 pages of stuff you already didn't want to read last year that I'm trying to pawn off again as something new and interesting. Yes, like reheated tuna noodle casserole. Which I happen to like. BLOBOGOK!
I started the "10 Blogs To Read in..." 3 years ago to find people in different areas of librarianship doing the most interesting and original writing on the web. Each year we've gathered a group of librarians working hard to increase the understanding our profession and it's place in the rapidly evolving online world. Again this year I tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. I hope you'll find the list a nice place to find something new to read, or a place to gain better understanding of a part of librarianship that's outside of your normal area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and understanding with you. Read on below to see why each site made the list. -- Read More
Last Chance! I'll be posting the list for 2009 soon!
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?
Think of it this way... 'I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short'
Your list doesn't need to be complete or fair. I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new or overlooked. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that, when followed as a group, paint a complete picture of what's going on in our little world.
Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:
10 Blogs To Read in 2006
10 Blogs To Read In 2007
The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008
I think every library blogger should resolve in 2009 to publish a book. With POD publishing like lulu and createspace, it's "mostly" free and incredibly easy.
Edit your blog and republish in print.
And buying (I used createspace) copies of my book was really cheap, so I was able to give all my friends copies (that's 3 copies for my 3 friends, not counting cats!).
Maybe if enough bloggers become publishers, we can create a whole genre of blog publishing,... or not. But get off your lazy ass and do it. Or sit on your busy ass and do it, whatever gets it done.
Now if Stephen would only add my story that I recorded for him to one of his podcasts, you can hear about how/why I did it (which is basically what I just wrote here).