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Engaged Readers

Engaged Readers, the first online reading program for public libraries with fully-integrated social networking features, is the latest offering from Readers can create profiles, build and share booklists, write reviews, and get reading suggestions from library staff as well as fellow readers. has been providing web services to public libraries since 2006. Services are free for small- and medium-sized libraries (about 85% of U.S. public libraries).

Social Media Lure Academics Frustrated by Journals

By Jennifer Howard in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Social media: A guide for researchers

Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Researchers have a huge amount to gain from engaging with social media in various aspects of their work.

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A Stealth Librarian Manifesto (from Confessions of a Science Librarian)

"Stealth librarianship is a way of being...the principles of stealth librarianship apply to all branches of the profession, each in particular ways...the core is the same: to thrive and survive in a challenging environment, we must subtly and not-so-subtly insinuate ourselves into the lives of our patrons. We must concentrate on becoming part of their world, part of their landscape..." *

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #140

This week's episode is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary look at the violation of the knowledge ecology perpetrated in Egypt. Practical discussion is presented as to circumventing the disruption of Internet access as well as SMS/MMS messaging as seen there. Implications for information architecture are also discussed.

Related links:
Xubuntu Project Lead Approved
Mashable: Egypt Protests
Deutsche Welle: Egypt Protests
Media Network: Egypt Protests
Renesys: Egypt Leaves The Internet
The Other McCain: Egypt Protests
The Register: Egyptian Media Crackdown
Al Jazeera English: Egypt Leaves The Internet
Al Jazeera English: Online Activism Fueling Protests
Caroline McCarthy: No such thing as a "social media revolution"
Committee to Protect Journalists: Egypt Leaves The Internet
The Register: Vodafone acknowledges shut down order
Librarian Phoebe Ayers: Egypt Protests
Infodisiac: Egypt access to Wikipedia disappears
The Associated Press: Egypt Leaves The Internet...and fails to quell protests!
Media Network: Radio Netherlands Worldwide to target increased broadcasting at Egypt
The Associate Press: The Day Part of the Internet Died
RFC 1930: "Guidelines for creation, selection, and registration of an Autonomous System (AS)"
Ars Technica: How Egypt Fractured The Internet
RIPE Network Coordinate Centre stats on Egypt traffic
Project Gutenberg's CD & DVD Project for offline access
TOR Project: Egyptians Switch En Mass To The Onion Router
TOR Project: Downloading for Ubuntu

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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #140 / Burning Circle 17 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

If It's Shared Online, It's Shared With the Whole World


A vigilant LISNews reader told me about the Duke grad and her powerpoint sex project.

Karen Owen's PowerPoint list is more famous now than she ever could have imagined. Owen, a Duke graduate of 2010, has become an internet sensation after a mock-thesis titled, "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics," went viral around the internet and propelled her into the mainstream media spotlight.

Since creating the now widely-seen list -- a project rating her sexual conquests during her time at Duke -- Owen has been thrust to the forefront of discussions about sex on college campuses and amongst American youth, including stories on prominent outlets such as and on NBC's The Today Show, as well as garnering huge attention in the blogosphere.

And from Jezebel, the 42-page presentation (slides 9, 10 about sex in the library). And now the publishers have come to call.

Social Media & Library Advocacy

In the most recent New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell examines the social activism in the age of social media. If you have any interest in library advocacy, you need to go read it now. The gist of this article is that social media is excellent for reaching a multitude of people, but it lacks some of the strong bonds that turn interest into action.

The kind of activism associated with social media isn’t like this at all. The platforms of social media are built around weak ties. Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life.

This is in many ways a wonderful thing. There is strength in weak ties, as the sociologist Mark Granovetter has observed. Our acquaintances—not our friends—are our greatest source of new ideas and information. The Internet lets us exploit the power of these kinds of distant connections with marvellous efficiency. It’s terrific at the diffusion of innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, seamlessly matching up buyers and sellers, and the logistical functions of the dating world. But weak ties seldom lead to high-risk activism.

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Friday, October 1st - It's Follow A Library Day on Twitter

It's follow a library day on Twitter (#followalibrary)!

Lots of cool Follow a Library videos on the above site, such as Daenel T/ and on twitter: :

..and here's a message from the inimitable Jessamyn West / and
on twitter:

Who are YOU following and WHO'S FOLLOWING YOU?

Want to Tweet To the Cream of the Crop?

Times are tough for the libraries and librarians in your life. No matter where you live, your library needs your support right now. To celebrate these passionate literary professionals, we have created another directory curated by GalleyCat Reviews readers.

At the end of this post, we are building a directory of the Best Library People on Twitter. Add your favorite library, librarian, or library journalist (or yourself) to the growing list. Our feeble list IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE–yet. Add your favorite library people in the comments, we’ll add them to the list.

Here's Galley Cat's List of "Best Library People on Twitter"...


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