Archive for the ‘social software’ Tag

Blogging as a Professional Development Tool

My latest post to the YALSA blog is a discussion on blogging as a professional development tool.  To read it click on:


Technology planning & assessment for libraries

Librarian in Black has posted a useful way of planning and assessing technology for libraries.

Web 2.0

A good book:  Library 2.0:  a guide to participatory library service by Michael E. Casey and Laura C. Savastinuk.

Monitoring web 2.0 activity

Worth keeping – Mashable has published this list of sites which enable monitoring of blogs, facebook, twitter, etc.

Harris County and 2.0 training

Harris County has responded to my earlier post both in the comments section of this blog and by email.  They have indicated that they use a basic free stats tracker to determine the usage of their site,   This is something I didn’t know existed until I read it in the email.  They also have a Google alert set up for anything that comes up that mentions iHCPL.  Their e-branch librarian says the training program is no additional work for them as they already have it set up for staff.

If you need additional information you can contact Harris County by email at

Harris County Public 2.0 training

Harris County Public Library has set up a site to train their clients in using web 2.0 technologies.  It is modeled after a site already established by The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County for training their staff.  Both look great but I am wondering if Harris County’s has been embraced by their clients.  I imagine the staff training at Charlotte & Mecklenburg was embraced – news of it was likely received as both an opportunity and an obligation – but it would be interesting to know how the public have taken to the one at Harris County Public.  I have sent them an email.

Duke University on Web 2.0 technologies

So often available are librarian rants about the negatives of social software technologies – things like, ‘okay, I know they’re available, but what do I do with them?’ or ‘I just don’t have time for this’.  Duke University’s Paolo Mangiafico, points out the positive aspects of social networks accessible through social software in his article in Duke’s Library Magazine.  He has also introduced me to a new social software tool, Connotea and has provided a list of faculty and librarian blogs available at Duke.  I’ve sent a comment to one blog which discusses a brown bag lunch on using Twitter as a teaching tool and I am hoping they will respond here with their ideas.