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June 27, 2006

Use Firefox on more than one computer?

If you use Firefox on more than one computer then you will be well served by looking at the Google Browser Synch tool.

Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions.

You can encrypt all of the information that flows between your computer and Google.

June 21, 2006

Into a New World of Librarianship: Michael Stephens and Librarian 2.0

Be sure to read this great piece by Michael Stephens in OCLC's Next Space. I especially like this quote:

Librarian 2.0 also listens to staff and users when planning, tells the stories of successes and failures, learns from both, celebrates those successes, allows staff time to play and learn, and never stops dreaming about the best library services.

Very cool. 

June 20, 2006

Online Office Suite by Zoho

Zoho has put together a very cool suite of (mostly free) office applications, including a word processor, spreadsheet, CRM, polling, web app creation, and more. Definitely worth a look.

June 16, 2006

Disruptive Change

As many of you have read in the press and online, this has been a tumultuous month here in my library system.  Change can be good.  Disruptive change can also be good, but it is disruptive.  I sincerely hope that everyone touched by this disruptive change will survive and succeed despite the pain currently being felt.

June 11, 2006

You Must Appeal to the Public You Have

"You must appeal to the public you have. People who pay taxes want what they are paying for."

John Shelton, former director, Gwinnett County Public Library. Read the full article here.

June 10, 2006

Fill'er Up With Irving, Please

Beginning this fall, St. Joseph County Public Library is going to offer Apple iPod Nano's loaded with audiobooks. Bring in your own iPod or checkout a pre-loaded Nano.  Very very cool!

Condé Nast's Portfolio

New magazines come and go, but The M Word points to a new Condé Nast business publication called Portfolio. If they can do for business what they did for technology with Wired and popular culture with Vanity Fair then I'm looking forward to Portfolio's May 2007 release.

Social Networking: You're Really 'Out There'

At Facebook, a popular social networking site, the executive found the candidate's Web page with this description of his interests: "smokin' blunts" (cigars hollowed out and stuffed with marijuana), shooting people and obsessive sex, all described in vivid slang.

It did not matter that the student was clearly posturing. He was done.

"A lot of it makes me think, what kind of judgment does this person have?" said the company's president, Brad Karsh. "Why are you allowing this to be viewed publicly, effectively, or semipublicly?"

Active in social networking? You may want to read this New York Times article, For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Résumé.

June 09, 2006

John Berry: I'm Glad I'm Not a Director

I used to think I'd like to be the director of a public library. Not any more. From coast to coast and border to border, library directors are under the gun. It has been that way for a decade now. If they aren't under attack from some anti-immigrant nut in Congress for having materials in the Spanish language, they're fighting with their unions because they beat up on some staff member who told a library user that she hated the new RFID system.

Go read John Berry's excellent editorial, I'm Glad I'm Not a Director, in the June Library Journal.

June 08, 2006

Gwinnett County Public Library Storytime Cruiser

Library storytime vans
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.

June 07, 2006

The Long Tail at Work

An article in today's New York Times, What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood, is an excellent example of the long tail at work (even though they never say it).

Yet "The Conversation" was on its way to the movie graveyard just a few years ago. Since video stores have room for only a few thousands titles, some didn't carry it, and it was slowly being buried under the ever growing pile of newer films at other stores. It would have been easy a decade ago to imagine a time when few people would ever watch "The Conversation" again.
Then came Netflix. The Internet company with the red envelopes stocks just about all of the 60,000 movies, television shows and how-to videos that are available on DVD (and that aren't pornography). Just as important, for the sake of "The Conversation," Netflix lets users rate movies on a one- to five-star scale and make online recommendations to their friends.


Gwinnett Business Journal Visits Library

For their June Freeze Frame column, Gwinnett Business Journal visited our Collins Hill branch library.

Laura at CHL
Laura Savastinuk, assistant branch manager at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, straightens headphones at a children's computer station.

June 05, 2006

Upcoming NGAL Presentation

I'm happy to say that I'll be speaking at the next North Georgia Associated Libraries meeting on July 11, 2006.  The title of my presentation is Service for the Next Generation Library: A Look at Library 2.0.

The meeting is being held at the Sara Hightower Regional Library Rome-Floyd County Public Library

For more info see the NGAL website

If you live in the area and want to attend, contact Laura Savastinuk
at lsavastinuk [at] gwinnettpl.org 


June 03, 2006

Dacula Library's Teen Booth

Teen Area Booth
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.