Thursday, September 20, 2007
Guess I was just playing devil's advocate, stirring up trouble.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
There is still room if you haven't registered--don't delay! Big, Fat, Hairy Registration info.
Don't forget to stay current with our blog http://librarieswithoutborders.wordpress.com and contribute to the wiki http://librarieswithoutborders.pbwiki.com .
I have to tell you, I have been teaching librarians how to use wikis through my continuing ed course at U of T, and everyone is so surprised at how easy setting up a whole wiki is. So, editing a page or two should be a piece of cake, right? But if you have any questions, please do let me know.
See you in Toronto!
This is a terrific feature on SLAW. I look forward to seeing what future columnists have in store for us!
Monday, September 17, 2007
It seems that now the summer is winding down, people are being introspective and have a good, long look at themselves, the profession, and where we are all going. This is great stuff--I haven't seen quite this much deep thinking about librarianship in a very long time, to be honest.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
We've had some wonderfully diverse groups out thus far. Notably a lot of public libraries seem to be exploring the Web 2.0 social networking spaces.
We are in the process of booking this class to be held in Ottawa, hopefully in November. Unfortunately I have too many conferences happening in October to run it sooner.
I am excited about teaching it in Ottawa! Please keep an eye on the FIS website for news.
Are there related courses you would like to see? Please either let me know, or let Eva Kupidura at the Professional Learning Centre know. She'd love your input.
The latest issue of Backbone Magazine has an article on networking called Your next big prospect is at LinkedIn or Facebook by Danny Bradbury.
In addition to LinkedIn and Facebook, the article talks about an up-and-coming networking tool which I hadn't heard of before, Visible Path. Will have to check into it. (Note it is accidentally called Visual Path at least once in the article which threw me off on a wild goose chase).
This article points out dangers of social networking tools from the business point of view. These include:
-not being able to separate clients and contacts one from the other. It is all just one big "pot" of contacts and they all can see each other;
- because of the overlap in social and business uses, those using something like Facebook early in life for fun may have those party photos come back to haunt them when they are job hunting
- many people using social networking tools are a little more open with details of their lives. Someone could go from site to site and gather a complete profile.
- it allows people to be found a easily recruited.
One tip for anyone concerned about compiling information about them and using it nefariously: think about what key information someone would need to locate your home, your family members, or to commit identity theft. Make a mental note to never reveal those pieces of information in public forums or to strangers online. For me this includes not talking about family members, not revealing family members' names, not talking specifically about where I live, and to not post my birthday on Facebook. There are times I have been tempted to post little comments on Twitter that might reveal some of this information, but have held myself back from doing so.
I am curious what other tips people have for staying safe on the 'Net?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
See: blog post, blog post, blog post.
Incidentally, I can't find the new reader on the Canadian Sony website. Not sure if I should complain....
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Our theme is Libraries Without Borders 2, and it is gearing up to be THE outstanding learning, networking, must-attend event for 2007. Just a few of the many highlights:
- A grand opening reception at the Legislative Building at Queen's Park. This is home to the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and an impressive building built in 1893, surrounded by park and University of Toronto campus.
- Keynote by Michael Ignatieff, internationally renowned academic, journalist, commentator, intellectual, and specialist in human rights and international affairs.
- Challenging sessions on the law library profession, roles and responsibilities as well as substantive legal research topics with an international, "cross-border" twist.
- Plenary session on the future of legal information and law publishing called Pipe Dream to Pipeline. We have invited some of the industry leaders to look into their crystal balls and tell us what they see.
- Outstanding speakers Claire Germain, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, Sabrina Pacifici, Vicki Whitmell, Molly Brownfield, Diane Goldstein, Steven Lastres, Donna Purvis, and many, many more!
- Something we call the TALL Tower Tours, tour of some of the stellar law firm libraries from our host association, the Toronto Association of Law Libraries.
- Closing banquet--time to catch up with friends, old and new, and enjoy fine food and great music!
Key web spaces:
- Main website - www.librarieswithoutborder.net
- Hotel info
- Blog - librarieswithoutborders.wordpress.com - the latest scoop!
- Wiki - librarieswithoutborders.pbwiki.com - let everyone know you are going, post questions and info!
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007
- First and foremost has been the 4th Northeast Regional Law Libraries Meeting ("NE2007") being held in Toronto October 17 - 20, 2007, which I have been co-chairing along with Steve Weiter from Rochester, NY. Our conference title and theme is Libraries Without Borders II, playing off the last conference held in 1996. Working on this has been a bit like working on a large train. It took a little while to get going since we started working on it 3 1/2 years ago, but now it is full steam ahead! I am just trying to hold on and not get crushed. hahahaha!! We have a fantastic program lined up. I strongly urge you to have a look at the website http://www.librarieswithoutborders.net . News is being posted at our blog http://librarieswithoutborders.wordpress.com and we've created a wiki for participants to post and interact at http://librarieswithoutborders.pbwiki.com . I will be blogging more about this in future posts as I cajole you into attending. ;-)
- I have been teaching a one-day social networking tools course at the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto. The deal is I was supposed to promote it via this blog, but it filled up so fast I didn't even get a chance to tell you, dear readers, about it before it was full. Much to my surprise! We have run classes on August 9th and 23rd. The next one is slated for September 14th and I believe that one is now sold out as well. Wow! More about that later.
- To be able to teach that course, I have been immersing myself in social networking tools such as Facebook, Google Reader and del.icio.us. If you have been in those spaces you may have seen me. I hope to have some links and observations to share with you as I go along. In some ways at least two of these have started to replace my link blogging over at Connie Crosby Links. This was not part of any sort of purposeful web strategy, but a natural progression. I still have to consider the implications for this blog site.
- I have been participating in the ebb and flow of life and "microblogging" over on Twitter. If you would like to follow along my "tweets", please feel free to find me--I go by connieblogger. (Hint: if you want me to reciprocate and follow you on Twitter, you need to put something meaningful into your profile so that I recognize you or see something we have in common).
- It has been a hectic summer at work. We have been re-evaluating our projects and services at the same time as welcoming articling students into our orientation program mid-summer. Not an easy feat!
Which reminds me, I have been also neglecting my column on LLRX.com. Owner/editor Sabrina Pacifici has not only been patient and understanding with my many excuses, but also been a strong personal support to me. I have at least a column or two buzzing in my brain after this summer of working and thinking, so I hope to rectify that shortly.
So, now, back to our regularly scheduled program! Happy reading, and I hope to be a little more connected all of you going forward.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Simon Fodden, our fearless leader, is launching a redesign of the site tonight. It is something he has been working on all summer. He has hinted at some of the changes, but the contributors really only know piecemeal what is to come. In an email message to the contributors tonight he said: "All should be well--nay, much better than well--by the morning." So we wait, watching features and strange images come and go on the site.
He also shared a German saying I hadn't encountered before which I quite like: "Now comes the moment when the monkey leaps into the water and risks his life."
I can't wait to see the new SLAW. Swim, little monkey, swim!!
UPDATE: Well, it appears the monkey has swum back to the shore. Simon reports that he had the change part-way done, but has more work to do. So, for now our beloved SLAW looks unchanged. But I'm sure he'll get there soon.
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