Looking at the Ladder, Idea in Hand

There have been some great responses to my post yesterday about alternate career paths and paying one’s dues. T. Scott has perhaps my favorite so far. His perspective as a manager makes this conversation very rich.

The best section of his post outlines things people can do now to create change or foster patience while you work towards it.

Identify the people in the organization who have the power to change things, and figure out why the change that you think is necessary is going to help them solve one of their problems.

He is right. Here is my current project to create change from the bottom. I am going to build a pilot Learning 2.0 Project at MPOW. I was hesitant to do this before because I did not think I would get the kind of monetary support I believe is needed to offer good incentives. However, one of my colleagues provided me with the way to get the money and soon I will be building a learning portal. I have to prove that technology training is integral to moving this library out of the Dark Ages. This might be my first step.

I am a believer in coming up with solutions to the issues. (though sometimes a good gripe fest has its uses)

–Jane, today coffee has made all things shiny

If Have Bloglines, You Are Probably Not Reading This

Which makes me wonder why I am bothering to write at all.

Like Walt, I have recently discovered that Bloglines is not updating my blog’s feed. I have not been all that wordy lately but I have written a little! Walt says he does not want to switch to Google Reader because they do not have subscription counts. I understand. I do. But I also like to actually read the things my friends and colleagues write. Oh, the days of my adoration of Bloglines seem like a distant memory to me now.

Eventually, Google Reader will have subscription numbers, so they say, and until then, I am maintianing two different aggregators. I read my feeds in Reader but I check the numbers in Bloglines. Voila. Problem solved.

IMNSHO, Reader is far better then Bloglines anyway.

–Jane, may never have been humble


A New Feed and a New View of IT

I came across a new blog today, by a systems librarian in Australia, named Carolyn McDonald. Her blog is the Red Dirt Librarian. Her second post is about IT Management models in libraries.

Technology must be managed well and, IMHO, with users in mind. I have begun to see a need in many of our libraries for a human face to be put on IT. The videos iACPL are doing are a great way to make IT seem less scary to the rest of us. The newest installment from iACPL (link above) shows how a new breed of librarian may be changing the way libraries approach IT. Sometimes it only takes one person to be the tipping point in a department, one project, or something that can push the technology to be about people and not IT.
–Jane, is people

The Internet and the Towne Centre

What is personal and what is private in a world where online is everywhere?

Today, one of our Five Weeks participants wondered aloud how we keep our personal and professional life separate online. My answer was, you don’t.

You can, of course, omit parts of your life online, but once you put any part of your life into the internet tubes, it will be found by people you never thought would think to find you. If you only put professional stuff online, people in your personal life will find it. If you put your personal things online, your coworkers will eventually find it. That is the nature of the world we live in.

If you are uncomfortable with people knowing your business, then do not share that particular business online. People will only know the secrets you put online for others to see. If you would not do it in public, do not do it online.

Online is the new town square; it is where the world goes to hear the town crier yell the news of the day, where we go to buy our goods, where we meet friends, conduct business, and gossip.

I think that this makes some people very uncomfortable. It is disconcerting the first time you write something and publish it online, for all the world to see. It is sometimes like walking through the town square naked, but participating online also means you are part of the community. There are benefits to putting a part of yourself online, to showing your human side.

Libraries can do this too. By exposing our human sides in the town square, we can cease to be the monolith and be the meeting place of the community, online and off. This past week, Michael said that 2.0 means being human, being real. Presenting yourself or your library online in an authentic way can have many unexpected rewards, not the least of which is a better relationship with those around you and with those you serve.

–Jane, is romping in the new town square

ALA TechSource Rockstars

ALA TechSource Rcokstars

Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre.

We met, lunched, shared ideas, and laughed. Sometimes I look around at the company I Keep and think, “How did I ever fool these people enough to let me in here?” This is the first time we have been all together since I joined the group. We talked about the next year and some of the cool stuff going on in libraryland.

–Jane, loves being a librarian

Blog Salon Midwinter 2007

Michael and Michelle

Originally uploaded by Wandering Eyre.

The OCLC folks did not disappoint. It was a total crush and absolutely smashing. The crowd is always a bit smaller at Midwinter, but that just means more drinks for the rest of us and boy did we drink. All the usual suspects were to be found and new faces as well.

There were Moo cards everywhere, hilarity, and mouthiness from me. I know you may think I am a quiet mouse, but after a few drinks I become very mouthy. Well, I am always that way, the drinks are just an excuse.

Michael Porter is a complete loon and that is him in the picture with me. I mean loon in the sense that he is a nice gent who makes me smile. I finally got to chat with Michael McGrorty whom I have always found to be one of the sweetest people I have ever met.

Thanks for the fun, It’s All Good. It was a blast.

–Jane, what a lot of wine there was