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Keep Current with Gary Price

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Gary Price is the information industry’s best kept secret. Many of us were introduced to Gary’s keen intellect in his 2001 work with Chris Sherman, The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See. Twelve years later Gary is still uncovering and surfacing the deep floor of the Web for us. I suggest to public libraries all the time that they should have 30 minute quarterly or bi-annual updates for staff with Gary. Library staff are often so busy that they don’t have time to learn new e-resources or to think about how these e-resources can benefit their customers. Most importantly, public libraries need to differentiate their services and resources. Anyone can use Google or Bing or Yahoo. What libraries have and – must raise awareness of – are resources and expertise that goes way beyond (and to take the analogy of ‘uncovering’ one step further “go under”) these search engines. Most of these sources, sites and tools Gary introduces me to are free. Gary is a librarian, after all. He’s all about open source and free.

What I find so amazing each time I talk with Gary or listen to him or read him in InfoDocket is his vast insight into publishing, the web and libraries. I’m not just amazed – I’m enthralled. I don’t make these links; I can’t retain these details. But why should I? Gary does. Imagine Gary at your next staff day; the morning session focused on developments in publishing and implications for libraries

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Pushing the Envelope in Education

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Very excited about the University of Toronto’s iSchool Institute symposium starting tomorrow — Pushing the Envelope: Roles for Libraries – MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification! If you can’t join us in person, follow us on Twitter, #mooclib, Facebook and LinkedIn. We hope to continue the conversation after we hear from our wonderful presenters including the Director of Education for Cisco; librarians from Harvard, Stamford, Los Angeles Public Library, University of Guelph; a Canadian online platform representative; educato rs and learning strategists from the University of Toronto, Syracuse, Rochester Institute of Technology, and San Jose State University as well as Cengage Learning. There will be lots of learning and discussion going on!

Learning & the Next Generation

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I love this post, Our Three Children Blog… Here’s Why, from Dan Pontefract who is the Head of Learning & for Telus, author of Flat Army: Creating a Connected & Engaged Organization, and recent speaker for me at Building Smarter Organizations, and I hope will be a speaker at KMWorld 2013, Nov 8th in DC! His book will definitely be on sale at our KMWorld Bookstore!

Dan points to these great points about why young children (who are too young for Facebook) should blog:

writing, memory & motor skills [I started my children, who are now 33 and 29, on the computer when they were 6 & 3] motivation & reward creativity everything is a teachable moment [you should see my 91 year old retired teacher mother who still illustrates this point!] digital literary skills memory keeper

I am definitely with Dan every step of the way. And when you read the list, doesn’t it hit you that those are skills we need in the future? Just heard a terrific talk by Mike Walsh at last week’s SLA conference (and I’ll blog more when I have some time), where he said have a look at your kids because they are tomorrow’s colleagues and hires. So if you want the people you work with to be creative, digitally literate, with great thinking and writing skills, you should agree with Dan too!

 

Canadian, eh? Google Love!

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140th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Well, you can’t get more Canadian than this, eh? Except maybe with hockey, but we’re not talking about that again this year! I love Google doodles, but I really love this one. Really made me smile when I saw it this morning! And speaking of Google, do you ever check out the more button on Google? If not, you should, they really have some cool stuff: maps for mobile, SketchUp which builds 3D models quickly and easily (so they say), trends, translate, and lots more. Check it out.

Building Smarter Organizations, May 14th!

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Further to my post in March about our most recent event, Building Smarter Organizations, I have to admit I am really excited. One of my neighbours stopped me today while we were walking our dogs, to say she thought this event would be terrific! I can’t wait to hear our fabulous line up of speakers including:

Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation and General Manager, Smart + Connected Communities, Cisco Canada

Dan Pontefract, Director of Learning, Telus and author of Flat Army

Camine Porco, Associate Partner, IBM Interactive Canada

Sandra Montanino, Director of Professional Development, Goodmans LLP

Ted Graham, Director of Knowledge, Learning and Innovation, PwC Canada

Heather Colman, KM Specialst, Hicks Morley

Arna Banack, President, Arbacus

Vince Molinaro, Managing Director, Knightsbridge

In just two weeks, on Tuesday May 14th at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in Toronto, we will be participating in an intimate and interactive one-day event to discuss, network, and learn to spark creative and innovative solutions for organizations using enterprise social networking. It’s for leaders, knowledge managers, technologists, learning / training experts, innovators, business designers, strategists, social business gurus, communications and human resources specialists — all those who want to expand their thinking, increase their network and get some practical tips to make their organization smarter.

People in smart organizations share what they know more easily, learn faster, innovate more. That means the organization is able to spot and exploit opportunities, manage risks, operate efficiently, and be more productive. Using a new approach

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Revitalizing & Recivilizing!

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Great talk this morning at Computer in Libraries 2013 from Storm Cunningham on Libraries as Community Revitalizers! Hi first two books, The Restoration Economy & reWealth, led the way for his forthcoming, Revitalization due out later this year. Storm shared ideas from all his books which have built to the latest message covering restorative development, citizen leadership and crowd technologies. He gave terrific examples which I hope stimulate lots of ideas for future citizen-led, restorative development, using crown technologies to fund and promote libraries as part of community projects! You’ll be hearing more from me on this topic! Watch the video and keep your eyes open for this new book.

 

 

Reflection & Regeneration!

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Yesterday’s Google doodle made me think of reflection and regeneration which is what I see little lizards doing in warm southern climates. They stay very still in the sun, I figure reflecting. How many of us, stop, stay still, don’t answer texts, emails, phone calls, etc. for a few minutes — and reflect or think. And if your children were like mine, they loved to chase these little guys and were shocked when their tails came off — but they regenerate. How do we regenerate? We are coming into conference season, starting for us at Computers in Libraries 2013 in DC next week and Building Smarter Organizations in Toronto on May 14th . I think conferences are the perfect places to take in new and exciting ideas, insights, experiences and practices of colleagues. To reflect upon those insights in our own contexts and take the best and most innovative and regenerate our own services and products. Hope you take time to get the most out of spring conferences, taking the time to reflect and use your new knowledge and learnings to regenerate yourself and the world around you!

Building Smarter Organizations

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We are very excited about participating in a new event in Toronto on Tuesday May 14th at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Building Smarter Organizations. It’s an intimate and interactive one-day event to discuss, network, and learn to spark creative and innovative solutions for organizations using enterprise social networking. It’s for leaders, knowledge managers, technologists, learning / training experts, innovators, business designers, strategists, social business gurus, communications and human resources specialists — all those who want to expand their thinking, increase their network and get some practical tips to make their organization smarter.

People in smart organizations share what they know more easily, learn faster, innovate more. That means the organization is able to spot and exploit opportunities, manage risks, operate efficiently, and be more productive. Using a new approach to leadership and leveraging new technology like social networking means people are more engaged with the organization’s purpose and the flow of ideas and knowledge is maximized into and around the organization.

Check out the website for more program details and to see the terrific line up of speakers! And if you can’t join us in person, join our LinkedIn group.

OLA Poster: How to Integrate the ILS System, Social Media and Subject Guides

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This poster was developed by: Cindy Li, University of Regina

There are many different ways to manage subject data in library system. But how to integrate them, make them work together and have one stop access for patrons is a big challenge. This poster will use one example –GIS (Geographic information system) research project to show the steps. The display will include how we export data from Voyager, import into Pinterest, and then link to LibGuides, which is followed by twitter and links with LibCal. Faculty and students will access GIS resource and related event in one place. It is helpful for research and study.

Curated Content & Spundge

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Gordon Vala-Webb

This is a guest post from colleague Gordon Vala-Webb about an interesting new tool! Have a look & try it out:

Shouldn’t it be easier to keep track of all the new information that is being published every day? And why can’t you share what you find more easily with team mates, colleagues and your clients (or potential clients). There is a new tool that solves those problems – and gives you the added benefit of enhancing your personal – and corporate brand – by showing how smart you are at finding all the good stuff. Its called Spundge.

What is Spundge?

Spundge lets you review filtered information from multiple sources and work collaboratively with team members to create curated collections of content on a topic. Your collection can be shared automatically via email or embedded in virtually any website. And you can take any of the saved items to create and publish new content to multiple targets (e.g. WordPress, Twitter).

How does it work?

In your Spundge notebook you create a set of key words that Spundge applies against “firehoses” of info (like all of twitter, ‘000s of RSS feeds – or any RSS feeds you want to add). This creates of feed of items. For each item you choose whether you want more (or less) like that item. Spundge learns from that and gets better at what it includes in your feed. You can also filter by language or time or . . .

You

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