Library Day in the Life

I’m going to be participating in Round 7 of the Library Day in the Life! This year, it will run on July 25th. Basically, librarians all over the world describe what they are doing. Librarians can use flickr, twitter, blog, or youTube to talk about librarianship. It’s the brainchild of Bobbi Newman.

I think this is a GREAT project. For librarians, it allows one to reflect on their daily work…at least for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m caught up in so many projects, that the day goes by in a blur. Secondly, I think it’s important to show how the profession is constantly changing. It’s interesting to me that the public’s perception of librarians is mostly still about reading books. True, we’re still book people, but we also blog, edit video, tweet, podcast, and write.

I’m looking forward to recording my day!

Professional Social Bookmarking

Delicious is great for sharing resources across the web. My delicious account is here. I share a lot of resources on usability, library web design, copyright, and citing sources. It’s also a way for me to keep up with research resources in case I have to refer back to anything found on the web. I also use its tagging system, as well utilizing other folks’ tags, to find what I’m looking for.

Computers in Libraries

I’ve published my first article! It’s in the April issue of Computers in Libraries . It explores mobile website development by using statistics collected by Google Analytics and Webalizer. I pretty much argue that if you’re going to create a mobile version of a website, you have to see if your users are demanding it. The library I work at has a very low demand for mobile users. However, this is problematic to accurately say since our current wireless infrastructure does not support iOS, the main operating system for iPads, iPhones, and iPads. I think librarians are very quick to just on the technology bandwagon. For instance, there was a recent column by Steven Bell in library journal that examined the use of Web 2.0 technologies among librarians. He stresses the importance of being more strategic about social networking. I think this something to really consider when it comes to any new technology. I think it’s great that librarians are early adopters of technology, but I think a lot of folks dive in with out thinking. There’s the issue of learning new technology, finding value in so users will take advantage of it, and looking pass the novelty of something new. I think it’s easy to mislead ourselves that students, faculty, and other library users are going to do research on their tiny phone rather than go up to a reference librarian and ask for help.