My mom the librarian

My mom with Tiffany Craft and Mayor James Craft
My mom with Tiffany Craft and Whitesburg Mayor James Craft

I just wanted to write a pride post about my mom, Lina Tidal. For the last 29 years, my mom worked as a librarian for the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library, in our small hometown of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Today, she was recognized by the Kentucky House of Representatives, the Letcher County Fiscal Court, and was even given the key to the city of Whitesburg!  Continue reading My mom the librarian

Bootstrap and the New Twenty Fifteen

Today, I had the opportunity to teach other librarians on how to use the Bootstrap framework. It was a workshop sponsored by the LACUNY Emerging Tech Committee. It was well-received, and I was happy I could discuss what I think is one of the best web development tools out there. Here is the presentation and handout I used.

Ironically, I used Bootstrap for this blog site for a long time, but now I’m experimenting with the new WordPress theme, Twenty Fifteen. It’s as minimalist as Bootstrap and also responsive. That is not to say that Bootstrap isn’t a good framework, but it’s always a good idea to expand your web toolbox!

ALA Midwinter 2015

UPDATE: The Video Roundtable released the notable videos list! More info here.

I attended my first ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago this week.

It was a great experience attending the conference and meeting many people I have communicated with in the various committees I participate in. One of the great things about ALA is putting faces to names and connecting IRL. Continue reading ALA Midwinter 2015

The Internet’s Own Boy

I’m going to ALA MidWinter in Chicago this week. One of the committees I have volunteered for is the Video Roundtable’s Notable Videos for Adults committee, where we review films to suggest for other libraries. I recently watched this video about Aaron Swartz, called The Internet’s Own Boy. It is highly recommended if you want to learn about the contributions that Swartz had made for the betterment of society. It can be viewed for free on YouTube.

Usability and the Mobile Web

I’ve very happy to announce that my book Usability and the Mobile Web: A LITA Guide, has been pressed by ALA TechSource!

If you are interested in the basics of usability for mobile devices, user-centered design, and some tips on building mobile sites for your library, you can get a copy here or better yet, ask your local library to pick up a copy.

Much thanks goes to Pat Hogan, Angela Gwizdala, and Rob Christopher at ALA for allowing me this opportunity. A very special thanks to Paul Mendelson who copy edited the book.