Technology education and the “real world”american libraries, instruction, librarianship, libraries, library school, open source, our digital future, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 12/15/2008 with 20 comments

I just love that feeling of serendipity when I find that people are thinking about the same things I am at the same time. Karin Dalziel made an impassioned case for every librarian to learn how to program. Dorothea Salo responded to it and described how she thinks technology should be taught in library school. …

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Validation of my crackpot teaching ideasblogging, free the information!, instruction, library school, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 12/11/2008 with 5 comments

Last week, my students in the Web 2.0 and Social Networking class I teach (at San Jose State) presented their fantastic proposals (via web conference) for implementing a specific social tool at a specific type of library. I was so impressed with their creativity and professionalism. Each of them made a very good case for …

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What’s new at Maintain ITlibrarianship, libraries, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2008 with 0 comment

The Maintain IT project is awesome, so when equally awesome Stephanie Gerding asked me to pass on info about their new offerings, I didn’t hesitate: The MaintainIT Project is pleased to announce the latest Cookbook! “Planning for Success, a guide for the overworked librarian” http://www.maintainitproject.org/cookbooks/planning-for-success This free online resource brings together the most current ideas …

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Satisfaction with free/open source software surveyopen source

by Meredith Farkas on 11/6/2008 with 1 comment

I know I’m late in posting this, but Brenda Chawner (a long-time expert on library open source software in New Zealand) has developed a survey for her PhD research that explores people’s satisfaction with free/open source software and their satisfaction with any F/OSS projects they’ve been involved in (MediaWiki, Koha, Drupal, MyLibrary, DSpace, etc.). If …

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Yes, we didelection

by Meredith Farkas on 11/5/2008 with 3 comments

I can’t stop smiling. Acceptance speech Originally uploaded by ftzdomino Here’s to my daughter or son growing up in a world where it won’t be an amazing accomplishment for an African-American to win the presidency, because s/he’ll know that anyone is capable of it. Here’s to our children having bigger dreams, for themselves and their …

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Fomenting revolt in Icelandfree the information!, librarianship, library school, our digital future, social software, speaking

by Meredith Farkas on 10/29/2008 with 5 comments

I got back from Iceland this weekend just in time for a storm to knocked our power out at home. It’s back on and I’m slowly recovering from the travel, jet lag and mountains of emails and to-dos. Iceland was absolutely amazing! The landscape is so unique — I got to see lava fields, double …

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Teaching the “soft skills” in library schoollibrarianship, library school

by Meredith Farkas on 9/27/2008 with 13 comments

From the library school survey, looking at the list of skills and competencies people think are important for librarians to have , there are a lot of “soft skills” on that list. You probably won’t find classes on customer service, openness to change, flexibility, commitment to continuous learning, developing a willingness to beat things with …

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