Encouraging participation in the wiki worldfree the information!, libraries, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 1/14/2007 with 7 comments

David King is in the middle of a terrific series on his blog about inviting participation in Web 2.0/social software tools. Here are the ones he’s come out with so far: Inviting Participation in Web 2.0 Part 2: Passive Invitations Part 3: Active Invitations Check out the comments too where people are making some great …

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Genre Fiction ID Systemlibraries

by Meredith Farkas on 10/5/2006 with 15 comments

My dad (Jody Gorran) is a crazy entrepreneur. He has had more businesses (and business ideas) since I was born than years that I’ve been alive. From a hair salon, to treasure hunting, to water beds and gel matresses, to solar panels, to a housing development, to home security kits, to online scrapbooks and many, …

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Things I wish I’d known about before I finished my bookBook, libraries, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 8/18/2006 with 2 comments

I must apologize for not writing much lately. I really believed that when I finished my book I would have lots and lots of spare time, but then the speaking engagements came rolling in and the professors in the graduate programs at Norwich suddenly “got religion” regarding information literacy. All good things, but they take …

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Information Literacy Online: If you build it… will they come?libraries, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 5/4/2006 with 10 comments

Before I started my job, there were no instructional materials provided to online students on how to use the library resources (there also was no distance learning librarian to create instructional materials). Not surprisingly, there were lots of students e-mailing the library every week with access problems and research questions. Students in certain programs — …

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Social software in academic libraries: what’s most important?libraries, tech trends, Vermont

by Meredith Farkas on 4/22/2006 with 19 comments

In mid-May, I’m giving an hour-long talk at the Vermont Library Association’s Annual Conference about using social software in academic libraries. The majority of the population I’ll be talking to has not used any of these tools, so I’m trying to figure out what would be most valuable to talk about. I’m torn between providing …

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Good readingALA, blogging, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 2/21/2006 with 2 comments

This has been a rockin’ week for reading — I wish I actually had more time to do it. Rachel Singer Gordon wrote an amazing column for Library Journal entitled “Secure Our Professional Future”. In it, she makes some very good points about the reality of the current job market and how important it is …

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