The “kept-up” distance learning librarianALA, blogging, job search, libraries, library school, RSS and Syndication, screencasting, social bookmarking, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 7/21/2005 with 15 comments

I have gotten several emails from library students who feel that their programs are not teaching them enough about technology. The student I heard from a few days ago expressed concerns that she would be at a distinct disadvantage when she got out of school and wondered if I learned what I know about technology …

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To the Lighthouseblogging

by Meredith Farkas on 7/12/2005 with 0 comment

Thanks to Steven Cohen, I just learned that Stephen Abram has a new blog, entitled Stephen’s Lighthouse. What an exciting new addition to the biblioblogosphere. He’s already written an insightful piece on Virtual Reference and the fact that, increasingly, patrons’ only interactions with the library will be virtual. That certainly was the case for me …

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“Just do it”libraries, random, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 7/12/2005 with 0 comment

Library Success wasn’t the only wiki to come out last week. We also saw the birth of the LISWiki, which has been criticized by various people in the biblioblogosphere (love that term! Thanks Karen!). I do agree with some of the critics that the LIS Wiki needs more of a defined focus and purpose, and …

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Safe bloggingblogging

by Meredith Farkas on 7/5/2005 with 11 comments

Now that I have a job, I’ve started thinking about how my work will affect my blog. I was even asked by a soon-to-be colleague how I would handle blogging in the workplace. There are some things I know. I certainly wouldn’t blog anything that would hurt people’s feelings and I wouldn’t blog anything negative …

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ALA Day 1: StarstruckALA, blogging

by Meredith Farkas on 6/24/2005 with 0 comment

My day didn’t really get started until mid-afternoon, but boy was the latter half of the day fabulous! You know when you’re around people who just “get it”? People you don’t have to sell on blogging and new technologies and change? Well, I had the pleasure of being in a room entirely filled with people …

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Life is goodblogging, job search

by Meredith Farkas on 6/22/2005 with 17 comments

I’ve been wanting to blog about this for a while… I got a job. I was offered the position about 11 days ago, but was nervous about blogging about something that was not yet in writing. After having lunch yesterday with the Library Director and her husband, I realized that yes, I really do have …

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Road trip!blogging

by Meredith Farkas on 6/14/2005 with 1 comment

I won’t be posting much (if anything) over the next week since tomorrow I’ll be starting a major road trip with my hubby and Internet access may be sporadic at best. I’ll be back in Chicago on the 22nd and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at ALA!!! If you want to grab lunch, dinner, …

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Blogging ALA on a wiki!ALA, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 6/9/2005 with 0 comment

When the wiki was first created, I put up a page for people who are blogging the conference so that people would know where they could find conference reports. Well, Luke, from the lbr blog took it one huge step further. Here’s an excerpt from the email he sent me: If a number of people …

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Very snarfyALA, General, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 6/8/2005 with 0 comment

I must apologize for the lack of posts this week. I’ve come down with a horrible cold (bordering on the flu) and I just haven’t felt up to doing much of anything. I can’t believe I was healthy all winter while cooped up inside and now that the weather is warm and beautiful, I’m stuck …

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WikilustWikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/31/2005 with 1 comment

I just read a fantastic article about wikis from the Educause Review (Sept/Oct 2004). Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not, by Brian Lamb, includes mentions about just about everything that I find so wonderful about wikis. He describes how groups of people have used wikis for such diverse purposes as research spaces, conference planners, …

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Ooo baby, baby it’s a wiki worldALA, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/31/2005 with 0 comment

What I love best about wikis is that their content is not limited to the imagination of just a few people (like most websites are). Anyone can add new sections and content to the wiki that they think people would find useful. From the Curmudgeony Librarian’s rethinking of the Calendar of Events to Andrea’s rockin’ …

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Your screencasting experience?screencasting

by Meredith Farkas on 5/16/2005 with 1 comment

The Indian Blogger recently posted an excellent survey of screencasting and the software that can be used to create screencasts. People tend to talk about Qarbon Viewlet Builder, Macromedia Captivate, and TechSmith Camtasia in conjunction with screencasting. While these probably are the most usable products on the market, there are plenty of lower-cost or no-cost …

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No room at the inn?ALA, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/15/2005 with 0 comment

So, I’ve heard from several sources that there are no rooms left for the ALA Conference at the hotels suggested on the ALA’s website. Yikes! I live in Chicago, but I have never stayed in a hotel here, and therefore I really don’t have any insights other than to check Hotels.com/Orbitz/whatever and pick something in …

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Wiki spamWikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/4/2005 with 0 comment

So we got our first wiki spam today. Yuck! Fortunately, the offending content was only up for a very short period of time. Kudos to the valiant member of the ALA Chicago Wiki community who quickly removed the spam. The system does work!

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