We could be heroesblogging, librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 4/7/2007 with 8 comments

Wow! I’m really shocked that people would name me as a biblioblogger hero, but am even more shocked that Dorothea Salo would actually start a meme (yes, you did it Dorothea!). I don’t think I could possibly name just five bloggers who have influenced, inspired, challenged and educated me. I’ve learned something from every blog …

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Krabby Pattyblogging, librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 3/28/2007 with 18 comments

I’ve got a long list of things I’d like to post about, but I’m just feeling crabby and unable to focus on them right now. I’m not feeling down about my own life. Other than the folks in IT doing something horrendous to our proxy server, my life’s pretty good. It’s just the state of …

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Want to implement social software at your library?free the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/22/2007 with 2 comments

If you have any interest in implementing social software tools at your library, you may want to check out some of the amazing proposals created by our participants for their libraries. I have organized the proposals by the technology they want to use and by library type. It’s obvious looking at proposals by tool that …

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Making Five Weeks to a Social Library happen: The down and dirtyfree the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/22/2007 with 4 comments

In this post, I’m going to talk about the decisions we made in creating the course and what I would do differently next time. Hopefully this will be useful to those of you who wish to replicate the course. I’m sure my fellow organizers will have other insights to add from their perspective. Certain decisions …

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A model for the future of online learningfree the information!, librarianship, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/21/2007 with 10 comments

Last Spring, while Chairing the library track of HigherEd BlogCon and feeling like it was not an engaging enough online conference model, I had a crazy idea to create a free online conference with more synchronous and asynchronous pieces to really draw people in and build a community. I refused to believe that the only …

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You mean there are non library blogs?!?!?blogging

by Meredith Farkas on 3/20/2007 with 4 comments

Rachel Singer-Gordon has been thinking about what bloggy influences we have from outside of the library world. I read a bunch of non-library blogs in the other areas I’m interested in. Being a distance learning librarian, of course I’m interested in education and educational technologies. I’m also really interested in knowledge management because I get …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights from Week 4free the information!, libraries, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/10/2007 with 0 comment

Wow! I can’t believe we’ve just finished Week 4. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling. I can’t imagine waking up in a little over a week and not finding new posts from my friends in this program. I have gained so much from my interactions with them, more than I could have ever imagined. I only …

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Medical Wikis?Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 3/4/2007 with 8 comments

Update: I received an e-mail from one of the creators of Ask Dr. Wiki stating that they are now requiring folks to prove that they have medical credentials before they are allowed to contribute to the wiki. I hate barriers as much as the next person, but in the case of a medical wiki, there …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights from Week 3free the information!, online education, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 3/4/2007 with 0 comment

As you all know, I’m a big fan of wikis, such a big fan that I often cannot gauge how other people will respond when they are introduced to wikis. Well, imagine my surprise to discover how incredibly enthusiastic our participants were this week about implementing wikis in their library; probably more so than any …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights from Week 2free the information!, hi, online education, RSS and Syndication, social bookmarking, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 2/25/2007 with 4 comments

Week two of Five Weeks to a Social Library is now over. RSS and del.icio.us really generated a lot of excitement for our participants and many could see the personal and professional benefits of using these tools. We have people spending 16 hours per week on the class because they want to play with these …

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Intelligence 2.0social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 2/25/2007 with 2 comments

I never thought I’d say this… but I want to go work for the Pentagon! Lewis Shepherd sent me this Computer World article about some of the cool things they are doing in the intelligence community with wikis, RSS, AJAX and Mashups. In particular, they mention the Intellipedia which was launched in 2004 and seeks …

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PBWiki’s Point and Click EditorWikis

by Meredith Farkas on 2/22/2007 with 1 comment

I mentioned PBWiki’s new editing interface a few weeks ago, but this week was the official launch of this tool. I truly think that having a WYSIWYG editor like PBWiki has now is going to break down the biggest barrier to adding content to a wiki. Wiki markup may be easier than HTML for some …

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A new (and needed) bloglibraries, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 1/29/2007 with 1 comment

On a happy note, a friend of mine has recently started a blog in an area of librarianship that doesn’t get enough discussion in the blogosphere: access services. Mary Chimato is the head of access and delivery services at NCSU, and started Circ and Serve because she saw a gaping hole in its representation on …

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