ALA 2009 – Downloadable Technology for Teens

ALA 2009 Downloadable Technology for TeensOverDrive (MyMediaMall) Presentation:Popularity of audiobooks growing. Nearly all downlaodable audiobooks can go to iPod/iPhone now.Some initiatives:Have app on smartphone to download audiobook right to phone.Scroll covers of downloadable titles on homepage (Burlington County Library System).OverDrive Digital Book Mobile visit.

Beth Gallaway’s Presentation: Lots of programming possibilities!

(See www.slideshare.net/informationgoddess29 for current and future presentations.)

GameTap: video game subscription service (download to library computers for patrons/games have ratings).PlayFirst: direct to drive, ESRB privacy certified, ratings, no ads.Comcast games on demand.Download Board Games – Days of WonderPrima Strategy Guides – Steaming/PDF versions available for kids at library?Games for Change (see AYITI)Ben10 Alien Force game Creater

Kate Pritchard’s Presentation: Downloadable Music (see the Teen’s Blog at her library).

Downloading music stats are declining – streaming is on the rise.

Live Music ArchivePandora: Personalized Internet Radio StationLast.fmFineTune (playlists plus social networking / can embed)Myspace musichttp://www.riaa.com/ (Online resource for where to get legal music online.)Hype_m (searches music blogs)How to stay informed:

VOYAYALSA Bloghttp://www.joystiq.com/Escapist Magazinehttp://www.boingboing.net/

*Program idea: Holiday Gadget Workshop – after holidays have teens show people how to use their new gadgets.


ALA2009 – Preconference

PLA @ ALA: Building Communities through Innovative Applications of TechnologyJuly 10, 2009Here are selected links and my short list of futher tips/ideas to pursue for each presentation. See the complete presentations on slideshare.net, ALA Presentations Page or the PLA Page when uploaded for information.Presentation 1:Using Videos to Build Community in Your Library by Melissa Kiser, Information Technology Librarian, Allen County Public Library http://www.acpl.lib.in.us“What’s Happening” videos on YouTube: Short, quick videos taken through the library and community connecting community, library events, and library collections in friendly, personable ways.Ideas/Thoughts:1. Create a bookletters with top ten most popular books each week.2. Follow people from your community on Twitter by finding them on Twellow.3. Host a Tweetup with library followers.4. Create a video “How to Print” and load it on the library computer desktops.5. Check out GT system (gaming) http://gtsystem.org/.6. Searchable database of area artists (example from Allen County: http://artists.acpl.info/7. Create podcasts describing gallery exhibits for people to download and take a self-guided tour. 8. On library blogs, post events such as holiday closings of community agencies, community events, parking alerts, etc.9. Use Google Analytics to determine website statistics.10. Investigate WorldCat Local Quick Start.11. Consider the success of innovative programs and services as not just a measure of statistical output (hits, visits, etc.) but also the qualitative library/patron benefits.Presentation 2: John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, Darien Library, CT.Check out his presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/jblyberg/presentationsVisit the Darien Library website and explore! http://www.darienlibrary.org/Open source integration of ILS and OPAC – creating one dynamic website that takes the burden of experience off the patron instead of forcing the patron to navigate between the OPAC and ILS. Creates engaging patron experience. I want to learn more.Presentation 3: Social Networking and Libraries Meg Canada, Senior Librarian, Hennepin County LibraryTwitter: MegCanadaPresentation available here: http://www.slideshare.net/megcanada/social-networking-and-libraries-1704727Meg started out her presentation with a plug for http://www.engagedpatrons.org/.Ideas/Thoughts:1. Connect with interactive marketing associations.2. Check out mashable.com.3. Important for social marketing to have one voice.4. Create a social media strategy (see presentation).5. Check out Air Force’s blog response chart (see presentation).6. Monitor what people are saying about you/your organization. Examples (more in presentation):http://socialmention.com/http://www.backtype.com/ (searches comments)7. Consider guidelines regarding tags, releases, pictures in sensitive areas of the building.8. Use “insights” in Facebook for stats.9. Ask questions and post memes in Facebook to engage patrons in conversations.10. Patrons send in pictures for Hennepin’s Bookspace page: http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace.11. LinkedIn!12 Investigate http://www.beyourownheadhunter.com/13. Webcams!14. http://12seconds.tv/Presentation 4:Sandy Farmer, Houston Public LibrarySandy stressed that libraries need to react to the surge in downloadable technology and focus on create culturally literate children (which includes diverse electronic life). Her presentation shared a lot of programming and gaming spaces information.Idea highlights:1. Open gaming systems – have players check games out from the circulating shelves.2. Assign controllers to consoles to save start-up time.3. Pokemon gym program.4. Webkins/Club Penguin programs.We finished this thought provoking day with an appreciative inquiry exercise led by moderator Aaron Schmidt of the DC Public Library. The concept that resonated with me as I left the conference was the need for all of us to “Think It Forward.”We work so hard to meet the needs of patrons today and tomorrow, we don’t give ourselves the freedom or the time to imagine how we can meet their needs months and years into the future. Preparing ourselves to help patrons when they encounter the future is vital to our continued relevancy in their lives.On that note, Aaron shared that the DC Public Library has rolled out an iPhone app. We already knew this (at my library), but what we didn’t know was that is was open source and that a BlackBerry App is in the works. He went on to stress the need for a focus on mobile devices as their use continues to skyrocket.Very motivational program!Ironically, I wanted to Tweet about these topics throughout the presentation. However, I spent the whole day off the grid since there was no local WiFi for my iPod Touch. I’ve since recovered from the tech withdrawal, although maybe not from my buyer’s remorse. 🙂


Ask Me About ALA

My remaining time at the ALA conference was been spent learning about staff development, networking with interesting and diverse librarians, meeting with vendor representatives, and working the exhibit floor. Want to know more? Ask me (or click below) to learn more about:Faceted Searching (give it a try here: http://aqua.queenslibrary.org/)Federated Searching (http://www.webfeat.org/ or http://www4.auto-graphics.com/products/agentsearch/agentsearch.htm)Aquabrowser Self-checksBurgeoning Babies (www.burgeongroup.com)English Only Censorship (http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/june2007/jkeo.htm)Final calculations:Passports Stamps: 13Programs Attended: 14Luggage Weight: At least 1000 lbs. Seriously.Miles Walked: 1 BillionImpact on future programs and services: Priceless


Conversations on Saturday

Saturday was a jam-packed day that started off my ALA conference experience. My first session was all about books and babies and included a very inspirational presentation about the Brooklyn Reads to Babies campaign (which won the John Cotton Dana Award Public Relations Award this year), the Read to Me program, and the Mother Goose Program. All of these programs are rich in content and gave me some ideas to think about for future prenatal and new parent reading parties. One of the things stressed by each presentation was the importance of the conversation with the baby because this is how the baby makes sense of their world. I think this is a great concept for us to be reinforcing in more obvious ways.

I attended three more programs this day (whew!) and one was about information seeking patterns in children (and adults), and another was about online social learning theory. The theme of “conversations” continued to repeat throughout many of these discussions (and on the exhibit floor) and I feel this underlines the change in philosophies and expectations of libraries today. Making connections with people, connecting people with information, connecting people with their communities…these all can only be accomplished by initiating a conversation in some form.

In other more mundane news, after I finished with the conference for the day, I joined up with Stacy and Dave for a marathon walk/jog through all the monuments. The good news is that I have nine more stamps in my passport! The bad news is that I wore out my shoes.


Do You Know Your PATRIOT Act?

Controversy is easy to find in the world today, but harder to clearly define as right or wrong. One such issue concerns the balance of our rights as free citizens with the necessity to protect people and to investigate those whose mission might be to hurt others. What do you know about the PATRIOT Act? Check out the sites below for a quick refresher or overview. It’s important because your rights are involved. These are the same rights that men and women are fighting for right now.

American Library Association’s PATRIOT Act Page
Preserving Life and Liberty U.S. Government website’s Patriot Act Page
Article about the PATRIOT Act and one library’s experience (from American Libraries online)