Internet Librarian 2011, Day 1: Keynote presentation

I’m at the Internet Librarian 2011 conference, and here are some of my notes. Enjoy!

Monday’s keynote presentation was given by John Seely Brown – The topic – A new culture of learning for a world of constant change – the entrepreneurial learner in the Internet age

How do we cultivate constantly learning in today’s ever changing world?

Thinks the half life of skill sets has shrunk to about 5 years. Because technological change is moving so fast. It’s a huge shift.

The problem now is that we have to learn in a world of flows – change and new skills are constantly changing, and we need to learn stuff that’s not really standardized or codified. It’s not something you can go back to school to learn

Librarians are more important than ever these days – because we know how to operate in an ever-changing information, knowledge environment.

Ar we prepared? Ae we preparing our students?

It’s more than learning to learn. We have to learn how to cultivate. Our physical spaces are important now, to help this cultivation happen.

iPhone as amplifier – helps to amplify your curiosity

Dispositions of an entrepreneurial learner:
Curiosity, questing, connecting

Th social view of learning. Not I think, therefore I am.

But now it’s we participate therefore we are. Knowledge is socially constructed, making knowledge personal.

Study groups. The single best indicator of how well you will do in college. This doesn’t have to be face to face – it can happen digitally. SMS, facebook, chat rooms, etc. This is cool – it combines learning and fun.

these study groups stretch beyond traditional colleges because of how social networks work.

Different ways of learning and searching … For example, wikipedia articles. To really read something, you need to also open up the edit. Age to see the discussions and edits taking place. Wikipedia has essentially opened up the editing room of the britannica to show us how edits take place.

We need to cultivate that kind of inquisitiveness.

We used to focus on content, assuming context was relatively stable. Context is more fluid in the world of social media.

Jazz and blogging are personally improvisational, but also inherently collective.

David Weinberger has a book coming out in 2012 called Too Big to Know – it will be about this type of stuff…

Essence of remixing – changing the context of old forms of content

Learning as riddles and play – fail, fail, fail and fail again – and then to get it right. Poetry – you are playing with words, solving riddles with them.

Our jobs and learning can be the same way – learning or jobs or projects can be riddles and play too.

Knowing, making, playing – three different epistemologies – via tinkering, or embracing change – each of these have important shifts that affect learning

Is interesting to watch. Harry potter for example. Kids and teens read it … But they are close reading. They are filling in the blanks, filling in the back story. Creating content and context around it. Even creating wizard rock around it. Learning by creating, imagining, playing.

Back to the future – the one room schoolhouse. About to be replaced by the one room global schoolhouse.

I’m on a Plane – to Internet Librarian 2011!

Internet Librarian 2011It’s Friday, and I’m finishing up some last minute details, then hopping on a plane – headed to Internet Librarian 2011!

I’ll be giving two presentations:

If you are there – say hi! If not, follow along with the #il2011 Twitter hashtag (or watch some of the usual blogs – they’ll most likely post notes or thoughts or something about the conference).  I might even post a thing or two.

Hope to see you there!

Promoting your Social Media Presence – Signage

Social Media icons
Social Media signage at TopekaLibrary

You’ve seen those “follow us on Facebook” signs at stores and restaurants, right? Or heard a radio dj mention following their radio station’s Twitter account on-air?

Guess what? Libraries can do the same thing!

As a first experiment, my library recently placed two “follow us” signs in our building – one at the main entrance to the library, and one on our administrative office doors (shown in the photo).

Why do this? Easy – it’s a relatively unobtrusive way to tell our customers that we have a social media presence, and that we want them to follow us. It’s also a way to link the physical to the digital – by promoting our digital presence (i.e., our Facebook Page) in our physical presence (i.e., our building).

Where else could we put these signs?

  • Our meeting rooms (maybe a stand-up card on a table)
  • Our cafe (stand-up card there, too)
  • In the stacks, with our books
  • As a background on our public PC monitors (we might do this)

One thing we can improve onKathryn Greenhill mentioned this to me recently – when you make a sign advertising your social media presence, make sure to include a URL or at least your social media name. Otherwise, people might not be able to find you (we were talking about this particular sign)! For example, my library’s full name is Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library … but we’re simply topekalibrary on social media sites. We’ll add that on the next version of the signs.

And a funny – watch the arrangement of your icons! We almost put the Facebook icon first … until someone in our Creative Group mentioned that we were spelling “F You[tube].” Certainly not our intent to tell customers to “F You!”

Like these ideas? Come hear more on November 2 at my ALA Techsource webinar on Facebook Pages! Make sure to register!

iPhone Sound Amplifier: a video review

So WirelessGround, out of the blue, offered to send me an iPhone Sound Amplifier in exchange for a review of the thing. So I agreed – here’s the video review:

If you watched the video review – it’s sorta cool, huh? Basically, the Sound Amplifier works just like a small megaphone – no wires needed. Just place your iPhone in the Sound Amplifier, and the volume will get boosted by about 12dB naturally.

So – if you’re interested, go here and check it out. If you end up buying it, use this special coupone code – davidleeking – and you will get 15% off.

Enjoy!

Interesting way to get some Twitter Stats

Just saw this thing called “You Are What You Tweet” from Visual.ly, which creates a personalized infographic for your Twitter account. I typed in my personal Twitter account (@davidleeking) to see what happened – but then thought it might be fun to add in my library’s Twitter account.

Here’s what came out – interesting stuff! The “face” of the library? Perhaps! But more importantly, this is a great, visual way to get some idea of what your library’s Twitter account looks like, statistically. Try it out!