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User Feedback Model from Starbucks

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Michael from Tame the Web posted his thoughts on the new Starbucks user driven idea site.  Basically users can share their ideas for more effective services and products, vote on other people’s ideas, and see the results made by the company.  This is done in one site, and seems to have a general turn around time of 1 week or less.

For those of us who have seen good ideas in libraries get swamped under the mountains of bureaucratic posturing, all to often found in libraries, wouldn’t it be nice to utilize a system such as this to gather external, expedient information?  The ability for the user to be a part of their own environment gathers their trust in the library and can then lead to a stronger connection for future needs. Though there is a growing concern for students having too much sway in their educational practices, I think implementing something like this could transform many stagnant areas of library services. (But not all, as I would hate to leave things such as collection development and circulation policies hinging primarily on student feedback alone.)

I may be putting this on my plate soon, as this is a form of assessment and planning.  We shall see.


A Community Shyft?

04/17/2008 1 comment

A post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus section highlighted a new trend in online feed reading. Author Hurley Goodall raised the question as to whether new web services such as Shyfter, Twitter, Slashdot, or FriendFeed would ultimately lead to the demise of individually created blogs.

In the words of Stowe Boyd,

conversation is moving from a very static and slow form of conversation — the comments thread on blog posts — to a more dynamic and fast form of conversation: into the flow in Twitter, Friendfeed, and others. I think this directionality may be like a law of the universe: conversation moves to where is is most social.

Where I would agree that for a certain segment of the online population, the “forum” format is a more immediate and comfortable way to communicate, but there is a bit of difference in an informational blog post and a conversational forum post. In truth I could easily see the channel working both ways as I may post forum conversations on my blog and my blog posts on a forum. The real key is keeping the pathways to the original author clear and easily traveled.

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Apologies and What I Took for Granted…

03/19/2008 1 comment

banana slip

For those of you who happened to view my blog in the last week or so, I humbly apologize for the rather lewd image you may have seen.  I made the mistake of linking from a link from a link, and therefore left myself out of the authoritative loop.   Thanks to all of those who chimed in to help me save some professional face.

The “slip up” made me rethink just how volatile the web can be.  Though the concept of “link rot,” or the degredation of links cause by shifting domains and folder pathways, can be frustrating; the more immediate cause for concern may be “link hacks.”  It isn’t that difficult for those skilled in hacking to not only change a link on a public page, but to in essence set off a cascade of linking effects.

The best way to combat such efforts is to try your best when obtaining and linking to images.  Using external images may seem convenient, but if you can’t assure the link will be secure–try another site.  The same can be said for movies, animations, embedded source code items, and any type of freely available scripting.

On a similar note, I recently saw several Facebook alerts from colleagues about “applications” they had taken quizzes on and wanted to share the results with, well, everyone.  The long and the short of it was that sometimes those quizzes aren’t necessarily SFW (safe for work) or could unintentionally create an awkward image association with your profile.  I suppose you take your chances when casually browsing and taking quizzes, but you must remain ever vigilant in upholding your professional online presence.

Would I be disheartened if someone who was weighing my worth as a candidate looked at my Facebook profile or blog and noticed something which I was seemingly unaware of?  Truly I would most certainly be upset.  So I guess the only solution is to “measure once and cut twice.”  Or is that the other way around?

Categories: blogging, Facebook

The short history of blogging (very funny)

I found this via…
history of blogging

Original image and article from Mashable.

Categories: blogging, Web 2.0

Extensible Librarian – finally a name change…


I thought it was time for a change, so here it goes.

The new name for my blog will be “Extensible Librarian.”

The content will remain the same, as I focus on issues involving libraries, technology, user services, Web 2.0, and our modern digital life.  I understand any confusion this may create, as I too hate when services start changing names after I have grown accustomed to them; but I think this title better suits the nature of my content and how I see myself professionally.

I always cringed at the former title “Library Science and the World Around Us”- as it sounded more like a soap opera title or a self help book, rather than a library related blog.

I hope you keep reading, as I know I will keep writing.

Splish Splash I was making a Cast


I have recently taken an interest in a new tool called SplashCast.  This Web 2.0 tool allows you to create your own internet media channel.  Technically you can mash several sites together, link them all in a blog or wiki, throw out your RSS net, and hope you keep it all working together; but this resource makes the transition from concept to product as easy as 1-2-3.

All you need to do is figure out what you want to say.  SplashCast letsyou compile broadcasts from images, audio, video, PDFs, and even Power Point slides.  Each frame can be adjusted with tags, audio annotation, and a brief description.  These information packets then become either a part of, or a whole show.  You then broadcast your show onto your channel, and a media mogul you may become (well chances are slight but you never know).

Your channel then broadcasts into a player.  This player can be embedded on your site or blog.  Viewers can subscribe via their own SplashCast interface, RSS, email, or even through the Facebook application for SplashCast.  If you haven’t checked out the site yet, be sure to stop by and at least browse a few shows.  Keep your eyes peeled to this blog, as I may be adding a channel soon for an added bonus to my posts.

Hello, my name is John and I am a library blogger…

Blog Block

I apologize for the lack of expedient posting, but with holidays and a busy schedule some things get postponed. Alas, I post this for posting’s sake.

After a string of interesting track backs and mentions, I have once again found myself fascinated with the phenomenon of the “blog.” When I started this blog I merely wanted a place for my thoughts and observations to be heard. I didn’t know exactly where that would lead, but I found myself trying hard not to just talk about what was happening in my office, but what was happening to libraries and library science. The responses I have heard have been encouraging and stimulating.

For someone new to the field or eve n a crafty veteran looking for a new venue, a blog could offer a much needed outlet for their thoughts. Whether one talks about what is happening in their immediate library surroundings or whether one tackles the larger issues facing our profession, is entirely up to the author and should justly drive the format of the blog. I personally am less than thrilled to come across a blog which contains nothing more than just a link to a site or a headline about something tenuously pertaining to libraries. Simply pasting and posting links is the equivalent of a scholarly paper composed of nothing more than a cut out images and a list of {refer to “Article A”…}

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