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home again

...a snoring dogAhhh… to soak in my tub, sleep in my bed, wake to the sound of a snoring dog. It’s good to be home.

My afternoon postconference session was cancelled, so I headed to the airport after David & David’s morning session, Podcasting and Videocasting Bootcamp. The plan: fly standby on the 1:40pm flight back to Chicago instead of hanging around DC until my scheduled 6:40pm flight. That failed… miserably. All flights were full. I spent my entire afternoon wandering between gates 29 and 31 and the outlet in-between where I could plug in my laptop. The Edy’s ice cream stand, Potbelly, a sweet little jewelry kiosk, a bathroom, and a book in my bag made the afternoon more bearable.

(Did you know that your place in United’s standby line is determined by your loyalty to the airline? Yep, the more frequent flyer miles you have, the better your chances of getting on a flight.)

If you weren’t at the David & David show, then you missed out on the basics of podcasting, videocasting, and straw tricks. David wasn’t kidding that night at the bar when he promised to get Starbucks straws if I would demonstrate my straw tricks at the session. He was as serious as a pony with a monocle.

I hope to spend today preparing a conference report for our library director. I also hope that she will support me and Jenn with the time, space, and resources to begin working on all of the great L2 stuff we learned at CiL2007. Think bright thoughts toward Chicago, please!


20 April 2007 Posted by | bar tricks, cil2007, random | Leave a comment

we made a toolbar…

…and it looks like this:


Hal Kirkwood, Purdue University Instruction Coordinator, shared this toolbar tip at his session, Innovative Tools for Reference Services. The tool bar was built using Conduit’s Community Toolbar creator. And it’s free!

The toolbar was easy to make and very customizable. It will help us get our identity out there and keep us in the faces of surfers who like to use task-specific toolbars. Users will be able to explore our Web site, search our catalog, ask questions, and receive global announcements from the library.

And did I mention that it’s free?

19 April 2007 Posted by | cil2007, innovation, tools | Leave a comment

why TUL?

The Utopian Library has existed in my mind for several years as a place where library enthusiasts can gather to work, play, learn, and share what they know about what they do best. I’ve always envisioned that my next job would be at The Utopian Library. Since no such place exists in brick and mortar, I created its virtual space while sitting in the lobby of the Crystal City Hyatt between sessions at Computers in Libraries 2007. I’ve been so inspired this week by the work and wisdom of CiL2007 presenters and dinner companions, bar buddies, Twitterers, and Flickrphiles who have made this week so enjoyable.

I left home feeling unsure about how to best implement L2.0 at my library. I will return with renewed enthusiasm for the projects that lie ahead and a brain that is bursting with new information, knowledge, and ideas.

There are many people whose participation at CiL2007 has infused me with inspiration and aspiration. Their blogsites are listed under BLOGROLL. Go see what they’re writing about… they do good work and have so much to share!

18 April 2007 Posted by | cil2007, welcome | 2 Comments