I Was Outed!

May 21, 2007

This past Saturday evening, I was indulging in my voyeuristic tendencies by checking out the Library Society of the World chat room on Meebowhen some of the participants began to speculate that the guest in the room might be Michael Gorman. I felt compelled to reveal myself – which may have been somewhat disappointing to those who thought I might be Gorman. :) So, the verdict? Much more fun than I would have guessed. Just about as addictive as I thought – although I am forcing myself to stay away. It is also worth noting that I wasn’t the only one there on Saturday evening (although I suspect most of the others weren’t on the east coast). So, I don’t feel like a total nerd (just a partial one). To those that were there on Saturday evening, thanks for being guinea pigs to my first chat/IM experience ever (not counting chatting with Comcast tech support once).

Who Couldn’t Use a Walt Crawford?

May 21, 2007

It is official – Walt Crawford is looking for a job. As he explains it:

Ever thought you or one of the groups you work for or with could use a Walt Crawford?

Here’s your chance.

The RLG-OCLC transition will be complete in September. I’ve received a termination notice from OCLC, effective September 30, 2007.

I’m interested in exploring new possibilities. For now I’m trying not to narrow the options too much.

I’ve been thinking about this since I heard the news a while back – trying to figure out what I could do to help. Sadly, the only opportunity that I could currently offer would be a chance to write some quality papers having to deal with generic library science topics. Of course, there are two major problems with this. First, my library science professors would probably think this constitutes a violation of academic honesty policies (by the way, this is a joke – I do write all my own material for school). Second, this could only be a volunteer position (I guess what I really need is a clone of myself who isn’t as lazy as the original).

So, it seems as if I can’t do much more than help spread the word at this point. I hope it helps.

Walt, best of luck to you in your job search!!!

I Hate To Admit It, But I Have Voyeuristic Tendencies

May 15, 2007

I don’t use any type of instant messaging or chat function – ever. Really! Technically, I’ve used live chat once – with Comcast tech support several years ago. Despite being an omnivore with an overwhelming number of gadgets and devices who is hyperconnected, I’ve always avoided any contact with instant messaging. It isn’t because I think it’s bad. I don’t. It is an important means of communication. I guess I’ve just usually found something else that I wanted to play with more. And, none of my friends use it nor do we use it at work - so that doesn’t leave me with anyone to chat with.

Secretly, there is a part of me that thinks instant messaging could become addictive – too addictive – like get-in-the-way-of-work-and-life addictive. This was confirmed for me today with the creation of a Meebo chat room for the Library Society of the World by Joshua M. Neff. Like many others, I felt compelled to check it out – and I don’t even want to speculate about how much time I spent just watching and reading and watching. And seriously, I couldn’t look away. It is very strange to read people’s chats. The text of the chats were often very disjointed – making it difficult to figure out who was responding to whom. But, I felt compelled to try. Seriously, I have to stay away!!!!!

What Is Your Google Rank?

May 11, 2007

You’re a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well, say Kevin J. Delaney from the Wall Street Journal. Are we serious? I guess so, since poor Abigail Garvey became virtually unfindable on the web when she married and took her husband’s last name – Wilson. In order to prevent such a tragedy from happening to her offspring, Abigail Wilson choose baby names based upon their searchability in Google.  Wow!! I guess this confirms that Google has indeed taken over the world. Personally, the less findable I am, the happier I am.

I make this last comment with much despair because if you search for Jennifer Macaulay in Google 8 out of the 10 results on the first page are all me. I would have to say that Mack Collier from The Viral Garden has it right when he wrote this piece of advice for overanxious parents: “Pick the name you want for your kiddo, and have them blog. Google absolutely loves blogs.” This blog definitely comes up first in Google results for my name. Interestingly, my profiles on various Ning networks come up next. Work-related pages don’t come up until the 4th or 5th page. I have no clue what to make of any of it.

How long will it be before we are putting our Google rank on our resumes?

Found via Lifehacker.

How Evil Are You?

May 11, 2007

Turns out, I’m only barely evil - just twisted. Good to know. I think it would be a fairly interesting to write an autobiography based solely on classifications provided by web quizzes. I wonder how accurate it would be. Hhhmmm. . .

How evil are you?

Found via The Itinerant Librarian.

I’m Feeling Omnivorous!

May 8, 2007

Links to Pew’s “Where Do You Fit?” typology quiz abound. After the 5th or 6th time I read about, I decided to give in and see what it was all about. It probably isn’t a surprise that I fit into the Omnivore category. I like gadgets – not because they make me more productive or even because I find them useful, but because I like to play. I get sucked into things very easily. I love my iPod, enjoy text messaging my husband via cell phone (and sending him pictures), have more computers (and digital cameras for that matter) at home than residents (but fewer computers than tvs), obviously have a blog and spend far too much time online. However, I don’t think technology makes us more productive – it just is what it is. Neither do I think it is good – although I would find it difficult to live without it.

So what is an omnivore?

Omnivores make up 8% of the American public.

Basic Description
Members of this group use their extensive suite of technology tools to do an enormous range of things online, on the go, and with their cell phones. Omnivores are highly engaged with video online and digital content. Between blogging, maintaining their Web pages, remixing digital content, or posting their creations to their websites, they are creative participants in cyberspace.

Defining Characteristics
You might see them watching video on an iPod. They might talk about their video games or their participation in virtual worlds the way their parents talked about their favorite TV episode a generation ago. Much of this chatter will take place via instant messages, texting on a cell phone, or on personal blogs. Omnivores are particularly active in dealing with video content. Most have video or digital cameras, and most have tried watching TV on a non-television device, such as a laptop or a cell phone.

Omnivores embrace all this connectivity, feeling confident in how they manage information and their many devices. This puts information technology at the center of how they express themselves, do their jobs, and connect to their friends.

Who They Are
They are young, ethnically diverse, and mostly male (70%). The median age is 28; just more than half of them are under age 30, versus one in five in the general population. Over half are white (64%) and 11% are black (compared to 12% in the general population). English-speaking Hispanics make up 18% of this group. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many (42% versus the 13% average) of Omnivores are students.

Some demographic differences & similarities: I’m not male. I’m not even close to 28 years of age. I am white. I am currently a student – which I do blame for a good portion of my current level of connectedness. I will admit that I probably do embrace my connectedness – and do feel confident about how I manage information over my various devices (and may sometimes wish I weren’t so technologically savvy since I spend a good deal of time helping others with their devices).

The report that accompanies the quiz breaks the American population down into three categories: Elite Tech Users (31%), Middle-of-the-road Tech Users (20%), and Few Tech Assets (49%). These three categories are then broken down further. There are Omnivores (8%), Connectors (7%), Lackluster Veterans (8%) and Enhanced Productivity (8%) within the Elite Tech Users group. Mobile Centrics (10%) and Connected, But Hassled (10%) make up the Middle-of-the-road Tech Users. At the bottom of this grouping, the Inexperienced Experimenters (8%), Light But Satisfied (15%), Indifferents (11%) and Off the Networks (15%) dwell within the Few Tech Assets category. If I got to choose, I’d love to be Connected, But Hassled because that is the coolest category – certainly better than Omnivore or Lackluster Veteran (and if your interested in reading some reaction to this odd label, check out Walt Crawford’s take on it and his issues with Pew’s biases).

Balanced Libraries – by Walt Crawford

April 2, 2007

I have my copy of Walt Crawford’s Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change in hand. I had requested that the library where I work buy a copy. The acquisitions librarian thought I should have my own copy of it since a couple of my blog posts are quoted. So, I did indeed purchase my own copy. I’ve skimmed a couple of sections (yes, of course, I mean those sections where I was quoted – along with some others). I’m looking forward to reading it from start to finish. I’m a big proponent of balance and tend to believe it is critical for us to strive for balance between employing innovative techniques and relying upon time-tested strategies to bring quality service to our patrons.

My favorite quote so far:

Librarians work most effectively when they recognize that most users (and, for most public libraries, the most dedicated users) are less devoted to constant technological change than they are to the heart of libraries: Good people offering effective access to varied, worthwhile collections that center on books. (p.224)

Update: As of noon on April 3rd, I’ve made it through Chapter 11 – only 4 more to go. The good news is the this is a really easy read (to me that is a positive statement). There are some areas with statistical stuff (a discussion of the Pareto Principle in Chapter 2 and a discussion of Everett Rogers “diffusion of innovation curve” in Chapter 11 as examples) that may require a bit more time and attention. Barring unforeseen events, I should be able to finish it up in about half an hour after work tonight.

File It Under Things They Don’t Teach You In Library School

March 28, 2007

I have been following Jane’s saga about teaching a preconference workshop at a TLA conference over at A Wandering Eyre with fascinated interest. I don’t go to many conferences (I do hope to once I’m done with graduate school), and know next to nothing about compensation for speaking, presenting, etc. It all seems rather confusing, bizarre and off putting. I have to applaud Dorothea Salo for her contribution to the discussion - The Library-Association Conference Paradox – in which she is quite up front about what she is getting for her participation. Really, these are the things nobody ever tells you – that you have to learn on your own (and probably in a rather painful way). They certainly do not teach you these things in library school.

The World Didn’t End . . .

March 13, 2007

with the change in Daylight Savings Time – as I’m sure is self evident to most. We were well prepared at my library. Everything was patched so we didn’t experience any problems. I haven’t patched my laptop yet, but I suppose I will get around to it at some point, My home computer is fine. The bottom line? I guess the countless hours spent in preparation were worth it.

But, does anyone know of a patch for the human operating system? I need something to help me  adjust – and want to get up on time!!

Imperfect Search Results

March 12, 2007

In a tribute to a hilarious post by the Annoyed Librarian, Stumbling Upon the AL, – in which she responds to various searches that have brought people to her blog – I thought I would share a few odd searches that have landed people at my blog.

My favorite of all time is “things that drive me crazy in bed.” Really, I don’t even want to know – and I’m hoping the person didn’t find anything helpful on my site.

Some other good ones are:

  • “what does liason mean” – I’m pretty sure that I’ve never defined it here.
  • “my plans for next weekend” – People do some pretty interesting searches on the web. I hope that my plans for next weekend didn’t come up.
  • “automatically change american to british” – I guess as a result of my post on Conservapedia, which has garned lots and lots of traffic.
  • “my professor yelled at me” – I have no clue what the connection is.
  • “what to do about a extramarital affair” – I’m pretty sure that I have no answers for that problem. I know this leads to my post about a certain article that appeared on Forbes.com.

Looking at search terms is wildly addictive – and incredibly fascinating. I can’t help but wonder why some of the people doing these searches clicked on my site.

Anyway, thanks to the Annoyed Librarian for a good laugh!


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