Archive for February, 2015

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Courtney Young, Laura Botts, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

Talking about what Courtney Young, current ALA president, has learned from her ALA travels thus far. Then the conversation moved onto interesting library spaces, including libraries that are in shopping malls and libraries that have innovation space.

Courtney was asked about the non-book[1] things that she has seen, as she as traveled:

  • Other type of lending programs, e.g., cake pans, art, tools
  • Programs on specific skills, e.g., butchering
  • Spaces for specific portions of the community, e.g., teens

Maurice mentioned the loaning of American Girl dolls through his library.  It was mentioned that you have to consider your community and ensure that the programs (e.g., how to raise roosters) is appropriate.

You can listen to the show here.

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[1] As Andrea mentioned, books are a container.  Information comes in a variety of containers.

Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Bean)T is for Training began with brief overviews of the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) and ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conferences, then moved onto the impact of Google Glasses, including its impact on libraries and trainers.  we also talked extensively about privacy, the idea of possible privacy islands, and macro vs. micro infringements on privacy. We wrapped up with a short conversation on handling questions that require sensitivity, ethics and compassion.

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.  You can listen to the show here.

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On Sunday, Feb. 1, Paul Signorelli, Jules Shore and Kate Kosturski hosted a Google Hangout Air to connect with colleagues, who were unable to attend ALA Midwinter in Chicago (#alaleftbehind).  Maurice Coleman and Jill Hurst-Wahl were able to join in the conversation, and others were able to listen in.  One of the lessons we all learned was about the technical aspects of doing this!