Monthly Archives: October 2010

Why are there so few libraries that allow their patrons to edit library wikis?

I had to answer this question for my Web 2.0 class forum posting this week. This class is starting to make me sad. I’ve never been part of a library community that has embraced many emerging technologies outside of LibGuides, so I have to rely on examples from far-away libraries. It’s just not the same when you can’t say you’ve used innovative technology as a patron to find resources. I’m having trouble empathizing!

One reason why few libraries allow their patrons to add to library wikis might simply be lack of trust. In order to get the most out of user-generated content, libraries must trust their patrons to contribute useful information. But trust is a hard thing to gain. Letting users freely contribute information to a wiki is a process that probably won’t happen overnight for these libraries.

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Hey y’all

Barack Obama's signature on an iPad Paintbrush canvas

This made me smile.

A couple weeks ago I started watching the show Ruby. I had heard about it before, but I’d always chalked it up to being a cheesy women-y weight loss show. Sometimes it can be. But I LOVE it. Ruby has such a beautiful, infectious personality, and watching the show makes me deliriously happy and positive about life. Her personality is so infectious that throughout the day I often ask myself, “what would Ruby do?”

Today was a doozy. Let’s just say I watched an episode of Ruby at some point this morning to calm my nerves. Then when I got home this afternoon I was so excited to hear that Mom and I were going to Grammy’s to have salad with fresh crab for dinner. Grammy won this really prestigious award today from a panhellenic alumnae association (she’s a Delta Gamma) for what I’m guessing is being an all around awesome lady (she really is). So tonight was casual but celebratory. I really felt like I needed to be around family this evening – it was perfect.

Now, I plan on folding laundry while watching Ruby, going to bed early (10pm is early for me), getting up early, and having a little homework party with myself tomorrow.

Goodnight, dear readers. Thank you for stickin’ with me!

Rainbow Roll

I got a phone interview for a reference internship for the Spring! I really hope I get it. BUT…It’s my first phone interview ever, and I’m pretty nervous. Luckily, I have some great advice to read before the interview happens.

One of the things I need to work on is my phone voice. I am phone shy, and this manifests itself in my voice. My boyfriend started calling my child-like tone the “rainbow roll voice” after he overheard me ordering sushi takeout one night.

Apparently I sound kind of like this:

Oy vey! I’m going to have to start practicing. Fun fact rumor: I once heard that Mariah Carey would go outside before her shows and scream as loud as possible to make her voice sound a little…huskier. The more you know!

The tale of the terrible digital reference interaction, part II

Cartoon of a woman in a pink dress typing frantically on a laptop

Image via Hyperbole and a Half

In part I, I told you about how my digital reference interview went sour. Tonight, I’m going to reflect and look at the role the medium of communication (instant messaging, or IM) might have played in all of this.

One of the great things about IM is that it lies between email and face-to-face conversations in terms of the speed of exchange of words. Like email, you can type out a message and edit it before you hit “send” (or, if you’re like me, you hit send too soon and don’t realize you spelled “sometimes” as “sometmies” and “the” as “hte” until it’s too late). And, like a face-to-face interaction, the other party or parties will receive your message instantaneously (well, as soon as you send your message).

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