Jessica the Cool Librarian is closing down her Library Talk forum due to lack of participation. I feel bad about this because I’ve been meaning to register there and start posting, but I simply kept forgetting about it. The thing is, I quite like bulletin board forums. I’m a member of some others (not library-related) and find them to be quite good in terms of facilitating conversations between many participants. Much better than, say, email lists, which I am not a fan of.
I told her I’d try to think of some other ways of building a web community for librarians, a platform that lends itself well to fostering conversations. If anyone else has any bright ideas, she and I would love to hear them.
…Let David King come over–to Kansas!
Starting in October, I will be the Digital Branch & Services Manager (read the job ad, if you’re interested) at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. I’ll be in charge of all things digital – including the website (and building a new, extremely cool library 2.0 site – stay tuned on that one) and the IT department.
Congrats, David! You’re a hep addition to the Northeast Kansas Library family!
My supervisor, the branch manager, is very very cool and a great boss for any number of reasons, but one of the reasons is that she’s very supportive of my efforts to bring current tech into common use at the library. However, she is admittedly easily overwhelmed by a lot of new tech. Bringing in blogs, wikis and so on brings a “scared bunny” look to her face, even as she encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing.
Although she got an invite for Google Talk last week, she only set herself up for IM today. She was very nervous about it. To her credit, the first thing she did was log on and then start reading Google’s help pages. (I quickly congratulated her for R-ing The FM.) And soon after, she and I were chatting on IM while she also chatted with one of our coworkers at the Main library. She transferred a file to me via IM and said, “This is really keen!” We discussed ways that we could use IM, and how some ideas she had might be better executed through email or on a blog. “So many choices!” she said. I beamed. I was so happy and proud.
And then, towards the end of my work day, I briefly chatted with far-off Laura. It was great to converse with another librarian who I’ve yet to meet face-to-face. I really felt like a member of some Invisible College.
A while back, I was griping about not being able to chat via IM at work. Well, the times they are a-changin’ at MPOW. Thanks to one of my coworkers, we’re starting to use IM at work. It started with the adult reference staff at the main library, then I jumped on, and now they’ve got children’s staff and my others coming in on it. Right now, we’re just using it for employee communication, but we’re looking at starting up IM reference soon.
We’re using Google Talk, so if you’ve got a Gmail account and you want to talk to me about professional jazz (or you just want to say hi), add me to your friends list, because I can now legitimately chat while at work. Hot-cha!