Some of today’s professional reading from Twitter, Facebook and random articles sent by staff is worth sharing:
- Sharing made simple: Dealing with tough sync scenarios – an ars technica article about some simple cloud-based solutions for keeping your team (work or home) on the same page. Here at NEKLS, we use Google Apps with much success. The shared calendar is a life-saver, Google Docs are used for collaborating on agendas and notes, and we seem to use chat constantly. I’m going to look into Remember the Milk and Wunderlist for my compulsive list-making.
- 3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For – this one came to me via Twitter (thanks @librarianbyday). Good things to remember, including to quit using ‘sorry’ as an automatic response and to take responsibility for our successes, as well as our mistakes.
- What Is the Role of Libraries in the Age of E-Books and Digital Information? – this one from PBS MediaShift is right on the money about libraries, e-books, technology in libraries and the need for strong leadership and vision to see us through these ‘interesting times.’
“Libraries are definitely in the middle of all this [digital] action, both working very hard to provide access to e-reading materials, as well as helping patrons enter into the e-reading marketplace by exposing them to e-reading devices through lending and device petting zoos and helping them learn to use new devices in classes and one-on-one sessions with librarians.”
Crandall said his study found that two-thirds of the library computer users asked a librarian for help in using the technology. “The ability to use the new technology may seem intuitive to many,” he said, “but clearly for many others it is not, and having a community resource that is able to help people understand how to use digital technology and information, and why they might want to use it to improve the quality of their lives is something that libraries have taken on as a transformation of their traditional mission.”
- How to Productively Call People Out on Their BS – this one is from Lifehacker and is a great overview on how to be effective with confrontation. Common sense stuff, but good to be reminded!
- Write Less, Say More: The Power of Brevity – one more from Lifehacker about being a better writer.
- Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources and greater challenges – Good view of changes in both public and academic libraries and patron expectations. Interested in the 41 comments.
- E-books may take a page out of digital music’s book : The International Digital Publishing Forum is considering a lightweight DRM. Interesting idea and one I hope happens. Offers a few good sources for DRM free books, like Baen.