Looking forward to attending OLA Super Conference (after Toronto’s big snow storm of the year*).

This year’s theme – “The Power of C – Collaboration”.

*Why is there a big snow storm before or after every OLA Super Conference?


2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 262 posts. There were 12 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 26th with 76 views. The most popular post that day was del.icio.us libraries – September 27, 2008.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.search.wordpress.com, delicious.com, angelacw.tumblr.com, swissarmylibrarian.net, and 23thingskansas.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for embed flickr, flickr embed, tumblr tips, embed flickr photos, and tumblr blog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


del.icio.us libraries – September 27, 2008 June 2007


9 alternate ways to embed flickr photos onto your webpages March 2008
4 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com


Tumblr fun with tags and image viewers June 2008


Tumblr, a different way to blog October 2007


my must-have iPhone and iPod Touch apps November 2009
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wither delicious?

December 17, 2010

By now, most Delicious users have read the bad news.

The social bookmarking tool most loved by libraries hangs on a thread.

I’ve exported all 1818 of my bookmarks into an HTML file.  I can import my bookmarks into Safari.  I can upload my HTML file to the cloud, and access it at any time.  I can share my links via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.   I’ve cURLed by bookmarks into an XML file. So what have I lost? Anyone that’s used Delicious knows that Facebook and Twitter can’t replace it.  There is no substitute.

Yes, I’ve tried CiteULike, the now defunct Mag.noliaStumbleUpon, and Zotero. Somehow I always ended up back in Delicious.

Delicious brought social tagging and serendipitous search to the forefront of the web 2.0 movement. It’s the first tool most of us started using in our introduction to web 2.0 courses for a reason.  Remember the joy you felt when searching the collective knowledge of a particular tag, only to find something else, all the more exciting and worthwhile?  That’s gone folks.  Bye, bye Delicious. It was good while it lasted.

I’m a Goodreads Librarian.

November 21, 2010

Goodreads Librarians’s currently-reading book montage

Goodreads Librarians 6273 members

A place where members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog.

Activities includ…

Books we’re currently reading

View this group on Goodreads »

Share book reviews and ratings with Goodreads Librarians, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

going to webcom

November 1, 2010

Totally excited about webcom-Toronto. I’ll be there!

I couldn’t help but get excited about this recent news from Sony. Kudo’s Sony!
Sony Unveils Reader Library Program to Promote Digital Reading at Public Libraries
Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for bringing this one to my attention.

A recent study by Jakob Nielson confirms that reading long-form in print finds higher reading speeds than on ebook readers. The readability study looked at the reading speed of 24 users using Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle 2, and traditional print.

Key highlights from the study:

Books are faster than tablets.
“The iPad measured at 6.2% lower reading speed than the printed book, whereas the Kindle measured at 10.7% slower than print.”

User satisfaction: iPad Loved, PCs Hated.
After using each device, users were asked to rate their satisfaction on a 1-7 scale (7 being the best). “The result: iPad, Kindle, and the printed book all scored fairly high at 5.8, 5.7, and 5.6, respectively. The PC, however, scored an abysmal 3.6.”

I found the less predictable comments interesting and concur: “Users felt that reading the printed book was more relaxing than using electronic devices. And they felt uncomfortable with the PC because it reminded them of work.”

What impact will reading speeds have on the sales of ebook readers? While people may read faster with print, there may be little impact on sales of these devices. According to the Association of American Publishers e-book sales from the “13 publishers soared 176.6% in 2009, to $169.5 million”.

As an ebook reader myself, I find that I do read slower on my Sony Reader. What has increased is the number of books that I’ve read over the past 6 months. The convenience of a portable device has encouraged me to read more on-the-go, and hopefully, the readability issues with these devices will be solved in the future.