#fakenews – symptom or disease?

Last week I attended a “#Call to Action: Fake News, Misinformation and Post-Truth” held by the SMU libraries in  Singapore. Library network groups are full of requests for student appropriate examples of fake news. Most librarians have a stock list starting from the spaghetti harvest (1957) / tree octopus (1988). And we’ve unfortunately become over excited that #fakenews will be the saviour of librarianship. Because … Continue reading #fakenews – symptom or disease?

No excuses: Facebook

Continuing in my series of “no excuses” rants, I’m moving onto a biggie. Facebook. Except my rant isn’t so much against FB – everyone has done a better and more eloquent version of it in one form or another from one viewpoint or another. It’s more a rant against us librarians as consumers of FB (and yes this will be posted on FB – no … Continue reading No excuses: Facebook

No excuses: Syndetics

It must be an age thing – but as I’m getting further into my 50’s I’m becoming less tolerant of fancy sounding reasons and explanations that are actually just excuses for staving off change. This is the first of a series of posts on things that really annoy me as an international librarian, with a smattering of understanding of technology and a desire to serve … Continue reading No excuses: Syndetics

Frustrations of a librarian

And it’s not the usual stuff about being poor misunderstood under-utilized bits of the school / community.  No, the frustration goes much much further.  It’s about how information, knowledge, books, data, well just about anything is NOT being tagged and catalogued and made generally searchable, available. What prompted this?  Well my inbox. I subscribe to a few blog sites that are, well let’s say prolific is … Continue reading Frustrations of a librarian

Buying the future of research …

There’s been quite a to-do on librarian sites recently about the acquisition of RefMe, an academic citation tool by Chegg, a purveyor of online textbooks and tutors (and more). Before you click past this, let’s have a little look and think about this business model… The citation engine issue In the opinion of my peers – CiteThisForMe is an inferior product to its precursor RefMe. … Continue reading Buying the future of research …

Whose history would you like to see?

FastCo had an interesting post yesterday about how you can download your browsing history on google (Twitter also lets you download your tweeting history) and how you could then see what marketeers and google knows about you.  I don’t think that’s nearly as interesting as the potential if you could see the browsing history of really interesting people. Or people who are making an impact … Continue reading Whose history would you like to see?

Social Media for the professional – Twitter

I’ve been asked this question twice now in the last 2 days, both in a professional context.  The first was at the librarian workshare I attended at Bangkok, where so many people were saying they didn’t get the point of twitter, and then last night by a friend who is an academic who has just published a paper in a prestigious journal and was wondering … Continue reading Social Media for the professional – Twitter

Meanwhile back at my other blog…

For my current course ETL401 Introduction to Teacher Librarianship I’m required to keep a blog on WordPress in their “thinkspace”.   After a couple of months of WordPress I must say I’m still not terribly good at it, nor convinced of its superiority (at least not for someone who isn’t doing this professionally) but anyway, if you don’t find anything here, I’ll be there.  They’re … Continue reading Meanwhile back at my other blog…

Module 5: OLJ assignment – Social media Marketing Strategy

Task Read Brown, AL. (2009). Developing an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy, in Salt Lake City Social Media Examiner (30 July), then  Examine Josh Bernoff & Charlene Li’s post Social Technographics: Conversationalists get onto the ladder (19 January, 2010). In particular explore the different behaviours of social networkers articulated in their ladder. Consider applying market analysis to analyse your market’s (client base) social technology behaviour. Also view Bernoff’s recent update on the … Continue reading Module 5: OLJ assignment – Social media Marketing Strategy

Social Media Frenzy (1)

I’m busy looking into various social media tools for International School Librarians for my next assignment.  And at the same time, I’m trying to resolve for myself what works and what doesn’t to manage my own ever-increasing flow of information.  Over the next few posts I’ll introduce each new tools I’ve found and give a link to what I’ve done with it. I’ll start with … Continue reading Social Media Frenzy (1)