Hit the Links: New Year New You and My Favorite Things

2014 happens Wednesday. Are you ready? I think I’ve accomplished a lot this year – and hope to do more next year. Here’s some links to get us all started:

Use the library to help fulfill those New Year’s resolutions. What skills have you been meaning to learn?

Hack Library School has A Library Student’s New Year’s Resolution List. What else would you add to her list?

Here’s 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Librarians. These are more for public/small libraries, but we could probably all improve our marketing.

LibrarianShipwreck has a lengthy post on What Will 2014 Bring for Libraries? 

And here are some of My Favorite Things that may also help with your resolutions:

Tackle your workplace and job issues by reading Alison Green’s Ask A Manager. This is my favorite blog, hands-down. Alison has practical, real-world advice.

Do you wish you were a better speaker/presenter? You should check out Toastmasters. I’m an officer at Twilite Toastmasters in Tempe and love it. Toastmasters are friendly, club meetings are fun, and I love improving my speaking skills and helping others improve. Find a club and drop in anytime, they’re everywhere.

What are your resolutions in 2014?

I resolve to watch less Netflix. Just kidding! I’m a homebody and Netflix is my bestie. But I do resolve to continue to improve my speaking skills and to finish my second masters: an M.Ed in Instructional Design.

Hit the Links: Of Open Offices, Millennials, and Language

It’s the holidays. Who’s got time to write thoughtful blog posts? Here’s other stuff to read instead:

What is the Digital Public Library of America? Hint: they’re not a preservation service.

When headphones just won’t cut it: Here’s How to Survive in an Open Office Plan.

Let’s cut back on the millennial criticism. Here’s Why Time’s Millennials cover story says more about Joel Stein than it does about Millennials.

The way we talk is evolving. We’re all using language differently now, because internet culture.

The Colorado Library Consortium knows how to write a clever job ad. Hope the work culture is half as fun as the job description.

The life of an adjunct is rough. Here’s why adjunct professors don’t just find other jobs.

What is your library doing for Finals Week?

Here at ASU, it’s that dreaded time of year: Finals Week! Students are pulling all-nighters and the sound of quiet sobbing is ever-present.

What’s your library doing to help your students through your school’s Finals Week?

Studying for final Exams
The Peer Transfer blog has tips for students preparing for final exams.

In Hayden Library, info desk staff put out the Finals Week candy bowls. Librarians put together a Finals Week Survival Kit Library Guide to help students find needed info, fast. We also remind students that board games are available at the info desk for some mid-week de-stressing with friends. Hayden is open 24/7 now through the end of Finals Week, too! And I do believe there are also snack tables set out in the Concourse to give students a little energy boost.

ASU put on their Finals Breakfast last week. Breakfast meaning between 9 and midnight, for those planning all-night study sessions!

What is your library doing to help students get through? Share in the comments below!

Notes from AzLA: 6 Essential Apps & Other Assorted Notes

Today I offer you a guest post from AzLA attendee Patricia Watkins, who is a Research Librarian and Information Resources Coordinator at Embry-Riddle in Prescott. She shared her notes from the presentations she attended.

From Patricia’s notes, I reproduce her notes on “6 Essential Apps” and have also attached her notes from the other presentations she attended (see bottom for link). I added links to the mentioned apps:


6 Essential Apps for a Connected Librarian

  • Key: Making sure the apps are a seamless operation, secure, and supported.
  • Evernote – replaces the note function on the iPad, flawlessly. Can organize into notebooks or tags, translates into Word  … Navigates to the notes … Synchs to the web
  • Chrome browser – Customizable, fast. Runs Java script, smoother than other browsers. .. Clean on a smartphone, accesses all bookmarks … Takes place of De.lic.ious  … Firefox now has bookmarks … Google Drive: now loads your docs to the cloud like Dropbox.
  • WordPress – Creates simple, flexible websites, search engine optimized  so Google finds them; expandable with plug-ins … Tumblr easier than WordPress … Looks good on a mobile device, cleaner for screen size and smaller phones …
  • Feedly – Replacement for Google Reader (RSS feed)  Easy to import feeds … Social integration, easy to share on FB or Twitter …
  • Spotify – Free or subscription music service like Pandora … Takes a look at music you own on a device and matches with theirs, and shares the music onto other devices … Facebook integration
  • Dropbox –  Hard drive in the cloud, get 3g in the cloud, easy to upload images, etc.
  • Tips: Have lots of copies in various locations, to keep stuff safe: copies in Google. Music backed up in Dropbox and Google cloud …  Always examine the privacy policies of your apps
  • Subscribe to Gizmodo for updated tech info and new apps … MCLC Tech Talk  technology interest group for librarians in Maricopa county.

I’d like to throw in my endorsement for Dropbox in particular – you can work on your files anywhere and it syncs automatically. I’m also a big fan of WordPress as a web platform and for Chrome as being an easy, customizable web browser.

Patricia’s notes also include:

  • Jamie LaRue’s Keynote Speech
  • Best Practices for Guide on the Side Tutorial Creation Software
  • Opening Minds to Open Access: Best Practices at ASU
  • A World of Pure Imagination: Running a Digital Library
  • eLectrify, eNgage, and eXcite with Online Collaboration
  • Sonoran Desert Tales – Children’s Author Panel
  • Sustainable Libraries

Download all of Patricia’s notes here: Patricia Watkins – Notes

Thanks again, Patricia!

Also, still waiting on word when AzLA presentation slides will be uploaded. Hoping soon! And I’ll let you all know.