Games Games Games Games


Thanks to the New Kids on the Block for the title of this post.

I’ve been doing a lot of gaming lately. I have STEAM on my PC so I’ve been playing on that lately. I also have a STEAM Link and Controller. I’ve also been playing DC Online Universe. I bought a XBOX360 controller receiver and a gaming mouse for my PC and a good pair of gaming headphones. I also now have a Twitch account. It’s fun!

When I was a kid I had an Atari growing up. We also went to a local arcade and to Chuck E Cheeses to play games. I played Oregon Trail at school. After grad school I got a game boy. I still have one, and a Wii U and Xbox One. I also play games on my iPad from time to time. I also have Retropie installed on my Raspberry Pi. I even have an Atari Fashback.

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Library Stuff


Here are three twitter tweets about libraries that I found while traveling the interwebs.

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mobile ILS


According to the Cyberpunk Librarian Polaris is developing it’s project leap. This makes it so Polaris is in the browser instead of installed on a computer. That will be great for off-site visits to sign people up for library cards. It will also be great for roaming reference so you can use staff view to see when an item was actually seen last. That way I don’t have to go back to the reference desk to see when something was last seen. I can see that as I’m looking in the stacks (all though I should look at that before I actually leave the desk).

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Technogeneralist


Dan Messer, aka the Cyberpunk Librarian, did a podcast recently called the "The Technogeneralist" http://cyberpunklibrarian.com/podcast/episode-18-the-technogeneralist/. In it he talks about "why it’s important to specialize in generalization". I have a Windows 7 computer, a Windows 8 mini laptop to teach with, a mac mini, a chromebook, a Raspberry Pi, a Samsung tablet and smartphone, an iPad and iPod touch, a Kindle Fire, a Nook HD and a digital camera. I also have different Linux boxes installed on VirtualBox on my Windows 7 computer. I also keep up with what is new and changing in all 3 operating systems. I also have a flashdrive with helpful portable apps. Why? Well, for one thing, I love technology and use these things personally quite a bit. But also, I need to do so for work. I use the computer a lot for answering reference questions and doing my work. I’m the one that teaches our computer/gadget classes. I also am the one that people come to if they have a question about the computers or their gadget. Our patrons want help with a wide range of gadgets and computers. So I have to keep up with the latest technology and software through social media, newspaper and magazine articles, etc. I also need to know how they work, how to use them, and how to troubleshoot if something goes wrong. So it helps to at least get my hands on the new devices or own one. Knowing a little about everything helps in other aspects of my job as well. I need to be able to answer all sorts of questions from legal, to medical, to job searching, to homework, to current events, to knowing about the best sellers and favorites in adult, teen, and kids fiction, non-fiction, music, and movies (and be able to make recommendations to patrons). I keep up with all of the things that we offer online as well as other libraries in the area. I also try to keep up with what other area libraries are doing to answer questions about that as well. I’ve been to Phoenix’s Mach 1 to see their cool STEM toys. I’ve been to Mesa’s ThinkSpot to see their set up and also see a 3d printer and Google Glass in action. I also will search Worldcat to find a book for a patron if we don’t have what they are looking for. I also have to be able to answer Circulation questions as well. I also can answer questions about the area around the library too (like where the closest bank or grocery store is) as well as what other programs other departments are doing or refer them to another department in the City if they need it. I also try to keep up with current events.

I am also what Knightwise calls a Slider. I can go from Windows to Mac to an Apple Device to an Android device pretty easily. And I can use the different types of apps on those computers and devices pretty easily as well. If there is something technological or otherwise I don’t know or someone I am helping wants to know I will try Googling it.

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This is How I Work


From Lifehacker’s Series.

Current gig:

Librarian

Current mobile device:

Samsung Galaxy 4s mini, Samsung Galaxy 10, iPad 3, iPod Touch, Nook hd tablet, Kindle Fire.

Current computer:

Dell at home and work

One word that best describes how you work:

methodically

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

I use our ILS, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Office a lot at work. I use Firefox, spotify, itunes, and metapad a lot at home. I also work a lot with ebooks at work so I use different software to show patrons how to download ebooks from Overdrive. I also use Ninite to update computers.

What’s your workspace like?

At work, your typical cube. At home, a pre-made computer desk with my computer, monitor, software, nas, speakers, chotchkies, and a fish tank. My printer, a Mac Mini, and a Chromebox are on a stand next to it.

How do you organize your days?

I usually have to work the reference desk several times a day. I’ll also have either a computer class or some other kinds of program to present. I might have a meeting sometime in there as well. I also will order books.

What do you spend most of your time doing?

I spend it working the reference desk, teaching classes or presenting programs, working on collection development, going through my to-do lists.

What is a typical day like for you?

I usually don’t have a typical day. We have a desk schedule to follow so I keep my eye on that. I also as I mentioned have classes or programs depending on what I have scheduled. Most of the time I do start the day by reading my email. I might need to also turn on the reference desk computers and print off desk passes. I do also take time to go through the social media and news sites I like to keep up with. Then it depends on my schedule and my to-do list.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Make to-do lists. They can help me with pre-planning.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I use paper and pencil a lot. I also use Evernote and Pocket quite a bit as well.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

My ebook readers for books, magazine articles, and comics.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Working with computers (at work anyway).

What are you currently reading?

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

What do you listen to while you work?

At work nothing usually since I work with a lot of people around. At home one of my lists on Spotify.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Both. If I am meeting someone for the first time I am an introvert. But once I get to know someone I am an extrovert.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

None really but the best quote I have heard is from a former director of mine “They don’t teach you that in Library School”. I say that quite a lot a work.

What’s in your bag?

For work I have my organizer, some of my business cards, a cheap pair of headphones, flashdrives, batteries, an ebook reader, Moleskein notebook, and an umberella (been caught with out one too many times not to carry one with me). I have all of this in a Eastpack messenger bag. I usually bring lunch with me in my lunch bag. Then if I’m teaching a computer class that day I’ll have another bag with either my mini laptop computer or my iPad and Samsung tablet plus an hdmi cord and adapters. I carry my cell phone in my purse with me at all times.

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Professional Learning Network


The HyperLibMOOC had a good lesson on Online Professional Learning Networks. I thought I would post mine.

Online Professional Learning Network

Goals Statement:

My online professional Learning Network will help me to keep up with trends in technology and libraries in Arizona as well as the US.

Defined Scope:

I am a librarian at a public library and I help people in our computer lab and also teach our computer classes. It’s important for me to keep up with new technology and also changes in librarianship. I also will keep up with new education standards as a lot of our patrons are students.

Resource Network:

I will keep up with this by keeping up with twitter feeds, facebook pages, Google +, email lists, blog posts (with help from newsblur), reddit, and podcasts and Ted Talks from librarians and people in the technology field. I also will keep reading professional and technological journals. I use diigo and pocket to bookmark sites and read them later. I will also be on the lookout for MOOCs and webinars I may want to follow. I will search twitter tags during conferences etc. I will go to other area libraries and look at their websites to see what they are doing. I will go to Tech Talk and GPDL Users Group meetings and conference when I can.

For example in my new librarianship and The Next Big Thing posts.

This includes keeping up with what is happening in schools as we help a a lot of students.

Network Maintenance Plan:

I will review this network regularly as things change or I learn of new things.

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Coding


I’ve been thinking about computers lately. I learned on a TRS-80. I learned how to play games and code in middle school on these. Now I am using Linux. I also learned using an Apple iie. I also learned how to code in basic and pascal and play games on them in middle school and high school. I used a Mac in college. Now I have a Mac Mini, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. I’m also reading Steve Jobs’ biography finally. I primarily use Windows though. I want to get Windows 8 up and running on Virtual Box soon. I love computers and love how to teach people how to use them because I learned how to use them in school.

Fun video on how kids react to an Apple iie. I love it!

Twitter question. Without revealing your actual age, what something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand? Apple iie, also a TRS80. Also, an old library card catalog since everything is online these days.

I try to keep up with new technology etc. that comes out.

I recently visited Mesa Library’s ThinkSpot , their makerspace. They have a 3d printer, greenscreen room, huge monitors, etc. I loved it. I also got a library card from there. They have a subscription to Treehouse. I want to try that. I also have 2 books and some other websites bookmarked so I can learn how to code. I learned how to code in Basic and Pascal in high school. Later on I learned how to do HTML, CSS, Java, and Javascript. Now I want to start with JustBasic and then go to Python and Ruby. Maybe even learn how servers work and php and sql some day. I also want to learn how to use PhraseExpress and AutoHotkey. Good goals for me for the next year or so. Setting technology goals for the new year.

I have Alice and Scratch installed on my computer and might like to teach kids how to use them someday once I learn how to use them.

I have a Raspberry Pi and want to learn how to use it to code as well. I also have Plex, XBMC, and Emulation Station for it as well.

Don’t learn to code learn to work with technology and Why you should learn to run a server before you learn to code both also make good points. I like learning how to use technology as well as program/code it. It gives you a better understanding of how things work. I also think learning how servers work is important in libraries since most ILS run on sql.

I’m glad that Code.org had their hour of code. I’m also glad libraries are teaching code like the dev dev Summer of Code.

I hope there are more kids like Joey Hudy some day.

Very good TED Talk on hackschooling. School needs to be fun for kids to get them interested in learning.

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New Librarianship


Interesting article 5 Principles of New Librarianship.

Principle 1: New librarianship promotes multiple literacies.
Libraries aren’t just books any more. We have music, dvds, books on cd, ebooks, audiobooks, and computers. We have to promote this to our patrons and community.

Principle 2: New librarianship supports ubiquitous learning.
24/7 learning. An example of this is electronic resources that are online MOOCs.

Principle 3: New librarianship is rooted in multiple disciplines, including library science, information science, media studies and the learning sciences.
In order to teach the public multiple literacies we have to learn them first.

Principle 4: New librarianship emphasizes technology leadership.
Teaching patrons how to use computers, technology, and gadgets. We must learn how to use them first.

Principle 5: New librarianship facilitates the ‘library as Third Space’ concept.
The library should be thought of as a community space when people can meet as a group, study and learn together, and create things together.

I would also mention Embedded Librarianship in this as well. Take the library and staff to the public/community.

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The Next Big Thing


I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I actually posted to this last. I’ve been busy doing and working on other things.

There was a program at the Internet Librarian this year called The Next Big Thing. It talked about the next big 3 things.

1st Moocs

I’ve been keeping my eye on the hyperlibmooc and 23 mobile things and have been learning things from them
I want to look at mentormob and have a couple of ted Talks and other youtube videos queued up to watch when I get the chance.
I also want to learn about Python and Ruby and hotkey.
I took classes on Outlook and HTML5 and CSS3
I also have been trying to learn curation with paperli symbaloo scoop.it storify reddit and flipboard
I also have been trying to learn how to use Google +, tumblr, vine, instagram, and IFTTT.

2nd Makerspaces

I love making things even though I don’t have as much time for it as i did. I think incorporating these in to a library is cool. I think adding gaming, coding, and STEM to this is a good idea. I like that they even do crafty things with fabric etc. 3d printers look cool even though I haven’t seen one in action yet.
Part of this is keeping up with tech trends. LITA’s Top Tech Trends and articles like 10 app trends for 2014 via The Guardian are great places to do this.
Google Glass is cool.
Collaborative spaces are a part of this as well. Good for local businesses.
I’ve been going around to different makerspaces in the area and collecting articles on this topic.

3rd Open Access

I haven’t had the time to look too much in to this but want to in the future. For example open access ebooks and online journals.

Public libraries show why sharing culture should never have been banned in the first place. Good blog post on ebooks and libraries in the United States.

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Hi there


I figured out how to use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop a little.

I finally paid for a Hootsuite account. I think it will come in handy.

I’ve been listening to music on Spotify and watching streaming video.

I had a whole list of things I wanted to do this summer but ran out of time as usual.

I also learned how to embed tweets

A couple that I like from Internet Librarian.

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