Monday, September 20, 2010

Look like your people « Theatrical Smoke

David Wedaman has a proposed rule of thumb when it comes to helping our users who are becoming more and more sophisticated with electronic tools, but missing out on the expertise that librarians can provide. There is help that librarians (and IT) can give if only our users knew it. How can we be more helpful while making sure our users know this help is available.

"If you want to understand what someone needs, you can’t go to far astray if you start by doing what they do. Look Like your People."

By being present with our users and understanding their needs from their point of view we can leverage our knowledge and skills, and better understand users' needs.

Well worth a read:

Look Like Your People « Theatrical Smoke

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Infographics

At lunch time I attended a live webevent introducing Infographics, especially for use in the classroom. Infographics present data in a visually interesting way, and they can reveal new patterns or links between concepts.  The best of these can be funny, sad, or just plain fascinating. Please have a look at these links and the video.


Some good links to have a look at:
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/
http://infosthetics.com/
http://www.good.is/departments/transparency


TED presentation by David McCandles data visualization journalist and author: 








Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ebooks on the iPad

In this post I will be highlighting some of the best ebook reading apps for the iPad. After living with the iPad for more then a month I've been able to experiment with several apps and will highlight three that I've found the most compelling. I’ll be reviewing the Kindle, iBooks, and Txtr apps, their features, limitations, and lastly, but most importantly of all, content! A special mention should go to Txtr as it’s the only ebook reading app in all the app store that allows libraries to lend their digital rights management (DRM) controlled ebooks, but more on that later.