Internet Librarian 2009

November 1, 2009

Brenda Hough – Erika Rux at IL2009

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Erika Rux (Librarian at Concordia College’s Ylvisaker Library) and I were able to attend the Internet Librarian 2009 Conference last week in balmy Monterey, California.

Pictured here are Brenda Hough and Erika having fabulous desserts after a long day of sessions!

One of the hallmarks of IL is networking between attendees — a way to catch up with old friends, and to meet new people face-to-face. Old Monterey, on the bay, is a small town, so the conference flows easily from the conference center to the restaurants, pubs, and outdoor plazas of the area.

For more information about the sessions — most of which were being streamed — go to the bloggers and presenters who captured the sessions and shared their slide-presentations. Bloggers to check include Sarah Houghton-Jan, Bobbi Newman, David Lee King, Matt Hamilton, Buffy Hamilton, Michael Porter, Jason Griffey, … and many more.

On  Twitter, check out the nearly 5000 tweets under #il2009.

It is an exciting Conference and one I look forward to attending in the future. Along with Computers in Libraries (east coast; spring conference), Internet Librarian is one of the most stimulating and energizing conferences available!


MN Knows!

April 22, 2009

Take a moment to look at the new information portal available that showcases the  statewide information services that fall under the Minitex umbrella.

MnKnows – Dig Deeper @Your Library : the new portal gives Minnesota’s citizens one-stop access to five statewide library services:

MnLink Gateway
The Electronic Library for Minnesota
Minnesota Digital Library “Reflections” project
Research Project Calculator

Take a moment to check it out, to book mark it, add it to your website, and share it with your patrons. Wonderful bookmarks have been distributed, but if you didn’t get any and would like some, let the NLLN office know or contact Minitex directly.

“My Health Minnesota – Go Local” celebrates anniversary

September 22, 2008

 This notice from MINITEX — if you haven’t explored this resource or shared it with your users, give it a try now!  It’s pretty fabulous.

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local Celebrates Birthday!

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local (, a free database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX Library Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

 Minnesota citizens can use Go Local to find more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists, libraries,

rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of diseases and conditions from MedlinePlus ( The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues, and providers/facilities/health services. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to grow daily as we add resources throughout the state.

 In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts of the world.  You’re invited to check out this resource for yourself at:  Please direct questions and comments or suggest resources to be included by e-mailing

 Mary Parker, Associate Director
MINITEX Library Information Network

A new WebJunction – check it out

August 5, 2008

After a suspenseful summer while we waited for the re-design of WebJunction, the new WebJunction platform has been released — and it was worth the wait. Be sure to check out Minnesota WebJunction by logging in (or by creating an account if you do not yet have one) and view the online video demo of the new functionality. You’ll be amazed!

Just go there and look around!  It is quite exciting. You can easily spend a whole lot of time exploring the huge array of courses, the discussions on all aspects of libraries and librarianship, plus lots of useful content that has been posted.  Be sure to set up your own profile and begin interacting in this community of colleagues, friends, and associates.  It will be time well spent.  See you at WebJunction!

23 Things on a Stick – Round 2

June 23, 2008

23 Things on a Stick is well into the Round 2 phase. New participatns (or participants who began in Round 1 and wish to continue) have until Sept 15 to register their blog and work through this interesting, exciting, and rewarding “personal learning experience”. Learn about blogs, RSS feeds, Twitter, Zoho, and many more tools.  View the participants Newsletter (vol 2no1 – June 19) and read the new blogs posted by NLLN participants.   

Maintain IT’s Spotlight is on Bemidji Public Library – KRL

June 13, 2008

The Maintain IT’s Spotlight is on the Kitchigami Regional Library and Bemidji branch manager,  Paul Ericsson.  Read how this region is solving it’s tech support for public computers in their 10 branch libraries by having a “BRAT” in each branch.  (A BRAT is a “BRanch Area Tech). You can read the whole report here and learn their successful way to deal with an age-old problem.

But – this is not the only library which is sharing their ways of supporting public access computing and public access computers in libraries. Learn more about this grassroots community growing under the encouragement of the MaintainIT Project.

The MaintainIT Project is a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We gather stories from public libraries on how they support public computers and publish their tips and techniques in Cookbooks and articles, available for FREE on the project web site. The Project works with libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada, sharing stories from the field so librarians can learn from each other.”

Take some time to explore this tremendous resource and get cooking with the cookbooks, webinars, spotlight, and more!

Sirsi Dynix Institute

June 13, 2008

The Sirsi-Dynix Institute is a great place to keep up with the leading edge in thinking, best practices, and new technology.  Today I attended the webcast presentation by Marshall Breeding where he takes a look at where we are headed as Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 evolve into Library 3.0.  It was a stimulating  consideration of how we have embraced the tools and functionality of Web 2.0, and how we can move toward the next stage of Library 3.0 in a continuous, but purposeful way.

 The live webinar is done, but the Event Archive of this and past webinars allows you to view them at your own convenience.  It is worth the visit.

Title: Beyond Web 2.0: Taking the social read-write Web to the enterprise level
Over the last few years, many libraries have eagerly embraced Web 2.0 technologies–blogs, wikis, and social engagement with patrons have become commonplace. This approach to the Web can no longer be considered new and cutting-edge. Change on the Web move along at a fast pace. It’s time to consider what comes next. Breeding will give his view of how libraries can take Web 2.0 technologies to the next level and integrate them into their core automation infrastructure to better support their strategic missions. Today’s Web 2.0 technologies have been implemented mostly through informal processes. As the Web 2.0-inspired technologies mature, they need to become more central to a library’s strategic mission and become integrated into its fundamental infrastructure. Tune in for Marshall Breeding’s view of life beyond Web 2.0.