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Upcoming events and reflections on newsletters

I’ve spread myself a little thin. Which is not at all bad but it’s been an interesting few months to try to sort out what goes where. This blog has been going since April of 1999. Since that time I’ve … Continue reading ?

the problem with digitally divided government

[another edited post from a mailing list discussing digitally divided citizens. Some people were reflecting that their elected officials don’t remember being offline. In Vermont we have a different issue] In Vermont where, at least where I live, ?our elected … Continue reading ?

there are multiple digital divides, still

(cross-posted from an email list I am on) > I’d be very interested in helping to support (or start) a research project > that more critically investigates the state of the digital divide in > communities and see how that … Continue reading ?

self serve support, what I learned about using numbers in facebook’s hashtags

I support Open Library. We don’t offer a lot of support but we do offer some. If you don’t understand a thing, a person will help you with it. Nowadays most “free” products only offer self-serve help pages or forums … Continue readi...

Advocacy topics: stats + stories + good design + good tools

I’m wrapping up my Tools for Library Advocacy class this week. I’ll probably be writing down some of what I’ve learned trying to teach a CMS-evading online class–what worked and what doesn’t–but I had a small outline to share. The … Continue reading ?

TILT – today in librarian tabs v. 3

Before I forget, I’ve actually started a Tiny Letter, also called TILT though it’s a bit more essay-ish than these posts. Subscribe if you like this sort of thing in your inbox. Infrequent messages, well-designed and lovingly delivered. Been thinking … Continue reading ?

praxis and passports – Two very different talks in one long day

Now that I’ve stopped being webinar-resistant (I thank lots of meditation and more free time), I’ve been enjoying getting to give a lot of different types of presentations. Thanks to the oddness of scheduling, I did two very different talks … Continue reading ?

TILT: today in librarian tabs v. 2

I liked this so much I figured I’d do it again. Some of these are links emailed to me that I never did get around to writing a full post about. Every wanted something like Rotten Tomatoes that aggregated a … Continue reading ?

If I ran the zoo/world/library

I had a great time at the Hooksett (NH) Library talking with the Merri-Hill-Rock Coop about library stuff on Wednesday. Cab Vinton from the Plaistow Library asked me what I’d like to do. I decided to break out of my … Continue readi...

TILT – today in librarian tabs

I need to close some tabs on my browser so they are here. 1. Are you someone from a “diverse” group who gets frequently asked for your opinions about how to help organizations “get diverse” enough so it seems like … Continue reading...

What about those 15%?

I’ve been refining my library talks lately. The one I’ve given a few times over the past year has to do with the 15% of Americans who still don’t use the internet (no phone, no home internet, no work internet, … Continue reading ?

What I did during National Library Week

I have a bunch of little jobs and I think a lot of people don’t really know what it is that I do. My main jobs are doing Drop-In Time in my small town in Central Vermont, helping people borrow … Continue reading ?

National Library Week – thoughts on cybersecurity

[this is a transcript of an email I sent to someone doing cybersecurity+libraries research] There are two ways in which libraries could be doing a lot better in the realm of cybersecurity. And I should note, I work for rural … Continue reading ?

learning git to share more free stuff

I made a thing. It started out with me just reading Twitter. A friend built a thing and tweeted about it. Here’s a thing I made during an in-class demo today. — Dan Phiffer (@dphiffer) March 29, 2016 The … Continue reading ?

coming late to the webinar game

So in the past month I’ve done something I swear I would never do. And I did it twice. I’m taking about webinars. I swore them off in 2008-ish when I did one that was an end-to-end hassle of software, … Continue reading ?

Leaving the library, going to #beyondcomments

OK many of us know that online comments suck, but why do they suck and how can we make them not suck? I went to a conference to explore that topic. One of the better pieces of advice I’ve heard … Continue reading ?

my world of work and money 2016 edition

I did a similar post about this on my personal blog in 2010. For someone who says “I am a librarian” I think it’s useful sometimes to discuss how and when I get paid and by whom. I know people … Continue reading ?

What I wanted to be when I grew up

There was an interesting thread on ALA Think Tank where people talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up. I never wanted to be a librarian, though I liked the librarians that I knew. I wanted to … Continue reading ?

My Values Workshop for LLAMA’s Career Institute at ALA in Boston

I went to ALA for the first time in several years last week. I don’t think I’ve been to ALA since the Think Tank has been in existence. It was a great setup. Conference was in Boston. I was giving … Continue reading ?

Todo: promote #1lib1ref project on Wikipedia

I am excited about the #1lib1ref project on Wikipedia. The goal is to get every librarian in the world (or a reasonable subsection) to add a citation to a Wikipedia article, just one. This helps make Wikipedia better in the … Continue reading ?

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