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What can you accomplish in 1 week of Web2.0?

Nina Smith created this awesome graphic to go with her post How much time does Web 2.0 take?  One of the most common questions or protests new comers to web 2.0 have is about time.  Nina shows how much you can accomplish based on your time commitment.  She’s broken it down nicely in the blog post, too.


Written by Bobbi Newman

February 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

Stress Management in the Library Workplace

stressed?Yesterday I attended a MaintainIT webinar – Using MaintainIT Resources for Technology Training, where they shared some useful information and links.  One of the sites was Infopeople, a nonprofit that archives their presentations and handouts and makes them available under a Creative Commons license!

As I was exploring I came across materials for a previous workshop – Stress Management in the Library Workplace.  There are a lot of workshops listed but since my post – Library usage will go up during a recession – management are you really prepared? is still getting a lot of hits, I thought I’d share this one specifically. You can download the PowerPoint presentation, some exercise and these handouts:

  • The “Bakers Dozen” – How to Reduce Stress
  • Relieving Stress through Exercise
  • Stress Relief through Nutrition
  • Stress Relief and Sleeping Habits – 10 Tips for Better Sleep
  • Symptoms of Stress and Causes of Stress
  • Seven Quick Tips for Time Management

You’ve got 30 minutes, how do you use them?

I’ve seen some interesting conversations pop up online lately about FriendFeed vs Twitter, if spending time on Friendfeed killed your blog, (or not) that feedreaders are dead.

Here is the thing, most of us don’t have that much time to spend online, networking, learning, creating content, whatever.  I remember Helene Blowers talking about taking 15 minutes each day to read blogs, to stay informed.  I gave myself 30.  There are only so many hours in the day, and so many of them are taken up with other things, so really it doesn’t leave me much time to spend online (we can’t all be Robert Scoble).  So sacrifices are made.  I know where I spend my 30 each morning.  

But I want to know where do you spend yours?  You’ve got 30 minutes today, only 30 minutes where will you spend it?

Written by Bobbi Newman

February 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

What 5 blogs do you think are MUST read?

google_reader_logoHere is the deal, my RSS reader, its overwhelmed, I have waaaayyy too many blogs in it.  I’ve tried weeding (something I’m known for being good at around the library) and I’m still not down far enough.  I think I have a new plan. I’m going to unsubscribe to everything.  If its good and worthwhile it will find its way back right?

So if you were going to recommend 5 blogs to someone starting a new reader account what would they be?

Written by Bobbi Newman

December 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Twitter: making the cut

As we’ve seen from previous posts keeping up and feeling overwhelmed is something I struggle with regularly.  There are so many great people out there in libraryland, it makes sense that I would want to keep up with all of them.  As part of my “I’m not a Superhero” therapy ;) I’m admitting I can’t do everything I’ve been attempting and over the next month or so I’ll be weeding.  I started with Twitter.

First I needed to figure out what I need/want to get from Twitter, so I went to my account.  I’m an avid user of delicious and while I don’t like the option to automatically post my links to my blog I’ve decided I should share them more often.   Here are the ones I reread

I also considered some of the popular and/or successful librarians who don’t use Twitter.  I wont point fingers, but they are out there.

I decided what I want from Twitter is a “real” connection and/or useful information. So it was weeding time.  Yes I know this can be perceived as cold, but hey, it’s my time and it’s valuable! Then I went through my “following” pages.

With some people I recognized names/handles immediately.  If I did, I questioned –

  • Have I had a personal interaction with them?  If yes, most of them stayed.   If no, I took a look at their feed and biography.
  • Was I getting useful information from them?
  • Could that information be better accessed somewhere else?   For example if it’s a link to their latest blog post, I should have their blog in my FeedReader.  That way I can read it when I have the proper time and attention to devote to it.
  • Did I want to connect with them but hadn’t yet?

If I didn’t recognize a name I looked at their feed and biography and considered –

  • Was I getting useful information from them?
  • Could that information be better accessed somewhere else?
  • Did I want to connect with them but hadn’t yet?

I’m now down to 133 people.  I’m really hoping to get down to 100.  We’ll see.  I also decided if what I’m looking for it a real connection or information I’d better be providing that those things  too.  I believe by attempting to connect with fewer people I’ll be making better connects with those I connect with.

Has anyone else done this?  If you follow 500 people do you feel like you’re getting what you need/want from Twiitter? and what is it?

Written by Bobbi Newman

September 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm

How do you get organized?

OrganizedAt the end of the Becoming 2.0 four day workshop we all shared how we get organized.   Let’s face it, most of us are expected to do more and more in the same amount of time.  Some of the tips and tools the class shared were: Evernote, Getting Things Done, 43 Folders and Google notebook.  I’ve read about to do lists and index cards on other blogs.  I think it’s important to do what works for you and what works for you might not work for others, but I’m always looking for new tips and tools.

My system?  A notebook at work for note taking and actions items on the right hand side, colored pens to differentiate between different days or subjects, my Centro’s Palm task list, a moleskine for notes from books or other places, large colored post it notes for that days to-do list.  Yeah I know, but it works for me ;).

What works for you?  What tips and tricks can you share?

Written by Bobbi Newman

August 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

How do you organize your FeedReader?


We’re covering feedreaders in the workshop today so I thought I’d ask, how do you organize your feed reader?  I recently made the switch from bloglines to GoogleReader.  I’m still  playing with the many tools it gives you. I’m a big fan of using folders or labels to organize and prioritize my feeds.  

The friends folder is pretty self-explanitory, any time something pops up in there I check it first.  The daily folder I don’t always read daily but it’s high priority feeds and I try to keep it to 10 feeds or less.   Day in the Life are the blogs that made it on the Day in the Life wiki.  I have several different folders for the feeds tracking my library.  I think I need to break out “Library stuff” into smaller groups though, any suggestions on more labels?  How do you organize your feeds?  How do you prioritize what gets read first? 

Written by Bobbi Newman

August 14, 2008 at 10:00 am


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