Life

Stressed: Organize your life and de-stress !

For librarians, stress comes from many sources: building renovations and other changes in physical spaces; interactions with colleagues; changes and problems with technology and systems; new or outdated policies and procedures; more demanding workplaces; multitasking; institutional culture; and family, health, and life situations. Even managing stress can itself be a stressor. Stress not only impacts productivity and morale, but getting out from under the avalanche ...

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One world, one blog – merging identities, merging blogs

robinart 2006ish So, I had a personal/art blog over at my domain (robinart.com) from 2004-2007 (prior to that, it was just a very simple site). This blog was an early experiment in using a CMS (Content Management System); originally, a photoblog (more about  the software & history here); later, a place to talk about software, my projects, and life in general. It was a good run, ...

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Catching up…

I know I’ve been woefully lax about posting to contentdivergent lately. Lots of news and updates coming soon. I attended the International Literacy Conference (presented on the ACRL literacy standards for Visual literacy through a lens of digital objects, specifically images), presented at COMO (metadata in a social world; linkeddata) and attended a regional IT conference. I did not make it drupalcamp this year. Oh, ...

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On burning books – thoughts on books as sacred object vs. knowledge holders

I stumbled across an interesting post from a librarian who created a display for banned book week. Of course, this wasn’t just any old poster session about Banned Book Week — no, this one actually contained books that she had burned. Responding to some feedback about this particular display and her actions, Jessica blogged these thoughts: Personally? I love books. Love them to pieces. I’m ...

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Musings on the illusion of Facebook friendship

I’m going to have to say that Facebook has been an interesting social experiment. In terms of brands, businesses, and institutions, I think it is a great tool in marketing and building community support. In terms of personal accounts, I’m just not sure. Maybe moving everyone to a page platform where it is public or private (sounds very twitter like, mmm?) would clarify things. Because ...

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Digital literacy: Are social media skills required for success?

Interesting article about the impact of social media on employee skill expectations and the rise of social media training programs.  “Pamela Tate, president and chief executive of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, based in Chicago, said digital literacy, including understanding social networking, is now a required skill. They are essential skills that are needed to operate in the world and in the workplace,” ...

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Facebook kills library’s historical profiles

Sooo… Facebook has already killed the historical profile accounts which were written about well… just about everywhere (Google Joe McDonald)  although it seems like they also killed a potentially great PR and marketing campaign.  “While McDonald and Lewis initially only had friends who were distant relatives, their lists of connections swelled from just over 100 each to more than 1,000. They were featured in Mashable, ...

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