Saturday, June 25, 2011

Going Mobile

Blogger recently added mobile templates to its range of features. I activated the mobile template for my blog this morning. After taking a peek, I'd say that Blogger did a very nice job of putting together a clean and very mobile friendly version of my blog. You can check it out for yourself by scanning the QR:

I guess now that means I just need to actually start writing again....I admit to have allowed other priorities push me away from reflecting on my professional activities. This is a failure on my part that has been nagging at me more and more as time goes by.

In search of a kickstarter to get my writing back on a more regular schedule, I'm going to participate in a new version of Helene Blowers' now famous 23 Things. This latest version is called 23 Things for Professional Development. Take a look; even if you've already run through this program, a refresher might be fun. I know I'm looking forward to it as a great way to refresh myself in terms of my desire to put a greater focus on personal reflection of my professional activities.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Library as a Publishing House?

SSJCPL is going to subscribe to OverDrive beginning in July. If you are reading my blog, I probably don't have to explain to you what OverDrive is, right? Public services staff at SSJCPL have been telling me about our customers' desire for eBooks since I arrived here and it's exciting to be on the cusp of launching a service that I know is popular with library customers elsewhere.

The obvious need to provide eBooks and downloadable audio is not all that an OverDrive subscription offers, though. One of the features of the OverDrive subscription about which I'm quite excited is the "storage space" OverDrive provides the Library for providing whatever content we'd like to upload.

I think one exciting and unexpected use of this would be to solicit local writers to "publish" their works here. Whether we're making available eBook versions of the contest entries we get from teens at our poetry contests, the work of a local aspiring author, or even the writings from amateur historians about our region of the state, all of these would be of interest to others. It's super easy to convert word processor documents to PDFs and it's almost as easy to convert PDFs to the ePub format. Since ePub works on all major eReaders, this would be an easy way for local writers to get their work to potentially a good sized local audience!

Another thought I've had for making good use of the storage space we'll have available is to let local bands use our site as a method for allowing their fans to download their recordings. Sure, libraries aren't traditionally in the music distribution business but we do lend music on CD and connecting with local musicians in this way is another good step toward the evolution of public libraries not just as book depositories but as centers of creative community interaction. Can you think of any other innovative uses?
Clicky Web Analytics