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Archive for June, 2010

Summer Reading

If you have patrons looking for summer reading ideas, send them over to our Newton Reads blog.  A recent post links to a great collection of summer reading lists put together by another blogger.

And please send us YOUR reviews!

Photo by ishmael78 and republished here under a Creative Commons license.  Some rights reserved.

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Auto-tweeting

Follow NewtonFreeLib on TwitterThe Library recently created a twitter feed.  What’s an auto-tweet?  It involves setting up “feeds” so that content is posted on twitter automatically.  At the moment, we are only using twitter for auto-tweeting: our Library blogs, BookLetters, and Flickr page are linked to twitter and any new content there automatically creates a tweet with a link.  We’ve “posted” 39 tweets this way so far (click on the blue button to see them).   But we haven’t posted any direct tweets yet.

I’d like to come up with some other ways to use twitter, and learn more about how people use it.  Any suggestions?

Twitter is searchable, so it is one more way to get messages about Library services out there.  Click here for more information about twitter.  To learn the twitter lingo, see some of these sites:

Twittords
Twittonary

Twittermania

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Last week I helped a patron create an email account using Gmail.  In the process I was able to teach him a little bit about how email works, how to choose a username and password, the purpose of a “security question,” and how to deal with those annoying word verification boxes.  He said I had helped bring him into the 21st Century.

But we can’t usher patrons into the world of 21st Century technology if we aren’t comfortable there ourselves.  And it’s important that we not only understand the technology, but that we can communicate to patrons that we know it.  We need to get the word out that we’re not your grandmother’s library.  Social media can help us do this.

Meredith Farkas posted an interesting list of Skills for the 21st Century Librarian on her blog.  The post is a few years old, but still relevant.  Her first competency ties in well with our “7 Things” project: “Ability to embrace change.”

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