Monthly Archives: August 2011

Big changes to Facebook privacy (an overview)

robinna/ August 29, 2011/ social media, privacy/ 0 comments

So Facebook is rolling out new changes to your news feed (you may have it already). On the plus side for privacy: You can control who sees stuff that is posted about you (like tagged photos) which finally closes one huge privacy leak (changes will not affect older photos but you can retrospectively change them – tomorrow’s blog topic!). You

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How to create a customized URL in Google+

robinna/ August 25, 2011/ social media/ 0 comments

This is actually easy to do and you could use any URL shortener such as,, etc. but there is now a URL tool to make a nifty “custom” url for your Google+ profile, uses your username or Google id number. Didn’t know you had an id number at Google? Well you do. 😉 Creating a custom

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Seeking conference proposals (library conference)

robinna/ August 23, 2011/ Libraries, Leadership/ 0 comments

Have you been looking for an opportunity to present at a national conference? If so, the 2nd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, a conference for EVERYONE, is seeking proposals. It’s not too late for you to submit a proposal, but time is running out! The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011. This historic conference, which will be held

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It’s not you (or is it?) – on why you can’t get a job

robinna/ August 18, 2011/ Libraries, twitter/ 1 comments

Karen Schneider of Free Range Librarian, has an excellent post, Why you didn’t get an interview. I started writing a comment and realized I was probably 2000 characters over the limit. 😉 I did leave a brief comment but I’m blogging my thoughts. Karen points to 5 main factors: TMJS (the job market sucks – definitely true), the Known Quantity

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I Love my librarian award

robinna/ August 15, 2011/ Libraries/ 0 comments

Nominate your favorite librarian!Contact: Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, communitycollege and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being acceptedonline at

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Call for proposals: Connecting, Assessing & Innovatinges

robinna/ August 14, 2011/ social media/ 0 comments

Call for Proposals Due September 7: ELI 2012 Annual Meeting Submit a preconference seminar or session proposal by September 7 for the ELI 2012 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, and online, February 13–15. This year’s theme is “Taking the Pulse: Connecting, Assessing, and Innovating.” We will explore a rich matrix of themes that capture key opportunities and challenges facing the

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Question of the day: Declutter your inbox and how to conquer email overflow

robinna/ August 12, 2011/ question of the day, tutorials/ 0 comments

So, a question came up about how to handle huge volumes of email. There are alot of different approaches out there, but here are a few ideas that work for me: Think before you send: Don’t cc EVERYBODY. Some people may not need individual workflow emails, just an occasional project update is all that is needed for some people.  Don’t

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Research and the library’s role (a response)

robinna/ August 4, 2011/ Libraries/ 0 comments

I recently read,” Research Librarianship in Crisis: Mediate When, Where, and How?” by Bohyun Kim at the ACRL blog ( “I think that librarians will still be needed for research in the digital era…. Users will no longer need nor desire human mediation in basic and simple tasks such as locating and accessing information. Most of them already have no

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