The Phoenix Rising


Changed my blog to something less 2000’s ish.

New activity forthcoming.

There is a post about technology, race and gender steeping in my brain.  Soon it will be ready for public consumption.

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3rd Annual Keeping Sane at ALA “2012 Mouse Ears Edition”

For 2010 Annual In DC and 2011 Annual in New Orleans I posted some stuff about keeping sane at a really big conference.  This year’s annual will be the fourth time zone I have presented in this year.  I have been to a few conferences and would love to share my tips.  So as this reminder to myself….here we go AGAIN!

Stuff for this year:

TAKE YOUR BADGE OFF WHEN NOT IN CONVENTION AREAS.  This means you and you.  You scream I’m A Tourist. Please Mug Me! (pointed out to me by Kate.)

Always be armed with comfortable shoes-  Anaheim involves a lot of walking.  Inside of the Convention Center.  To the Hotel for that session.  On the exhibit floor.  To get something to eat.  Back to the exhibit hall.  Outside of the convention center to the social hour.  THIS IS JUST ONE DAY.  Your feet will thank you.  And if you are tired.  Have a seat and read or network with someone you don’t know.  Which leads too….

Make one new friend each day.  For the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, don’t hang out with the people from your place of work the ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE HERE.  You can see them each and every day.  Make new friends and deepen friendships that you already have.

Hit up those happy hours and vendor breakfasts and vendor lunches and vendor sponsored beverage breaks.  Learn some stuff while bending an elbow with your vendors and networking for the future.  Learn some stuff to share back at your job or find your next one.

Get Local:  Have time to explore the city that is hosting your conference.  Or a city near the city hosting your conference.  Explore and find (if you drink) the local liquor store, deli, drug store and mass transit.  Just in case you need any of these things while out there.   Look, buying local is cheaper than hotel bar prices.  Just sayin’ And if you have a Google map or similar account, favorite them so you can have instant access to them.

Things I pack:  bathing suit, Non Conference tote bag,  Aspirin and Pain Patches (I am middle aged and get sore), Powdered child  hydration packets (great for that 8 am board meeting after hanging out until 2 am) , Airborne or equivalent, portable charger this think is worth its weight in gold pressed latinum, (thanks Bobbi for this idea), snack bars, water bottle, travel mug, business cards and alternate contact method (contxts) for example, all cords for all devices you carry and sense of humor and adventure.  All in just a carry on.

The Cliff Notes review of previous advice which still holds:

2010 Chocolate City Annual Advice:  I plan to do  one (or two) things each day and one day of no specific commitments;  I plan on using  technology to my advantage; I plan to bring more business cards and my own totebag;  I plan to find a quiet space and do nothing for a few minutes each day; I plan to have a plan to visit the vendors; I plan on having a good time with the informal learning and all; and I plan on not feeling guilty if I do not blog or post as much as I would like to do so while at ALA.

2011 Big Shrimping Advice: Take it easy; Bring contact info; Dress Accordingly; Drink water; Lots of water; Visit the vendors and listen to their some of their sales pitches – All vendors are not the enemy; Listen to a couple of sales pitches; Vote with your feet; Go to a program completely outside of your area; Escape Your Introvert Shell.

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What have I been up to?

Glad you asked.

Since my last post to this blog at #ALA11, which was incredible by the way.

I have:

* Been appointed to the Board of the ALA Learning Round Table.  I may take a stab at running for a full term in Spring 2012.   First, have to drum up some more support for the roundtable among my fellow trainers, speakers and library learning professionals.

ALA Learning RT Kicks Backside and we are a value roundtable. If you are a member of ALA join us!

* Presented as the Keynote Speaker at the Southeast Florida Library Information Network’s (SEFLIN) Annual conference called Bridges to Technology. ( I would love to be their designated speaker.) That was a great time down in SouthEast Florida. #seflin2011

Hosted part of the WebJunction and ALA Learning RoundTable Trends in Library Training and Learning 2011 virtual conference.  Which was a rousing success.    I also hosted a follow-up to that conference on T is for Training. #learntrends

Hosted a couple of T is for Training recordings, with one guest hosted by Lori Reed

Presented for the Special Library Association’s #clicku on  How  to Teach  Technology 101; or, So I Have to Show People What?  The class was scheduled to begin the exact same time the Virginia earthquake hit.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Tomorrow, I speak to the LMD of the Maryland Library Association about being a Linchpin.

Last but not least, I am ramping up my consulting and speaking business, so if you need a hand, give me a call or drop me an email.   

Keep up with my daily shenanigans @baldgeekinmd and @tisfortraining

And so it goes.

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ALA Staying Sane: New Orleans 2011 Edition

Now is as good time as any to dust off my personal blog and put something out there in preparation for the ALA/CIL/insert awesome conference here stuff as an example of how I keep my cool and connected self together.

This year ALA annual is in New Orleans.  You may have heard that this is a very warm place.  And sticky.  So, first thing is:

Take it easy — As I write this on the Monday before ALA, it feels like 114 degrees.  So, taking it easy is both smart and feels good.

Bring contact info — Notice I did not say business cards.   Yes, I have business cards, but I also have:
1)  A “contxts” account where people can get my contact info via text message.  In my case just text “baldgeekinmd” to 50500 for my info.  It is wonderful.  (thanks Chester!)
2) A twitter handle that is also my gmail address @baldgeekinmd and a conference notes handle @confbaldgeek
3) a “billboard” using an old conference badge with all this written out in big letters for ez reading!
4) a Google voice number (in my case a local NO exchange.)

Dress Accordingly –  We are all information professionals.  But it is hot.  Really hot and humid, so I will be leaving the two piece summer suit at home.  It does no good to my professional appearance to pass out wearing a light wool cloak in the convention center.   So, business casual polo shirts and jeans and appropriate cool yet comfortable footwear are the ticket here.  I will also be featuring an extra shirt at all times, just in case.

Drink water. Lots of water.  – Yep, Caribbean rules in effect for this trip.  Drink before you feel thirsty.  I plan to bring my own water bottle, but you could also take advantage of any vendor providing a water bottle in exchange for a sales pitch.

Visit the vendors and listen to their some of their sales pitches – Even if it is just for the Opening Reception, visit your favorite vendors just to say “Hi, I love your product” or ” I like what you do but I would like it to do this.”  or ” I want to buy your product, but this is what it cannot do that I need it to do.”     Vendors help ALL conferences, so pay them a visit.

All vendors are not the enemy.  Good vendors deliver what they promise in a timely manner for a fair price and listen to your suggestions.  Bad vendors are the enemy.  They lie, take your money and promise you product and you get vaporware.

Listen to a couple of sales pitches —  For a trainer/presenter a good sales pitch has many of the elements of a good presentation:  story, flow, excitement and memorable message delivery.  All in a fixed amount of time with a smile on their face even if it is the last of 10 demos that day.   There are some great presenters doing sales shows on the exhibit floor.

If you are not a trainer/presenter, look at how the vendors market their services.  What brought you to THAT booth?  Did you like the display? Pitch? Look or voice of the sales person?

Vote with your feet —  There are thousands of programs at ALA each year.  Which means there are some that will not exactly appeal to you.  If that is the case — leave.   Well every program except the Sunday Morning program I am doing with Buffy Hamilton and Paul Signorelli sponsored by the Learning Round Table.  You need to stay for that entire program.

Go to a program completely outside of your area.  —  See what other divisions of ALA are doing at annual.  Treat Annual as an information buffet.  You can pick and choose some sessions and let serendipitous discovery lead you to others.

Escape Your Introvert Shell.  It IS NEW ORLEANS.  Go out, meet people, have some fun damn it!   Meet someone you did not know before ALA. Meet two more.  Introduce them to each other.  Repeat over drinks, etc.

If you can’t have some fun in New Orleans…

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Common Sense (Librarianship) Is Always In Fashion

Common Sense these days in library land and the More Perfect Union is not too common.   Institutions that rise the intellectual tide for all  (Libraries, Unions, Arts) are under assault from without and within.   A certain book publisher (rhymes with Barper Fallins) spits in the face of friends of the printed word and tell them it is raining.  Some  library vendors treating bait and switch and changing the playing field as business norms.  Miley Cyrus gone Hollywood, Charlie Sheen gone down the rabbit hole and for the first time everyone has a ringside seat.

However in the mist of this darkness there are beacons of light.  One of these beacons was created by my friend in the computer, David “Awesome” Rothman. On his blog he put an article simply called:  Common Sense Librarianship: An Ordered List Manifesto.  this today on his blog.

I think that David reached into my head and wrote what I feel with more skill and clarity that I could ever muster.


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ALA 2010: My Simple Plan for Keeping Close to Sane

The 2010 American Libraries Association conference is coming up next week and I have a plan to keep myself somewhat sane at this “canbeoverwhelming” conference.

I plan to do  one (or two) things each day and one day of no specific commitments:

My schedule this year at ALA:

Friday: Co-Presenting Preconference on Beyond F2f: New methods for staff training with Jay Turner and Mary Beth Faccioli in the morning and LJ Movers and Shakers Luncheon in the afternoon.

Saturday: Mostly Exhibit Hall hanging out, connecting with people, popping in on my director’s PLA program Sharing Costs, Sharing Spaces: The Cost Savings of Designing a Multi-Purpose Facility, (Page 107 of ALA 2010 program tome,) GIVING AWAY T IS FOR TRAINING BADGE RIBBONS (scheduled), and the Graphic Novel Pavilion Costume parade at 4 pm.  I should bring a chair.

Sunday: I am a panelist on the Library Trainers as Leaders Panel in the morning and interviewing folks at the Learning Round Table Training Showcase in the afternoon.  All Learning RT Events at ALA2010 can be found here.

Monday: Stopping in on the Learning RT Staff Development Discussion, Hosting a LIVE T is for Training in the Networking Uncommons Space ( I don’t like that name) space in the afternoon and capping off ALA 2010 with

BATTLEDECKS!!!!!!!!!  as a judge where bribery is expected and encouraged!

I plan on using  technology to my advantage: If you have a smartphone, ALA has some great resources for you to organize and enjoy the conference.  I have an Android phone and ALA has an application that you can download from HERE if you want one for ALA2k10.

I also created a Learning RT Google Calendar link so I can keep track of all of the Learning RT events, even though I may not attend them all.

I plan to bring more business cards and my own totebag: I want just enough room for the IPad I plan on winning from a still unnamed vendor.  OR a bobble head or three.  Or some cool swag.  But I plan on not acting like an IDIOT, grabbing everything from the vendors to hoard like a chipmunk.  I feel sorry for those people yet I feel ok making fun of them at will.

I plan to find a quiet space and do nothing for a few minutes each day: I pledge not to feel guilty about not going to EVERYTHING and seeing EVERY Vendor.

I plan to have a plan to visit the vendors: I will plan my time with the vendors, hitting my friends and favorites first, and I will be nice to all of the “Booth Bunnies” at ALA.  They pay for this thing so I can be nice and listen to their pitches and learn something either about their product or how to sell something.

I plan on having a good time with the informal learning and all: The unofficial networking with the likes of the Movers and Shakers, The LSW, T is for Training and Learning RT folks will provide me with valuable information and many sharable and un-sharable teachable moments.

I plan on not feeling guilty if I do not blog or post as much as I would like to do so while at ALA: It is a big exhausting conference and sometimes you do not have the time to properly write. So Follow my @confbaldgeek twitter feed and my regular @baldgekinmd twitterfeeds to see what I am doing at ALA before I write my blog posts.  Or just ask me what’s going on.

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Impressions of Day Two and Three of CIL2010

My Computers in Libraries experience tends to blur after the first full day of the conference, but here are some of my impressions from those last two days of the conference.  My conference tweets from CIL can be found at @confbaldgeek This is my happy recap of the last two days of the conference.

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together: Flashback to 2009:  At some point at CIL or right after CIL,  a group of T is for Training folks discussed what changes we would love to see at the Computers In Libraries conference, including tracks that focused on Training/Learning.

Flash Forward to 2010 at Computers In Libraries,  I spent a majority of CIL  in Tuesday’s Teaching Track moderated by T is for Training Regular Lori Reed where I encountered a number of interesting presentations including my own (presented with Bobbi Newman)  and Wednesday’s Learning: Expanding Our Knowledge moderated by T is for Training regular Jill Hurst-Wahl.

Technology Help Desk/Reference Ninja Skills, I haz them: I will quote Jason P. from here:

“One highlight of CiL conference this year: Maurice and Rochelle sat to eat their lunches at the vacant “Flat” table set up for the conference that started after CIL. Rachel and I left to set up our presentation and came back a few minutes later to find that the two of them had done research and were explaining the concept and political ramifications of flat taxation to people who wandered up with questions.”

Let’s just say that Rochelle Hartman and I would both stand out in a photorgraph.  It was a very cool thing to do.

21st Century Communication is Very Cool: My phone died the last day of the conference and I had to let my wife know that I needed to be picked up at a different train station at a later time that evening.

So, I used the hotel wireless to send a text message to her cell phone via the web and asked her to call Beth Tribe, to say that she got the message and Beth was then to email me the either yes or no from her cell phone. Which she did, but I didn’t get it, but we ran into each other at Union Station so she told me the old-fashioned way.

I love modern technology.

You Are Who You People Know You As: Tuesday afternoon I lost my flared out badge for CIL ( Trust me, it was awesome, with flair from two other conferences adding to the CIL mix.)

So, I sulk, look for and subsequently give up trying to find the thing. (If you were at CIL and upon cleaning out  your bag you find my name badge drop me a line.)  I decide to go to the speaker’s reception armed with my wit and my newly acquired blue pouch for my cell phone and some business cards.  Fast forward about an hour later and there is some holding forth going on with some friends asking about my name badge.  Stephen Abrams in the middle of his conversation looks at me and says, “Who are you the Square White Guy?”

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Done and Done with laughter.    Later on that evening at Karaoke, someone passed around his glasses and took pictures of folks including yours truly.

While at karaoke, it seems that Stephen lost his name badge.  I came into possession of said badge and went “Canadian” for the last day of the conference, prompting occasionally confused looks from CIL2010 attendees.

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Thanks for reading my story of CIL 2010.  I hope to see you there next year!

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Impressions of CIL 2010 Day One

As an attendee of this year’s Computers In Libraries conference, I am duty bound to attend some sessions and report out to my library system on what I have learned. As seems to be the Computers In Libraries conference norm, I learned just as much between the sessions, as I have in the main session today.

It Is The Message, Stupid: I love hearing from other people it is about the message, not the medium. Transliteracy, or what you want to call it, is all about being where your users are, teaching them how to get there and showing them around. Yes, the same skills as before, adding “newer” media to the mix intelligently and effectively.

Yep, Social Networking Is Networking: Some of the CIL attending T is for Training Crew went to lunch. This is not a big thing. How we organized it is a social networked thing. We organized the lunch via Google Groups and confirmed live during the conference via Twitter. Did I mention we were 25 deep by the time we sat down to lunch? That is powerful networking.

People Know Stuff, and Interesting People Know More Stuff: At Computers In Libraries, you are in a temporary community of tech savvy or soon to be tech savvy library staff. And they all come with stuff to share. Want to see an IPad? See three or four. Want to see a storage device that doubles a projector, got to a vendor. Want to put your hands on thing X? Just tweet about it and someone will have it and let you see how it works. That is vital for those of us who are counted on to be on the leading edge of technology. Most of the time we need to play with it to know how it works and get an idea of how we can use that thing.

I Know You But I Haven’t Met You In Person: At this conference this conversation is happens: “ Hi, I Know You From Twitter/FriendFeed/Facebook/Blogging but we haven’t formally met.”  Many times a day.  Such as when I met @ellyssa

So, that is my impression of Day One of Computers In Libraries. I will be deeply involved in the Teaching Technologies and Approaches track.

So, follow my conference twitter personage at @confbaldgeek and my regular feed @baldgeekinmd for updates from Computers In Libraries.

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I have been selected as the 2010 Citizens for Maryland Libraries McCarn Award Winner

I have been chosen to receive the 2010 Davis McCarn Technology Award award annually by the Citizens for Maryland Libraries at the 2010 Maryland Library Association conference later this month.

The award description reads: Presented annually by the CML President in recognition of outstanding achievement that has improved library service and library advocacy in Maryland.  Award criteria include: Innovative use of technology to improve library service in Maryland, or Innovative use of technology to improve library advocacy in Maryland, or Effort and commitment to using existing technology applications to improve library service and library advocacy.

I was nominated by 2007 McCarn recipient Joe Thompson for : “Statewide leadership role in using 2.0 technologies in training staff and your work in helping to create and produce the Learning 2.1 program.”

Further from the board: ” The CML board was impressed with your success in training librarians throughout the state and beyond to use technology to enhance customer service.”

I am humbled and thankful for this recognition of my work for Maryland libraries and beyond.

If you are at MLA say hello.

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Today at 2pm T is for Training 42 — LIVE

We will be taping our 42nd episode of  T is for Training and you should join us if you have the time.

Probable subjects for the show:

Keynote speeches: Giving and getting – What makes a good-great keynote speech? What tips do people have for giving a not good but great keynote?  What have you liked/not liked about keynotes?

Dealing with Instructional Burnout: How do you or do you deal with training burnout?

The Training Cornucopia: Save the ; Plans for CIL’s: The Learning Track and the Live Taping and Movers and Shakers

T is for Training is supported by you the audience and our usual supporters LISHost, the library friendly hosting service ,the Library Society of the World and the ALA Learning Round Table, LearnRT, of the American Library Association (ALA).

Where and How? : The show’s address is here: You can listen live by clicking on the show’s page. You can call in, listen to the stream, or come by and chat.

It is up to you, but please do come. If you want to participate with your voice on the call, you should probably join Talkshoe before the show. You can catch up with all of the episodes you may have missed by going to the Talkshoe either via the sidebar widget or via the web.

Keep up with us via: Our blog, Podcast Feed, ITunes Home, Friendfeed, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Google Group, or Twitter.

Go to the delicious page : to see relevant links. Or Use Diigo and join the T is for Training Group there.

See you at 2 pm!

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Well, Look at who is the newest Library Journal Mover and Shaker: Me!

Thanks to a nomination by two of my ALA Learning fellow writers, Lori Reed and Peter Bromberg, I have been selected by Library Journal as a 2010 Mover and Shaker.

A sincere thanks to everyone who has helped to make this possible.

Read the full article 2010 Mover and Shaker Induction

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The rest of my fellow inductees can be found here.  Thanks to Bobbi Newman for creating the list.

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Rocking T is for Training Session today!

Take a look at T is for Training 40: I Reject Your Reality.

Was a rocking show today.  Thanks to all who participated.

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Updated — The Android Brick (mine)

I will be as brief as I can.   This morning my HTC Hero bricked up on me again.

I now want a new phone.  Today.

The story today:

I went to Best Buy to see if they could work this out.  They could not.  The best that they could do is give me a loaner and “send my phone out for repair” using my buyer protection plan, purchased at the time I purchased the phone.  They would give me a loaner until my phone was returned sometime in the near future.

I could not get a new phone since my phone was two days beyond the 30 day window for no questions asked phone swap.  Best Buy’s hands were tied.  They suggested the local Sprint store.

I went to the sprint store and they passed the buck first to Best Buy then suggest that I take it to a Third “Sprint Repair Center” to see what they can do.

This is NOT making me a fan.  I am now soon off to a “Sprint Service Center” to try to get a new phone today.

Wish me luck.

Updated: After five hours and five stores, the Sprint store in Towson was able to reboot the phone, but I lost everything I customized.   No worries though. I downloaded a back up program that copies my stuff to my SD card in case this &*&^ happens again.

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Impressions of an Android Phone (mine)

Today is the one month anniversary of my purchase of the HTC Hero Android phone.

HTC Hero Phone Attribution: AlvinPing at en.wikipedia

So what do I think?

I’ll make this easy for you:   I like it a bunch and love the possibilities of the platform.  ( I am running Android 1.5 so this is from that perspective.)

Here is what I like:

It is a Pretty Decent Phone –  Yep it is at its heart a good phone and it works as well as it can on the Sprint Network.  I am still mystified that I cannot get a non roaming phone signal inside one of our branch libraries.  Thought I could and probably will solve that problem using Google Voice;

No Little *&^%$#@ Keyboard –  I hate little crappy physical keyboards on phones.  (I am looking at you Droid!) Little keyboards are things of the devil and this phone has a pretty decent virtual keyboard.  It is not quite at the level of the IPod Touch keyboard but it does have way better word predictability;

Yep, There are Apps for That – No, it is not at the place that the IPhone OS is today but it is coming along nicely.  Oh, (Biiiig selling point here)  I am not limited to buying/installing/backing up apps just from the Apple Store.  I can put whatever app I want from any source on my phone.  Just by unchecking one box.   Do YOU have an app for that? (Yes, AppleNauts, I know you could jailbreak the IPhone and add all sorts of cool stuff, but the thing is you don’t have to with android; )

It is Easier to Move Stuff  Around –  Don’t discount this little thing.  I have a ton of apps and it is much easier to organize them on my Hero.  No more funky dragging and hoping it will fit.  No more deleting the icon and program accidentally and having to hunt it down in the App Store.  Of course choosing to just delete an application yourself is a chore and is discussed below.

Getting New Apps can be easy as Pi or QR –  If you have the Barcode Scanner (or any of a number of excellent code reading apps) you can point your phone, have it recognize the code and go right to the application on the Android Market.  Sweet.

Micro SD card for my stuff — My old phone (the Samsung M300) was not designed for media/photos/tunes.  This phone is designed to easily deal with those file.  And I love it!

HTC Sense Tweaks to Android —   They do some cool things to Andriod to make it look and work much better.  This is great for the end-user, but it will (and has) delayed upgrades to the latest versions of Andriod.   And unfortunately there are some programs that need to use the newer version of Andriod to shine.  Such as UrbanSpoon.

What I would like it to do better:

Better organization of the Andriod Market – Google,  I now have certain expectations of service.  I expect my application shopping area to remember what I have downloaded, so I can recover what I had on my phone in case it bricks up.  Which my Hero did after two days.  I expect my market to just simply be better organized.  As in separate searches for paid and free programs. Oh heck, just make yourself like the IPod/IPhone app store and be done with it.

Better Application Management —  First, I need more room for said apps.  Having a SD card without the option to store my programs there is not cool.  Second, the internal storage that holds my programs needs a shot of HGH.  It does not like a bunch of programs on the phone and will give you the “you are running low on space on your phone” warning.    Third, give me easy access to program management tools.  The IPod/IPhone lets you delete the application from your phone by selecting it properly.  No menu drilling.  No waiting for icons to appear to find your application which takes a while if you have a lot of applications.  Fourth and finally, could I please, please, please be able to delete the Sprint Bloatware on my phone.  This stuff takes up valuable space on the phone.  And as I just mentioned there is limited space for applications on the phone.

Better Google Stuff. Sounds odd.  Google’s operating system, and no native application for GReader?  Really? Seriously?  And no support for Google Groups?  Again, Really?  And a third-party app for Google Docs?  You have got to be kidding me! Seems you (Looking right at the Googleplex)  could have spent a little more time on these features for YOUR operating system rather than roll out stuff like Buzz in such a ham handed way.

A Really Good Browser – Once again, this is a Google OS, home of Chrome.  The Android native browser is less than adequate.  It is read by web pages as a Safariesque broswer, (which makes sense) but it  is ….off.  I await either Chrome making its way to Android 1.x or Firefox to get its Andriod browser off the ground.  I wait with bated breath.

A Decent RSS Reader — I am still searching for that in Andriod.  Any suggestions?

A Good FriendFeed Client — For some reason, FriendFeed and the native Browser do not get along.  I have tried MotherFeed and have found it wanting.  Any suggestions for a good FriendFeed client?

Final thoughts after a month:

I think Android is my phone OS of choice for the foreseeable future and my phone should serve me well for the next year or two.  I do find myself leaving my iPod Touch home and not missing many of the Apple apps, since I have most of that functionality from my cell phone.   However, the iPod’s saving grace is that it is a fantastic music delivery device which will insure its survival in my personal technology toolkit.

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(not so) New posts (on ALA Learning) and a challenge

I have two posts up on the revamped ALA Learning blog:

The first answers some questions about yours truly using questions produced by the T is for Training Google Group Crowd.

Here is the challenge: If you want to answer the questions for yourself, feel free to do so and add a link to this post on T is for Training.  You will find the questions here on my Google Page.

It is called Maurice Coleman’s Getting to Know All About Me Post.  You can see my answers to the 27 or so questions posed.  My answer to question 27 will be updated in a post later on today on this blog.

The second post on ALA Learning is also my second article for the blog.  It is entitled 5 Tips for Trainers to Prevent Tech Fail.

I offer up practical tips on how to deliver and effective training when you technology takes a holiday.

Let me know what you think!

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CIL 2010: Speaking Engagement

I will be speaking at the fab CIL (Computers In Libraries) 2010 conference in DC/Virginia next year.

The conference runs from Sunday April 12th’s preconferences to the Post Conferences on April 16th

I will be part of the Tuesday Track E  Teaching: Technologies & Approaches Presenting on Training in the Cloud with Bobbi Newman and splitting the time with folks from the Stark County District Library in Ohio.

E203  Training in the Cloud or Mobile Labs!
Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer, Harford County (MD) Public Library & Host, T is for Training (Library Training podcast)
Bobbi Newman, Digital Branch Manager, Chattahoochee Valley Library System
Delores Rondinella, Technology Training  Coordinator, Stark County District Library
Jeffery Kreger, Emerging Technologies Systems Administrator, Stark County District Library

Talk about innovative training approaches!  Newman and Coleman show how to use “The Cloud” to develop, schedule, organize, market and evaluate training for free or with very minimal expenditure.
Rondinella and Kreger describe how Stark County successfully grew a
Mobile Patron/Staff training lab. Their overview includes:  purchasing and maintenance the mobile lab and its hardware, policies regarding training and server access (Coping with your IT Department), and developing an effective class curriculum for the community.

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Library 101 on T is for Training #31

Michael Porter, Lori Reed, Laura Botts, Jason Fleming and I had a great conversation today about Library 101 and the future of libraries.

Check it out here on the T is for Training website.

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Newly Posted at ALA Learning– Promote Yourself: Get The Word Out About Staff Development!

I have just published my first article on the  brand new ALA LearnRT blog ALA Learning.   The article is entitled Promote Yourself: Get The Word Out About Staff Development!

It talks about how to promote yourself and your trainings.


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An announcement from the ALA Learning Round Table (And I play small role)

ALA Learning Round Table Chooses New Name, Retains Mission

The name may be changing, but the mission of the “Learning Round Table of ALA” remains the same. The American Library Association’s round table dedicated to quality continuing education for library workers has changed its name from CLENERT to LearnRT.

Under its new name:

  • LearnRT will continue to promote quality continuing education for all library personnel, helping you network with other continuing education providers for the exchange of ideas, concerns and solutions.
  • LearnRT will serve as your source for continuing education assistance, publications, materials, training and activities.
  • LearnRT is your advocate for quality library continuing education at both the local and national levels.

In addition to the name change the Round Table is sponsoring a new blog/website, “ALA Learning” (, which will feature training and learning news, information, best practices and thoughtful discussion from leading trainers and staff development practitioners in the library field.

Contributing authors include:

Membership in LearnRT is only $20, in addition to ALA membership dues. Among the many membership benefits, LearnRT members enjoy, through a unique agreement with the American Management Association, the following valuable AMA benefits: Preferred pricing on all AMA seminars-least a 10-percent discount. Unlimited access to AMA’s Members-only Web site – an ever-growing library of both timely and timeless information on practical issues of management. Access to case studies, how-to articles, trend pieces, best practices, profiles of leading executives and companies, best-selling book excerpts, author interviews and recent research results. Interactive self-assessments that reflect the abilities and knowledge of today’s high-value managers. Exclusive discounts and special offers on AMA products and services. Thirty-percent discounts on “Last-Minute Seats” at numerous selected AMA seminars announced each month.

To become a member of ALA’s Learning Round Table complete the ALA membership application:

(Please note that we may be listed as either CLENERT or LearnRT in various places until the name change has fully circulated throughout ALA.)

For more information about LearnRT contact Pat Carterette, president of LearnRT, at  pcarterette “at”

For more information about contact Lori Reed, managing editor, at webmaster “at”

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Spotted: An almost bald guy on Adventures In Library Instruction Podcast

I had the pleasure of being the guest on Episode Number 5 of the podcast Adventures In Library Instruction: Flying Kangaroo Powerpoint with Maurice Coleman.

Thanks to the hosts Anna, Rachel and Jason for a fantastic time.  Hope to join you all again on podcast where I can be a guest not a juggler.

Adventures in Library Instruction Podcast Episode 5 Notes.

Link to Show Itself.

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