EduTech Smackdown Open Mic Night

On December 3rd at 7:00 PM Dr. Joyce Valenza will be hosting TL Virtual Cafe’s EdTech Smackdown Open Mic Night. The event is free and open to all.

Valenza will be sharing her trend list and some of her favorite tech discoveries. The event will be moderated by Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian and Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian.

Moderators encourage moving beyond listening to sharing during this Open Mic Night! If you’re interested in sharing your own exciting discoveries of the year, please grab a slide/slides and add to the crowd-sourced presentation/book in advance. Share your best recommendations for tips, resources, etc. and help build the interactive resource book.

Those interested in attending the event on December 3rd at 7:00 PM can use this Participant Link.

Save the Date for MN Library Legislative Day at the Capitol

From: Mark Ranum, Director of Plum Creek Library System & MLA Legislative Committee Chair Elect

Please SAVE THE DATE for Minnesota Library Legislative Day at the Capitol.  We will be gathering on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for our annual lobbying day on the hill.

Please share this date widely with library staff, boards, trustees, supporters, and advocates!

More details to follow.  As always, there will be an evening briefing on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 PM at a location near the Capitol and a morning briefing on Wednesday, March 6 at 9 AM in the MN Judicial Center room 230.

OCLC and Goodreads

My enjoyment and use of Goodreads continues, and I am encouraging family members, friends, and colleagues who count on me as their readers advisor to join me on Goodreads. Have you noticed that through a partnership with  OCLC (since 2007), you can pretty painlessly link to your home library to see if the item you are longing for on your “to-read list”  is available? It makes perfect sense for the two entities to partner up, and this union has provided greater visibility for libraries.   A new agreement pledges to improve Goodreads members’ experience of finding fresh, new things to read through libraries. It will also provide libraries with a way to reach this key group of dedicated readers through social media. Since 2007, Goodreads has sent more than 5 million web referrals to WorldCat, and it is hopeful that the expanded partnership will increase that number.
Go to for the minute details of this expanded partnership between OCLC and Goodreads.

Kansas State Library Launches Facebook Campaign

Have you seen posts on Facebook telling you which books are either unavailable as library ebooks, or how they are being priced for libraries? I love this smart social media campaign to make the library and ebook challenge real and understandable to the end user! Haven’t seen it? Read on…

The Kansas State Library has launched a social media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons. Library officials have started a page on Facebook,, “bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell (as) e-books to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased.” Get more detail  at, home of the Wichita Eagle, Nov. 12, 2012.


Pining for Pinterest

Laura Perenic writes: “As a self-confessed book-cover judger, displays of jacket art and themed book displays make my mental taste buds water. Imagine my delight when I realized that Pinterest, in addition to having loads of other content, is a veritable smorgasbord of fiction suggestions to please my young adult (YA) palate. As a fan of an author’s work, you can follow their page, boards, and pins for the latest news. Many teen authors use Pinterest to reach their audience; and YA Highway has a compiled list of YA authors using Pinterest.
Full blog post at YALSA The Hub, Nov. 12

Source of snippet: American Libraries Direct 11/14/2012

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