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    You Must Try, and then You Must Ask

    by  • October 3, 2013 • work • 0 Comments

    Ask Answer ChoiceWhen I was a wee little New Hire at my current employer, one of the things that came up a lot was the “15 minute rule.” That is, if you’re stuck on a problem, take a solid 15 minutes to bash your brain against it in whatever manner you see fit. However, if you still don’t have an answer after 15 minutes, you must ask someone. I shorten this down to “You must try, and then you must ask.” It’s a simply-worded rule, which works something like this:

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    A different CIL experiecne

    by  • April 6, 2013 • work • 1 Comment

    student center roomThis year, conference is going to be a little more interesting, and exhausting, than usual. But due to significant budget restrictions this year (both mine and ITI’s) I’m not staying at the conference hotel. Instead I’m staying 1.2 miles up the road at the Washington International Student Center. It’s a hostel. I’ve got a room to myself but since it holds two people it’s $80/night instead of the $40. The other option was a bunk bed with five other people in the room. (That’s not going to happen.) My room has a bed, nightstand, desk, and chair. Oh,can’t forget the two power outlets and the space heater. (The latter I shouldn’t need due to the wonderful weather. I will also add that the WiFi is spectacular. Shared bathroom but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Hell, I’ve stayed in worse hotels for twice as much. The walk is already getting a bit old but I suppose that getting up at 4am isn’t helping.

    On the brighter side I did just have a wonderful dinner at RFD with Jill and her husband Tom. It was nice to be able to catch up with them. I also made a quick stop back at the conference hotel on the way back to my room and was able to say hi to a few old friends. Right now I’m killing some time in the Starbucks across the street from my room as I guess the hostel is above a club and it’s Saturday night. I’ve been warned about the noise. Luckily, my workshop isn’t until 1pm tomorrow.

    The Best Conference Hack

    by  • April 2, 2013 • work • 2 Comments

    Lots of laptops #2Speaking of going to conference here are five reason why you should sit in the front row:

    1. You’ll meet amazing people
    2. You’ll connect with the speakers
    3. You’ll actually be able to see the slides
    4. You’ll focus and learn more
    5. You’ll gain confidence in other areas

    Read the details @ Medium.com.


    Links for our Internet Librarians 2012 talk

    by  • October 23, 2012 • Presentations, work • 0 Comments

    A202 – Digitally Engage Your Community & Campus 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Michael P Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Technology & Access Services, Nebraska Library Commission Christa Burns, Special Projects Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission Mariana Lapidus, Reference librarian, Library & Learning Resources, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Samuel King, Library manager, Massachusetts...

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    Announcing the Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference

    by  • January 20, 2012 • work • 0 Comments

    We’ve been listening!  A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries.  Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better.  Each of our speakers is from a small...

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    23 Things for Professional Development

    by  • June 2, 2011 • work • 0 Comments

    The ongoing Nebraska Learns 2.0 program (http://nelearns.blogspot.com ) is now 2 years old! Yup, our very first Thing was in May 2009. Every month since then, we’ve offered you a new resource to learn about. But this isn’t the Nebraska Library Commission’s first foray into a 23 Things program. We debuted our first Nebraska...

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    re: long projects

    by  • March 31, 2010 • work • 0 Comments

    “Long projects zap morale. The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch. Make the call, make progress, and get something out now—while you’re got the motivation and momentum to do so.”
    Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

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