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IN THE SECOND EPISODE OF THE GATHER OMAHA PODCAST, WE SIT DOWN TO TALK WITH THREE AWESOME LADIES CHARGED WITH CURATING INFORMATION AND ACCESS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
Our guests for this episode are Micki Dietrich, Wendy Townley, and Rebecca Stavick. Micki works with the Omaha Public Library on community engagement efforts. Wendy works with the Omaha Public Library Foundation, raising funds for special projects at the Library. Rebecca is leading the new DoSpace project here in Omaha. an innovative digital library project opening very soon.
There are all kinds of ways for you to get involved and support these organizations. Go check out your local library branch, spend some time at DoSpace, and be sure to reach out to these ladies with questions about support. The library needs our civic support to continue to grow and flourish in Omaha.
Today I can share that I will be leaving my position as the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission at the end of the month to become the Director of Technology at Do Space in Omaha, NE. I will be joining what is currently a staff of three (including me) to build this amazing space starting May 4.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Commission and wish all my colleagues there the best in their continued endeavors.
This past Saturday I attended my first WordCamp, and the first WordCamp in Omaha. I picked up a few tidbits and from the developer side of things, I have a much better idea how themes work under the hood. Best tip: the Editorial Calendar plugin. The best session I attended was the last one of the day which was more about blogging in general than WordPress specifically. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of that one.
Here are my photos and videos from the amazing Margaret Atwood event put on yesterday by the Omaha Public Library. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a reality.
I was just one of a small and very lucky number of people (maybe 1000 over three shows) to be able to witness The Shining as a stage play and it was worth every minute of my time. I hope that this turns into something bigger than just these three shows. For more information check out TheShiningOmaha.com.
The Stephen King approved stage version of The Shining is premiering this Friday in Omaha and Mary and I will be there! Find out more and order tickets @ TheShiningOmaha.com. I’m am so excited about this! If it’s anywhere nearly as good as The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a fun night will be had by all.
Here’s the trailer:
AUSTIN (February 5, 2014) – Representatives from the library industry’s leading organizations and associations are attending SXSW Interactive to raise awareness of the ways librarians are already supporting emerging entrepreneurs and tech businesses across the country. The goal is to get more entrepreneurs to recognize how librarians can help them scale their businesses. Through the support of Innovative, the leading provider of technology solutions and services to libraries, these organizations will be represented at the Innovative booth for libraries (#1036) during the SXSW Trade Show.
Librarians For Open Data and Civic Hacking
Rebecca Stavick, staff development specialist at Omaha Public Library, is one of the four founders of Open Nebraska, a citizen-led organization dedicated to pushing the open data movement in Nebraska. Open Nebraska’s mission is to solve community problems through civic application development, open data advocacy and tech education. The group organized Hack Omaha, a weekend hackathon they hosted in November 2013, which attracted around 30 participants. Stavick contends there are so many elements of civic hacking that are a direct reflection of librarianship. The library, she says, is one of the few places with the space and the Internet access that makes these types of events possible.
“Lack of access to local data is of direct concern to libraries. If libraries are supposed to provide open access to information, then any kind of public data would fall within that realm,” says Stavick. “Curating local information so that it’s more accessible to the public is a common goal of both librarians and civic hackers, with the intended result of informing citizens so they can make their own decisions.”
Open Nebraska is launching Hack Lincoln, the first-ever civic hackathon in Lincoln, Neb., this March and is aiming to plan another hackathon around National Civic Hacking Day in June.
Read the full article @ sxswLAM.
Registration is now open for the 2013 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference being held in Omaha, NE, September 25-28. My colleague Laura Johnson and I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on creating video booktalks for libraries, so I encourage you to spend the extra $35 and join us for what should be a very fun session.
I don’t just mean out on the floor of the library, I mean really in public, like in the local paper (or their Web site), like Omaha Public Library director, Gary Wasdin just did.
“A library’s greatest treasures go home every night.”
It may sound a little corny, but it’s true nonetheless. A library’s staff members are its greatest asset. People working in libraries touch the lives of so many people in big ways and small. One joy of my work at Omaha Public Library is receiving letters from people throughout Douglas County telling me how they’ve been helped or how thankful they are for the kind service. It might be from an unemployed person sharing how a staff member helped them to improve their resume, or from a parent telling me how wonderful a children’s librarian was during story time. Collections, programs and services at the library are great, but the library employees make it work.
Read the full article @ Omaha.com.