August 28th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Brian Brishwood (author, magician, fire-eater, host of Scam School, and Hacking the System on the National Geographic channel) visits Google Austin to share his wisdom on handling online trolls.
Published on Aug 22, 2015

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March 31st, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor — but sometimes major — transgressions. And he writes about some of them in his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

Ronson tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep his anxiety level shot up while he was writing about the victims of public ridicule. “My book has a kind of panicky, heart-racing quality to it,” he says, “but in a positive way, because I wanted to say look, if we’re going to carry on destroying people for nothing, this is what it feels like.”

Source: NPR

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January 22nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

That moment

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July 18th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Thoughts on backing off from social media by Nick Bilton.

New York Times logoOne day in the early 1920s, a young Ernest Hemingway rushed along the streets of Paris seeking shelter from a downpour. He soon came upon a warm cafe on the Place St.-Michel and ducked inside.

After hanging his rain jacket, Hemingway ordered a café au lait, pulled out a notepad and pencil from his pocket and began writing. Before long he had fallen into a trancelike state, oblivious to his surroundings as he penned a story that would later become the first chapter of his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.”

If Hemingway were alive in 2014, he might not have finished what he started writing that day. Realistically, he probably wouldn’t have even put a pen to paper.

Instead, he might have ducked into the cafe, pulled out his smartphone and proceeded to waste an entire afternoon on social media. Perhaps he would update his Facebook to discuss the rogue weather, snap a picture of his café au lait to post on Instagram and then lose the rest of the afternoon to Twitter.

I know I’ve done that — let’s be honest, we all have.

Read the full article @ The New York Times.

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March 27th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Did you know that your online presence works for you 24/7? You’re “on” even if you aren’t online. The power of online presence is amazing: it can land you a job, promote your brand, or provide a channel to demonstrate one’s skills OR it can be an embarrassing reminder of what not to do. This presentation will discuss how to best manage online presence by creating a professional digital image as well as building boundaries between personal and professional profiles.

Presenter: Marcia Dority Baker: Assistant Professor of Law Library, Access Services Librarian; University of Nebraska College of Law; Schmid Law Library.

Marcia’s presentation  and links from the show are also available.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, discusses the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library.


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March 7th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

It's Complicated

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November 15th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


Just in case you forgot:

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May 10th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Library Journal logoNancy Dowd takes on library use of social media:

If there are over 1 billion people on Facebook and the Twitterverse can help topple governments, then it only makes sense that libraries would also be using these two social media channels to connect with their communities, right? Well yes and no.

Libraries are using social media, that’s clear. According to Library Journal’s Survey on Public Library Marketing Methods and Best Practices, 86 percent of libraries said they were using social media. The top two social media platforms used by libraries were Facebook (99 percent) and Twitter (56 percent). Pinterest is making some gains, with 30 percent of libraries reporting that they are pinning. The problem is that 48 percent of libraries surveyed said they weren’t measuring their efforts at all. While the survey didn’t ask if libraries are getting fans to interact with them, most libraries I have spoken with lately have said they were still struggling with that.

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May 8th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

“Present Shock” author Douglas Rushkoff talks about the dot-com boom, Facebook “friends” and stock derivatives.

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May 8th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


Woot! The Nebraska Library Commission has been ranked 6th out of the 50 state libraries regarding their social media presence. Generally I take such lists with a grain of salt, and I can definitely say, this isn’t a competition, but I’m quite happy being in the top 10.

Read the full report and see all the stats @

6 out of 50


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