Simple site for a good cause

This spring, I had the pleasure of helping out the Skaneateles Music Guild. The long-standing organization, dedicated to supporting local music programming and opportunities, was in great need of a web presence.

The Music Guild had a Facebook page, but no website and no way to carry out online event registration/payment. I was happy to help! Using and Eventbrite, I designed a simple little site to meet their needs.

I am pleased to report that registration for their May luncheon went very smoothly! The new online system saved them significant time as well.


ILEAD USA Seed & Grow Videos

As part of ILEAD USA, teams were asked to answer specific questions about their projects while being videotaped (called Seed & Grow Videos). It’s a great way to learn more about the projects coming out of ILEAD here in NY, and a good follow up to the pecha kuchas that were created earlier this year.

These were taped (do we still say taped?) by each team either over the summer or in the fall.

The Red Hook Collaboratorium’s video is particularly creative!

Nice work, ILEADers!

Great Pecha Kucha Examples

The ILEAD USA teams brought great project ideas, creativity, and fun to their pecha kucha presentations at our June session in Utica. I invite you to view all of their hard work below!

And of course, because I am a librarian, I must also give you the definition of a pecha kucha (thanks to Wikipedia):

A presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total).


Far from dying

The following article popped up on the NYLINE listserv yesterday, and I was reminded of a conversation:

Not Your Mother’s Library:
How Columbus, Ohio, is building community spaces for the 21st century

Years ago when I was in the midst of my information science coursework, I attended a family reunion. An older uncle shared with me that he had heard I was entering the library field. He said: Libraries are great. It’s just too bad they’re dying in this computer age…that librarians are a dying profession.

I was shocked! He thought I was taking a full course load and working two jobs just to get into a dying profession…? So I proceeded to tell him all about the reinvention of libraries – of libraries as thriving community centers, cutting-edge information technology hubs, and trusted institutions of lifelong learning. I was determined to rid his mind of that old stereotypical image of rows and rows of dusty stacks and Shhhh! signs. It turns out my uncle hadn’t been to his local public library in twenty or so years, and he promised me that he would visit soon.

Unfortunately, I’ve encountered these false beliefs and old, outdated memories of libraries on multiple occasions since. Why do we need libraries if we now have computers, the Internet, and Google? Do people really use libraries anymore?

Kudos to The Atlantic. It’s very helpful when mainstream articles like the one above spread the word about today’s AMAZING (and far from dying!) libraries.