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Posts by Cindi Trainor

Take Pictures, Tell Stories Pt 2: Photography Basics

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on March 31, 2010 - 2:59pm

There are three measurements that work together to make up a properly-exposed photograph:  ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.  These three measurements are to a large extent dependent on one another; changing one setting requires that at least one other be changed to compensate. 

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Taking Pictures and Telling Stories at Our Libraries, Part I

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on March 22, 2010 - 8:09am

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This summer, I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in a LITA Preconference session with Michael Porter and Helene Blowers titled, "A Thousand Words: Taking Better Photos for Telling Stories in Your Library."  Michael and Helene shared great tips for using and reusing photos to record and relate the stories of our libraries and our communities, and I explained and illustrated the basic principles of photography, and that pictures can be improved by understanding how these principles work together to produce a properly exposed image.  There was a ton of content shared over the day; over the next few months, the “Take Pictures, Tell Stories @ Our Libraries” series will share some of this and other photo-related content with TechSource readers.

Planning for a Mobile Website

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on March 2, 2010 - 9:39am

Mobile, mobile, mobile.  It’s all we hear these days.  Mobile…it’s the new black.  Mobile…you just GOTTA.  At my library, mobile web browsers have only accounted for .3% of the total site traffic so far this semester.  Taking all the public PCs into account (the default webpage for which is of course the library web page) only takes this up to .5%.  So, should my staff and I still put effort into a mobile library site, just to serve this handful of people?

In a word, yes. Yes, there is a lot of hype right now, but nonetheless, this traffic will continue to grow. With some initial planning like that so thoughtfully presented by Beth Ruane, Missy Roser, and Courtney Greene of DePaul University, at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston, a mobile-optimized website is within every library’s reach. Read More »

Darien Library, One Year Later

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on February 3, 2010 - 11:11am
Darien Library has long been known for its “extreme customer service” and for making every Darien experience the best that it can be.  When the proposal to expand the old library building fell through, administrators Louise Berry and Alan Kirk Gray applied these same principles to dreaming Darien Library all up again.
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Charleston: There's Nothing Finer

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on December 2, 2009 - 9:50am

It’s been my experience as a librarian responsible for supporting and implementing technology that I spend more time on the “technology” bit rather than the “librarian” bit. You know, the things people think that one would do as a librarian--dealing with books, their use, and their longevity. Your mileage may vary, of course, and I think the percentages spent doing one or the other will vary with each organization and position. So how can librarians like me, who might be focused solely on the implementation and support of technology, feed our inner librarians?
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The Sacred Cows of Library Technologists

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on November 2, 2009 - 2:22pm

Hearing Rick Anderson's recent KLA talk, titled "The Five Sacred Cows of Librarianship: Why They No Longer Matter, and Why Two of Them Never Did,"  made me wonder what "sacred cows" exist in the field of library technology.  I posed the question, "What are the sacred cows of library technology?" in Google Wave.  What followed was a discussion about digital technology among library technologists that generated many ideas and was a great way to try out this new communication tool.  Some of the ideas offered up were "sacred cows" to those in the field, but others challenged ideas held more widely in librarianship. Read More »

Anticipating LibCamp Monterey at Internet Librarian 2009

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on September 25, 2009 - 9:02am

Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries are two of my favorite library technology conferences.  All of the programming focuses on the application of technology in libraries, they have great keynote speakers, and feature shorter "Cybertour" presentations in the exhibit hall--quick, 15-minute introductions to whet attendees' appetites.  This year, the organizers of Internet Librarian are trying something new and different: before the conference begins, attendees and anyone else who signs up on the wiki have a chance to attend LibCamp Monterey, a half-day "unconference" on library technology.  I had the opportunity to catch up recently with organizer Amy Buckland about LibCam Read More »

Getting Virtual: ALA Works to Increase Electronic Member Participation

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on June 17, 2009 - 7:55am

Hot on the heels of the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, Collaboration 2.0, is a toolkit designed to help ALA members who want to bring remote participants into a meeting or who want to stream a session’s audio or video out to a remote audience.   A group of ten LITA members has been working together for the last few months via email and on the LITA wiki to create the EParticipation Task Force Recommendations. Read More »

Where the rubber meets the road...

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on May 8, 2009 - 9:03am

…applying what I learned at Computers in Libraries 2009

Have you ever cleaned papers off your desk, only to find lurking at the very bottom that list of nifty ideas from that awesome conference you attended months ago? It's easy enough to report what was seen and heard at a conference; it’s more difficult to apply that knowledge and demonstrate its application. Life and work inertia typically get in the way, even at institutions that welcome new ideas. The Computers in Libraries 2009 conference was a month ago. Have I applied what I learned there? The answer, not surprisingly, is “yes and no.” Here is a brief summary of the takeaways from my favorite session at this year’s CIL—and what I have (or haven’t!) done with them. Read More »

A n00b goes camping – Drupal Camp at Darien Library

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on March 9, 2009 - 9:53am

Drupal Camp @ Darien Library











Drupal is hard. It has its own vocabulary. Its potential is so wide open that it is literally possible to do nearly anything with it, and while this idea is greatly liberating, it is also sort of paralyzing: Where do I start? What modules do I need? What can I DO with this thing?

But the way I see it, the fact that Drupal has a steep learning curve is no excuse.  There's no question that Drupal has a steep learning curve, or that it can be messy and complex to implement, but its potential is too great for libraries to ignore.  There is also no question that we can do it.

Read more about this unconference and how to get started with Drupal in your library. Read More »