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I'm an author!I’m very pleased to announce the publication of my book A Social Networking Primer for Librarians, the seventh book in The Tech Set, a series produced by Neal-Shuman Publishers and edited by the amazing Ellyssa Kroski.

I’m very proud to be a part of this series, as it aims to provide librarians with a ground-up approach to a variety of topics.  It brings together big names in the library technology field (which I’m positively blushing to see my name included alongside!), and provides material both for beginning library workers all the way through experienced practitioners:

So order a copy for your library (or yourself!), listen to the companion podcasts and add your notes to the companion wiki!  I’m looking forward to interacting with readers on the wiki and right here on my blog!  So go check it out!

If you’re still looking for a way to give, and want to double your donation in an instant, give to Partners in Health with the Firland Foundation! They’re donating a large chunk of their revenue to help out in Haiti, so click the link below to double your donation!

Firland Foundation will match 1:1 up to $25,000 in total donations made to PIH through Feb 28th.

The Firland Foundation ( has been working with Partners in Health over last few years, funding TB-related needs in their Haitian clinics. We are providing a match of up to $25,000 in unrestricted funds for PIH. Please help meet the tremendous and urgent need in Haiti by clicking on the link to donate directly to PIH.

The Firland Foundation provides meaningful employment for people with disabilities in a sheltered workshop producing high quality machined parts. Income from the workshop keeps it self-sustaining, and provides the resources for grant making. We fund grants directed toward research studies, clinical projects, educational programs, and advocacy efforts intended to improve the management and control of tuberculosis and other chronic respiratory diseases.

Here’s a special “thank you” for everyone who contributed to the goal of raising $10,000 ($20,000 matched) for Partners in Health.


If you missed the chance for the matching campaign, can still give to Partners in Health.

If you want to choose another charity, GiveWell, the independent charity evaluation organization has set up a page to evaluate Haiti earthquake relief charities.

If you don’t have any money to give, you can always give your time and skills!  Just go to VolunteerMatch to find an organization that can use your time and skills!

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, words of encouragement, and inspirational response in this time of need!!!!!

I was both flattered and excited to be interviewed on the T is for Training podcast.  I first met the host, Maurice, when he and I both attended a session at a conference and I cyberstalked him by sending him a Twitter message saying that I was sitting right behind him.

We looked back on 2009, looked forward to 2010, and looked *way* forward to the future of technology and how it’s going to impact libraries.  There was, of course, lots of talk about training, instruction, classes, and the perils of the audience’s eye-roll.

Having never listened to audio interviews of myself before, I discovered that I apparently really enjoy the word “really”.  I hope you enjoy the podcast.  Really.

The College Libraries Section of ACRL selected the Odum Library website as the CLS Website of the Month!

A lot of people worked very hard on the website usability studies and redesign, as well as its constant maintenance.  These folks include Sherrida Crawford, John Taylor, Becky Murphy, Vince Spezzo, and all the folks who write content for the website (especially our steady bloggers Laura Wright and Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg)!

Congrats folks on all the hard work!!!