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Just released! “The Transparent Library” Library Journal articles collected in one ebook!
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From TameTheWeb: “The ‘Transparent Library’ gathers 29 columns from Michael Casey and Michael Stephens. Originally published in Library Journal from 2007 – 2009, the column explored concepts related to transparency, management, engaging communities, social media, strategic planning and constant change. The e-book includes supplemental essays and columns, and includes a new conversation ‘The Transparent Library […]

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Pew Internet Research Discovers Typology of American Library Usage in Capstone Study
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    Pew has been studying the relationship between Americans, libraries, new technologies, and library services for some time now, and they have created a capstone report concluding 3 years of research in these areas. The work that Pew has conducted shows that Americans are still reading and borrowing print books at libraries, even as […]

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Amazon Prime to Increase Prices, Possibly Suffer Wrath of Users?
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Although it may bring the wrath of many Prime users, who count on the free 2-day shipping service to buy everything under the sun available on Amazon.com,  Amazon  announced today that it will be raising the price of its Prime subscription from $79 to $99 per year. But there is still one week left for […]

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Adults using social media is increasing and diversifying | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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Pew Internet Research has determined that 73% of adults who are online use social networking tools, with Facebook retaining its position as the dominant platform. The number of users expanding into other sites such as LinkledIn, Pinterest and Twitter is increasing – close to 42% use multiple sites! These numbers are bound to grow as […]

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Free WordPress Themes and W3C Standards: Do They Pass Validation?
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  When I covered free WordPress themes in my quest to find a look and design for Library Currents, one thing that I did not account for was how the code was written to allow for W3C compliance in both HTML and CSS code. More simply put, I should have tested W3C compliance using a […]

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Happy Holidays, and a Tree Librarians will love!
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  Some of my acquaintances created this gorgeous Christmas tree using books and stringed lights! I was floored by how simple, yet elegant it came out. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

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Results of the Library Currents Blog Project
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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

  The Library Currents blog project was created for an Independent Studies course (LIBR 298) at San Jose State University for the Fall 2013 semester. With the end of the semester on December 9th, 2013, the project was completed with the launch of the blog at www.librarycurrents.com. The development of the blog was chronicled in […]

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Library Currents is featured on Tame the Web – see the guest post!
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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

With the Fall Semester at San Jose State University coming to a close, the Library Currents graduate project is completed, but the blog will continue on! Working with Michael Stephens and utilizing his planning templates was an exciting process as I watched the idea for Library Currents come to fruition! As part of the deliverables […]

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Tying up loose ends in a blog launch part 2: Accessibility
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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

The final post in this series on Content Creation and Evaluation is the concept of web accessibility. Those in the Web 2.0 movement encourage bloggers and web developers to make their sites more accessible to those with disabilities, in order to  create a web that all people can use. Among those who are giving training […]

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Keep Calm and take the Library Currents Survey!
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Take the Library Currents Survey! Thanks for your input!

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Tying up loose ends in a blog launch part 1: Assessment
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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

A blog’s launch can be an exciting event, especially as the blogger watches traffic increase day by day. But as a site grows post by post, traffic should be showing increasing metrics as well. To avoid stagnation in readership even with the posting of new articles, the blogger must conduct assessments on a regular basis. […]

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A Directory for Library 2.0 Resources!
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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

Here’s a peek at the new “Library 2.0 Directory” on LibraryCurrents.com!     One of the self-initiated projects that i have wanted to do since taking my LIBR 210 Reference Services course was to create a Library 2.0 directory, a database of web 2.0 resources that library professionals could refer to for the latest in […]

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The 4 Types of Blog Posting Strategies and 30+ Types of Posts
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This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

Bloggers can find it frustrating writing a blog because they find themselves asking “What do I write about?” No matter what niche they are in the possibilities are endless, yet finding a subject to write about plagues many bloggers. Often, bloggers opt for the same type of post every time they post a piece, which […]

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How conference topics can help define your blog’s categories
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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Blog Development Series #4: Creating Content & Evaluation

The launch of the Library Currents blog is nearing completion, and some of the final aspects to develop are the categories for the site. Given that the tagline for the blog is “Library Innovations and Social Media,” these two concepts in the LIS world will definitely be two of the most important categories to write […]

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A Report on the Implementation of WordPress as the CMS for Library Currents
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  In this 2-page report, I summarize how I researched and tested three open source content management systems (CMS) (WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!), and how the ratings of each led to the choice of WordPress as the CMS for the Library Currents beta launch. I also detail the process of installing WordPress on my web […]

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WordPress is the Best Choice for Open Source Blogging Software!
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The WordPress Pumpkin. Photo credit: Eric M Martin @ Flickr. It’s time to decide which open source content management system (CMS) will be used for the Library Currents Beta website! For the previous month, I researched, tested and evaluated WordPress, Drupal and Joomla for blogging usefulness and capabilities. Each CMS was scored in the following […]

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Comparing Costs and Scalability of WordPress, Drupal and Joomla!
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WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! Image credit: infinitemlmsoftware. The search for an open source content management system (CMS) for the launch of Library Currents beta has nearly come to an end, and it’s been a fun ride! Playing around with demos for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! was an exciting learning experience, and thanks to GoDaddy, fairly […]

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