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Role Playing Games and Libraries

My hubby (Brian Engard) is running a Kickstarter for his latest role playing game. This is his first solo Kickstarter – but not his first game. He wrote an awesome post on his site about why he’s including a reward tier for libraries (yes that means your library could get in on this): But why did I include libraries in that tier? A couple of reasons. First, my wife Nicole  [ Read More ]

Interview about Open Source on

I recently gave an interview on about libraries, open source, getting involved and educating everyone I can. Sharing is a fundamental part of the open source philosophy, and the same goes for libraries. Spreading, disseminating, and breaking down barries to gaining knowledge is a core mission of most library systems and their staff. That that end, libraries—which are essentially hubs of knowledge and gathering places for learning and continuing  [ Read More ] People’s Choice

Last week I was named one of the three People’s Choice Awardees for for 2013. First, thanks to those who voted! Second, if you haven’t been reading you totally should be! There’s lots of great points of view and several library professionals writing for the site. If you’d like a place to start, check out my award winning article on how open source software should be developed in  [ Read More ] People’s Choice Awards

I got some very cool news this week – I’ve been nominated for a People’s Choice Award on! It’s for my piece about open source needing to be developed in the open which I also posted here. If you liked that post or agreed with what I said or just like me feel free to show your support by voting.

Holiday Granola

This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to share with you all my awesome Holiday Granola recipe This year I made granola for friends and family and I took multiple recipes I found online, mashed them together and then adjusted accordingly. So if you like granola and want to try something new, here’s my recipe: Ingredients: 3 c. old fashioned oatmeal 1/2 c. wheat bran 1/3 c. flax  [ Read More ]

Saturday Funny

This is totally not tech related and not library related, but I wanted to share it anyway Our dog Beau likes to jump in our bed at night, spread out and then stare at us when we think about maybe getting in to the bed ourselves. My new favorite comic strip can be found on Facebook and captures Beau perfectly. Dog lovers be sure to check out Off the Leash  [ Read More ]

Once an introvert…

I had an interesting chat with a librarian last night. She commented on how young people don’t know how to communicate because their heads are always in their devices. I don’t really want to talk about “kids these days” so I’m going to talk about myself instead When I was a kid, we didn’t have mobile devices, we didn’t have computers and weren’t allowed hand held gaming devices (when they  [ Read More ]

Looking for the dream RSS Reader

I’ve been hunting around for ages now and figure I should turn to my librarian friends (please no sales comments). I’m looking for my dream RSS Feed Reader. I use Android for my phone and tablet and Google for my email (both personal and work) so I want Google Reader to be this tool, but it’s just not. The tool can be web based or desktop based (I use Mac)  [ Read More ]

ITI Books Blog

Most of you know that I’ve written a couple of books (so far) for Information Today Inc. (ITI), but did you know that I and other ITI authors are posting tips for our readers over at the ITI Books Blog? If you haven’t checked it out, you should.

Internet Librarian Wrapup on NCompass Live

Yesterday I was on a live webinar hosted by NCompass with several other Internet Librarian presenters talking about what I learned at the Internet Librarian conference this year. The recording will be available soon via the archives if you’re curious to listen. One of the things we talked about was what made the most impact on us, or left us thinking, from the conference. The one thing that has stuck  [ Read More ]

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Bookmarks for Augus

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