I’m a Connector

I took the Pew Internet & American Life Internet Typology Test this morning while waiting for the coffee to kick in.  Apparently I’m a “Connector”.   Here’s the description:

Connectors make up 7% of the American public.

Basic Description
The Connectors’ collection of information technology is used for a mix of one-to-one and one-to-many communication. They very much like how ICTs keep them in touch with family and friends and they like how ICTs let them work in community groups to which they belong. They are participants in cyberspace – many blog or have their own web pages – but not at the rate of Omnivores. They are not as sure-footed in their dealings with ICTs as Omnivores. Connectors suspect their gadgets could do more for them, and some need help in getting new technology to function properly.

Defining Characteristics
Connectors combine a sense that information technology is good for social purposes with a clear recognition that online resources are a great way to learn new things. Their cell phones have a lot of features, and they also try new things with technology; more than half have watched TV programming on a device like a laptop computer or cell phone.

Who They Are
Connectors, which make up 7% of the population, have a median age of 38, with a majority (54%) in the 30-49 age range. Ethnically, it is mostly white (72%); 16% are Black and 12% are English-speaking Hispanics. The typical Connector has been online for 9 years, which suggests they were a second-wave of late 1990s adopters. Most are women (55%) and they rate above average in educational attainment and income.

I think it’s actually more interesting that I’m basically DOING A MEME on my professional blog.  What’s next?  “What’s My Rockstar Name?” “What Color Crayon Am I?”  Yeesh….


Today’s Minor Facebook Victory

One of the reasons that Facebook has had outstanding growth, in my opinion, is because of the wide variety of applications that are available. Why are there so many available? Because Facebook opened up its platform to developers and allows pretty much anyone to create an application. For free.

Ever since I got on Facebook, I wanted an application that would allow people to search the library catalog from within Facebook. (Like the application that Duke University has.) I downloaded the Facebook developer software but after looking at some sample code provided by UIUC, I realized that it was way beyond my skill level. So I patiently waited for someone at my home institution to create the application for me.

I got tired of waiting.

Yesterday I was looking at one of the many Facebook groups for librarians and read that the Binghamton Library uses an HTML widget application to create a link to their OPAC. “Hey!” I thought, “I know HTML!” And they were also a Innovative Encore school! So I looked at the code they used and adapted it…and it still didn’t work.

I mentioned this to my co-worker Michelle (she of the awesome Facebook advertising campaign) this morning and she took a look at the code and somehow made it work. I don’t know how exactly, so let’s just chalk it up to magic. But then we couldn’t get it to load properly onto the library’s page and I figured out how to make that work. Basically, make sure you have the final version you want to appear on your page before you add the application, because otherwise it won’t let you adapt it. Also, you have to edit it through the Page Manager page, not through the regular application editor. Also, magic.

So, anyway, long story short, it is possible to make an OPAC search function for your Facebook page or profile without getting into the details of an official Facebook Application. Just use one of the many “put HTML in your profile” applications available. We used “my HTML.” If you’d like the code we used, e-mail me and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

A Map for Presidents’ Day

Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone. To celebrate, here’s a map I made one slow day last summer of all the Presidential Libraries. One day I hope to do a driving vacation, starting with John Quincy Adams’ library in Quincy, MA and ending at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. It may not sound exciting to you, but that’s how I roll.

Speaking of maps, a month or so ago I came across this map created by Oyez.com that shows all of the internment sites for U.S. Supreme Court justices. (Why yes, I have been to some of them, thanks for asking. ) Google maps are relatively easy to create and may be a nice enhancement to an online display/resource. Give it a try!

Do you educate students about what they post on the Internet?

It’s come to my attention recently that some of my law students have blogs and almost all have Facebooks.  With UK’s Barrister’s Ball this weekend, I felt obligated to post a little something about “thinking before you post” in our library’s blog/newsletter.

Do any of you do user education on this?  I’m thinking about maybe doing a brown-bag or something.

The Internet’s Answer to Crack Cocaine

There was a point in time when this applied to me, but now I’m just a recreational user. Now I only facebook on weekends and special occassions and to take the edge off of a really bad day at work…..

What Is Facebook Addiction?

More facebook videos here.


Libraries and YouTube

I really like my job.  Not because I get to do really interesting mentally stimulating things or because I like helping people (both true, btw), but also because my boss sends me stuff like this:

After I got finish watching it, I started poking around and it looks like the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has entire YouTube Channel with mostly funny and creative book reviews, but also some behind-the-scenes stuff.  I poked around some more, and found a couple more libraries with YouTube channels.

Yes, three of the four are from Kentucky.  That was completely unintentional.  For some reason Kentucky libraries seem to be really into the Web 2.0.  I think it’s because the state is so spread out and rural once you leave the Golden Triangle, that we’re all gravitating online to make connections.   Also, most of these Web 2.0 apps are free or otherwise inexpensive and if you’ve been following the Kentucky news, we ain’t got no money no more.   But I digress…

There also seems to be a high proportion of public libraries.  The only academic one (in my admittedly two minutes of looking) I could find is from Otis College, and that’s not actually the library’s channel – they just have added some content to the college’s collection.  It’s also an art/design college, so they may be more  inclined to creative outlets like this.

The obvious uses I could see for this for my situation (an academic law library) is to do video library tours and to upload screen casts of database trainings.  I guess we could do book reviews, but I don’t think that even I on my most wired and hyper days could make Nimmer on Copyright sound exciting.

my blue 2.0 module is live

As promised, here is a link to my Blue 2.0 module.  I sorta don’t ever want to type the word “del.icio.us” again.  Except I just did right there.  I had to find it a little ironic that this was my module since I am terrible at tagging and organizing stuff.

Now that’s up and running, I should probably write up something in my Blue 2.0 blog about the last module.