The Year in First Lines

There is a meme going on.   I am not going to tag you.   It never works anyway.   Just do it if you want to do it.  🙂

December: Oh yeah, there’s been a hiatus.

November: So, I can generally get funding for approximately one conference per year.

 October: I’m happy to say that the Halifax Public Libraries have launched their Learning 2.0 program with quite a bit of fanfare

September: I was absolutely astonished to discover that I am #22 on the Online Education Database’s list of the top 25 bloggers.

August: Ok.. It all happened on July 25th, but René Simon Deschamps was stuck in an incubator with a bili problem for the past little while.

July: Yes, one year of the Other Librarian as of 1pm July 5th.

June: At the CLA Emerging Technologies Interest Group Pre-Conference, Mark Leggott presented something he titled “Library 2.0: Threads in the Tapestry.”

May: The big story today was the Ontario government’s banning of Facebook from staff computers.

April:

Accident I took these pictures over the past week just up the street from my house.

March: Finally, Mark Leggott has responded and kicked the Slow Library off in the way that it should — with its originator!

February: Having invited a few people to play around with a test server and default version of Joomla, I figured I could start sharing what I know about this Content Management System (CMS) and how I think you should approach a website architecture with the knowledge that you are moving from a static website to a CMS.

January:  This is the exact way I met my wife. . .
(More or less) The only thing it needs is Michael Stephens wearing a bun.

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Tell me what you think. . .

We are launched in beta with a new website over the holiday on January 17, 2008 and I would really appreciate your feedback. Your information will be really valuable to me because we are already looking at a review of the website just as fast as we launch it. True to principle, we may never get out of beta.

Untrue to principle, at least for the short term, there are no RSS feeds yet. They will be coming I promise — it’s just that there are some minor tweaks that need to happen and folks are doing vacations right now. Look out for them on the left hand side of the page, beneath the programs though.

I’d would also really like it if people could do a test using the following:

1. A mac

2. A screen reader or other assistive technology.

3. Non-Firefox or IE browsers.

4. Handheld browsers, especially the iPhone.

As any web designer knows, it’s really hard and expensive to cover every single base out there. We are using web standards, so most things should be fairly operable, but you can only be sure if you actually have a system in front of you.

A Month-Long Change of Theme. :)

Oh yeah, there’s been a hiatus.   Lots of real life going on these days.   But here are some interesting things:

  • I will be presenting at Computers in Libraries on the use of laptop labs in libraries.   This is exciting because fellow Library Society of the Worlders, Steve Lawson, Joshua Neff, and Rikhei Harris are going too.   And there’ll be more I’m sure, though I haven’t seen the whole schedule yet.
  • I changed the theme of my blog for a festive feel.  What do you think?
  • I’m moving my stuff into a new house this month, which is pretty exciting and sad.  I love this house, but for my kids I want to live closer to a school.