My CV Video!

by Megan on 02/23/2013

This awesome tool connects your LinkedIn profile with a video creator – genius!!  You will need to translate it when prompted at the top of the page.

Megan Buttita’s Video CV

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Infographics

by Megan on 02/22/2013

Infographics are KEY to winning over your audience.  I love Piktochart, but there are others.  What do you use?

Inkscape

Infogr.am

Easel.ly

Prezi

Visual.ly

Tableau

infographic

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Is an MLS Still Relevant?

by Megan on 12/13/2012

Mary Ellen Bates’ blog post on “Is an MLS Still Relevant” isn’t surprising, but should be noted by anyone with an MLS or anyone planning on pursuing a career in Library and Information Science.  The big takeaways from this post are that candidates with a MLS must have the following skills to make them relevant in today’s job market:

– Ability to strategize
– Build deliverables
– Provide data visualization
– Understand what data is saying and tell the story
– Summarize information
– Communicate value
– Market yourself and the information center
– Utilize traditional online sources and new social media for a variety of research needs

So, how relevant is your MLS?  Do you feel your degree has prepared you for the points above?

 

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Hackerspaces in Libraries

by Megan on 03/16/2012

Libraries of all kinds bring up mixed emotions in people.  They are wonderful sources of information, but can’t I get everything on the internet?  They are changing and adapting to the digital age, but aren’t they going the way of the dinosaur?  I keep reading and hearing about 3D Printers, and to my surprise, there are some public libraries that are incorporating them, as well!  More and more, libraries are becoming spaces for innovation and discovery – not that they haven’t always been – just that this is how they are more obviously branding themselves.  This is a move in the right direction!  How is your library – public, special, school – ahead of the curve when it comes to technology? 

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SharePoint!

by Megan on 03/14/2012

If you haven’t heard, I heart SharePoint.  I’ve been working with SharePoint since 2004 and never really understood its full potential until around 2011.  Technically, I am a “Power User” or “Business User”, but my interest expands in all different directions – training, development, administration, design, etc.  I love how it enables people to communicate and share and organize – all things that as an info pro I strive to help facilitate.  From a change management perspective, I’m fully aware of how important it is to get users to embrace new technology or methods of communication.  I was happy to see this article on Forbes.com about how Microsoft itself is embracing social as part of the enterprise software.

Just saying “SharePoint” makes some people cringe – which is really unfortunate.  They either didn’t receive good/any training, don’t see the usefulness of it, or aren’t drawn to it for any reason.  I think having social technology (whatever flavor that might be) as a large part of the platform is the key to winning over the masses.

What are your thoughts on making SharePoint more social?  What are your favorite Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s)?  Yammer, Newsgator, AgreeYA, others?

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There’s an App for That

by Megan on 03/13/2012

I was recently listening to a NPR Technology podcast and the question came up as to how people perceive a subscription to something vs. using an application.  It’s much more hip to have use an app to subscribe to your favorite magazine, download a book, etc. than to subscribe the old fashion way.  Changing the way we talk about library services, and even our information titles, changes how people understand and use our offerings.  Are you an “embedded” librarian?  An Information Professional?  How do you use modern language to describe your job duties?

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Careers Outside of Libraries

by Megan on 05/16/2011

You have a library degree.  What in the world are you going to do with it?  Well, take a look at this list and re-think what your future might hold.

I recently went from a library job to a non-library position and can testify to the fact that librarian skills translate to many types of positions.  Organization, web design and development, metadata needs, research skills, etc. are all relevant and useful for ANY job!

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iPadified!

by Megan on 04/03/2011

This is my first blog post of many, many more from our iPad. Like the iPhone, I have no idea what I did without this thing. I love everything about the iPad so far! I can do everything I can do on a regular computer, and much more! This is truly a mobile device and I am definitely hooked!

Do you have an iPad? Do you love it?

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Business Cards

by Megan on 03/18/2011

I’ve been circling around the question of how to use business cards to my advantage for a couple of years now.  I have a professional card and a card for my budding photography business.  I noticed the other day that the LinkedIn app has a business card function called inPerson.  This is great – as long as other users nearby are using the app at the same time.

There are lots of different ways to go about creating and distributing cards, and this article that was circulated by Scott Brown of the Social Information Group today reminded me that I still haven’t figured out the best solution for myself. 

Are you a virtual business card holder or do you prefer paper cards?

Create a Virtual Business Card with all your Social Profiles

Clever Business Cards

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How is Your Library Using Facebook?

by Megan on 02/26/2011

The World Is Obsessed With Facebook from Alex Trimpe on Vimeo.

Found via Onlineschools.org

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