Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Photo Editing Application

Aviary a new fun way to edit pics.
" Photo Editor by Aviary (Free) by Aviary is a fast and intuitive way to edit your photos on-the-go from your iPhone. It’s basically the mobile version of the Image Editorfrom the Aviary Tools suite for your web browser. "

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What Android devices Work
with App Inventor!

Image courtesy from SEOP

Shaileen Pokress at media MIT has compiled a list of Android devices that will work with app inventor.  You can check this out before your next purchase, or help out and post your findings.  Anyone can edit the file, so please be  careful with it.    App Devices Listing.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

QR Code Potential

The American Libraries Magazine has a new article about QR codes in the: library by By Tim Blevins

this article highlights how paper with printed QR codes can open a whole new world of information when combined with a smart phone.  A QR code can link you to a site with additional information, or a video.  
Along with mention of the Delivr site, which helps you track QR code scans.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Is pinning illegal?

Should we be concerned about copyright?  Remember Napster?  Copying music is illegal and not only did the company get prosecuted, but also some of the young people who had download music.  So is Pinterest the new Napster?  According to  Photographer Kirsten Kowalski, writing on her website, she tells us that she has removed all content from her Pinterest account.

Kristen points out that "Federal copyright laws give the author of any copyrighted work (which includes photographs and copyright attaches automatically as soon as the work is created) the sole and exclusive right to publish and reproduce such work."

What what about "Fair Use"?  According to Cornell's Law Information site a copyrighted work can be reproduced if you are using it as part of a critique, commentary, news reporting, scholarly work, or for teaching.  So as long as you are not using someone's images / photographs for commercial purposes or using a substantial amount of the work.

Ellen Brundige writes on HubPages  that "Thousands of Pinterest members are breaking copyright and causing headaches for artists, photographers, and bloggers. Many image owners don't mind at all, and are happy for the publicity! But for many photographers and artists, the problems caused by these copyright violations outweigh the benefits."

Is it time to revisit copyright law? In 1998 the copyright extension act (CTEA) of 1998, revisited copyright law, which resulted in an additional 20 years.  Materials that have a copyright prior to 1978 are protected for a total of 95 years from their inception.

So if anything copyright protections may get even more stringent, and even though Pinterest is beautiful and appeals to anyone who is even a tiny bit visual, we must all pin carefully and with a grain of caution.  I think humans express and absorb information visually and Pinterest allows us a visual platform to share and  collaborate visual information like very few other social platforms.  It would be quite sad to see it have to go.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Your Love, Life and Goals in three minutes

One important piece of advice we hear again and again, is that when you’re looking for work, network, network, network!  And one of the tools for networking is to have different versions of your elevator speech ready for all occasions.

So here are some quick pointers:

Make a list of 10 things you feel are important that you want to convey about yourself.  Laura Katen mentions things like what you have achieve, goals, work and service accomplished for places you have worked and volunteered in.

Strike through anything that seems repetitious and craft what's left to sound not only informative but interesting as well.  As your list shapes up, make sure it addresses "Who I Am,”

  • “What I Do,” 
  • “How I Do It,” 
  • “Why I Do It,” and 
  • “Who I Do It For

Once you have about two sentences (for a short elevator ride) of talking points, make sure your most important items are first, in case the ride gets interrupted.  And add an interesting fact to hook your listener at the beginning of your brief talk so that they want to hear more.

Both Ms. Katen and the Peace corps orientation handbook also suggest that practicing your speech is crucial.

The Peace corps orientation handbook also suggest the following when meeting a new person (probably not in an elevator, unless your being introduced):

  • Shake hands firmly.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Use the person’s name.
  • Respect personal space.
  • Be confident, friendly, and enthusiastic.Goals
  • Ask thoughtful questions.  If you know something about a professor’s research, ask about it!
  • Follow up with people after the event / meet


Katen, L. (2011, October 13). Perfect pitch: How to nail your elevator speech. The Daily Muse, Retrieved from

Peace corps fellows orientation handbook . (2010). Paper presented at University of Arizona – graduate college peace corps fellows/ usa. doi: 8/17/2010 url:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Info-blogs areas

These are three areas of interest, and they are related, since the future of libraries and technology has a close bearing on our future librarian careers and the ability of  patrons to learn information literacy.