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28 August 2009

The Librarian's Toolbox: Connectivity with Blake Carver

The librarian's toolbox has never been bigger, or more powerful.

Surprisingly affordable (or even free) Online tools in all shapes and sizes are available to every library and librarian. These tools provide leverage for professional and personal growth. Blake Carver will be covering tools available for free from big name providers (Google) as well as from some smaller companies for a small fee (DropBox). He will also cover open source tools freely available (Drupal, Wordpress, Mediawiki, bbPress) that can be installed on most web servers to help expand your presence on the internet. Finally Blake will touch on ways to integrate social media streams (Twitter, Facebook, FreindFeed) together to monitor the discussions online that matter.

Together these tools should allow you and your library to...
  1. Be more productive
  2. Increase your visibility in the profession
  3. Connect you to others when you need help/ideas
Early bird registration for the UNYSLA fall meeting, The Librarian's Toolbox, ends 11 September.
Register online today!

Featured speaker Blake Carver, Librarian at the New York Power Authority and founder of LISHost and LISNews.

Blake Carver received an MLS from SUNY Buffalo in 1998. He spent his formative years at Bryant & Stratton's Southtowns Campus, working as the librarian and an instructor in the computer science program. During the .com boom he spent a brief time working outside the library world as a programmer at a .com startup in downtown Buffalo. When the .com bubble burst he made a quick return to being a boring librarian at Ohio State University, where he was the Web Librarian. He returned to Western New York in 2003 to get married and started his career in special libraries as the Technical Librarian for the New York Power Authority, where he is still happily employed. In his spare time he runs LISNews.org, LISHost.org and tries to manage a wife and 3 kids under the age of four.


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