This week on Librarian in Black and Tame the Web...
We learn that the Librarian in Black is still reeling from her invitation to the official White House Tweet Up for the State of the Union Address and that Tame the Web can sort of teach us to hack a Kindle and more.
As for the Librarian in Black, the author was invited with 50 or so people to discuss their feelings about the SOTU and got to see it enhanced with technology presence and on a nice jumbo display.
From her experience, she suggested that libraries should consider doing a Tweet Up of a big event, like the SOTU address, to engage their users and community. This would be a great idea to integrate the library, one of today’s most used social networking sites – Twitter – and garner some interest from the community, especially from the Millennial generation.
In the world of Tame the Web, a blog contributor teaches us how to sort of hack a Kindle in order to save some electronic articles that are found on databases your library might subscribe to and turn those articles into files that the Kindle will read.
This method, though tedious, is a good way to collect research and store it on your Kindle to use later to cite in your paper, when you are not at the library any more. You can also use Instapaper to do the same thing.
Also posted on Tame the Web this week is an advertisement for a library having a Kindle for Beginners class. This is a great way to move forward with the emerging technology, teach library users how to work with the technology and draw people into the library.