65 of 365: A library design problem solved, perhaps.

nowhere placemark geolocation by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

I was alerted to Toby Greenwalt’s great blog theanalogdivide by Sophie Brookover of Library Link NJ, in which Toby just proposed a series of design problems as they relate to libraries. I love a good design problem. Here he introduces the first problem, and below I answer it in my own way. “Your first challenge? … [Read more...]

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64 of 365: Using Pinterest to Gain a Visual Following (Book Chapter as Serial Post part 5)

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Please see the entire chapter by reading part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. This is the conclusion: What can I do to mashup Pinterest and my Library? 1. Pin, repin and comment. Be a part of the community. It is not enough to passively look at other’s pins. By actively engaging other … [Read more...]

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63 of 365: How to truly appreciate an orange.

63 of 365: How to truly appreciate an orange.

  Have trouble with your car. Have a friend stop by the grocery and pick you up some groceries. Ask them to pick up soup, fruit, and cough medicine. Have them pick you up to take you to your first client appointment of the day. Understand that your friend can not possibly drive you around … [Read more...]

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62 of 365: Using Pinterest to Gain a Visual Audience (book chapter as serial post, part 4)

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Please visit part 1, part 2 and part 3 to read the rest of the chapter so far. How does one use Pinterest? Searching – the search engine in Pinterest is a fantastic starting point to help build a board. If you are looking to develop conversations about your vast bicycling historical artifacts collection, maybe start … [Read more...]

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61 of 365: Using Pinterest to Gain a Visual Following (book chapter as serial post, part 3)

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Please take a look at part 1 and part 2 of this serial chapter on Pinterest as well. Who is using Pinterest? According to a Pew study on social media user demographics in 2013, Pinterest is 5 times as likely to be used by females as males. 15% of all Internet users used Pinterest. The … [Read more...]

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60 of 365: Using Pinterest to Gain a Visual Following (book chapter as serial post, part 2)

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Please visit the first entry in this series and stay tuned for the following parts of this chapter. What makes Pinterest a preferable social network for organizations such as libraries to embrace? Pinterest is a social network (a place where people come together to connect) which focuses on visual content, such as pictures, graphics, diagrams, … [Read more...]

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59 of 365: Using Pinterest to Gain a Visual Following (A book chapter as serial post, part 1)

fig 01 - lemasney on Pinterest

The following posts were written and proposed as a book chapter on Pinterest for Libraries, but the chapter was not accepted. Sad, except that now it means that I have some content to share publicly with you! Over the next few days, I’ll be publishing the chapter as a series of posts. John LeMasney of … [Read more...]

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58 of 365: We are living in Orwell’s 1984

58 of 365: We are living in Orwell's 1984

  I’m not one to be especially paranoid, generally speaking. In fact, I tend to think of myself as generally stable, pragmatic, and realistic. I go on what I sense. However, recently, I began thinking deeply about all the trails we are leaving, especially my own, and how easy it is to know the deeper … [Read more...]

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57 of 365: A Call to Libraries to Devise Policy Regarding Patron Consumer Devices.

phone by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

I recently had the opportunity via LibraryLinkNJ to speak on the topic of Consumer Device Support in Libraries at several of their Tech Speed Dating gatherings, in which librarians from across the state of New Jersey come together to learn about the technologies they might love. It is a platform for dissemination of new technologies and … [Read more...]

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56 of 365: A three dimensional coffee cup in SketchUp

55 of 365 Coffee Mug by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

This is a three-dimensional coffee cup created in SketchUp, the Trimble-owned, free, three-dimensional modeling application. Given the increased importance of making and three-dimensional printing in contemporary libraries, I have decided to focus a bit on 3D modeling as an area to extend myself into.  I taught a class on this for a full-day staff development session … [Read more...]

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55 of 365: Sunday Stovetop Frittata by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

Sunday Stovetop Frittata by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

Sundays are leisurely here at LeMasney Consulting. I woke up to eggs, but no bread, and a few bags of frozen vegetables to remind me of summer in the wintertime. I decided to make a frittata. Frittatas are egg based vehicles for meat and vegetables, and are a quick meal. They differ from Quiche in the … [Read more...]

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54 of 365: That thing gives me the creeps by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

54 of 365 That thing gives me the creeps by John LeMasney via lemasney.com

I was recently on a chat with a friend, and she explained that she really loved this breed of dog that has abundant wrinkles, very short legs, and clipped ears. The name of the breed escapes me, but my reaction was “that thing gives me the creeps”. I paused for a moment and thought about … [Read more...]

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