My 2010 Edublog Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2010 Edublog Awards.

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.

The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.

The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.

It introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.

My nominations are as follows:

  • Best individual blog – Kevin Jones, Engaged Learning: Always engaging, always interesting, Kevin blogs about a wide range of topics related to training and learning. My favorite posts are his posts about social learning. His ideas are brilliant! p.s. Kevin I appreciate you letting me borrow some of your content for a presentation I gave last year. 🙂
  • Best individual tweeter – Guy W. Wallace, @guywwallace: Guy tweets not only about learning and education but about performance improvement — which is at the heart of corporate and workplace learning.
  • Best new blogLibraries and Transliteracy: Transliteracy, the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, is the skill for the 21st century. The authors share a wide range of information, presentations, and resources useful for anyone working in education.
  • Best resource sharing blog:  Sarah Houghton-Jan, The Librarian in Black: As her tagline says Sarah is well-informed and shares news about tools and resources for learning and libraries. She considers the challenges that the average user faces and frames her post around those challenges.
  • Most influential blog post: Peter Bromberg, 10 Steps to Promote Learning in Your Conference Presentation: How many of us have sat through a conference or continuing education session where the speaker reads from the slides or worse the script? Peter Bromberg wrote a wise, thoughtful post that anyone presenting at a conference should be required to not only read but sign as a pledge.
  • Best librarian / library blog – Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian: Buffy Hamilton shares her experiences as the media specialist/teacher-librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Buffy is at the cutting edge of providing library services to her students. A frequent presenter at conferences around the country, Buffy is highly respected and admired by her peers.
  • Best elearning / corporate education blogRapid E-Learning Blog: 67,000 readers can’t be wrong. The Rapid E-Learning Blog is my number one reading recommendation to anyone creating e-learning!
  • Best educational podcast: Maurice Coleman, T is for Training Podcast: Coleman hosts a biweekly recorded show on Talk Shoe that is podcast for listeners. Trainers and educators can call in and talk with their peers about current issues in learning. T is for Training is a learning experience for callers and listeners alike!
  • Best educational use of a social network: Helene Blowers, 23 Things: The original 23 things program has been replicated world-wide by hundreds, maybe thousands of libraries, schools, and other organizations. In the 23 Things program participants are taken step-by-step through using social networks and Web 2.0 tools while actually using those tools. This is the program that put social networking on the map for many organizations.

Those are my nominations! You have until Friday, December 3rd to make yours!

IL2009: Trying Not to Filter: Internet Filtering Technologies Update

Tuesday morning I headed to a presentation in the Internet @ Schools West track given by Sarah Houghton-Jan on Internet filtering.

Some of the key points from this session:

  • Filters do not work because the current definition of obscenity does not work on the Internet.
  • Accuracy of filters is still an issue–in both directions–filters both over block some good material and under block objectionable material.
  • Sarah spent months testing filters and found that among the four she tested, the accuracy for filtering text-based Web pages was 81%, accuracy for image searches 44%, and accuracy for e-mail attachments 25%.
  • 81% was the best rating out of all the filters tested for any category.
  • When patrons hit a blocked site they will most likely be too embarrassed to ask for legitimate sites to be unblocked.
  • Examples of legitimate sites that were blocked: WebMD, wikipedia entry about Hustler, WWII history site, National Geographic site about beavers.
  • It’s not only commercial Web sites that were blocked. The library’s own online resources were blocked.
  • It’s also easy to get around filters with portal sites or sites that allow you to click through via a thumbnail image. Adult images on Web pages that did not have sexual text were not blocked. Sites that contained misspelled words such as pron or pr0n instead of porn were not blocked.
  • Sarah cited other studies conducted between 2001-2008 showed about the same ratings as SJPL.
  • In sum, “All filters block a wide range of constitutionally protected content in attempt to block other content.”
  • Filters falsely block many valuable web pages and other online resources such as war, genocide, safe sex, public health.
  • If you have filters in place advise your customers what their experience is going to be like and that good sites WILL BE BLOCKED.
  • Do not send the message to parents and patrons that filters will protect children.
  • To combat filters: use stats from other studies, do good research, collect anecdotal stories.
  • Final result for SJPL: Filtering was not put in place. Now there is a resolution to NEVER filter so it can’t come up again.
  • Price makes a difference. The more you pay the more flexible the filter is. You really get what you pay for.
  • “ERATE isn’t worth it” for filtering according to Houghton-Jan. Have to figure in other costs…staff time for research, install, maintenance.

One of the key take aways from this session is that if you are living with filters in your library, education for the community is key. If you want to fight filters take a look at the work already done by San Jose Public Library.

You can find a copy of Sarah’s slides and links to more resources at her site

Internet Librarian 2009

I had a fabulous time visiting San Francisco and Monterey for the Internet Librarian Conference. I have a plethora of notes to sort through to post and share. I’m planning to summarize my notes and add some commentary on how trainers can apply the information to training/learning/performance. So be patient! It may take a week or two to get everything posted.

In the meantime there is no better live blogger than Sarah Houghton-Jan. Check out her notes from the conference.

Learning Solutions Through Technology

Below are the slides from our presentation this morning at Computers in Libraries. This was a really fun session and we had a great crowd. If you were there and have thoughts, comments, or questions please let me know!

Social Network Profile Management

2nd session this morning is Social Network Profile Management on the Social Software Track presented by Greg Schwartz, Michael Porter, Sarah Houghton-Jan, and Amanda Clay Powers. Another packed house!

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This is a power session of 5 minutes each by each presenter.

Greg Schwartz up first talking about identity. Who are you online.

Identity. What I say about me?What others say about me?

Digital identity mapping. You do not own your identity.


  1. Own your user name. Sign up for everything and stick to it. If you have a unique name, grab it. If not grab something that is unique and represents you and is professional. Try
  2. Join the conversation. Develop your identity. Let people know who you are.
  3. Listen. Listen to what people are saying.
  4. Be authentic. Yes you are online but be real.

Amanda Clay Powers

Educate people. People think that librarians do not know how to help with Web 2.0.

Use Facebook friends list to manage feeds.

Sarah Houghton-Jan

In her lovely black talking about social network profiles and managing the library profile.

What to Do


  1. Register with uniform user names
  2. Register with a generic email


  1. Quick replies to user comments
  2. Personal in tone. Don’t be the library. Be yourself.
  3. Keep it all open – no ads/spam

What not to do


  1. Register with strange random usernames
  2. Register with individual emails


  1. Slow or no replies to users
  2. Institutional in tone
  3. Selective friending

Over versus under management

Over management – only one person has responsibility and is controlling

Under management – Staff who think it is for personal and don’t think of it as a professional use.

Sites to check out: check for available usernames on all networks single login across web update status on all social networks simultaneously update profile info in all social networks

Michael Porter

Speaking about WebJunction’s social network. Very professional site for library folks. Like Facebook for library workers.


Show your personality

Promote yourself


Post inappropriate pictures or pictures that could be misinterpreted.


Should I have two identities? Personal and professional?

Over time they can bleed together. It is easier and authentic. It’s also very difficult to keep anything online private.

Know that everything you do online, public or private, could be seen by anyone. Info can be reshared, remixed.

  • Profile info must be current