Wednesday, January 03, 2007

It's a New Year!

Well, it's a new year and one of my resolutions is to actually post to this blog with some regularity. Since I last posted I graduated with my B.A. in English Lit from BSU and started working full time at my library. YaY! I'm excited about what I'll be able to do at work now that I'm full time. Now I won't be quite so overextended with only a few hours a week to do it in. I've already managed to start one project I've had on the back burner for a long time. I've created a MySpace page for SPLAT. You can check it out HERE. It's not much yet, but I'm hoping that with the help of D we can create a really neat, really functional page. I have a personal MySpace, so it's not all foreign to me, but what I want to do with the SPLAT page goes beyond what I've done before.

I'm also working on getting a MySpace page for my library. It's a process though. I get the feeling that our Board is pretty hesitant about it due to the scare that was going on last year with DOPA. While I can kind of understand it, I can't quite accept this fear as a reason to not create our page - because I don't think we'd be able to comply with DOPA even if it were passed. There's just too much that it restricts. Even commonplace sites like Ebay and Amazon, that are used by most everyone, would get blocked. I honestly don't think we'd be able to lower the quality of service to our patrons that much. We'd have to forgo the E-Rate funding. Hopefully it all resolves itself soon (in the way I want it to) and I'll be able to create a kickin' page for my library.

1 comment:

Memo Cordova said...

Putting your library "out there" in places like MySpace can shake board folks enough to think twice about that kind of exposure. But isn't exposure a good thing? It's hard to get this across to people who are by and by not aware of the bigger chunk of online users. Board members make the decisions though, just not the right ones, I think, when it comes to online social circles.

Keep at it. Focus on the positives, educate and promote the good this will do, and piecemeal the advantages to create a whole that will bring on their light bulbs to full power to recognize the potential to enhance your library's connection with online users. Eventually decision makers will "get it" and understand how this can only benefit your library.