Saturday, October 13, 2012

Notes from UX Week 2012

Hugh McGuire: The Blurring Line Between Books & The Internet

Hugh McGuire is the founder of PressBooks, a book publishing platform, LibriVox the largest library of free public domain audiobooks and a commercial digital audiobook company.
He is also co-editor of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto-Essays From The Bleeding Edge of Publishing from O'Reilly which you can read here online.

He has some interesting insights around the process of making & disseminating new kinds of "books".

"The future of what we totally open" 

"The distinction between books & the internet is arbitrary.."

"Start adjusting now."- Hugh McGuire

twitter: @hughmcquire
article: Shifting: The Book, an Interview With Hugh McGuire on
twitter: @pressbooks

Monday, October 8, 2012

Twitter Hashtag Chats For Librarians

Via the Online Education Database:
Recommended twitter chats for librarians and those who would like to engage with them.

  1. #uklibchat:

    UK librarians and librarians around the world come together to discuss LIS topics each month in #uklib chat.
  2. #libchat:

    Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.
  3. #yalitchat:

    Find out what the kids are into these days through the #yalit chat on Twitter, held at 9 p.m. EST Wednesdays.
  4. #tlchat:

    Teacher-librarians can check in and find great resources through the #tlchat, an always-on gathering for reading educators.
  5. #scifichat:

    The popular science fiction literature genre is discussed each Friday at noon CST. Just check in on #scifichat to join the group.
  6. #litchat:

    Join in this chat to become a part of a fast and friendly discussion among book lovers on Twitter. This frequent chat happens Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 p.m. EST.
  7. #fridayreads:

    Want to find out what is really hot in the reading community? Tune into #fridayreads on, naturally, Fridays, as readers share what's on their nightstand.
  8. #titletalk:

    On #titletalk, librarians can chat about titles and how to promote reading among students. This chat is held at 8 p.m. EST on the last Sunday of the month.
  9. #ePubChat:

    Librarians who are interested in the latest developments in ebooks will enjoy this popular Twitter chat. Check in on #ePubChat Fridays at 3 p.m. PST to get in on the discussion.
  10. #poetry:

    Novels get a lot of love on Twitter, but poetry isn't forgotten by librarians and the book crowd, thanks to the #poetry chat. Discuss poetry with other librarians and book lovers at 8 p.m. CST on Thursdays.
  11. #BookProChat:

    This Twitter chat is a great spot to check out for book industry professionals, including librarians. Check in on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. EST.
  12. #engchat:

    Librarians, check in with this network of English teachers to share ideas and inspiration for reading. Join in each Monday at 7 p.m. EST.
  13. #followreader:

    Celebrate reading on Twitter with other librarians, authors, readers, and more on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. EST.
  14. #1book140:

    For librarians interested in the phenomenon of Twitter book chats, the wildly popular #1book140 is an interesting one to tune into. To find the chat schedule, check out The Atlantic.
  15. #gayYA:

    Join the #gayYA chat to talk about LGBTQ YA fiction characters in a community full of other librarians, teachers, writers, and teens, every Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST.
  16. #pblitchat:

    Picture books aren't always a hot topic, but this picture book chat offers a lively discussion for librarians and more. Check it out on Monday evenings at 9 p.m. CST.
  17. #kidlitchat:

    Librarians who are into #pblitchat will also enjoy #kidlitchat, a gathering for librarians and other parties interested in books for children. Visit this chat on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST.
  18. #langchat:

    Language enthusiasts take part in this weekly chat, including language teachers, librarians, and even writers. Become a part of the conversation Thursday nights at 8 p.m. EST.
  19. #storyappchat:

    Librarians who like to make the most of iPads will love this chat about writers who are creating storybook apps on the iPad. Visit this chat on Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. EST.