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Sometimes there’s just something about a certain place you’d want to share with others. Maybe that there is a great view from the corner window, that the coffee shop gets really full at 6:00pm, or that the OPACs are located in the room to the left. Enter Socialight (found via smartmobs).

Socialight is a neat new service created to help share just this type of information. You can use your cell phone or computer to create virtual post-it notes of pictures, notes, and songs for specific locations. The Socialight site provides some neat uses, and I’m sure creative library-folk could come up with useful ways to use this service, too. Imagine showing people how to get to the multimedia section! The reference desk! How to self check-out! This service is in Beta, so it’s currently only available in the US and through certain cell phone providers, but even in beta it’s fun to play with. The picture here is a screenshot of one of my StickyShadows.

We’re at a coffee shop in Raleigh, visiting the family for the holidays.  It’s been great catching up with everyone.  While visiting some family, I found out that a 14-year-old cousin of mine uses MySpace.  I’m pretty familiar with Friendster, Orkut, and Facebook, but I have yet to learn about how people use MySpace.  My cousin walked me through his site and told me a little about it.  For example, he doesn’t have an IM account, he does all his instant messaging through MySpace.  He didn’t need an email account because MySpace could handle that, too.  (He finally got a separate email account because his girlfriend asked him to.)

People like my cousin will be college students in four years.  If they’re used to operating within a social sphere like MySpace, they’re used to only communicating electronically with people using the same service.  Should the library have a profile in MySpace so that librarians can communicate with MySpace only users?  Should we provide reference services through MySpace?  Should we put a lot of operational information on MySpace?  I think we should.  If the only people in the average techy 14-year-old’s universe exist in MySpace, then we should be there.

Now, there’s also a chance that these future students will “grow up” and get email accounts, IM accounts, and use other internet portals.  For this reason I don’t think we need to put all our eggs in the MySpace basket.  I do think, however, that there’s enough research indicating that students are beginning to see email as a formal communication method for adults only that we need to think about their reality. It’s not about MySpace or IM, but about meeting the users in their universe.  And if MySpace is one of those places, that’s where we need to be.

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photo stampsOriginally uploaded by lmpressl.

These are awesome stamps! You can use your photos to create real US postage stamps!
There’s also a neat plug-in for iPhoto, so you can create your stamps while checking out your photos.

Update:  Wouldn’t it be awesome to use these stamps for library holiday cards?  They cost a little more than regular stamps, but you could use them for the upper administration at a university, library friends, or library board members.  Imagine if you were to use a picture of the building, the staff, or a good picture of the library in use!

I just wrote a post on this over on another blog. More here in a few hours.

Okay, in the most basic sense I’m interested in knowledge and truth. I like learning about the structure, creation, and context of information.

In another sense, I like libraries, I like research, and I like teaching, so I like information literacy. I see this as my primary professional interest. I also see the first interest as important to information literacy: to do good research the user has to have some understanding of the context of the information they’re searching for.

In a growing sense, I’m interested in social software. Blogs, wikis, folksonomies, social networking websites, and instant messaging are all part of a growing segment of the internet that
dramatically changes the way we interact with information and the context in which we find it.

In the long term I could see a connection of this interest to ambient findability and education in a non-school setting.

I like this direction. It gives me a spectrum of things to consider from the hands-on, practical, social software/instruction to the theoretical ideas about truth.