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July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

If you are anything like me, you tend to “like” things on Facebook and then never use the links on either your blog or share them on other services.  In fact, things you like there seem to just disappear.  Well, now there is a service that will let you see the things you have liked on Facebook and then use the links in different ways in a very easy format. 

LikeManager lists the last 30 likes that you have done in a simple way:

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From there, you can focus just on Likes on links in Friend’s Posts, Links you have shared, or Likes outside of Facebook.  When I go to the outside of Facebook category, I see items from LinkedIn and Riffle.

The categories across the top let you just look at videos, images, or certain subjects like shopping, websites or articles. 

Thanks to Lifehacker for the link.

Categories: Social Networking

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

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5 Stereotypes Positive Aging Picture Books Avoid | Lindsey McDivitt #kidlit

6 Folktales from 6 Continents to Read to Your Kids | BOOK RIOT #kidlit

18 Picture Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud Or At Least Smile by Margie Culver | Nerdy Book Club #kidlit

The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland | Brain Pickings #kidlit

Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books | School Library Journal #kidlit

Harry Potter Reconnects With Old Pals to Watch the World Cup in New JK Rowling Piece – GalleyCat #kidlit #rowling

Julia Donaldson: I’m like the mouse in the Gruffalo | Books | The Observer #kidlit

Mac Barnett Talks to Phil & Erin Stead – #kidlit

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Blog Archive » Finding the Right Illustrations with Melissa Sweet #kidlit


Amazon Wants to Bury Hachette by Offering 100% of E-Book Sales to Authors #ebooks

With eBooks Still Pricey, Illinois Libraries Flex Their Marketing Muscle #ebooks #libraries

A great quote on #literacy and the importance of libraries to our world!


9 Striking Library Posters from the Great Depression | BOOK RIOT #libraries

Why We Need "Ugly" Heroines


Confessions Of A Binge Reader (Or, How I Read So Much) | Thought Catalog #reading

FingerReader ring can read printed text to blind people | Chips #reading

New Jane Austen waxwork uses forensic science to model ‘the real Jane’ | Books

Which are the most unread books of 2014? #reading

Why "old book smell" has hints of vanilla – Vox #reading

In His Own Words: Walter Dean Myers


25 YA Books For GAME OF THRONES Fans | Blog | Epic Reads #yalitCould reading dark literature harm your teenage children? #yalit

Great Reads for Video Gamers | School Library Journal #yalit

In His Own Words: Walter Dean Myers | BOOK RIOT #yalit

Maggie Stiefvater: I steal a real human heart for each of my characters | Children’s books #yalit

Mary E. Pearson on The Kiss of Deception & Writing YA Books| Lisa Parkin | #yalit

The Mind of a Manager

July 9, 2014 Leave a comment

clerk-18915_1280 Alison Green, who is the author of one of my favorite blogs Ask a Manager, has a piece at Daily Worth about what looking through the lens of a manager is like.  In the library field, there are many managers promoted from within and for good reason!  They know the culture of the institution, understand the community and have a proven track record.  But being promoted from within comes with its own challenges and one of the major ones for a new manager can be pushback about how they have changed and even been “brain washed” by becoming part of administration. 

I’d suggest that anyone struggling with understanding their manager or anyone who has been promoted to being a manager read this article.  It’s a good look at what being a manager is like and why the point of view of managers differs from that of employees.

Categories: Leadership

Keeping Tabs On Yourself

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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After reading a list of the best Firefox add-ons that you can’t get on other browsers, I’ve found one that’s a keeper for sure.  It is Tree Style Tab and it changes entirely the way that your tabs work in Firefox. 

Instead of going across the top of your browser, they appear along the side.  You can easily open another tab by pressing the + at the bottom of the list. 

Best of all though, they form trees of tabs, so you can easily tell where the new open tabs originated.  You can see this in my screenshot under my Gmail inbox.  The three offset tabs below that were opened from my Gmail. 

To me this is so much more logical and helpful that a right to left tab configuration where they just open next to one another.

If you use Chrome as well as Firefox, you will know that tabs open differently in them.  Chrome puts the new tabs at the end of the row, while Firefox puts them next to the tab that originated the new tab.  I find that confusing, especially when I have lots of tabs open.

If you tend to open a bunch of tabs at once, this is a plug in that will help you organize things in a different way.  Of course, I’m a librarian, so I find this fits right into the way my brain works.

What about you?

Categories: Tech

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

July 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

10 Picture Books that Inspire Creativity {}


14 Children’s Books that Challenge Gender Stereotypes – What Do We Do All Day? #kidlit

19 Of The Most Inappropriately Named Children’s Books. Truly Bizarre #kidlit #humor

Books on Film: Kate DiCamillo on NBC – a lesson in perseverance – #kidlit

Growing Int’l Latino Book Awards Reflect Booming Market – NBC #latino #kidlit #yalit

How to Build a Bestseller with Non-White Characters | School Library Journal #kidlit

Let’s Go On An Adventure: 20 Books to Inspire Adventurous Mighty Girls / A Mighty Girl | A Mighty Girl #kidlit

Michael Morpurgo tells teachers to cry when reading to children – Telegraph #kidlit #reading

My hero: William Steig by Jon Klassen | Books | The Guardian #kidlit

A Profile of Rita Williams-Garcia: Being Eleven – The Horn Book #kidlit

Reflecting on 20 Years of The Giver | Lois Lowry | #kidlit

What are the best first world war books for children? | Children’s books #kidlit

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Go To Hellman: Overdrive is Making My Crazy Dream Come True #ebooks #libraries #bing


America’s 10 Most Unique Libraries (PHOTOS) #libraries

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014 #comics #books #banned #libraries

OCLC Researchers Reorder and Reinterpret Ranganathan’s 5 Laws of Library Science For Today | LJ INFOdocket #libraries

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Does Your State Protect Your Privacy in the Digital Age? | American Civil Liberties Union #privacy


Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets : Shots – Health News : NPR

Watch John Greens interview on The Coilbert Report:


2014 ALA Guide to ARCs & Signings | School Library Journal #ala #kidlit #yalit

Writing Teen Lives: A YA Roundtable


July 2, 2014 Leave a comment


Concerned that the emails you sent may be being forwarded without your consent or knowledge?  Worried about sending sensitive information via email because it could be read by someone other than the person you sent it to?  Ever want to rescind an email that you sent in haste? 

Virtru works to make all of this under your control.  Working with all of the major email services like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo, Virtru lets you limit whether your email can be forwarded or even if you allow forwarding it lets you track to see where it went.  The email can only be opened by the recipient.  And best of all, you can recall email back to yourself.

Designed by someone who used to work for the NSA, this email add-on gives you the email controls you’ve always wanted.

Categories: Tech

Book Hangover Video

July 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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Pew Research Center – 7 Surprises About Libraries

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment

The Pew Research Center offers a list of seven surprises about libraries that they discovered in their recent studies. 

1. People aged 65 and over are LESS LIKELY to visit a library than younger people.

2. The 10% of Americans who have never used a library still think libraries are good for their communities.

3. Only 4% of Americans are e-book only readers.

4.  Readers of both digital and print formats prefer different formats in different situations.

5.  Library users are MORE LIKELY to be book buyers and prefer to buy books than to borrow them.

6.  There is a majority of people interested in personalized recommendations from their library, despite its impact on privacy.

7.  There is no real consensus among Americans on how to handle the changing mix of print and digital collections.

For more data on each of these check out the Pew Research Center site.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

June 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

10 Camping Themed Books for Kids


2014 Mind the Gap Awards – The Horn Book – Books ignored by ALA Awards – #kidlit

2014 Quaker Books for Quaker Kids — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production #kidlit

Cathy Cassidy’s top 10 books with secrets | Children’s books #kidlit

Children’s books do not need happy endings, Carnegie Medal winner says – Telegraph #kidlit

Duncan Tonatiuh Wants Latino Children to See Themselves in Books – NBC #kidlit #diversity

The Giver’ Director Admits Color In First Trailer Was ‘An Error’ #kidlit

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Barnes & Noble plans to spin off ailing Nook as a separate public company — Tech News and Analysis #ebooks

Simon & Schuster expands library ebook lending program #ebooks

U.S. publishers’ revenue from ebooks roughly flat in 2013, but unit sales rose – Tech News and Analysis #ebooks


Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots – CityLab #libraries

#Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction. –David L. Ulin


10 Super Fun Teen Summer Novels That Adults Will Love Too #yalit

Carnegie Medal: ‘the darkest children’s book I’ve ever read’ – Telegraph #yalit

David Levithan on LGBTQ books for teens | The Japan Times #yalit #lgbtq

Men should be able to read YA, too #yalit

Planet YA Europe

Stephen Colbert Shares His Definition of ‘Young Adult Book’ With John Green – GalleyCat #yalit

Why film adaption soundtracks need to fit with the original books | Children’s books #yalit


June 17, 2014 Leave a comment



Last week I shared Feedient with you, and now I have a more subtle alternative.  Feedient is more like a fire hose, shooting you all of the content on your social media services.  ShareGrab is more finessed than that and therefore much more useful at times.

To use ShareGrab, you have to create “pods” for similar pages.  They can only be Facebook pages and each pod only holds 10 pages.  So it’s limiting but that actually helps quite a bit with the overwhelming nature of social media. 

The first thing you do is identify Facebook pages you want to add.  It’s easiest to do this a bunch at a time and then sort them.  So head to Facebook and locate the places you follow.  Then you sort those into themed pods that you can access.  Next comes the cool part. 

The system analyzes the posts from those pages and offers you the Top 8 Posts that you are most likely to share.  If you want to, you can immediately share those top 8 on Twitter with just a click.  Scroll down below the top 8, and you will see the other posts those Facebook pages have done in the last few days. 


I’ve set mine up to have different pods like Libraries, Blogs, Authors, News, Tech, and Books.  You can also toggle the length of time you are examining, with options from 1 day to 1 month. 

Setting this one up takes a little time, but using it is very simple.  If you are like me, you will want to tweak things after using it for a bit and that’s very easy as well.   This one is a daily visit for me now as I look for content to share. 

Categories: Social Networking

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