Role of the Corporate Library in the Information Management World | Netspeed 2014 Conference Presentation


Here is a link to the presentation my colleague and I gave at Netspeed 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. First time ever presenting in public. We worked really hard and felt we gave a great presentation. The presentation focused on evolving roles, competencies and skillets of information professionals working within corporate libraries. Attendees really listened and didn’t spend the whole time fiddling on their smartphones. Practice makes [almost] perfect. I can now cross this accomplishment off my bucket list!

E4: Role of the Corporate Library in the Information Management World | Netspeed 2014 Conference Program | The Alberta Library

Presenters: Margo Price and Nicole Mullings, Talisman Energy Inc.

Information management is an interdisciplinary field which combines skills and resources from librarianship, information technology, records management, and archives. The Information & Research Centre at Talisman Energy Inc. is part of a newly created Information Management team comprised of the corporate library, records management, and enterprise content management ECM groups. Learn more about the unique benefits and challenges that go along with aligning these synergistic roles and functions under one umbrella and how it speaks to potential trends in the special library field.

Direct link to pdf of presentation slides.

via Netspeed 2014 Conference Program | The Alberta Library

10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organize Your Life | makeuseof


Is your life a hotch-potch of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping and reneged commitments? Sounds like you need to get organized. Where better to start than with hard numbers and figures? For this, you might want to take advantage of the many spreadsheets available on Vertex42 that allow you to keep track of your time, belongings, projects and money. Here are 10 of the best.

READ MORE: 10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organize Your Life | makeuseof

Why Geocaching Is The Perfect Sport for Readers | BOOK RIOT


I’ve heard of geocaching before but never thought about this activity associated with books. This would be so much fun…would love to try!! Adventure and discovery, mysteries and problem-solving, stories and books, gadgets and tech, plus new environments…now if I had a to-go mug filled with tea…my idea of perfection. I also think geocaching would be a fun date activity.

Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt. When this was written, there were over 2.5 million geocaches or “caches” and 6 million geocachers around the world. Each cache is listed on a website. A player uses a GPS device either a handheld GPS unit or a smartphone to read and decipher the clues and then find the actual treasure. It may take a long hikes in the woods or a simple walk around the corner, depending on where you are and what you want to do. For someone like me, who prefers to sit with her head in a book, it can be a welcome little bit of exercise between chapters. Once found, you sign a log, record it on the computer, and move on to the next one.

READ MORE: Why Geocaching Is The Perfect Sport for Readers | BOOK RIOT

Martha Stewart Brings Pastel Aesthetic to MakerBot | PCMag.com


Sure, you can already 3D print things on your MakerBot in a wide range of colors — from bright orange to glow-in-the dark green. But those looking for something a little classier now have a few new color options — and theyre all approved by none other than Martha Stewart. The domestic diva has struck a licensing deal with MakerBot for three new filament shades and a collection of 3D-printable designs.

Besides the new filament colors, Stewart and her team of designers are working with MakerBots design team to produce new collections of printables for the 3D-printer companys digital store. The idea is that you can purchase and download these Stewart-branded designs, then print them on your MakerBot Replicator.

READ MORE: Martha Stewart Brings Pastel Aesthetic to MakerBot | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon | TechCrunch


The makers of Barbie seem to apologize A LOT for underestimating young women. This time the Internet’s buzzing over a pretty cringe-worthy Barbie book, “I Can Be A Computer Engineer,” published out of Random House.

READ MORE: Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon | TechCrunch.

16 Fun Projects for Your New Raspberry Pi | Gizmodo


The new Raspberry Pi is smaller, cheaper and more energy efficient—not a bad way to update a best-selling device. Whether you’ve taken the plunge on one of the new units or you want to put the original model to good use, weve collected together some of the most fun Pi-based projects on the planet for you to have a crack at.

Read More: 16 Fun Projects for Your New Raspberry Pi | Gizmodo.

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Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders | BOOK RIOT


When I was little I wanted to be a doctor, and imagined myself sweeping across continents providing invaluable medical assistance as part of Doctors Without Borders. I came to accept that I’m a writer, not a medical professional, but now I have an opportunity to realign those early dreams with my actual life: I’m interning with the coolest group I know of – Librarians Without Borders. Same basic concept, slightly different product.

READ MORE: Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders | BOOK RIOT

A Board Game That Teaches Four-Year-Olds How To Code | Kinja


When was the last time a champion speller rolled up to a Bee in a Ferrari? Never. If you really want to guarantee your kids make something of themselves one day, youll want to forget board games like Scrabble and focus on building real-world skills. Not only does Robot Turtles teach a love of Herpetology the study of reptiles it also teaches them the basics of computer programming—aka coding.

Read More: A Board Game That Teaches Four-Year-Olds How To Code | Kinja

A Creatives Quick Guide to Social Media Image Sizes | Design Instruct


This Design Instruct post lists optimum image sizing for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, Behance and Dribble. The post will be updated as sizing for these platforms evolve…now I just wish this information was visualized in a infographic for us visual learners!

Social media is a way of life for a lot of people. For creatives, it’s a great way to get your work out there and potentially gain a following…Depending on what kind of work you do and how well people respond to it, social media can be a very effective self-marketing tool for many creatives. Therefore, it’s important that your work looks the best that it can look online. Since social media platforms over the last decade have been continually evolving and optimizing, it has not always been clear how best to display your work on these platforms. Luckily, we’ve managed to do a bit of research on how different social media platforms display images so that others can see your work in the best possible way.

READ MORE: A Creatives Quick Guide to Social Media Image Sizes | Design Instruct

Moss is a pricey Erector set for robot lovers [REVIEW] | Mashable


Browsing toy stores these days is often a constant reminder that they don’t make toys like they used to — because, in most cases, they make them better. It’s row after row of products you wish had been around back in your younger days. This goes double for the high-tech toys including robotics, smart devices and construction kits. Moss is a little bit of each.

The second product from Boulder, Colorado-based hardware startup Modular Robotics began life as a Kickstarter campaign late last year, when it managed to capture more than three and a half times its lofty $100,000 goal. And it’s not tough to see why. The robotics kit promises balances education and entertainment.

READ MORE Moss is a pricey Erector set for robot lovers [REVIEW] | Mashable