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Movies Anywhere is Great for Consumers

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:26:03 +0000

In early 2014 Disney announced a surprisingly reasonable approach to their digital movie sales: Buy it once, access it on many services. “Disney Movies Anywhere” ensured that when bought one of their movies on any of iTunes, Amazon, Google, or … Continue reading

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How to Fix Google Home’s Shopping List (again)

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:13:59 +0000

A few months ago I wrote about how to fix Google Home’s shopping list when I ran into an unusual error. Two weeks after that post, Google removed the shopping list’s integration with Google Keep entirely. It now saves your … Continue reading

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How to Fix Google Home’s Shopping List

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:35:16 +0000

June 2017 update: This doesn’t work anymore, Google made major changes to how shopping lists work on Google Home. See this updated post. I love my Google Home! I switched from the Echo a while back, largely for two things: … Continue reading

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My Recent Webinars

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:58:49 +0000

This year I’ve had a great opportunity to present a series of webinars for Florida Library Webinars. I love that they record all webinars and publish them freely online afterward! I’ve neglected posting links to mine here, so here’s a … Continue reading

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UNC Libraries UX Blog

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:07:36 +0000

My posting frequency dropped off a cliff lately, but this time there’s a legitimate reason! Following the lead of other Library UX departments like NYU and UVa, at UNC Libraries we’ve got our own departmental blog to talk about our … Continue reading

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Spring Webinars on Usability Testing & WordPress

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:03:12 +0000

I’m excited to announce two free webinars I’m doing this spring with ASERL – one in March, and one in April. Registration (again: free!) is open for both. Recordings will be available afterward. (And I know March 11th isn’t technically … Continue reading

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Library Technology Essentials Webinar

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:15:11 +0000

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be doing a webinar with some of my co-authors in the Library Technology Essentials series. I’ve got 6 minutes and 40 seconds to talk about why I love WordPress and what’s covered in my book, Pecha Kucha … Continue reading

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Win a copy of WordPress for Libraries

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:28:22 +0000

My book, WordPress for Libraries, is available now! I’m giving away a copy to celebrate. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here or tweet me (@HiddenPeanuts) with #WPLib. In your entry, tell me your email … Continue reading

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Assess Your Website with Free Usability Testing Tools

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:45:49 +0000

Back in April I did a webinar for NCLA’s Technology and Trends roundtable: “Assess Your Website with Free Usability Testing Tools” I didn’t get around to posting it at the time, but the recording is freely available! I covered how … Continue reading

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Amazon Echo: The Case for Voice Commands

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:05:19 +0000

Windows 10 is almost upon us, just over a day away as I write. Among other new features, I’ve seen article after article talking about the integration of voice controls into Win10. Has their time finally arrived? For a long, … Continue reading

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Your Content Management Strategy Can Save Lives

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:09:20 +0000

My headline is an exaggeration, but only a slight one. Bear with me: Last night at about 11PM there were two armed robberies on campus in quick succession. (Nobody was hurt, thankfully!) UNC has an elaborate campus alert system called … Continue reading

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My Book: WordPress for Libraries

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:11:05 +0000

I’m extremely excited to point out that in a little under a month my book will be available! WordPress for Libraries is written to be an introductory guide to WordPress that assumes no prior knowledge. If you’ve ever wanted to … Continue reading

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How to fix Amazon’s “Send to Kindle” feature

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:55:16 +0000

When I manage to fix a technical issue that doesn’t seem to be well documented online, I like to share what worked for me. In that spirit: This morning, as I often do, I emailed an ebook file to my … Continue reading

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10 Years Later: What 2004 Predicted For The Internet Of 2014

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:17:41 +0000

This blog turns 10 later this month. I’m no longer nearly as prolific a writer as I was back then, but I’m still kind of amazed that I’ve kept at it this long. Among other things since then: I got … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: Motorola Keylink

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:42:01 +0000

I have a strange fascination with all the holiday gift guide lists that pop up this time of year. I’ve always wanted to do one, but also feel like I’d be reinventing the wheel. Many more interesting people than me … Continue reading

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From Exposition to Resolution: Looking at User Experience as a Narrative Arc

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:46:02 +0000

The nice people at Optimal Workshop asked me to write a guest post over at their blog. It’s all about mapping the narrative arc onto a user’s journey through a website, an area I’ve been turning over in my head … Continue reading

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Usability and Amazon Premium Headphones

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:17:18 +0000

I’ve finally found a pair of headphones that I actually enjoy using: Amazon’s Premium Headphones. As a product category, headphones continually frustrate me. I use them all the time while commuting. I shove them in my messenger bag, fish them … Continue reading

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ALA 2014: My Session is Available Online

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:57:00 +0000

Earlier this summer I gave a talk with Emily King at ALA 2014 in Las Vegas: Focusing on the Big Picture: Re-Imagining the Library Website. The session was recorded, and the audio and slides are now available online to conference … Continue reading

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Usability testing with Optimal Workshop

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:47:06 +0000

Usability testing is one of the best parts of my job. I love hearing from users about how they interact with the library’s website and then figuring out what we can change to better meet their needs. The dark side … Continue reading

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ALA 2014: My two WordPress presentations

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:35:50 +0000

After a couple years off, I’m returning to ALA’s annual conference this year. I’m obviously excited to see colleagues and the Vegas sights, but I’m also looking forward to my two presentations there. If you’d like to come hear about … Continue reading

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My presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:25:18 +0000

I was fortunate enough to have two presentations accepted at Computers in Libraries this year in DC. As always I’m not sure if my slides make much sense without my accompanying narration, but I’m happy to answer questions about them. … Continue reading

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Semi-Automatic Chat: Speeding up reference questions in Pidgin

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:38:20 +0000

This is an expanded write-up of a lightning talk I presented at the 2014 LAUNC-CH conference: Semi-Automatic Chat: Using a Library of Common Responses to Speed Up Chat Sessions from chaefele Some background: We answer reference questions via chat at … Continue reading

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My week with Google Glass: Personal life thoughts

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:38:05 +0000

I was lucky enough to spend last week with a loaner pair of Google Glass. Purchased by my place of work, I was asked to try them out and evaluate them for possible library use or development of apps by … Continue reading

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My week with Google Glass: Library-centric thoughts

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:43:23 +0000

I was lucky enough to spend last week with a loaner pair of Google Glass. Purchased by my place of work, I was asked to try them out and evaluate them for possible library use or development of apps by … Continue reading

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Proquest Flow now offers free accounts. Why?

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:27:11 +0000

Fine print: My opinions and thoughts here are as always my own, and not necessarily those of the UNC Libraries. I’ve wanted to write about the state of citation management for months now, and the idea kept rattling around in … Continue reading

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Things I liked in 2013

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:21:37 +0000

I used to write elaborate annual posts detailing my favorite things in a variety of media. For 2013, I only have time to squish it all into one abbreviated post. My #1 favorite thing this year was of course the … Continue reading

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Exporting page details from WordPress for a content review

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:21:03 +0000

Now that we’ve got a large chunk of the UNC Library site‘s content in WordPress, we’re working on setting up a system to do semi-annual content reviews. Before we can plan the review itself, we needed to be able to … Continue reading

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10 terrible things about using WordPress as a large scale content management system

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:01:11 +0000

(This is a companion piece to yesterday’s post, 10 great things about using WordPress as a large scale content management system) After spending a few months administering a large WordPress site at work, a handful of things have grown to … Continue reading

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10 great things about using WordPress as a large scale content management system

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:34:54 +0000

(This is a companion piece to another post, 10 terrible things about using WordPress as a large scale content management system) Now that I’ve spent some time on a team administering WordPress on a large scale, I can point to … Continue reading

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Redesign of the UNC Libraries’ website

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:27:43 +0000

Last month we debuted the completely overhauled UNC Libraries website at library.unc.edu. Roughly a year in the making, this is a huge step forward for the Library. Our old site was entirely hand-maintained pages, and included over 60,000 files (HTML, … Continue reading

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