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My first experience in our new active learning classroom

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:09:46 +0000

Today was my first time teaching in our newly remodeled instruction space. It was one of the best teaching experiences I have had in my 14 years of library instruction. The Room The room is outfitted with three presentation screens at the front of the room.  There are six tables which seat 7, with a 48 inch television monitor at the head of each table.  The room is set up as BYOD (although we do have laptops available for checkout) and...

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A change in my video recording process

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:34:30 +0000

A while back I posted about how I was occasionally finding lip sync lag (ala “Kung Fu Theater” when I recorded my on-camera video introductions and conclusions using Screencast-o-matic.  No matter what I did, I would still experience some lag when recording my face, and my lips and words did not quite match up in the final video.  They appeared to be out of sync by a couple of frames.  I’ve since changed my process and have now removed the...

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Testing audio and video quality (and lag) with Screencast-o-matic, a Blue Yeti microphone, and Logitech C920 Webcam

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:51:32 +0000

I made this short video to test the audio and video quality of the Blue Yeti microphone and the Logitech C920 webcam using Screencast-o-matic. Sometimes if you use the audio from another mic like the Blue Yeti, but record your video another source, such as I do with the Logitech C920 Webcam, there can be some voice-to-video lag. When the lag is present, the lips of the speaker will be out of sync with the audio and it can look...

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My first best attempt at my YouTube channel trailer

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:32 +0000

YouTube had been nagging me forever to put a trailer on my channel so that unsubscribed viewers can get to know what my channel is about.  About 4 months ago I put together the clip below.  I recorded the opening of the trailer with my Logitech camera and Blue Yeti microphone. For the other video clips, I actually used Screencast-o-matic to record snips of my videos directly off of YouTube.  This was a bit easier than digging through old mp4...

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On Organizations and French Fries

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:55:16 +0000

I finally just finished reading Scott Berkun’s wonderful book “The Year Without Pants:  WordPress.com and the Future of Work.”  I’ve been reading it for a while, and even re-reading some parts. At my library, we are planning on changing and consolidating some service points over the next few years, which has some folks concerned over the future of their work.  Berkun has a nice analogy of organizations, rules, and side dishes that I think applies to almost any organization undergoing...

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Some quick thoughts on the 2015 Collective Conference

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:47:19 +0000

Most library conferences I have been two lately are mega events, often requiring trips to strange (and hot) lands like Las Vegas. Some colleagues found a new conference, that was cheap, small, and offered an alternative to those traditional sage-on-the-stage venues.   The conference was called The Collective, and happened to be located in a town where I had lived for 7 years.  These are some ideas and observations from The Collective 2015 Conference in familiar (and cold) Knoxville, Tennessee. Returning...

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Are you real?

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:32 +0000

My library  offers an awesome chat service, open 24 hours, 5 days a week (plus weekend hours), where patrons can get their questions answered by caring and knowledgeable library reference staff. Sometimes it seems too good to be real.   And sometimes librarians have funny answers.  😉  



A decade of hits and future directions

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:33:47 +0000

It's hard to believe I've been blogging for 10 years. To keep this blog, and my online presence, going for the next 10 years, I'll be branching out beyond just libraries and tech to write and share about many of my other interests including gadgets, gaming, the great outdoors, photography, music, and fitness.



Either a little late or a lot early

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 01:58:40 +0000

This spam I received to my work email account made me laugh. Not only am I happily married, I also have a fond appreciation for timeliness.



12 things to do (more of) in 2015

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:30:56 +0000

2014 was a good year, though when I look back, there were things that I enjoy that I didn’t do nearly enough. We won’t call these resolutions, but merely ideas for things I’d like to do more of in the coming year. 1. Take my wife out for more dates 2. Take the family on more bike rides and hikes 3. Go on more mountain bike and road bike rides 4. Learn more than 3 songs and 3 chords on...

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