söndag 6 december 2009

Log on. Sign out. Take control. Act.

Norman Geras: "One consequence of the digitisation of nearly all aspects of our lives is the increasing sense that we live through our computers, that they are extensions of our selves. Ouch. Does this explain the sense of panic that has overtaken me whenever I've lost my internet connection at home?"

"How can there be no Internet?"

Leo Babauta: we are getting overwhelmed by technology. We need to control technology instead of letting technology control us.

Act. What are we waiting for? It's too late to be a pessimist.

söndag 1 november 2009

365 saker - årets bästa kampanj?

Så snyggt och så snillrikt! Och liksom nära 23 saker på nåt sätt. Hmm, 365 biblioteksaker, någon? :-)

Läs mer: www.365saker.se

måndag 26 oktober 2009

Morsomt i Oslo

Jag hade det stora nöjet och äran nyligen att få föreläsa på en biblioteksledarkonferens i Oslo arrangerad av ABM Utvikling: Biblioteket - Kunnskapsallmenning for kunnskapsnasjonen

Min presentation hette Från institution till person - visionen om det glokala nätverksbiblioteket (exemplet Kista Idea City)

Föreläsningen spelades in och här kan du ladda ner den som mp3-fil.

söndag 4 oktober 2009

lördag 3 oktober 2009

Zero Hour Work Week - Embedded with Google Viewer

Google Docs Viewer is addictive. One ought to build an online library with it. Wonder which platform would be best suited for such a thing?

Here's a free pdf-book I just stumbled upon. Seems like a book I would like to read.

fredag 25 september 2009

What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age

Interesting results from Project Information Literacy which support (once again) the importance of accesible high quality virtual reference services. The librarian's role as a web coach has never been more urgent....

"In general, students reported being challenged, confused, and frustrated
by the research process, despite the convenience, relative ease, or ubiquity of the Internet. In our sessions, frustrations included the effects of information overload and being inundated with resources, but more. Participants also reported having particular difficulty traversing a vast and ever-changing information landscape. Specifically, participants greatest challenges were related to finding the materials they desired, knew existed, and needed on a “just in time” basis."


via Jan Szczepanski, BIBLIST

torsdag 25 juni 2009

Is the future library really a library at all?

In the shift from information society to the digital network society distance is getting irrelevant. Everything is here. Wherever you are. But all don't have access. Is the public library the facilitator that can bridge that digital divide? And WHERE is the library of the future? Is it really a library at all? Or an open information bar, a theatre of knowledge?

Guy Adam Ailion made the animation. Here you can read more about him and here you can follow his blog.

fredag 19 juni 2009

Bridging the knowledge gap

Maybe it's not THAT necessary to be able to distinguish a browser from a search engine but maybe the fact that no more than 8% of the inquired in New York actually new what a browser was reveals our society´s urgent need for trained and user oriented information and communication specialists bridging the digital/knowledge gaps in society? If people in general are not really aware of what they are doing when they are using ICT, someone should be even more aware. Someone able to explain pedagogically and un-biased the who, why, when, and where of ICT. A librarian?

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torsdag 18 juni 2009

Use your Twitter avatar to support iranian democracy

Show support for the people who fight for democracy at Iran, and change your Twitter avatar to have green overlay (the official color of the movement).

Read more: http://helpiranelection.com/

tisdag 16 juni 2009


Cool presentation of an interesting book on learning by Charles Leadbeate which was highlighted by Chris Batt at the Next Library unConference in Aarhus

#nextlibrary #nextlibrary09

lördag 6 juni 2009


Nån som minns "99 sätt att dumpa en blogg"?

Jag hade själv nästan helt glömt bort den. Tills idag då jag läste att Marcus Birro slutat blogga. Så det blev det nionde inlägget.

Nu är det 90 sista inlägg kvar innan bloggen kanske kan bli en pdf, ISSUU eller kanske rentav en blok, vad vet jag?

Sett en dumpad blogg nånstans? Hör av dig. Vore kul att öka tempot lite. Annars kanske "99 sätt..." förpassas till bloggkyrkogården och därmed själv platsar i, just det, "99 sätt...". Som då inte längre finns..... eh....eller nåt.

söndag 3 maj 2009

Lazy days off in Zürich...

...nice but horribly expensive! How to people survive more than a week here??

torsdag 23 april 2009

Just when we thought Second life was dying...

...we see more and more proofs of it's potential as a learning environment. In this video we are shown an interesting example of it's use as a platform for religious dialogue. The inclusive vibrant atmosphere of Al-Andalus coming alive again... wow!

onsdag 22 april 2009

Trying out Blogger mobile blogging app för iPhone

User friendly tool for geo postings
, but why no photo posting like in Brightkite?

Mobile Blogging from here.

lördag 11 april 2009

Just added Bibl.se to Twitterfeed...

... which means that all postings here on Bibl.se automatically will be tweeted too. Only the blogpost titles will show up though (together with a shortended URL). This is convenient since the tweets would be unbearable long otherwise...

fredag 10 april 2009

tisdag 7 april 2009

Presentation Challenge Part 3 #kistaideacity

Took my rescue today to wonderful Edenborg, the best place for digital nomading. A lot of new ideas and input, still a bit confused though concerning the "thread"...hope things will become clearer after lunch... Yep, doing the Powerpoint thing, shame on me, but it's only preliminary ;-) Next step is to go ISSUU!

fredag 3 april 2009

Presentation Challenge Part 2 #kistaideacity

No, that's right, I confess, I did not manage to stick 100% to iPhone for my presentation preparations... gathered some thoughts in iPhone Notes on the fly and then moved them to Google Docs. Think I will stick to that one. That way I will be able to read and edit both ways, on PC and iPhone.... ;-)

(Just saw that one CAN sync Notes with PC but you need a jailbreaked iPhone, which is not what I have...)

So, let's re-write the challenge: now it's sort of a flexible challenge instead of a hard core fundamentalistic iPhone one :-))

Still wondering how I will present the final results... would love to use Apple's Keynote but, well, "library world is PC world". Unfortunately. :-( Another alternative is Prezi, which is a really really nice way of giving life to a presentation. But I still don't really get a grip on how it works, a bit confusing, and I don't have time to dive deep into Prezi ocean...

What about good old PowerPoint then? Well... eh...no! I just say no! :-)

After checking out some different Flash alternatives I suddenly remembered...yeah, Linnéa used ISSUU for a presentation once and that was really neat! Let's try that one!

OMG it's late Friday night, time for some dinner and a beer! :-)

To be continued...

#kistaideacity @piratförlaget

söndag 8 mars 2009

Plastic Logic Reader- The Kindle killer?

Imagine a library with a lot less paper, almost none at all, and at the same time a whole lot more to read... Wouldn't this device be just perfect as a lendable reading tool for e-books, e-mags, e-papers, e-periodicals etc? Why bother with Kindle when you can get something bigger, smoother and and still less heavy and less ugly?


onsdag 4 mars 2009

Art is life - dirty perfection

Don't miss the fabulous Gunilla Klingberg exhibition @Bonniers konsthall. She speaks a language where the mass market place meets the stars, the great ideas.... just like libraries...

In spring 2009, Bonniers Konsthall presents a solo exhibition with Gunilla Klingberg, this year’s guest artist at Bonniers Konsthall. The exhibition will be the first major presentation of Klingberg’s work in Sweden. For the exhibition Klingberg has both created new works and re-developed older pieces in response to the space at the Konsthall - everything from sculptures and installations to wall paintings and projections. Combining pattern images with sculptures and sound pieces, Gunilla Klingberg is perhaps best known for her characteristic patterns of recycled cut-price supermarket logotypes. The modest and mundane logotypes of Sparlivs and Lidl are transformed into seductively beautiful oriental patterns, while the logotype of Spar forms the foundation for a kaleidoscopic animation.

And this is just amazing, pure perfection. Street art rules! (Thanks Åsa for posting about this awesome video)

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

tisdag 3 mars 2009

Blue Metro Line, Monday 8:46 am

I remember when I first saw the news about the death of Olof Palme, I can re-vision it just as if it was yesterday: morning rush, a newspaper headline at Skanstull metro station.... "Olof Palme assassinated"

Yesterday morning: a very special phone call that will be recorded in my memory forever and ever: morning rush, blue metro line, making my way to Kista:

"You have been granted this years Bengt Hjelmqvist Prize".

"Qué? Are you joking?"

Awesome, that's the correct word. Filled with awe. That's as close as it comes to describe my feelings. Awe, in the sense of being overwhelmed and excited, but also somehow frightened. A bit like growing up. Since yesterday I'm an adult in a new, happy... and awesome way...

And this is my first encounter with one of the most respected and trusted of all Swedish librarians: Bengt Hjelmqvist. Who was he? What were his challenges? I have to find out...

And I'm so very grateful for all the warm comments and greetings from collegues and friends.

I wrote it today and I repeat it: You are the greatest!

lördag 14 februari 2009

More "cool-aborative" online tools...

Fully functional online collaborative whiteboards, no login, free basic accounts, video chat....

very cool:

and even cooler:


Can't wait to try this one out! Only drawback is that it requires a Wi-Fi network, for some reason 3G doesn't work. Why?

torsdag 5 februari 2009

Google books formatted for Iphone and Android

Just started using my new work iPhone, and now I see this! :-)

"Google today unveiled what could be the largest collection of digital books formatted for cellphones. The company took 1.5 million of the books it has scanned through its partnership with several major college libraries and prepped them for the small screen of iPhones or phones using Google’s Android operating system." Read more...

fredag 30 januari 2009

Digital Textbooks for free?

Free textbooks is the question. Open source is the answer.
Daniel sent me this cool news:

Read more:

måndag 5 januari 2009

Mixing Twitter and blogs together

One of the ideas behind BiblFeed is to mix microblogging feeds together with feeds from "ordinary" blogs. This seems to fit well into Mashable's predictions about blog design in 2009:

Tweets move out of the sidebar: More bloggers will mix blog posts and tweets into a single column together a la Tumblr, rather than keeping them in the sidebar. More new themes will have a built-in style for displaying tweets in an elegant way amongst blog posts. Wordpress users will find the Twitter tools plugin useful.

Read more about the Twitter effect in 2009: 10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009:

söndag 4 januari 2009

Loosing friends, and finding new ones

While everybody else has been busy updating their blogs before, during and after the holidays, writing summaries of 2008 and wishing for the 2009, I have completely neglected this blog. Sorry, shame on me. Not updating regulary is of course one of the cardinal sins when it comes to reader maintanence. No updating, no readers, just that simple. And, yes, as a result stats are all but impressive right now ;-)

What is it then that has refrained me from blogging? One important reason is of course BiblFeed, a new Ning community which I launched recently together with some cool friends from the Swedish (digital) library world. It has been quite a success I must say, very inspiring to see lots of new members signing up - we are now more than 180 members, wow! :-).

What is Bibl Feed then? Well, put in short: the purpose of BiblFeed is to collect and present - in a simple and funny way - the digital lifestream of the Swedish library world. Anything worth feeding, closely or remotely related to library activities, qualify for the feed: library websites and blogs, librarian's updates on media or bookmark sharing sites like Flickr, YouTube and Delicious etc. and updates coming in from microblogging tools like Twitter and Jaiku. This way one gets the opportunity to get a rather comprehensive overview, a snapshot, of what is going on right now in first of all the Swedish digital bibliosphere but also in the nordic countries and in the english speaking library world. Please don't hesitate to join, whoever you are and wherever you come from! :-)

Thanks to Kontoret på nätet I found the embedding tool Embedit.in. As a result, below you can see what BiblFeed looks like, embedded. If you want the real thing, go to www.biblfeed.se

Praying that the horrible events that inaugurated this new year will end as soon as possible, I wish you all peace, love and understanding all along the whole year - and after that. (yes, this hippie slogan is still very, very, useful! :-)