My poor neglected blog

The 23 things program is officially wrapping up this week, and I am disappointed to say that I didn’t officially complete any Thing past Thing 13. My last post was in late August, just after I accepted the position where I am now working. In the last 8 weeks I’ve moved to a new state, started my first official librarian position, and attended my first professional conference. It has certainly been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t have been as successful if I hadn’t been working on the 23 Things before this crazy time in my life started!

I’m going to attempt to briefly address the last 10 Things in this post, and my goal is to transition from using this blog as a vehicle for 23 Things to it being a record of the beginnings of my career as a librarian. I actually just had to pause this post to help several students, and then had a chat with my boss about keeping a record of my professional development activities throughout the year, so now I have even more incentive to keep my blog active!

Thing 14 Zotero / Mendeley / citeulike

I don’t currently use any of these tools and I never had. I took a stab at using a similar service, RefWorks, when I was getting my MLIS but I wasn’t thrilled with its functionality and I’m super organized with my research so I didn’t bother to use the service. I’ve spent some time exploring these three options, and I think Mendeley looks like the one I will go with in the future when I hopefully start collaborating on research. I’m finding that I’m starting to look at tools through the lens of our users’ needs, and most community college students (and faculty!) aren’t likely to make use of citation services. That being said, I’m working on new courses that we can offer faculty and if my Web 2.0 Tools class happens I intend to include information on citation tools.

Thing 15: Attending, presenting at and organising seminars, conferences and other events

As I mentioned in my intro, I just attended my first conference last week! It was for the North Carolina Library Association and I found it to be an incredibly rewarding experience from start to finish. I met a lot of other librarians who are doing amazing things, learned about some new tools, and started to build my confidence as a legitimate librarian. I was out this past weekend and met some new people, and it felt so exhilarating to introduce myself as a librarian to someone outside of the college for the first time! When I originally read the 23 Things post for this topic the idea of presenting at a conference/seminar was daunting. Now that I’ve been teaching classes and have attended conference sessions I have decided this is something I’d like to pursue. I’ve written before about my struggle to reconcile the differences between being in a career vs. just a job, and sometimes seeing how involved other librarians are is overwhelming. At the same time, I get energized by meeting new people and sharing experiences so I’d like to push myself to become an active librarian!

Thing 16: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published.

I didn’t quite realize how important advocacy was until I started working as a librarian. I’m finding that my first point of focus is the faculty and staff on our campus. I don’t think our services and skills are being utilized the way they could be, and one of my first goals in my position is to do outreach with our faculty, staff, and students. I know this will be a challenge so I’d love feedback on how other people have done this.

As far as getting published, the community college setting doesn’t require me to do so, but it is something I’d like to pursue for myself. I met some really fantastic people at the NCLA conference and I’m working up the courage to see if any of them would partner with me on research endeavors. I also need to spend a little more time deciding what avenues of research I’d like to pursue.

Thing 17: Prezi / data visualisation / slideshare

I was familiar with all of these tools/topics prior to reading the CPD23 post. I actually used a Prezi to get my job here, and I’d like to make a series of Information Literacy based Prezi’s that I’ll record using Camtasia to make videos for our library site. Data visualization is a topic that I first took notice of during my graduate studies and I find it fascinating but daunting. There are certainly some amazing free web tools to create visualizations, and this is something I’m exploring to make our library website more engaging and appealing. I’ve seen quite a few presentations on Slideshare and I like the idea of using it, but I haven’t yet created a presentation that I feel is worthy of uploading to test it out! Slideshare does serve a useful purpose, but I feel as though we should all be moving away from static Powerpoint style presentations to make use of more dynamic tools like Prezi and screen capture services.

Thing 18: Jing / screen capture / podcasts (making and following them)

Man, that turned out to be a nice segue! I hadn’t really used Jing or other screen capture services before I started my job, however, I am very proficient in the CTRL+PrtScn function in Microsoft! I like Jing because it’s fast and can be used for quick tutorials and help guides. Our campus has subscriptions to SnagIt and Camtasia so I am more likely to use those tools since they are already on my desktop.

Podcasts have been around for quite some time but I’ve never taken the time to get into using them. I don’t know why this is, and I’ve tried several times to get more into it but I just can’t. I’m not a huge talk radio or audio book type person, and I guess I’d rather read/see something than hear it. I suppose that makes me a visual learner! That being said, one of the things I’ve learned here at the community college is how important it is to present information in multiple formats so that all users can access it in a way that makes sense and is comfortable for them. Once things settle down in my job (ha ha) I will revisit podcasting and how I might be able to apply it here.

Thing 19: Some time to think about how you might integrate the Things so far into your workflow and routines.

For the purposes of completeness, I will add a sentence here to say how glad I am for this program. Things 1-12 helped me find my job, feel comfortable doing it, and be more able to reflect on my experiences to make positive changes.

Thing 20: Library Day in the Life and Library Routes/Roots

Library Day in the Life is something I learned about during the height of my job search, and thus I didn’t participate. I did pay close attention to the concept, and spent some time reading blogs to get a better idea of what I might be doing once I found a job. I look forward to being involved with the project in the future!

My Library Roots go pretty deep! My Mother was the librarian at my high school (she retired in 2006) and my Aunt is currently a part time librarian for the Army and for a community college. I grew up in the library. I loved helping my Mom check out books to patrons and fondly remember her sitting on the couch reading library journals and booklists while I did my homework or read a book. She has been my strongest support throughout my life, and she was surprised when I chose to become a librarian. I got my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2007 and planned to take some time off from school before rushing into a graduate program. I didn’t start working in the field of Psychology until 2009, and I quickly realized I didn’t want to be a therapist. I also realized that my favorite part of my undergraduate work was research. Not necessarily writing the paper, and not necessarily just in Psychology, but I discovered that I loved to learn new things. The more I thought about it the more I realized that working in an academic library would allow me to marry my love of learning/research with my love of technology/the Internet, and I quickly applied for Library School.

My Library Routes pick up from here. I chose Drexel University for a few reasons. The first was because I could apply and enroll within a few short months. Secondly, I could complete the degree online which would help me to be able to work and support myself at the same time. Third, they have an excellent reputation. Fourth, I could complete the degree in 15 months. I had a good experience at Drexel. Most of my professors were brilliant and engaging, my classmates were smart and well-spoken, and I was able to take classes that matched my interests. My biggest challenge was that I’d never learned about libraries before, so I spent more time reading than I thought I would. I knew I wanted to work in an academic library and I began applying for jobs about 4 months before I graduated. I began to get frustrated with my search about a month after graduating and realized I needed more real-life experience (I had none). I was able to begin volunteering at a local University working with metadata, but I only did this for about 3 weeks before I was offered my current position. I have now been working as the Instruction/Reference Librarian for about 6 weeks and I love my job so far. I get to do reference, teach classes, build websites, and pretty much tackle any project I can think up. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish in my first year!

Thing 21: How to identify your strengths, how to capitalise on your interests, how to write something eyecatching that meets job specs.

Identifying my strengths was a huge part of actually getting a job in the field. I had to market my skills from being a customer service rep, bookseller, and crisis counselor into library terms. I think it’s important for me to continue identifying my strengths and weaknesses in my new position to make sure that I continue to grow as a librarian. The job application process was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have found a job that I love in such a short period of time. I know that one of the things that “sealed the deal” was my interview, as I’ve heard feedback from all of my current co-workers who were on my interview panel about how I did. I actually did my interview on Skype, and I spent about 4 hours researching interview questions & how to ace a Skype interview. I found a fantastic blog about library interviews, and I literally wrote out my answers to most of the questions and practiced them with my partner. Everyone who was on the panel told me that I was the only candidate who didn’t take long pauses to come up with an answer, and that my answers felt very natural. I would highly recommend a good practice session to anyone who is going to be interviewing in the future. Another recommendation is to research the organization, and to use that research in your interview. I made sure they knew that I was excited to be working with them and that I wanted to be a part of their community.

Thing 22: Volunteering to get experience

I mentioned this in my Routes section, and although I think the volunteering had little to do with me getting my current job, I know that if I’d had to continue my search my experience volunteering would have been invaluable. The volunteer experience exposed me to the workings of an academic library, and got me to start meeting other librarians. I wish I could have spent more time there!

Thing 23: What have you learnt and where do you want to go from here?

In summary, I’ve learned that professional development is a lifelong process that will give as much back to you as you put into it. It takes a lot of effort to keep up with the many active librarians on Twitter, read blogs, explore new resources, meet new people, reflect on your experiences, and incorporate the new knowledge you gain into your professional and personal life. The 23 Things exposed me to a flurry of online library activity, and to the skills of reflective practice and networking that will be essential to me as I continue in my career. I look forward to continuing my professional development and to using this blog as a tool to build my career.

 

Week 7: Things 10 & 11

Thing 10: Route into Librarianship

I found it fascinating to read through the options available toUKlibrarians. I don’t know that my path would have been much different than the one I chose here in the US, but it seems as though the LIS community is perhaps more welcoming and supportive of new librarians. From the few posts I’ve seen this week on this topic, it appears that many of my fellow participants found themselves working in a library almost by accident and then decided that they enjoyed it so they pursued a degree in the field.

I am almost the exact opposite, where I decided to become a librarian and get my Masters degree without ever having worked in a library. Although I’ve never worked in libraries, I did grow up in and around them. My Mother is a retired librarian, and she was the Library Media Specialist in my high school. I have many distinct memories of running through her library as a child, and we took weekly visits to the public library together. In high school I’d hang out in the library in my free time, and I’d usually jump on the computer and help my classmates check out and find books.

I got my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a topic that grabbed my attention in high school, and one that I still find exciting. I decided toward the end of my undergraduate career to take a few years to work before I decided what type of post-graduate education to pursue. It took longer than I expected, but I finally found my current job where I work as a crisis counselor. This experience helped me realize that I didn’t want to be a therapist, and although I love Psychology, I didn’t want to be stuck in a lab researching and experimenting either. I almost started a program to get my Masters in Women’s Studies, but at the last minute I realized that it wouldn’t have the practical focus that I was looking for. I went through a bit of an identity crisis but gave myself time to explore my interests, evaluate my strengths, and decide what my next step would be.

My favorite part of my undergraduate work was always doing research and reading new articles. I didn’t necessarily love writing the papers that followed, but I loved the hunt for information and the satisfaction of finding just what was needed. I know that I am skilled in working with people, and that I love being in libraries. It took some internal struggle to accept the fact that I was technically following in my Mother’s footsteps because I’ve always been one to try to blaze my own trail. Now that I’ve completed my degree I’m quite pleased with my decision and can’t wait to start working full time as a librarian. I mentioned in my last post that I’ve started volunteering at a local university, and I absolutely love the work I’m doing and being in a library twice a week. My only regret is that I didn’t pursue any opportunities for library experience during my degree program, and I’m hoping that it won’t be long until I can be making a living as a librarian!

Thing 11: Mentoring

Mentoring is definitely something I’ve been considering lately. When I graduated in June I began reaching out on message boards and found the reassurance of seasoned professionals to be incredibly helpful. I went on the ALAConnect website and used their mentoring section to reach out to several librarians, but unfortunately I haven’t received any responses. This is certainly something I intend to follow up on, but with working part time, volunteering just as much, and full-time job hunting it’s been less of a priority.

My time volunteering so far has been fantastic, and the librarian I’ve been working with has been very open about her experiences. I already feel a bit of a mentor/mentee relationship developing between us, and I may consider asking her to make it more formal once I’ve been working at the library longer. Another benefit of volunteering there is the librarians I’ve been talking to in the lunchroom! There is another volunteer who is already working as a librarian and she is considering taking classes at my alma mater to brush up on her Digital Library knowledge. It was nice to be able to share my experiences with her and get her perspective on the information I’ve learned. I have also been able to chat with a few other librarians at the university, and am considering reaching out to them to look for more volunteer hours. I had a great conversation with my Mom about the experience, and she agreed that the collegial relationships she built as a librarian were one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. I’m looking forward to meeting more librarians at different points in their careers and learning as much as I can from them.

Things 8&9: Organizing

 

This week’s things post will be briefer than most of my posts typically are. I started volunteering at a local university this week in the Special Collections area. I’m now working there Monday & Friday from 9-5 along with my counseling job Tuesday through Thursday, so it doesn’t leave much time for exploration! I also had my first library job interview today, and I had to prepare a lesson on an Information Literacy topic for the interview so I have been busy! (BTW, I made a wiki for it, the link is carrieemoran.wikispaces.com if you’re interested).

I’ve used Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, Outlook Calendar and several variations of phone calendars in the past so I didn’t really spend much time on this topic. While I was in school I primarily made use of a real life, giant, dry erase wall calendar to stay organized. Now I put really important things in my phone with reminders and use Outlook for work appointments. I’m certain that when I get my first library position I will have a wider variety of duties, meetings, and professional development activities and I might make more use of an online calendar. I know some people shared their Google Calendars to show their planned conference schedule forALA, and I think this is something that is potentially very useful. The group aspect of the majority of Google’s applications is a strong point as online collaboration is becoming more popular in all settings.

I hadn’t used Evernote before but I had been tempted while in school. I downloaded the desktop client, watched the tutorial video, and started making a list of jobs to apply for. I like it, it’s easy to use, and the tutorial video made me wish I had a cool project like building a house to work on so that I could store other types of media. As I stated earlier, I’ve had quite a busy week so I’m sure I can explore this tool more in the future. If I become dedicated to using it I will definitely download the iPhone app to complement the computer side of things. I like using it for job applications because I can paste the whole text of a job ad and save it once I’ve applied. Oftentimes organizations will remove the job ads once the job has been closed, and it will be helpful to have a copy of the original ad for interview purposes. I did actually mention Evernote in my interview today as an example of an emerging technology tool that would be helpful for students to learn about, and I am once again grateful for cpd23!

Things 6 & 7: Networking

Both CPD23 Things for this week involve networking. Thing 6 addresses online networks, and Thing 7 is about face to face networks. Networking is something that I’ve never really had to do before. My partner has recently made the transition to becoming an independent financial representative and this has required her to network as a regular part of her job. It’s been interesting to watch her go through this process, and I think it will help me as I begin networking in the LIS field.

Thing 6

I am feeling good about my usage of online networks, and these online networks have been my sole source of networking so far. I’ve been on LinkedIn for quite awhile, and now that I’ve graduated from library school I made an effort to spruce up my page and join some groups. I was able to get recommendations from a co-worker and a professor, and I think the recommendation feature is a great strength of LinkedIn. It’s easy to add “friends” to social networks, but having recommendations on your LinkedIn shows that people actually know you and respect the work that you do. Some of the groups have been very helpful. I found out about the Careers in Federal Libraries Google group through a LinkedIn group, and I’ve gotten good feedback and support from other group members.

I’m not sure how I feel about using Facebook for professional networking. I don’t do it currently, and I don’t see a relevant place for it in my future. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends scattered around the world, and occasionally to relax by playing a game or two. I wouldn’t want to mix professional networking into these activities. I can, however, see the importance of having pages on Facebook for libraries and organizations. A frequent discussion in LIS is the need to meet patrons where they are, and if your patrons are using Facebook it makes sense to connect with them there. My organization doesn’t have a Facebook page, and this is something I’ve suggested to our Director so that we can become more connected to our community and publicize our events.

Finally, although I feel it’s been beaten to death as a topic, I have started using Twitter for online networking. The majority of users I follow are members of the LIS community from students through well-respected professionals. I have made connections, and enhanced connections with some of my classmates from library school. I hope that when I get an opportunity for some face-to-face networking that my Twitter network will have already introduced me to some of my fellow networkers.

Thing 7

The last sentence should give an indication that I haven’t yet attended any face-t0-face networking events. I do belong to theALAand ACRL, but haven’t had the time or financial means to attend any meetings. This is something I would certainly like to do in the future. I am also job searching across the country, so I don’t want to join any regional networks until I know I’m settled somewhere for at least a year or two. I think that local professional networks are a good first step because they are smaller and have more opportunities to meet and become involved. I had to explore professional networks as an assignment in my first quarter of school, and I am thankful for that opportunity because it got me thinking on a global/networking perspective early on in my journey.

As far as professional networks go I have good role models. My mother is a retired Library Media Specialist and she is still an active member of several professional organizations. I grew up watching her going to meetings and conferences with other library professionals, and I have seen how much value this added to both her career and personal life. I’m hoping to eventually attend a library related event with her some day! In my current job I work with therapists and lawyers to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. One of the therapists I worked with is an art therapist and she is very active in that community. One of the lawyers I work with is an activeABAmember who has won awards for her service to the organization. I have had discussions with them about their dedication and their willingness to put in the extra effort in their professions, and I find their dedication to be very inspirational. Watching them has helped me to change my mindset and realize that being active within one’s professional community can be very rewarding on a personal level, not to mention the professional opportunities that can be offered.

Thing 5 – Reflective Practice

At first it seemed odd to cover reflective practice at such an early point in the program. It quickly became obvious that routine reflection is an important part of any experience, and is a skill that should be utilized throughout any professional development activity. The value of reflective practice is obvious, I think, because without reflection we have no sense of connection to what we are doing/learning. The CPD23 post for this week outlines reflective practice as an iterative three step process: Recall it, Evaluate it, and Apply it.

The first two things we embarked on in this program were fairly straightforward. We introduced ourselves and explored the blogs of our fellow participants. There isn’t much to reflect on except perhaps some thoughts about how I’d do things differently in the future. I would have written a better first post that was a better introduction to who I am and my motivations. I would also have used a more careful method for viewing the blogs of participants. In the first week I resorted to random browsing from the alphabetic list, and this wasn’t always successful. I now have several blogs that I follow, I use the RSS feed, and occasionally search Twitter for #cpd23. These methods seem to be more successful for viewing the blogs of active participants.

Thing 3 was about branding and your online identity. I learned the many ways to use the Internet for branding and found some great sites that I wasn’t aware of before. I enjoyed the experience of self-evaluation and trying to formalize my personal brand. I wouldn’t say that anything worked well or went wrong because Thing 3 was more about self-discovery than anything else. I wouldn’t change anything about the experience. I know that I can use this in my current role as job hunter because many employers are interested in how you come across online. It has also helped me to define my own goals and interests in the field, which has made me a more focused job searcher. The practical application I can take from this reflection is to constantly monitor my brand, to keep it consistent, and to use tools such as LinkedIn and my personal website to continue my development. Hopefully these branding skills will bring value to my future workplace because I’ll be able to apply the same principles to their brand.

Thing 4 was about awareness and learning about relevant social media tools. I had started this process on my own when I joined Twitter and began using Google Reader, but I hadn’t thought as clearly about how these tools could be applied to my professional development. I learned about the different ways other librarians are using these tools, and I explored some new sites like Delicious that I would like to use in the future. I enjoyed the opportunity to find some new friends on Twitter and also to find new resources for keeping current on LIS news and info. I have yet to give Pushnote another shot, and I think this is something I should try. I also know that I need to spend more time on Delicious. I have already made some actionable changes as a result of Week 4. I realized that my Twitter was sometimes becoming too personal and I have made a conscious effort to use Twitter more as a tool for my LIS networking and development rather than a place to follow my favorite chefs and basketball players. I don’t think I have the time or energy to make a separate personal Twitter account, so for now I am happy to still follow people related to my personal interests but to keep my personal Tweets to a minimum.

Reflective practice is incredibly useful, and I think it’s something that gets overlooked because our lives always seem busy. Making time for reflection is important as it allows you to really process experiences and to make purposeful choices based off those experiences. I had several projects in library school that required some type of reflection about the process, and I appreciated the opportunity to complete reflections of my work. I think that reflective practice is a skill that is important to information literacy because it helps you to retain information and to make changes that will last.

An extra exploration of awareness

One of my fellow participants mentioned Delicious in her post when discussing Pushnote. I’d heard of Delicious but hadn’t ever taken the time to explore it on my own. I found it much easier to use than Pushnote, and I love the fact that I can access my personal bookmarks from any computer. I think this is probably the greatest strength of Delicious. I’m also a huge fan of folksonomy and user generated tagging, and Delicious makes this incredibly easy. I imported a file of bookmarks from my computer that had been stored before I had to completely wipe my hard drive, and it was fun to explore some of those old links again. I liked how Delicious automatically selects tags based on the most popular tags from other users, and the ease with which I could add my own or remove the automatic tags. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to explore Delicious past my initial account opening because I’ve been working, creating a site for my Mom’s genealogical society, and applying for jobs like a mad woman.

Yesterday I attended the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup webinar. It was a fascinating presentation that featured 4 speakers: Jason Griffey, Kate Sheehan, Sue Polanka, and Marshall Breeding. Each speaker discussed different tech seminars or news from the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, and each speaker focused on different topics. Jason talked about 3 distinct ideas: Native Apps vs. Web Apps, The Death of the Mouse, and 3D Printing. His discussion on the first two topics was the most familiar to me, but I still gained some good insight. I’d never heard of 3D printing, and I think it’s a neat practical application of technology, but I’m not sure how many libraries would justify the cost of a 3d printing machine.

Kate talked more about trends in technology and her presentation was very insightful. She mentioned a lot of books that I need to add to my reading list. She discussed how backlash to new technology is a normal part of any technology’s life cycle, the “online or it didn’t happen” phenomenon that has exploded as the Internet becomes more user friendly, the importance of using statistics to support advocacy but not replace it, GIS and using maps for visualization/mash-ups, and the role of libraries/librarians in the new information ecosystem. All fascinating stuff that I can’t wait to look into more.

Sue and Marshall discussed topics that are certainly relevant but were more difficult for me to embrace as I currently don’t work in a library. Sue gave a wonderful overview of the current state of e-books and the many new services that are being developed in the e-book arena. The 3M Cloud Library was the most compelling for me because it allows libraries to buy a touch screen based preview system for e-books, and loanable e-readers for patrons. Marshall’s focus was on the new generation of library automation systems and the shift toward what he calls a “Library Services Platform”. He also talked about changes in discovery services and RFID technology. I learned a lot, but it was difficult for me to apply the knowledge due to my limited experience with these technologies. I’m very glad I attended the webinar and I look forward to more learning opportunities in the future!

Thing 4: Current Awareness

Awareness is something I’ve been working on since I graduated from library school last month. Working and going to school full time doesn’t leave much room for extra reading and exploring, but I knew that it was important to stay involved with my library education and the library community once I graduated.

Twitter
I joined Twitter about a month ago. This week’s Thing mentioned the oft-held opinion that Twitter is for frivolous updates, and I must admit I was under the same impression. When I let my friends know I was joining Twitter many of them didn’t understand why, and I was skeptical myself. I started myself off by following some of my favorite chefs and basketball players because it was easy to find them. It took me a week or so to start connecting with other LIS students and professionals. About half of the people I follow now are LIS related, and I’m really impressed with the structure of Twitter and the vibrant LIS community that exists there. I feel as though I’ve already made some useful connections and it’s nice to know that there are other newbie librarians out there! I’ve found that Twitter helps me stay current with LIS trends and helps me to show my interests to anyone browsing my feed. As I said, I love the use of tagging users and hash tags to categorize information. When I first started CPD23 I searched for it on Twitter to find other people who were actively discussing the program. I must say that I am very glad to have joined Twitter, and I hope to use it professionally in whatever library I land in. Speaking of jobs, I’ve found several very useful Twitter accounts to follow for jobs. One in particular is “I Need a Library Job”. I never thought before that I could use Twitter as a resource for job searching, but it has been immensely helpful.

RSS Feeds
I was introduced to RSS feeds in general, and Google Reader in particular, in my first quarter of graduate school. I immediately joined Google Reader and have been using it daily since. It gave me the instant benefit of deleting several links from my Firefox bookmark menu, and a secondary benefit of finding a new way to explore my interests. I had asked my colleagues for LIS blog recommendations, and I’ve been following LISNews, the Swiss Army Librarian, Librarian in Black, and multiple job boards since I opened my account. I have been adding to my list of feeds slowly over time, and I am looking forward to exploring more LIS related feeds to follow now that I’m out of school. I am happy to see the CPD23 RSS feed because I wanted a way to keep up with the posts for the program and RSS is much more effective than random blog choosing from the list of participants!

Pushnote
Pushnote is the only service I’d never used or heard of prior to this course. I downloaded it yesterday and used it to review a few sites. None of my Facebook or Twitter friends are using the service currently, so I was unable to see the full social potential of the service. It’s annoying that Pushnote isn’t supported by IE because that limits is usability when traveling away from my home computer. There is no iPhone app, so I can’t use it on my mobile device. This limits the effectiveness of the service because I feel like I would only ever use it from my home computer. I like the simplicity of the star design and the changing of colors to designate changes, but I don’t think this is something I need/want to use for myself at this time. The LIS nerd in me is excited by the idea of Pushnote, and I can see how it could be useful if some modifications were made. It would be nice for a library system to have the same Pushnote account linked to all browsers because it would allow librarians to annotate pages from the Internet without having to go the extra step to create webpages, wikis, etc. for annotating links.