Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gimme a P, Gimme an L

I've got tons to write about PLA ... just give me until Tuesday. Yesterday I drove 342 miles so I could visit my friend in Milwaukee. The woman at the car rental agency told me I had the lowest one-way one-day rate she'd ever seen. Being the good librarian that I am, I researched all the possibilities for travel between Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

Apparently the Tech Buddies spot did run last Monday. A dvd of it will probably be at my library when I return on Wednesday. I'm still horrified at the idea of watching it, but I'm glad I'll be able to show the seniors and teens when we meet again.

Friday, March 21, 2008

from the communications department ...

"The Tech Buddies program will be featured on Channel 7 Eyewitness News "In the Morning" this coming Monday, Mar. 24. It can theoretically air anywhere from 6 - 8, but it's almost always around 7:20 am."

Yesterday, a French librarian came for a visit. I told him about Learning 2.0, our staff forums, and I showed him this here blog. He knew what a hat was, but explaining "hood" took a few tries.

It's been non-stop excitement here at the QL at FH. I want to write a longer post about the second week of Tech Buddies (and the news crew), but maybe I better wait until I'm off the desk.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

eep! eep!

Channel 7 news is coming tomorrow to do a short spot on Tech Buddies. It's only our second meeting, but I asked the teens to bring in all their gadgets and the seniors to bring in something pre-1990. Then we'll do a bit of show, tell, and play.

If everything goes according to plan and it isn't horribly embarrassing, I'll post the video of it here.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Tech Buddies: Week 1

Even though I am still recruiting, we had our first meeting during Teen Tech Week. I'm referring to it as a "soft launch" of the program. I'm pleased with how things are progressing, and I was surprised to learn that none of the teens had Wii'd before. That means it's something the teens and seniors can explore together, and makes the idea of the tournament at the end even more appealing.

I'd never look a gift horse in the mouth, and I'm very excited to have received the TTW grant, but I think recruitment might have been easier during the summer months. Finding teens available on the same day of week has been challenging, and the moody weather of March kept some of our seniors away.

I keep reminding myself that there's a reason for pilot programs. I'll post more later, but all the teen content for the tri-system summer reading website is due in a few days. The committee has come up with some pretty neat stuff, including choose-your-own-adventure type scenarios. We're each responsible for writing two and I haven't even started mine.