I really like the creative way David Lee King‘s library looked at publishing their online annual report.

What could have been a boring link to a pdf document ended up being a pop-up interactive book – it still gives you all the fact you need, but in a really creative way.

Here’s the link to the full annual report.

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I love this idea for library name tags that I found on Tame The Web

I love how it goes against the stereotypical idea of librarians as being boring, old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy people!

I think mine would read:

Sophie van der Walt

AKA …

– camper

– amateur cook

– wild life enthusiast

– lover of pina coladas

Want to find a great image of a news event that’s just happened? Free Technology for Teachers put me on the path of NachoFoto.

NachoFoto is an image search engine designed to bring you the latest images from across the web on emerging trends and breaking stories.

At the moment the Trending Topics they have images for are:

Afriqiyah Plane Crash 12th May 2010 Pictures Bay to Breakers Pictures Cannes Film Festival Pictures Elections in the United Kingdom Pictures Miss USA 2010 Pictures Oklahoma tornado outbreak 10th May 2010 Pictures Open Air Mass At Fhatima 13th May 2010 Pictures Quebec landslide 11th May 2010 Pictures Series Of Explosions Hit Iraq 10th May 2010 Pictures Thai Anti Government Protest 2010 Pictures Uranium Exchange Program 17th May 2010 Pictures Wall Street reform Pictures War in Somalia 2009 Pictures

It can offer great images to link to current events/topics and you can use the NachoFoto’s timeline slider to look back at images taken over the course of the development of a news story.

I just got back from speaking at two conferences – one was a university faculty conference and the other a library conference from the library I used to work at.

I spoke about the findings of my Masters’ studies on generational awareness in academic libraries in South Africa twice and co-presented a paper on using e-posters to teach research methodology to honors students. (I’ll try to post both presentations today or tomorrow)

It went really well, and this morning when I read Roy Tennant’s post Thoughts on Speaking where he mentions another post on “30 Quick Tips for Speakers (now 35!)” that gives a few tips on presenting and speaking I thought I’d add my 2 c worth:

2. The power is not the point – slides are there as navigation points, not to be the content – I couldn’t agree more! the presentations that resonated with me where the ones that were text light but the presenter was knowledgeable enough not to need a text heavy slide

4. There is a high demand for people who can both provide content and deliver it effectively from stage. Some can do one of the two, most don’t do either and a select few do both. Aim to be great. Amen! Great content can get lost/spoiled if the presenter can’t deliver well. Practice untill you find your presenting voice and don’t try to imitate somebody else’s style

15. Have passion for what you’re saying. If you don’t, your audience won’t either. I experienced this in all three my presentations. Because I was passionate about my topic and thought it was really interesting the audience responded very well too and ended up asking really interesting/thought-provoking questions

20. Change your presentation every time. Update stats, bring new examples. Own the content, not repeat it. I agree with this. Even though there was only one person in audience who attended both of my solo presentation I changed some of the slides, added some videos and cartoons and made sure that it looked and felt different and new

33. Tell great stories (your own, not someone else’s), and be funny. Don’t tell jokes, but use humor. (From Ava Diamond Site / Twitter) People respond better to you as a speaker if you can humanize yourself, so I always try to use humor (even at my expense) to show that I’m just a normal 30-year-old

I like presenting not just because I like to talk so much 🙂 but because of the incredible feedback and vibes you get when presenting. It’s a chance to tell people “here’s what I did/think – what do you think about it” and that leads to some really interesting meetings and people!

This is not only a gorgeous graphic, but lets you listen to the sounds of the solar system!

(click on the link below to go to the website and listen)

Thanks to Information is Beautiful for posting this.

I simply love the new ads from the Antwerp Zoo in the Netherlands.

The Zoo wanted to place the Zoo as the garden for anyone living in Antwerp and collaborated with real estate agents in Antwerp.

So as part of every house, or apartment that they sold or rented, a garden the new owners would receive a year pass for the whole family to the Zoo. All of a sudden you have a garden!

Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Brussels, Belgium
Creative Director: Jan Teulingkx
Art Directors / Copywriter: Arnaud Bailly, Ross McCurrach
Photographer: Marc Paeps
Account: Carolina Pizzutilo
Published: March 2010

You can now explore the British Library’s Virtual Books collection via their online gallery:

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