Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The book goes live

   "Google this: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library" has gone from being a concept to being a real book that is sitting on my desk right now. Along the way I got to talk with librarians from the Library of Congress, New York Public, Harvard and the British Library. Most exciting, I was invited to the Googleplex for a day of talking with project managers. Later that day, we got to drive south and visit YouTube headquarters to interview a manager of educational projects. The seven months of writing went very quickly, followed by months of editing, copy editing and last-minute tweaks. I'm very proud of the final result, so we'll wait to see if it strikes enough chords with people to merit a second edition. The thesis here is that there are a lot of free or nearly free online products that are being underutilized by libraries. When possible, I've included a step by step instruction on how to create things like IGoogle gadgets or get links to your content in Google Earth.

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