Thursday, July 3, 2014


App of the day

sort of like WordFoto



I took this photo while running errands, then tweeted and tagged +Trundlebedtales . Sarah is an expert in all that is Laura Ingalls Wilder and I knew she'd get a kick out of this random siting featuring Rose.

Here is that photo processed with the Waterlogue app.

For a free online alternative, try:

Tons of effects and filters.

And here is a Symbaloo mix I've done, called "Fun with Images".

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Who would have thought that a presentation about zombie librarians could make me tear up?

Thanks Jennifer Lagarde! I will be a soldier in your zombie fighting army.



Here's another app.

Lots a special effects and you can create GIFs. 


There are two big conferences happening in late June - the annual meeting of the American Library Association in Las Vegas (what happens in Las Vegas leaves Las Vegas!) and ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. 

Obviously, I'm not at either one of them. 

But I am following vicariously via the twitter hashtags #alaac14, #alaleftbehind, #iste14, #notatiste14
(thank you Tweetdeck)

I also joined a Google+ group with #notatiste14 folks doing daily challenges (thus, photo above).

Because I'm tuned in, I have captured a plethora of links to great resources (like this: and I have followed intriguing conversations.

I love how generously everyone shares their learning and their passion.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Love the Target dorm room collection. I can see putting the question mark outside my high school office and turning on the lights when I'm "in". The hashtag will be great for photos.

Summer app tip:

I use the collage feature in Picasa and upload to my blog album to make the slideshow posted on the blog.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Today I finally visited the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. 
WHY WHY WHY did I wait so long?
What a gorgeous facility!

My first impression came from their signage. Well designed. Professional looking. Crisp and friendly. That theme was echoed throughout the entire building. 
(No 8x11" printouts using Times New Roman or Comic Sans!)

I was greeted by the YA librarian who gave me a short tour, pointing me to the various areas in the building. She advised me to visit the roof first, as rain seemed imminent.

I thought to myself, I have to come up here and read sometime. The views were beautiful and the rain was holding off but I was the only one up there. It would be a great place for a reception.

Look at this signage! Simple but so descriptive, with a look coordinated around the building.

There was a large variety of seating and so many windows, with a flood of natural light.

The curved shelving and round shapes of the lighting and seating gave the library a feeling of developing organically around the needs of the patrons.

I even loved the understated "end panel" markers. What was on them? Just the Dewey Decimal number that started the range. Clean and beautiful.

Everything was bright and clean. There were no ratty, yellowing books with crinkly, old mylar covers. Even the classics were represented with gorgeous new editions.

The YA section was quiet and dimly lit. Teens sat reading 

or playing games at the long counter of desktop computers.

Their creativity was on display here on the huge blackboard.

I was very glad to see this sign in the YA section!

I was surprised and delighted to see an "un-conference room".

This would be a perfect place for a July tweetup!

The entrance to the children's department. (There is an opening to the left - you don't have to go through the tunnel!)

If you have the chance to visit the Cedar Rapids Public Library this summer, do not pass it up!