Why Not?

Operating with a stance of “Why not?” can be the perfect antidote to the beguiling, ever-tempting “No.”

“No” brings things to a halt, FAST. “No” reacts, rejects and forbids. “No” closes the discussion before the award-winning million-dollar idea can be shared.

Let’s consider some business uses for the “Why not?” approach. Why not..

  • Decide to throw “Because we’ve always done it this way” to the wind?
  • Switch gears mid-project to do the right thing?
  • Try a pilot project with a new technology?
  • Revisit the idea next week, next month, or next quarter?
  • Invite others to the table and give them a chance to speak freely on any topic?

There will always, always be solid reasons not to do some thing. Why not feed optimism and hope, respond less cautiously, and change your entire operation?

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Information Discovery Through Comments, Reviews

Public libraries can harness the power of comments, reviews and ratings to encourage social information discovery and better connect library members with content. Here is a list of 7 ways:

 

  1. Add LibraryThing for Libraries and enhance the OPAC with member tags and reviews
  2. Use the ChiliFresh Book Review Engine to publish member reviews
  3. Have a display of library members’ picks, instead of staff picks
  4. Start an online book club that encourages participants to create reviews
  5. Allow comments on a readers’ advisory blog
  6. Set up a My Library Idea website à la My Starbucks Idea
  7. Survey both library staff and library members on “bests” for the year and share both staff and user results (Sample questions: Best Book of the Year, Best New Author, Best Children’s Book, Best Cookbook, Best Local Guidebook, etc.)

And one more idea: keep track on developments with BiblioCommons.

 

How to Post a Video on Your Blog

Today I spent some time assisting a coworker on how to post a YouTube video onto her blog. She is using Blogger for her blog. This process was more complicated than we had anticipated.

The instructions given on both Blogger and YouTube indicated we could simply copy the code given in the “Embed” box. So, we thought we could just copy the code and paste it into a new blog post. This was not the case. We were unable to copy more than just the beginning portion of the code. (I checked later and found that users who choose to upload their videos to YouTube can prevent them from being embedded in others’ blogs. I’m not sure how common this is.)

After some trial and error, we ended up creating a YouTube account and adding a blog to the account. This allowed us to share the video from YouTube with her specific blog and thus post the video. If you find you cannot copy the code to embed the video, you may wish to follow the steps below to share the video instead.

 

How to Post a YouTube Video on Your Blogger Blog

 

1.  Locate a video from YouTube that you would like to post on your blog

 

2.  Sign up for a YouTube account here (complete the form even if using your Google account)

 

3.  Next, visit your new YouTube account page to add your blog to your YouTube account

 

4.  Click the link for “Video Posting Settings” and then click “Add”

 

5.  On the next page, choose Blogger and enter your Blogger username and password

 

6.  Return to the video that you have chosen

 

7.  Click on the option to “Share” below the video

 

8.  Select your blog from the assorted “Share” options

 

9.  You may change the title (the video title is default) and enter any text for your post

 

10. Click to share the post on your blog and it will be published immediately

 

 

For WordPress users, I found detailed instructions on how to post a YouTube video here.