As we slosh around here knee-deep in preparation for the next WebJunction it seems like I can’t swing a toad without hitting something in the middle of a little freshening up. Aside from the obvious nifty factor of a brand new site, one elephant-sized byproduct of a culture of change is that it leads us toward innovation by encouraging examination of the things we maybe have been taking for granted.
For example, it recently occurred to us that our community guidelines haven’t been touched in quite some time. This is a document that has done a heroic job with little intervention. In fact no one here can readily come up with example of the guidelines failing to keep us on track.
That’s great news, but in our current climate it doesn’t mean the guidelines get a free pass. But we don’t want to change them just for the sake of change, either. Instead, we’d like to invite your thoughts on what maybe could use some updating. For example we don’t mention Creative Commons, embedded media, or user generated content in the guidelines. Should we? Let us know.
For all we know, you may think the current guidelines the perfect community fit. That’s fine. However, if you do have some feedback on updates you’d like to see, this is your chance.
I’ve copied the existing guidelines to the WebJunction Wiki. Once you login (yes, thanks to those dirty, rotten spammers you need to create a login; your WebJunction login doesn’t work on the Wiki), you can comment, edit, and change to your heart’s desire. And it’s not just about change. If you prefer to keep the guidelines as is, or you feel strongly about something remaining in the guidelines, please note that, too.
We look forward to seeing your input!
Monday WebJunction turns five! In this web-based world where the shelf life of blog posts and RSS feeds is measured in hours, five years is a major milestone that we couldn’t have reached without all of you.
In honor of the occasion, we thought it appropriate to share some of our memories, invite you to share yours, and generally enjoy a fun week of both looking back and looking forward.
Where shall we start?
We’ve also thought it would be fun to share our personal memories of WebJunction and related library experiences. We’ve created a discussion forum where we hope members will share some of their favorites. Already we have well wishes (thanks Maddog!) and a few WJ team recollections. Please add yours!
Also this week WJ staffers plan to share some of our personal “top fives” on the blog. The scuttlebutt I hear around the office hints at topics like favorite programs, shoes, WJ member milestones, memorable meals, conference swag, stories and more. I can’t wait to see what surfaces.
If you’d like to get in on the action and share a five (or two), I invite you to either drop us a note in the blog comments or add your list of five to the memories discussion thread.
It should be fun week. Stay tuned!
Each year in the Spring, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream runs a “free cone” promo at their stores. Kids (and parents) line up around the block—last year my two ice cream junkies waited 40 minutes—40 minutes on line and the cone was gone in five! Luckily, the goodies from Free Comic Book Day should last quite a bit longer (and could bring returns for years).
All you need to do is stop by a participating comic store and make your free pick from a selection of titles like Archie, Superman, Hellboy, World of Aspen, X-men, Tiny Titans and many more. Seriously. These are free. I know you are thinking: “What’s the catch?” Nothing is free, right?