10 Super Creative Types of Business Cards

Whether you’re a recent graduate or have been working in your field for years, one of the best ways to be remembered at networking events is by your business card. They can leave a lasting impression – or none at all. I have been creating tiny business cards from Moo.com for years. They allow you to create 2-sided glossy photo cards with your contact information in minutes and they always get a comment from whomever I hand them to. Many people think that you’re limited to carrying only the business cards that your company or organization prints for you, but that’s just not so. Nowadays, many people are branding themselves as individuals, as well as the place that they are currently working at. So why not create your own business cards that express who you are as a professional and individual? Here are some very creative cards that are guaranteed to inspire you:


1) Pop-Up Business Cards

I love this idea of a pop-up business card combined with a photo portrait of the creator. It adds a fun surprise that you don’t find with regular business cards and also makes the card holder memorable because their face is on the card. Each time I return from a conference or major event I have a pile of business cards that were handed to me and I have to try and jog my memory as to which person each belongs to, however I would have little difficulty with these creative cards!

2) iPhone Cards

This is genius! A business card that looks like an iphone’s interface is a great idea, it’s at once familiar to many people and also very unique. I can think of other interfaces that would also be great for business cards as well such as software programs, game systems, etc., depending on the field.

3) Foldable Business Cards

These foldable cards are for a manufacturer of self-assembly furniture from Brazil. What a fantastic idea that’s right on-point with their business – to create a card that can be folded into a chair. I can think of some librarian applications for this type of card – perhaps one that folds into a book or bookshelf?

4) Interactive Business Cards

These incredibly creative cards are just brilliant. What a great idea for a yoga instructor to have cards that truly convey what they do, and contacts are guaranteed not to lose this card – it’s one to remember!

5) Clever Business Cards

Everyone knows what Google looks like by now, and similarly, the suggested spelling results it provides, so this business card is a great way to play off of that. The result is that the creator of this card looks very clever and creative as well as knowledgeable about the Web. I think that this style of card would work for many different fields besides printing.

6) Multi-Purpose Business Cards

Why not create a business card that is actually an object that people can use? I can see educators and librarians creating bookmarks, tiny notepads, etc.

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10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014

Information Today’s excellent Computers in Libraries conference took place in Washington DC last week and featured top-notch presentations by librarian on the cutting-edge of technology.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend you’ll want to check out these great presentations by talented info pros!

1.) Rock Your Library’s Content With WordPress


Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill
Chad Boeninger, Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University

This session looks at the strengths, scalability, and flexibility of WordPress for library applications. Haefele describes how UNC Libraries selected and implemented WordPress as a content management system for their large university library website. Take a look at the power, ease of use, and customization offered by WordPress as well as tips on supporting a complex site.With years of experience using WordPress to power his business blog, a website designed to help business researchers at his institution, Boeninger demonstrates why he prefers WordPress as an alternative to commercial applications such as Libguides and showcases plugins, taxonomies, and techniques for organizing and promoting library research guide content.


2.) Re-Imagining the Library Website Experience


Kim Vassiliadis, Head, User Experience, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill
Emily King, Coordinator of E-Learning Services, User Experience Department, University Library, UNC
Kelly Coulter, Vitual Services Manager, Richland Library

Think redesigning your website is a big task? Imagine tackling 30,000 hand coded web pages. The UNC team did just that, striking out to create a user-focused, visually stimulating website built using responsive design. They share insights into taking the UNC library’s web presence to the next level and describe how they analyzed their web presence, conducted usability testing, redesigned content, made design decisions, and developed a content management strategy. Coulter describes Richland Library’s quest to create the ideal library user experience. Transforming Richland’s library site from a portal that sends library users off to different vendor platforms, Coulter shares how it is improving fragmented experience by offering library patrons an integrated user experience via custom modules in Drupal. Learn about the pieces of the integration puzzle and lessons learned as a new library user experience is crafted.

3.) Tools & Idea Blitz: Steal for Your Website!

Chad Mairn, Information Services Librarian, St. Petersburg College (Presentation Link)
Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries (Presentation Link)
Rick Bearden, Automation Librarian, Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, Ferris State University (Presentation Link)
Emily R Mitchell, Librarian / Webmaster, SUNY Oswego
Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian, Beatley Library, Simmons College (Additional Presentation Link)

This session looks at some new and sometimes overlooked ways of enhancing the library’s web presence and shares new tools, design themes, and applications. Mairn shows how you can revolutionize mobile phones with your floorplan. He describes how places like libraries or campuses can work with Google to get their physical space mapped for indoor guidance with Google Indoor Maps.When someone zooms in on your library building on Google Maps, floorplans automatically appear. In your library, users would have point-by-point navigation via their Android smartphone or tablet (soon on iOS devices too) to reference desks, study rooms, computer labs, etc. Brandon looks at theming in Drupal and illustrates the steps, from the selection of a base theme to those involved in setting up a subtheme, using HTML/CSS to design multiple layouts. MSU Libraries’ chose the Omega base theme, the second-most-installed theme for Drupal CMS. Working with this theme, MUS Libraries’ web team created a responsive design for their academic library website. Bearden and Mitchell describe some of the hurdles they faced to keep their library website accessible, including a battle with Google.With the pace of tech change and job mobility, the old paradigm of solving problems by knowing who to ask is shifting to knowing what to ask. Find out what to ask when you’re faced with ensuring accessibility of link resolvers, authentication systems, proxy services, and other systems essential to libraries. Sharpen up your skills (and your mind) to help keep your library site accessible. Deschenes looks at custom development of a new tool for sharing information about Simmons College library collections and services with patrons and stakeholders. Many libraries are focusing on measurement and assessment and Deschenes used Zoho Creator as a statistics management tool to share library data. She illustrates a lightweight, dynamic online dashboard built to visualize data stored in a Google spreadsheet using Sheetsee.js. Not only will you have a chance to see the dashboard, you’ll get the steps to create one for your library.



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10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or coffee depending on your preference). But what would make that even better is having one of these awesome literary mugs in your hand! Here are ten mugs that any librarian would enjoy – can you guess what literary work, writer, or theme each represents? Answers are below the photos!

1) banned
2) hunger
3) darcy
4) sherlock
5) henryv
6) insults

1) Banned Books Mug
Boldly displays the title of some the world’s most famous banned books, from Galileo’s Dialogo to Rushdie’s Satanic Verses and 22 titles in between.

2) Hunger Games Mug
There are plenty of Hunger Games related mugs and other goodies available on Etsy!

3) Mr & Mrs Darcy Mugs, Set of 2, Jane Austen Mugs
Any Jane Austen fan is sure to appreciate these and other Pride and Prejudice mugs available on Etsy!

4) Sherlock Holmes “Eliminate the impossible….” Mug
This is actually a two-sided design mug with the other side featuring a cameo of Holmes himself.

5) Henry V, Shakespeare Mug
This cool mug features the quote “You have witchcraft in your lips” from Shakespeare’s Henry V. The deep red lipstick print has Shakespeare’s name written into the right hand side of the lower lip print!

6) Shakespearean Insult Mug
The Shakespeare Insults mug is covered with the Bard’s funniest and most biting insults from his plays.

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Top Trends, Themes, and Quotes of SXSW Interactive

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin each spring. The SXSW Interactive event is focused on emerging technology and has a reputation for top-notch presentations on the latest trends and innovations. This year’s presentations and talks focused greatly on topics such as privacy and data ownership, wearable technology, 3D printing, virtual currency and much more. Here are ten of the best round-up slide decks that will get you caught up on exactly what happened at this amazing event:

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38 Library Stories You May Have Missed in March

March was filled with library articles, blog posts, and infographics discussing everything from eBooks, wearable technology, and apps to comic books.  I’m looking forward to reading about libraians at SXSW and how to throw a Divergent party.  If you want to catch up on your library-related news and reading, here are 38 great stories to get you up to speed.

  1. Georgia Tech Study Reveals Copyright Complexities, Social Norms in Online Media Creation
  2. How to Create Library (or any other) Floor Plans
  3. 35 Library Stories You May Have Missed in February
  4. 6 Abandoned Libraries
  5. 6 Great Resources to Reinvent Your Career, Yourself
  6. The Very Best Book, Comics, and Manga Apps: Our Top 23 Picks
  7. 12 Free Essential Apps for College Grads
  8. Google Glass Still Needs a Killer App
  9. The sorry state of ebook search results
  10. Chat Reference Tip: Sharing Permanent URLs for Searches
  11. Libraries & Librarians as Major Players in Tech at SXSWi
  12. Revisiting Book Tasting to Support Readers

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