Raves and Reviews


Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Awards, Feature Article Category

Excerpts from reviews of my publications

Collaboration 2.0 – published by ALA Tech Source

“Collaboration 2.0 is a clear, concise, and easy-to-read introduction to the concepts presented. Hastings looks at Web 2.0 tools from the perspective of someone looking to foster ease of communication and project-based work in libraries. Tools such as Facebook and Delicious, traditionally used for social purposes or personal productivity, take on a new light when viewed through this lens. ” – Cliff Landis

“This is one LTR not to miss!” – Michael Stephens

Hastings, Robin M. Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries. (The Tech Set, Vol. 3). 105p. illus. ISBN 978-1-55570-707-1.

Microblogs are brief, textlike communications posted through such services as Twitter, while Lifestreaming applications are similar to RSS aggregators except that they monitor a variety of social media instead. Products such as Friendfeed or Tumblr, also known as “Social Aggregators,” allow users to manage their Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Delicious, or flickr activity from one convenient interface. Examples include sending patron notifications via social media and creating a single repository to house all of the library’s blogs, feeds, photos, and videos. Anyone interested in marshaling the art of monitoring or moderating simultaneous social networking sites will benefit from this book, but its real value lies in describing how libraries can specifically leverage these tools to organize and enhance services.

Excerpts from evaluation forms for presentations I have led

Microblogging and Lifestreaming for Government (NAGW)
“Good presentation. Great job. Very Interesting.”

Web 2.0 For You

“This course was excellent. Didn’t know what to expect coming in, but wow. Lots of useful info – can’t wait to start implementing!”

“Learned much more than I thought I would! Woohoo!”

Look Ma – No Programming! Cool Tips and Tricks

“Absolutely Great! Thank You” – Joan Henderson

Implementing Library Learning 2.0 at UKSG
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Becoming 2.0 at MORENet
Facebook message from Vernelle: “Wanted to thank you for all the info you shared with us at the Summer Skills Institute. I am picking through what I can use for me, and what I can share with my patrons. Thanks again”

Web 3.0 at NAGW
“Best session I have attended yet – great job!”
“You gave us lots to think about”
“I can hardly wait to work with this. Very interesting session”
“Great presentation! Will try to use this info when I get back to work!”
“Perfect balance between technical and non-technical info. Engaging presenter. Would love to hear from her again!”
“Really fascinating stuff I never would have learned otherwise!!”

Collaborating In The Cloud at MLA
“5 stars! Wonderful! Thank you!!”
“I would like to see the entire 90 minute program. This was short & there is so much info.”
“Thanks for making the slides available”

ALA E-Course – Online

T. Williams “As a Library supervisor, meeting facilitator, and training coordinator my mind is swimming with the possible uses of Google Drive within our system.  We recently migrated our email to Gmail. Though definitely still a Google novice, the possibilities astound me.  Looking forward to see if Week 2 can top this!”

B Smith “I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Google Docs, Google Drive and other stuff.  I learned a lot and it definitely wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.”

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