About this blog and this blogger

This blog is about whatever topics and ideas move me to blog, probably mainly things related to libraries, information technology, and reading.  But time will tell.  I like to think of these posts as yodels from the eastern slope of Monkey Mountain, Missouri. 

I also blog over at the ALA TechSource blog and the LibraryCity blog, where the blogging is more focused and staid, with precious little yodeling. 

Tom Peters, the CEO of TAP Information Services, a company he founded in 2003 to help organizations innovate, is a librarian by training and inclination.  Tom has worked previously at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC, the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago), Western Illinois University in Macomb, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Minnesota State University at Mankato, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  Tom did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College, where he majored in English and philosophy.  He earned his library science degree at the University of Iowa.  His second master’s degree (in English) was completed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  His library experience includes reference service, library instruction, collection management, and administration.  His current interests include:

  • eReading on portable devices (I’m working on a book on this topic) 
  • online CE opportunities, such as the Trendy Topics series of online conferences
  • mobile library initiatives, such as the My Info Quest SMS-based reference services
  • online public events using web conferencing software, such as OPAL: Online Programs for All
  • national digital public library initiatives, such as LibraryCity
  • revising standards, such as the ASCLA NLS project to revise the standards and guidelines of service for the Library of Congress network of libraries for the blind and physically handicapped 

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