Knowledge Management

Social Bookmarks

bq.The ability to save a URL has been around since Mosaic 0.2 but is currently experiencing a transformation as we learn more about the pages and content behind the pointers and share our findings with others through social networks. – “Niall Kennedy(Bookmarking and social sharing trends)”: Today during lunch, I got a chance to watch “Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm(Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm)”: thanks to our “local institution of higher learning(South Florida Community College)”: “Steven(Steven Bell’s Home Page)”: and “Aaron(myspace/facebook/flickr/etc a fad?)”: were both knowledge and yet willing to disagree at times. I thought it was a really good starting point for discussion and we had a good conversation about a few points among our little group especially when it came to (and Aaron even took a moment to push “a certain other project(Second Life Library Opening)”: I am involved in).. But I also thought Aaron was correct when he said not to try and adopt every new technology at once. Pick out one or two things to get really good at first.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.