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Blog posts from February 2006

On Change, Library 2.0, and ALA

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 28, 2006 - 8:10pm

A few weeks ago, Jenny and I found ourselves at a meeting at ALA Headquarters talking about Web 2.0, learning, and Library 2.0 initiatives with some of the ALA division heads, Mary Ghikas, Senior Associate Executive Director, and the Otter Group's Kathleen Gilroy. As a result of that meeting (and some forward-thinking continuing-education interest and work on the part of Mary Ghikas and the Otter Group), Jenny and I are authoring content for, as well facilitating, an online prototype “Learning 2.0” program that ALA will launch this spring.

Learning 2.0
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When Owning Isn't Owning

Submitted by Jenny Levine on February 28, 2006 - 5:28pm

At the Ontario Library Association Superconference earlier this month, I argued that library schools need to offer a course in copyright, licensing agreements for electronic products, and digital rights management (DRM), because they all affect the future of how libraries will interact with our users as entertainment and information becomes increasingly digital. It's unfortunate that at a time when the broadcast flag is again rearing its ugly head and media and publishing companies continue to try to buy legislation giving them free rein with users' rights, most librarians are completely unaware of just how much these moves could affect them. Read More »

The Winds of Change

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on February 22, 2006 - 6:27am

Zephyr Innovation Incubator ProgramMichael's last post provides a good segue into another nifty program offered through the Metropolitan Library System, which has offices in Burr Ridge and here in ALA-headquarter town, Chicago, IL.
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Are You Dreaming?

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 20, 2006 - 4:31pm

Michael Stephens, librarian, educator, blogger, and dreamer"All I ever wanted was to know that you were dreaming..."

Allow me a tangent here today—not to really talk about technology directly, but to talk about innovation, thinking creatively, and looking at our services in a new way. I've been writing a lot and reading a lot to prepare my proposal for research at UNT, to start toward my dissertation.
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Lunch with Leslie

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 17, 2006 - 10:02pm

Alan Gray, Darien (CT) Library, and Leslie Burger, ALA President-ElectWe were lucky to be heading to San Antonio's highly agreeable climate, though we were going there for different reasons: Michael for the ALISE Conference and Jenny for Midwinter.

Then came a note from Alan Gray, at Darien Library in Darien, Connecticut.
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On the Road with Jenny and Michael

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on February 13, 2006 - 4:06am

Jenny explains how blogging helped the Metropolitan Library System (MLS) with information dissemination.Friday was the first date of the ‘Conversation, Community, Connection, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-Centered Services' Road Show, and after some minor technical difficulty—which co-presenter Jenny Levine sportively referred to as ‘Technology Minus 2.0'—those of us in attendance settled in for a thought-provoking morning session.
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Plogging Toward Completion

Submitted by Tom Peters on February 7, 2006 - 11:39pm

Max the DogEarly this morning, my dog Max and I should have been out jogging—in pursuit of our mutual general project goals to lose weight and to improve our cardiovascular systems. Instead, we were plodding along at our customary meditative pace beneath the belt of Orion. Undoubtedly, Max was contemplating the tasty morsels that the toddlers would toss to him from their highchairs later today. I was pondering plogging.
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The Digitally Re-Shifted School Library: A Conversation with Christopher Harris

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 6, 2006 - 9:56pm

Michael Stephens, Librarian, Author, and Tech Teacher In late January, I spoke at the Panhandle Library Access Network's Tech Day on technology, staff, and users in libraries. “Planning, People & Participation" took the attendees through a gamut of social tools and ideas for effective use of technology in all sorts of libraries. In fact, some of the most interesting discussions came from the school-media specialists, who were excited by what they heard and saddened by their situations. Some background: Read More »

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Karen's 'Beyond Algorithms' in Google's Newsletter for Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on February 2, 2006 - 7:16pm

If you read FRL (which I know you do), you know how busy Karen is. Considering she's the director of, I'm always amazed when I see her well-crafted work on FRL and her smiling face and seemingly unhurried composure at conferences (where she's a very sought after individual) at which I've had the pleasure of hanging out with her if only even for a few moments. There's also her work on the ALA Council (representing LITA), and as a lurker on a couple of library-related electronic lists, I know she also finds the time to weigh in on many important issues facing the library field. (And, of course, you know she contributes insightful pieces to this blog, TOO!)
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