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Blog posts from December 2006

Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 29, 2006 - 8:19pm

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.
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Google Goes to College

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 14, 2006 - 11:00pm

Google has a relatively new offering called Google Apps for Education. It is part of its Business Solutions branch of services. Google Apps for Education is a suite comprised of Gmail, GTalk, Google Calendar, Google Page Creator, and the Google Start Page customized for your school. This option is also available, though in a slightly different format, for businesses. Both the Google Apps for Your Domain and the Google Apps for Education are in beta production, and a limited number of schools are being offered the service free of charge during the beta period.
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Custom Zen: Enlightened Information Retrieval

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 13, 2006 - 11:44am

Last week, you may have read about some new collaborative efforts (check out the District Dispatch's second podcast, intro music and all!) and Web 2.0 tech tools launched by some creative ALA staffers and the ALA Library. One of them is the Librarian's E-Library, "selected resources on Libraries and Librarianship from the American Library Association (ALA) Library and a growing list of volunteers."
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Microsoft's Live Search Books

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 12, 2006 - 11:14am

After playing around for an hour or so with the recently released public beta version of Microsoft's Live Search Books (LSB), I have to admit—against some vague sense that my better judgment is failing me—that I like it.

Sure, others have reported that LSB does not work well—or at all—when using browser software other than Internet Explorer, but if you stick to the straight-and-narrow Microsoft path, the service works and shows potential.
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Save the Date! Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 6, 2006 - 11:19am

ALA TechSource is proud to present the “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium,” July 22–24, 2007.

Developed by ALA TechSource and Jenny Levine, author of “Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services,” the September/October 2006 issue of Library Technology Reports and The Shifted Librarian blog.
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YALSA to Host Teen Gaming Discussion Group at Midwinter '07

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 5, 2006 - 7:08pm

Kelly Czarnecki, on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog, recently posted about a really cool event happening in Seattle next month. Gamers and those interested in gaming and libraries will definitely want to check out:
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  • YALSA's Teen Gaming Discussion Group

  • W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Ave., Studio 8

Unsucking the OPAC: One Man's Noble Efforts

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on December 5, 2006 - 9:34am

For better or worse, I'm usually quite prolix on TechSource, but this is a day when I woke up early feeling the need for a wee happy post. It's a day when I flung open the curtains and shouted to the world, "World, the OPAC doesn't always have to suck!"

That's particularly true because of the work of Casey Bisson, inventor/developer/creator/instigator/leader of WPOPAC, built "inside the framework of WordPress, the hugely popular blog-management application."
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Have Laptop, Will Learn?

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 4, 2006 - 2:53pm

Last Thursday's New York Times contained an article (a no-cost subscription is required) that provides a progress report on the $100 laptop initiative, officially known as One Laptop per Child (OLPC). The project is based at MIT's Media Lab and was first announced in January 2005. Led by Nicholas Negroponte, the OLPC project proclaims its main outcome goal thus: “a unique harmony of form and function; a flexible, ultra low-cost, power-efficient, responsive, and durable machine with which nations of the emerging world can leapfrog decades of development—immediately transforming the content and quality of their children's learning.”
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