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Blog posts from October 2008

Internet Librarian 2008

Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 29, 2008 - 8:24pm

There could hardly be a nicer conference location than Monterey, CA in the Fall. The weather is gorgeous, the town is walkable, and there is a plethora of tourist activities ranging from the phenomenal Monterey Aquarium to the local beaches. So to say that I spent my days at Internet Librarian 2008 sitting in hotel conference rooms should give you some idea of the speakers and the programs that Information Today manages to put together every year. Read More »

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The ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium is Coming Up

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 22, 2008 - 11:38am

It's not too late to attend the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium! This special event, which takes place in the Chicago area from November 2-4, will feature many of the leading voices in gaming today, as well as exciting demonstrations and open gaming.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Lawrence Kutner, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood and Gamerdad's Andrew Bub.

Registration is still open, so if you are able to make it, don't hesitate to sign up!


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Dispatch From the LITA Forum

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 17, 2008 - 7:57pm

Greetings from Cincinnati, the Queen City! After my bad flight experience in Anaheim, it was nice to be able to hop in the car and head to a conference that’s just a few hours away from home in a city that I know quite well (my fiancé grew up here, so I’ve been here a lot). 

For those of you who might have experienced the accommodating but sterile environment at annual, LITA is a nice change of pace. We’re lucky enough to be here at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, an ornate and absolutely breathtaking historic building. If you were intimidated by the size and scope of Annual, you’d be right at home at the Forum, which is the small town to Annual’s metropolis. From the moment I walked into the hotel, I began seeing a lot of familiar faces and names, and an introduction to an unfamiliar one required nothing but a friendly hello. Read More »

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Information Overload: the Tooth Fairy of the Internet

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on October 15, 2008 - 10:37am

At the recent Web2.0 Expo, Clay Shirky explained why, like Santa, Information Overload is a myth. One meant to make us feel better and keep some magic in our lives, but something that does not exist.

The problem, Shirky tells us, is not more information, but outdated filters. This should resonate with librarians who have helped people use the Internet for the first time and watched the careful left to right tracking of their eyes across the screen, treating everything on the page as if it had equal importance… as if it were printed material. Read More »

Fractional Dimensions

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 12, 2008 - 11:42pm


When I was in grade school in the 1960s, we learned the basics about the dimensions. It must have been math class. For a string of years there, every math teacher I had used an overhead projector with water-soluble colored pens as a pedagogical aid. A one-dimensional thing was a line, such as the x axis on a graph. A two-dimensional thing had height and width, but no depth, such as a sinusoidal curve drawn on an x/y graph. A sheet of paper was, for all practical purposes, two-dimensional, even though you could add a z-axis to your graph to create a sense of depth. A three-dimensional space, such as a classroom, had height, width, and depth. The fourth dimension, which always seemed a little suspect to us, was time.  The fifth dimension, of course, was a musical group. It was the Age of Aquarius. 

Recently I have been experiencing and thinking about virtual worlds and how librarianship is evolving and might continue to evolve in light of these virtual worlds. There are scads of them out there: Second Life, Active Worlds, Lively, Whyville, and hundreds more. Some of these virtual worlds seem to be basically two-dimensional, like cloth figures on a felt board. Other virtual worlds seem to be essentially three-dimensional, similar to the real world. One day a new idea hit me: Dimensions may include fractions. There may be 2.3-dimension virtual worlds, or even 3.3-dimension virtual worlds. Let me explain. Read More »

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Launch Pad! Gaming in the library

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on October 10, 2008 - 11:58am
This photo was submitted to the TechSource TechShots group pool on flickr. Head over to flickr to submit photos of innovative uses of technology in your library.
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Self-Service and Innovation at Boone Co. Public Library

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on October 1, 2008 - 1:40pm

One of the beautiful library spaces I had the privilege of visiting this summer was the new main Boone County Public Library building in Burlington, Kentucky (map), in the northern part of the state. Read More »

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