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Blog posts from September 2009

Researching Your Library Tech Decisions

Submitted by Jason Griffey on September 28, 2009 - 8:50am

I spoke this past week in San Diego, at the San Diego Law Library Association's Fall Conference, and one of the members asked me the following question (paraphrased for brevity):

How do you make decisions about what technologies to offer or support at your library? With the explosion of Web 2.0 over the last 5 years, how do you decide what to offer your patrons?

I decided to share my suggestions on how to make those decisions in your library. Read More »

Anticipating LibCamp Monterey at Internet Librarian 2009

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on September 25, 2009 - 9:02am

Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries are two of my favorite library technology conferences.  All of the programming focuses on the application of technology in libraries, they have great keynote speakers, and feature shorter "Cybertour" presentations in the exhibit hall--quick, 15-minute introductions to whet attendees' appetites.  This year, the organizers of Internet Librarian are trying something new and different: before the conference begins, attendees and anyone else who signs up on the wiki have a chance to attend LibCamp Monterey, a half-day "unconference" on library technology.  I had the opportunity to catch up recently with organizer Amy Buckland about LibCam Read More »

Fast Flip Flops

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 18, 2009 - 8:40am

The elves over at Google Labs have emerged once again with yet another interesting information experience--Google Fast Flip, which they announced on Monday on the Official Google Blog. Fast Flip was designed to address one of the nagging problems of using the Web as a news source: when trying to browse quickly through several news sites to get up to date on what’s happening, many users, including those with “fast” Internet connections, find that it takes too long to load all of the content and pop-up laden webpages of the major newspapers and magazines. Thus, users in search of an informative web experience get a frustrating one instead. Read More »

Engagement in the LIS Classroom and Beyond

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 16, 2009 - 9:37am

Last month, I wrote a bit about a survey by the Department of Education on online courses and the site we've been working on for my courses at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Key quote:

If anything, library education should be based on an understanding of the foundations of our profession with a huge serving of “learning by doing.”
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Library 2.0 Gang 09/09: eBooks & eReaders

Submitted by Richard Wallis on September 11, 2009 - 1:40am

The Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader are spreading their influence across libraries, especially in North America. Our guest this month is Orion Pozo from North Carolina State University where he has helped rollout a couple of Sony Readers and a few dozen Kindles of various versions, for students to loan.

The interest of the Gang this month (Marshall Breeding, Carl Grant, Frances Haugen) soon moved on from the student experience and current practicalities at NCSU, to the wider potential and impact of eBooks on the world of libraries. Read More »

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Building the Digital Branch for the 21st Century: A Webinar with David Lee King

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 2, 2009 - 8:32am

We're proud to announce that in collaboration with WebJunction, ALA TechSource will be hosting a Webinar with recent Library Technology Reports author David Lee King. Read More »

Just in Time for Back to School!

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 1, 2009 - 11:09am

I got wind of a recent study by the department of education through the New York Times. The headline, which seems designed to grab an educator’s attention, reads: “Learning Online May be Better,” and the article details findings that “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”

A press release at the Department of Education includes more useful background: Read More »