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Google Chromebook, 6 months later

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 20, 2011 - 7:40am

Almost exactly 6 months ago, I wrote up my first impressions of the Google CR-48 Chromebook, the first dedicated hardware device to use the Google Chrome operating system. In the intervening time there have been tons of software upgrades to ChromeOS, and true to their word Google launched the first commercially available Chromebooks in cooperation with Samsung and Acer. 

Last week I received a tweet asking me what I thought: 

@griffey What was your final verdict on the Chromebook? Wondering if it might be useful to have for workforce development in libraries...less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

So it seemed worth revisiting, especially as I think one part of the Chromebook is particularly interesting for libraries. I’ll get to that in a second. Read More »

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Becoming Nodes of Information

Submitted by Michelle Boule on June 16, 2011 - 8:15am

Lee Rainie has been directing the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project for the past 10 years. He was recently interviewed by Project Information Literacy about a new book he is writing about what he calls the “new social operating system.” In the interview, Lee says some interesting things about the way information is used and created and the role librarians play in this new operating system.
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Three Firms Join to Gain Global RFID Synergy

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on June 13, 2011 - 8:05am

This article will appear in the July 2011 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. Read More »


Using Technology in Library Management, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 9, 2011 - 2:06pm

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Earlier today's we held the second session of Kenley Neufeld's workshop Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Communication and Administration. Kenley discussed a number of different tools, and how they can make life as a library administrator easier, while making communication with staff faster and better.

Here are some tools Kenley discussed today: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: Building the Digital Branch

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 8, 2011 - 2:24pm

Upcoming Workshop on Web-Scale Discovery Services a First-of-its Kind Event

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 7, 2011 - 8:14am

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It's no secret that Web-Scale discovery services are a big deal. Web scale discovery is a transformative technology that allows librarians and patrons to search seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote, preharvested and indexed content, receiving relevancy-ranked results in the intuitive interface expected by today’s information seekers.  It is a big part of the future of library automation. Read More »


Using Technology in Library Management

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 2, 2011 - 2:04pm

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Earlier today's we held the first session of Kenley Neufeld's workshop Using Technology in Library Management: Skills for More Efficient Communication and Administration. Kenley discussed a number of different tools, and how they can make life as a library administrator easier, while making communication with staff faster and better.

Here are some tools Kenley discussed today:

Kenley's Slides: Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

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We just wrapped up the final session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Diane Hillmann led today’s session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: New Models of Metadata

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 18, 2011 - 1:50pm

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We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Karen Coyle led today’s session, New Directions in Metadata. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »


Changes That Make Sense for Libraries, Faster: a Conversation with Equinox COO Grace Dunbar

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on May 18, 2011 - 7:39am

A chance encounter with Equinox COO Grace Dunbar can make conference downtime into the most interesting session of the week. Rather than relying on fate and the hotel bar to ensure a chat with Grace, I asked her if she’d let me interview her for TechSource at this year’s Evergreen conference. In the course of conversation (sometime after she introduced me to pimiento cheese), Grace mentioned that she had worked at Stanford and been involved in the Google Books project. That’s about when I brought my laptop out

KS: What was it like to work with the Google Books Project?

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