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Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 13, 2011 - 2:36pm

Earlier today, we held the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. We’re following up with a few of the questions asked during the presentation that we felt merited further discussion: Jason will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

Curating Social Media Content

Submitted by Andromeda Yelton on April 6, 2011 - 7:56am

While listening to the obligatory NPR in the car today, I heard a story on creating a social media scrapbook using Memolane. It lets you integrate content from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, photo- and video-sharing sites, and more into a timeline view of your social media life. Read More »

Information Will Out

Submitted by Kate Sheehan on April 5, 2011 - 8:07am

I have something to confess to you all. For an embarrassingly long time, I thought the phrase “information wants to be free” (besides being the name of one of my favorite blogs) meant free as in speech, not free as in beer. My apologies in advance to my open source friends who are tired of “types of free” conversations -I’ll try not to mention kittens. But for quite some time, I was under the impression that “information wants to be free” was a rallying cry for access and simplicity, not content you didn’t have to pay for. “Information will out” was the underlying meaning I focused on.

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An Interview with Lendle's Brian Ford

Submitted by Tom Peters on April 4, 2011 - 9:33am

Last Friday Brian Ford, one of the co-founders of, an ebook lending service for Kindle editions, sat down with Tom Peters to talk about the wild and woolly month of March Lendle experienced. Lendle had to close down briefly and unexpectedly in March when Amazon blocked access to their API. This resulted in an equally unexpected amount of media attention and public outrage. Tom and Brian discuss not only this March Madness, but also the longer term issues and opportunities for authors, rights holders, publishers, libraries, and readers.

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Amazon Cloud Drive & Cloud Player

Submitted by Jason Griffey on March 30, 2011 - 2:04pm

On March 29th, Amazon launched two major new services, both of which seem to speak directly to my post guessing at an Amazon well as being shots across the bow of both Apple and the music industry. The two services are connected, but distinct in capabilities and effects, so let's look at them separately:

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Karen Coyle's Library Technology Report wins ALCTS Award!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 25, 2011 - 10:29am

I Confess...I Dislike Facebook

Submitted by Michelle Boule on March 16, 2011 - 8:27am

I have a confession. I realize what I am about to admit will make me a curmudgeon to some, but so be it.

I dislike Facebook.

Hate is too strong a word because Facebook is good for finding people I have lost track of, but that is about the only thing for which I'm willing to give it credit. I would rather everything else that Facebook does elsewhere. My reasons for this dislike boil down to a mix of a dislike of user agreements as well as the lack of intellectual property rights, lack of privacy, and my general annoyance that very few people know or care about these issues with Facebook.
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I Profess Everything

Submitted by Tom Peters on March 10, 2011 - 9:04am

Approximately 22 years ago I had a memorable conversation with a university English professor.  One Friday afternoon we were bandying about the idea of faculty status for librarians – back then a hot topic at a particular university.

English Professor:  If librarians want to become professors, what do they profess? 
Librarian Me:  Rather than focus on a particular subject area (such as English literature, political science, or physics), we profess how information is created, found, accessed, used, organized, and archived by humans.

It was playful academic banter, but my memory of the exchange has lingered across the decades. 

Then, early on Monday morning, March 7, 2011, I noticed that James Gleick has a new book out:  The Information:  A History, a Theory, a Flood, published by Pantheon, an imprint of KnopfDoubleday.  Read More »

Continuing the Conversation: Making Mobile Services Work for Your Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 9, 2011 - 3:36pm

Earlier today, we held the ALA TechSource Workshop Making Mobile Services Work for Your Library with Cody Hanson. There was some great discussion in this workshop, and we want to follow up on that with a few of the questions asked during the presentation that we felt merited further discussion: Cody will be part of the discussion as well! Read More »

ALA Editions Offers New E-Course on Using E-Gov Resources

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 7, 2011 - 8:52am

Using E-Government Resources is an increasingly important part of librarianship. Public records, archives, goverment repositories and other forms of government documents are more likely to be created digitally, and older documents are being digitized every day. To help you understand and unleash the potential of these resources, ALA Editions is offering a new eCourse, Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources with Diane Kovacs, a government documents librarian and experienced online instructor. Read More »