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Blogging Platforms for Teachers and School Librarians

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 31, 2007 - 11:19am

Michelle BouleIn the past few months, I have had the privilege to work with some amazing school librarians. Many of them want to begin incorporating more technology into their libraries, but are hampered by filters and lack of knowledge about the available tools on the Web. For some, even the most basic tools are blocked by overzealous IT and administrations. Read More »

Internet Years & Dog Years: Remembering Jake

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 27, 2007 - 4:41pm

Digital photo of JakeMy dog Jake, the Internet, and I grew up together.

I've been doing some year-end reflecting. It's that time, as resolutions are made and the fresh, shiny New Year beckons with promise. If you follow my "lifestream" -- Flickr photos, the TTW blog, Facebook, etc. -- you know this year had some ups and some downs. Losing Jake to old age was rough -- and losing my other Labrador Charlie one month later still hurts.
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Overwhelmed by Spam Comments

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 20, 2007 - 4:25pm

Time to wash the windowsIf you haven't noticed, this blog is becoming overwhelmed by spam comments.  The blogging software we currently use allows us to ban spammers and delete spam comments, but only one at a time.  Deleting all these spam comments makes washing the windows on the Empire State Building seem like child's play.

In an effort to get the spam under control, we have decided to disable the comments function on this blog.  We really regret having to do this, because the non-spam comments often are very informative and insightful and lead to good conversation. 

Now that the spam-spigot has been temporarily turned off, we will try to catch-up on deleting the existing spam comments.    Read More »

Down the Organization: Disorganized Librarianship

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 12, 2007 - 6:19am

This morning, while Max my dog and I were out for an early morning stroll, a truly cockamamie idea dawned on me.

feeding frenzyIt began as I was contemplating the recent feeding frenzy involving bloggers, reporters, and columnists over the commercial release of the Kindle ebook reader from Amazon.  A quick search in Technorati for the keywords "Amazon Kindle" pulled back over 3700 posts.  It's amazing that thousands of bloggers have commented on this device.    Read More »

This Time It's Personal

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 25, 2007 - 4:41am


Submitted by Tom Peters on November 19, 2007 - 6:52pm

Today officially announced the availability of its new portable electronic reading device and service, Kindle. The MSRP for the device is $399. The content will cost in the neighborhood of $10 per book, with newspapers and magazines priced accordingly. The highest priced Kindle book I was able to find in their catalog was Growth Strategies for Software Companies at $1,079.96--worth every penny if it produces results. Several of the available titles cost only a penny, including Confectionery Packaging Equipment. Sweeeet! Read More »

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Coming Up for Air Guitar

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 30, 2007 - 10:20am

Computer games that combine gaming with mild to intense physical exercise, such as Dance Dance Revolution and the Wii, seem to be gaining popularity both within and without libraries.  Having libraries host “rock the stacks” battles of the bands also has proven to be a popular way to lure teens into libraries. 

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Peppy le Pew and Snidely Whiplash

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 29, 2007 - 5:18pm

For the past few days I've been an early morning denizen of the Denny's restaurant at the corner of Munras and Fremont in Monterey/>, California/>/>.  It's close to my hotel and always open.  If you're an early morning person in the Midwest, you're a REALLY early morning person on the West Coast. Read More »

Is Virtual the New Reality?

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 21, 2007 - 6:57pm

Wenzel Denver Post article

While in Denver for LITA Forum recently, I read an article in the Denver Post entitled “We are our friends, our friends are us: MySpace and its offspring have transformed our link' thinking.” I found this article interesting for two reasons.

First, the author, John Wenzel, stated that MySpace will make $1 billion in ad revenue this year. One billion dollars. I had no idea, but I am not surprised. With all of the money we spend on things everyday, why wouldn't MySpace's 200 million members be clicking on those ads?

The second reason, and the one that really caught my attention, was this line:
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Be The Change You Want to Be, and Other Best Practices for Social Software in Libraries

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 18, 2007 - 2:35pm

In just 12 months, from the time ALA Techsource published Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, the influx of 2.0 type tools, books, articles about the tools, and conference presentations has been overwhelming. So much excellent content to take in!
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