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Sailing on

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on September 30, 2007 - 3:03pm

"A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things." -- Grace Hopper

Several years ago I had a lovely power lunch with Don Chatham, Patrick Hogan, and Teresa Koltzenberg of ALA Publishing. They asked me about blogging, and I happily prattled away as I forked up free food in a fancy restaurant.

About an hour into the lunch it dawned on me they weren't just looking for background on this new thingy called blogging. They were thinking about establishing blogs for ALA, which for an organization that not too long ago was operating from a late-1980s framework (faxing: they did that well, at least), was mind-blowing.
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Xanadu & Libraries. Seriously.

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 28, 2007 - 3:23pm

I had the honor of giving my "Hyperlinked Library" talk at the prestigious New York Public Library last week. The question-and-answer session following was wonderful: questions about levels of service with technology, reaching out to the under-served who may not have access to newer types of tech and what working in a 2.0 world means to a large library system. I've heard that staff are given internal blogs to communicate, and there are some other wonderful digital projects on tap with the new Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, Josh Greenberg.
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Banned Books Week Adds More Tech

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 21, 2007 - 10:06am

Some of my favorite books, such as Huck Finn and Of Mice and Men, are frequently challenged and banned by others.  Since 1982 ALA has organized an annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 29 through Oct. 6 this year) that encourages people to read and celebrate the freedom to read whatever one wishes.  Read More »

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Low Flying and Low Hanging MIGs

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 19, 2007 - 10:36am

Six months ago, if I had been playing a linguistic parlor game and had encountered the word MIG, my first and only thought would have been about Soviet/Russian military jets.  But now, thanks to the emergence of social networks, virtual worlds, and John Chrastka at ALA, I have been re-educated, Comrades.

MIG military jetNow my first thought whenever I hear or see the word MIG is of Member Initiative Groups.  The American Library Association has a wonderful process whereby any group of members interested in a professional topic can apply to the Committee on Organization (COO) to form a MIG.  Got ants in your pants?  See a need?  Form a MIG! Read More »

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You Have 6 Invites! (and other things about social networking)

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 17, 2007 - 8:06am

I should begin this post with the disclaimer that I am not a member of either of the most popular social networking sites, MySpace or Facebook. Depending upon your definition of "social networking," I am a member of Ning, Pownce,, Flickr, Twitter, LibraryThing, Dopplr, and probably a few others I have missed or that I have forgotten about. I use all of them with varying degrees of frequency.
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Enterprise Open Source

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on August 29, 2007 - 5:44pm

I wrote my longest TechSource post of last summer while sitting in a very warm home office in Palo Alto, sweating in my skivvies. Now in late summer 2007 I find myself in a day-job where the A/C is so efficient I drape a my “office blanky” around my shoulders in the afternoon (I'm essentially a snake, so I'm cold wherever I go in the well-refrigerated South). Things change, don't they? Read More »

Audio of Liz Lawley's Closing Keynote from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 24, 2007 - 10:27am

By Liz Lawley
Presented July 24, 2007
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Audio from GLLS2007: Gaming in the Library: From Collections to Services and Beyond

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 24, 2007 - 9:44am

By Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Presented July 23, 2007

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe talks about gaming at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Library Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe stepped in at the last minute to give this presentation about the multitude of gaming services the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries are offering and planning. More info....

Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session (37MB, 40:52)
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Audio from GLLS2007: You See an Interactive Fiction Game in Front of You...

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 24, 2007 - 9:00am

By Chris Harris
Presented July 23, 2007

Chris Harris talks about interactive fiction online "This session would be a perfect fit for anyone who wants to bring gaming to school libraries or forge a game-based partnership with a school. Interactive fiction, also know as text-based adventure gaming, combines the mental stimulation of gaming, the challenge of game creation, and English Language Arts standards. Using the free tools shared at this session, your gaming group will be ready to begin creating a new world with a primary focus on content instead of a complicated graphical engine." More info.... Read More »