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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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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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