Submitted by Michelle Boule on July 24, 2007 - 11:31am
The picture at the top of this post is from the game night at the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. These librarians are playing Wii Tennis and being coached by Giz Womack. The gaming night, which happened the first night of the conference, helped define the atmosphere that made this conference different.
This was a symposium about games. Games mean play and there was an atmosphere of play to everything. There were three keynotes on Sunday and every speaker talked about the transformative power of games. We spent all afternoon soaking up knowledge from people thinking big things about games and then we were set loose on the games themselves.
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Submitted by Tom Peters on July 23, 2007 - 8:09am
On the first day of the first ever ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium in Chicago yesterday, Scott Nicholson from the Library Game Lab at Syracuse University released a report on The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. It's already available online as a PDF file.
Games are big business. Nicholson's report cites an industry report indicating that sales of games have outpaced motion picture box office sales and should surpass music sales in the near future.
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Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 29, 2007 - 1:12pm
Submitted by Tom Peters on June 28, 2007 - 11:48pm
The ALA Annual Conference in DC, which just ended, was another energizing, informative event. In a forthcoming post I will summarize the more substantial sessions and issues that came to my attention. However, in the spirit of the adage, "Life's uncertain; eat dessert first," I would like to share with you the most fun I had at ALA in DC.
Vendor receptions are a time-honored event at these conferences, and the protocol is well-established: Read More »
Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on June 21, 2007 - 10:30pm
(If you're at ALA Annual Conference/>/> while you're reading this, the RDA Update Forum is Saturday, June 23, 4:00-5:30 at WCC 206.)
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Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 4, 2007 - 11:53pm
Greetings from my blogging hiatus while I finish my dissertation. Amidst statistics and coding data, I have librarian bloggers on the brain. So much so, I just wanted to post a quick shout-out to the ever-growing populace of the Biblioblogosphere and those who find inspiration there.
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Submitted by Tom Peters on May 20, 2007 - 5:32am
A hush has fallen over the music industry. It may be the hush of anticipation prior to the birth of an heir who will lead the kingdom to a new golden age, or it may be the calm before the onslaught of the perfect storm.
DRM (Digital Rights Management)--which may be the baby, or it may be the bath water, it depends on who you ask--appears to be on its way out, at least for music. First, Apple and EMI announced an agreement to sell DRM-free digital music files beginning this month. Consumers will pay about 30 percent more for DRM-free music, but there already are many precedents where consumers prove willing to pay more to have something left out of a product. Exhibit A: bottled water. I rest my case. Read More »
Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 3, 2007 - 2:36pm
This book is dangerous. Everything is Miscellaneous takes all the precious ideas we are taught as librarians and throws them out the window. Structure, order, precise metadata, bibliographic control: gone, gone, gone, gone. Even, for you edgier types, ye who tell of your Semantic Web and your RDF triples: old-school, good-bye, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Read More »