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Can U TXT the LBRY?

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 29, 2007 - 12:12pm

In mid June the Mississippi State University Libraries hosted the Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit. Organized by the outstanding librarians of the MSU libraries, the day revolved around explorations of user-centered technologies. I was present to open the day with a talk about the Hyperlinked Library. Read More »


Now THAT'S Rockin' the Stacks

Submitted by Tom Peters on June 28, 2007 - 10:48pm

Vintage signageThe 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 »

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Out of the Secret Garden: The RDA/DC Initiative

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on June 21, 2007 - 9:30pm

(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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Unsucking Online Education, Part Two

Submitted by Michelle Boule on June 6, 2007 - 9:57am

This is the second part of a series and long in coming. Apologies are in order, and I hope I will be forgiven. In the previous segment, I discussed the Five Weeks to a Social Library project and why offering free online education was important. Today, I want to highlight a few of the tools that can make creating a free or cheap online education portal possible.
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The Blog People are Alive & Well!

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 4, 2007 - 10:53pm

Data analysis of bloggersGreetings 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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Music to My Ears

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 20, 2007 - 4:32am

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 »


Weinberger's Well-ordered Miscellany

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 3, 2007 - 1:36pm

Emma ponders WeinbergerThis 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 »


Does Print Still Matter? Brian Kenney on the Future of Content in a 2.0 World

Submitted by Michael Stephens on April 30, 2007 - 8:48pm

On Thursday, April 19th the Dominican GSLIS community came together for our annual Lazerow Lecture. I was especially excited because our speaker this year was my colleague Brian Kenney, editor of School Library Journal and a member of the 2nd University of North Texas Information Science IMLS-funded PhD cohort.
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The Internet is for Use

Submitted by Michelle Boule on April 23, 2007 - 8:07am

A post from the field of Computers In Libraries 2007.

Lee Rainie, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project was the first speaker at this year's Computers in Libraries conference. His talk, as expected, was bursting with numbers that illustrated how people use and interact on the Internet. On Thursday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new study called “Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace”. As a result, much of Rainie's talk focused on young people.
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Registration Now Open for Gaming Symposium

Submitted by Tom Peters on April 11, 2007 - 9:05pm

Librarians got game.  ALA TechSource, in collaboration with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), is proud to annouce that the first annual Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium will be held on July 22-24, 2007 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, which is very accessible by planes, CTA trains, and automobiles.  Registration opened this week.  Read More »