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The Blog People are Alive & Well!

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 4, 2007 - 11:53pm

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 - 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 »


Weinberger's Well-ordered Miscellany

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 3, 2007 - 2:36pm

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 - 9:48pm

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 - 9:07am

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 - 10:05pm

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 »


Google Buys OCLC, Announces New Products

Submitted by Jenny Levine on April 1, 2007 - 6:24am

We don't normally report breaking news here at TechSource, but the non-disclosure act expired at midnight, and we want to alert librarians to the changes they'll be seeing when they arrive at work Monday morning. The rumors you've been hearing are true. At the ACRL Conference in Baltimore this morning, Google announced it has purchased OCLC and all of its holdings.

New OCLC home page
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The Pragmatic Biblioblogger

Submitted by Michael Stephens on March 31, 2007 - 9:44pm

I have blogs and bloggers on the brain. I'm constantly pondering the tools, the folks that write content for them, and where we might go next. The fact that the biblioblogger is the topic of my dissertation at the University of North Texas is probably the number one reason, and that's okay by me. Many folks said "write about and study something you love...it will be easier."

So into my blogger's POV in the last few days come some wonderful, fascinating and disturbing bits. For example:
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Making the MUVE

Submitted by Tom Peters on March 22, 2007 - 4:55pm

dust devilWe live in an age in which social networks, online communities, and the wisdom of crowds are all the rage.  This rage may have all the superficiality and transience of a dust devil, which appears to contain the destructive beauty of a real tornado, but actually only kicks up some dust and leaves.  But I think this is an enduring rage with potentially profound and positive effects on humanity in general and librarianship in particular. Read More »

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Gaming in the Library: SirsiDynix Institute March 13

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on March 12, 2007 - 3:45pm
  • [G]aming has tremendous potential for libraries to reach out to new users, offer new services, and help complement efforts in community building, information literacy, and other areas.—

Stephen Abram Learn more about gaming and libraries from Jenny Levine, the mastermind behind the upcoming ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, tune into Jenny talking about the possibilities for and successes of gaming—and the accompanying learning and outreach benefits gaming can bring to—libraries in her Web Seminar at the SirsiDynix Institute: Read More »

  • Gaming in the Library

  • March 13, 2007

  • 12 p.m. Eastern; Length: 1 hr