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Dear Library of Congress...

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on March 7, 2007 - 11:53am

In late February, the Library of Congress announced it was holding an “open” meeting on March 8, 2007 at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Comments were invited.


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Thoughtful Advocates: An ALA TechSource Interview with ILA's Robert Doyle

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 28, 2007 - 9:38pm

"If people were better informed about social networking sites and knew and used basic Internet safety tips, the cloud of fear may decline."—Robert Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association
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Unsucking Online Education, Part One

Submitted by Michelle Boule on February 22, 2007 - 1:07pm

Wooden Dominoes

Submitted by Tom Peters on February 6, 2007 - 8:51pm

Yesterday Princeton University Woodrow Wilson on $100,000 U.S. Noteannounced it has joined Google's mass digitization project, adding another million volumes to the maw. I reckon people will begin speculating what former president (of both Princeton and the U.S.) Woodrow Wilson would have made of Princeton's participation in Google's project. At least the speculative heat will be off Thomas Jefferson for awhile, who was invoked by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman to defend this project from beyond the grave.
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The Academic Library 2.0 Model: An ALA TS Blog Interview with Michael C. Habib

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 30, 2007 - 8:03am

I enjoy following LIS student blogs and have found inspiration in many of their posts. I was a reader of LISDom back when Laura Crossett was a student on campus at Dominican. These days, I am eager to read new posts from Nicole Engard at "What I Learned Today," and Dominican GSLIS students like Brian Want, or any number of the folks that have taken LIS753 with me over the past few semesters.
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My Phoner with Pogue

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 25, 2007 - 1:43pm

During the week leading up to ALA Midwinter, I received an email message from a publicist, stating that his client would be attending Midwinter, and wondering if I would like to conduct an interview. His client is David Pogue, the excellent NY Times columnist and blogger who writes about technology topics, especially handheld electronic devices. I jumped at the chance to interview Pogue, suggesting 10 Sunday morning as the appointed time.
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Emerging the Technology

Submitted by Michelle Boule on January 22, 2007 - 6:14pm

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2007 in Seattle, WA

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IT and Sympathy

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 19, 2007 - 9:42am

Tea and Sympathy I'm a big fan of the interactive/ dynamic/ RSS'ed/ video-blogged/ to-the-user-born school of library services. The days when we saw our job as input/output for books and journal articles are, I hope, long over. Most of us get itchy when we think about spending a year to make a minor decision… that way of doing things is so very 1995.

But when I talk to colleagues inside the belly of the IT beast, they share one heartfelt concern: think about what you're asking for.
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Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium: Call for Presenters

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 17, 2007 - 3:36pm

If you're interested in and/or implementing gaming and libraries and have a great idea for a session/presentation for the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium (July 22–24, 2007, Chicago area), we're now accepting presentation (presenter and session) proposals.
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The Rustication of Expertise

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 11, 2007 - 3:35pm

In the days of yore it was not uncommon for universities in Britain and the U.S. to have a policy called "rustication." If a student acted up academically, he would be sent away from the university for a few months to think about his transgressions and, ideally, rededicate himself to the life of the university. As the term "rustication" implies, the concept in its pure form involves being sent down to the farm. John Dryden, after rustication I doubt that many rusticated scholars, such as the young Milton, Dryden, and Swinburne, actually slopped any hogs, but the thought of them knee-deep in muck provides some measure of solace and encouragement for us all.
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