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It's Too Darn Hot: A Curmudgeon's Asides

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on July 26, 2006 - 11:48pm

This week it's hot as a pistol across the United States, and as I sit in my office without A/C, a feeble fan drying the sweat on my face, I'm grumpy. Grumpy enough to line up a few peeves against the wall and slap them around.

Open-source software
Yes, I know, open source is a saint and you'd let your sister or brother marry it. But I hate the idea that for some librarians if a particular software is open source, hands down, it's the right choice. The right choice is the software that meets the mission. While the principles behind open source are admirable, when an open-source product doesn't meet your library's needs, your first obligation is to your users.
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Left to Their Own Devices

Submitted by Tom Peters on July 26, 2006 - 10:39am

Two news items that scurried across my attention in July have led me to conclude that, in this era of overlapping eras, we have entered yet another age.



The first item was an industry report that Apple shipped more than eight million iPod devices in the second quarter of 2006. That's almost three million per month or 100,000 per day, and the second quarter is not a big gift-giving quarter, unless Apple packaged all those iPods in large plastic Easter eggs. (Remember, you read it here first.)


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YOUR 2 Cents & DOPA: Urgent Action Needed!

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on July 25, 2006 - 6:21pm

YALSA executive director Beth Yoke posted this comment today to the recent DOPA and 2 Cents post on this blog (as well as a similar call to action on the YALSA Blog). Her comment:

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Pulp Fiction

Submitted by Tom Peters on July 17, 2006 - 2:37pm

Eventually, we will realize that our belief in the superiority of PSS reading is pulp fiction. It's already mid-July and I'm still thinking about the programs, news, and events from the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans three weeks ago. This means either that it was an unusually important conference, or that I'm slow on the uptake and/or have serious conference closure issues.
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DOPA and 2 cents

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on July 13, 2006 - 3:45pm

On the ever-informative LibraryLaw Blog Wednesday, Mary Minow posts a three-question interview with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) executive director Beth Yoke about DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006). In it, Yoke provides her 2 cents on the proposed legislation and her experience at the hearing. (Minow has stated that she believes the "law is blatantly unconstitutional," but warns, "that doesn't mean it won't get passed.")
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The Long Tail Wags the Dog

Submitted by Tom Peters on July 7, 2006 - 12:18pm

Graph of a long tailOn June 26th I caught the tail end of Chris Anderson's standing-room-only talk in New Orleans during the ALA Annual Conference. Chris was discussing the "long tail" phenomenon in the new business-and-economics climate of the Internet age. His book on this topic was just published, appropriately titled The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.
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L2 Summit in Charlotte Next Month

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on July 6, 2006 - 11:55pm

Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County—which has a 'Gaming Zone' and a Gaming Zone @ PLCMC blog—is extending an invitation to staff from neighboring libraries to join PLCMC staff for a Technology Summit on Library 2.0 early next month (August 3, 2006).
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The Maxie Awards

Submitted by Tom Peters on June 26, 2006 - 8:09am

In other posts to this blog and elsewhere I have expressed my optimism about and appreciation for online conferences, workshops, and other online events, coupled with a growing sense that in-person conferences may gradually decline in frequency and importance as more librarians become acclimated to meeting online.

Personally, I find myself traveling less and meeting online more. Nevertheless, the joy of travel and attending large, energetic in-person conferences such as the ALA Annual Conference remains strong. There are certain aspects of in-person conferences that are difficult or impossible to replicate online.
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Offline in New Orleans (and It's a Good Thing!)

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 26, 2006 - 3:37am

Jeff Bostick, Children's Resource Center, New Orleans Public Library

For the city in general, this is a big weekend for us, because ALA is our first major convention we're hosting since the storm. We've had little groups come in, but this is an 18,000 to 20,000 city-wide convention. We're receiving so much goodwill, and it couldn't be a better group than the librarians. The library has been the beneficiary of a lot of goodwill from a lot of libraries from around the country, and this is just another example of that. Read More »

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Going Where Our Users Are

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 25, 2006 - 9:16am

Sadly, I didn't make it to ALA, so I am following along via blog posts and Flickr feeds. I hope everyone is having a wonderful conference!
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