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Pulp Fiction

Submitted by Tom Peters on July 17, 2006 - 1:37pm

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 - 2:45pm

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 - 11:18am

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 - 10:55pm

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 - 7:09am

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 - 2:37am

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 - 8:16am

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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The Eternal Note

Submitted by Tom Peters on June 24, 2006 - 7:35am

The skies were relatively clear—but hot and humid, of course--when I flew into New Orleans midday on Friday. Even from the air I could detect something different about New Orleans. Quite a few of the homes and businesses still have bright blue tarps covering part or all of the roofs. I Read More »

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Hectic Pace Launches; ALA Annual Underway in New Orleans

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 22, 2006 - 9:43pm

Andrew K. Pace lauched his new blog for American Libraries, 'Hectic Pace' in time for ALA Annual 2006.Congratulations to Andrew Pace and American Libraries on the launch of Andrew's new blog, "Hectic Pace" (just in time for ALA Annual in New Orleans!). Read More »


The Library 2.0 Cafeteria

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on June 21, 2006 - 11:39am