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Steal this Idea: Learning 2.0 at PLCMC

Submitted by Michael Stephens on August 15, 2006 - 9:39am

A librarian colleague e-mailed me yesterday and asked about the libraries I'd visited this summer: "Which ones really had some cool things happen? Which ones were innovating?" Truth be told, there were many to choose from, like: Read More »

UC Libraries Join the Google Books Library Project

Submitted by Tom Peters on August 9, 2006 - 5:36pm

Tom PetersSoon after Google announced in late 2004 the collaborative project—currently called the "Google Books Library Project," involving the five research libraries of Stanford, Michigan, Harvard, Oxford, and the New York Public Library—to scan millions of books, the five libraries became known as the "G5 Group."
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Mammoth Mammonistic Snippets

Submitted by Tom Peters on August 3, 2006 - 10:02pm

Just when we thought it was safe... Just when we thought it was safe to return to the snippet-infested digital content pool, HarperCollins came along and launched today its own snippet-dangling service that tries to lure readers, especially "young-adult readers" (is that phrase becoming an oxymoron?) to buy more books (primarily) and read more (coincidentally).
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A Compelling Committee (or The Story of UHLSDSC)

Submitted by Michelle Boule on August 3, 2006 - 10:42am

We will anticipate and respond to the ways our users find, create, and share knowledge, and we will be fully integrated into the personalized library experience for each user and welcoming spaces for collaboration and discovery.

On campus and online, we will be a valued partner in the academic life of our students, faculty, and community. Read More »

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A New Addition

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on August 1, 2006 - 4:08pm

It's a special day here at ALA TechSource. Not only did Jenny Levine begin at ALA today in her new job as Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide, but also today Michelle Boule, of Wandering Eyre Blog fame, officially starts as a contributor to this blog. (Watch your aggregator for her first post about utilizing committees to influence technology-related decisions.)
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Flickr + Libraries = Scary, Scary, Scary to Some Folks

Submitted by Michael Stephens on July 28, 2006 - 12:19pm

"Another benefit of using Flickr at your library and tagging your photos with your library's name and location is that it gets you found in the great pool of all of the photos in Flickr. Maybe someone is searching Flickr for his or her hometown and discovers images of the local library and learns of services or programs he or she didn't know about... Participating in this type of social software community is relatively inexpensive, can offer presence, and it's fun!"—Michael Stephens, "Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software," LTR (42:4) Read More »

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

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on July 26, 2006 - 10:48pm

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 - 9:39am

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 - 5:21pm

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 - 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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