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You're Missing It!

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 15, 2006 - 1:03pm

But that's okay, because it will be repeated tomorrow. (Whew!)

So what, exactly, are you missing today, you ask? The Alliance Library System Online Innovation Institute Library 2.0 Extravaganza!Michael Stephens, librarian, educator, blogger, and dreamer
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Submitted by Tom Peters on June 6, 2006 - 10:36am

Samuel Johnson About 250 years ago, soon after his dictionary of the English language had been published, Dr. Samuel Johnson was asked by a woman how the incorrect definition of a pastern had crept into the final, published product. According to James Boswell's biography of Johnson, "…instead of making an elaborate defence, as she expected, he at once answered, 'Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.'"
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On Getting a Second Life Library

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on May 31, 2006 - 2:02am

Alliance Second Life Library 2.0
Presented by the Alliance Library System/
Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)
OPAL Auditorium,
Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CDT

In mid-April, Tap Information's Tom Peters (who is also the OPAL Coordinator and a contributing author to this blog as well as to Smart Libraries Newsletter) posted a piece about the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0. Read More »

Beyond the Prototype

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on May 27, 2006 - 11:45pm

We have jumped into that laboratory experience together and are learning together. Ten project teams are formulating collaborative projects as a means of learning. As I look at those project statements and at the posts that share the ongoing thinking process, I believe that this work will have lasting value to us—individually and collectively—beyond the life of this particular prototype process.Mary Ghikas: Library 2.0 :: ConceptMore and more, I find myself filing posts on the ALA TechSource Blog under "ALA News" and "Library 2.0." I expect that to continue. Read More »

Wikis in the University Library

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 22, 2006 - 8:10pm

Chad Boeninger is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Alden Library of Ohio University. He works as a bibliographer with faculty in the College of Business and the Department of Economics to develop the library's collections and is also available to help students and faculty members with their research needs in person, via IM, and via a resource he created: The Biz Wiki.

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How OPACs Suck, Part 3: The Big Picture

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 20, 2006 - 9:57am

In my two (Part 1 here, Part 2 here) earlier pieces on this topic, I focused very narrowly on some fairly obvious limitations with online catalogs, limiting my discussion to weaknesses in OPAC searching from the user's point of view.

A tag cloud generated by this post.

There are other issues with online catalogs much bigger and more problematic than search results—problems that can't be addressed by improving relevance ranking or adding spell-check (however valuable those features are to OPACs).

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Loose LIPs

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 19, 2006 - 1:49pm

Usually I have a terrible memory. Once, in high school, I forgot the name of the young woman I was dating at the time—in her presence. Oddly, I recall her name very clearly now, thirty-three years later.

Whadda set of LIPS! Even my addled pate, however, is capable of creating and maintaining vivid memories. I remember very well the sight of Charles Bailey poking his head into a crowded room just prior to the start of an ALA Annual Conference presentation—probably in June 1989—asking, at the top of his lungs, if people wanted to be able to communicate online with colleagues about professional issues. Like a union organizer, he frantically handed out printed leaflets to the eager, huddled masses describing how to subscribe to PACS-L.

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Saying 'Yes' to NO

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on May 17, 2006 - 10:14pm

A library in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

When you come here, you're going to find libraries raising themselves up from the dust. We're down, but we're not out. We're working very diligently trying to put our libraries back on the map, back into the situation we were in before—even better than we were before. You're going to find that some of us have made more progress than others, but there will always be the spirit of hope.—Dr. Read More »

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Introducing Blogs and Wikis at Lakeview High School:

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 15, 2006 - 2:55pm

Digitally re-shifting your school library is about harnessing the power of new ideas like Web 2.0 to help fulfill the mission of school libraries. It does not necessarily mean discarding the old, but rather reconsidering what works best in meeting new challenges in a changing educational world. It's all a part of helping students become literate users of information in order for them to have successful careers in school and beyond. Remember that for some students, a rich school library experience may be their only library experience. Let's use every opportunity to help our students engage the joy of reading and the power of information.—Chris Harris, "School Library 2.0," School Library Journal
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Napster Awakes

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 2, 2006 - 11:40am

Tom Peters points to why librarians might want to consider Napster.Earlier this week, after years of a court-induced coma, the Web site became live and free again. This time, the Napster executives claim they are too legit to quit.

Here's the new deal. Napster claims to have two-million songs in its master collection. If an individual fills out a no-cost Web registration form, he or she is then allowed to listen to any and all of the tunes up to five times. You do the math.
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