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ALA Associate Executive Director Gerald Hodges Dies

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 11, 2006 - 5:08pm

Sad news has gripped us here at ALA. Tuesday, Gerald Hodges, associate executive director for marketing and communications, passed away. American Libraries Online provides a bit about Gerald's life, accomplishments, and his important contributions to the Association and to the field here.

A longtime member and supporter of ALA, Hodges had stipulated that a portion of his estate be used to establish the Gerald Hodges Fund, in support of intellectual freedom issues and legal challenges to legislation such as the Children's Internet Protection Act and the USA Patriot Act.
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Crystal Visions of the Audio Visual Department 2015

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 10, 2006 - 12:41pm

What Is New about Library 2.0

Submitted by Jenny Levine on January 9, 2006 - 1:10am

I've been fascinated by the conversations taking place about Library 2.0, because even just a year ago it seemed unthinkable we would be at the point at which we have a name for the next generation of online library services. And yet, here we are.

Unfortunately for me, other commitments have kept me offline for much of the last few months, so I've missed the details of those discussions. Still, I feel compelled to weigh in on some of the more recent questions about the concept, with caveat apologies if some of this has already been highlighted elsewhere and I just haven't seen it. Read More »

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I Owe My Soul to the Company Store

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 6, 2006 - 2:11pm

Tom Peters Head Shot Like a puny but feisty kid trying to grow up and gain respect in a blue-collar town, portable electronic devices designed primarily for reading digital-textual documents, such as ebooks, are about to re-enter the general U.S. consumer electronic fray.

When dedicated reading devices hit the U.S. market in the late 90s, they were soundly drubbed, or worse, laughed at and ignored. Will 2006 be just a re-match with the same, predictable result?
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A View from the Top: An Administrator Eyes L2

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 6, 2006 - 12:20am

Michael Stephens Head Shot Before Christmas, library director and blogger Michael Golrick posted “Library 2.0—Does it disenfranchise those who need us most?" at his blog, Thoughts from a Library Administrator.
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January 1, 2007: A Fantasia

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 5, 2006 - 12:29pm

Karen Schneider HeadI am seeing some very good summaries about the year behind us—everything from top-ten lists to Roy Tennant's powerful rumination in LJ, "What I Wish I Had Known."

But the date that popped into my head this morning as I huffed on the treadmill, working off the holiday gingerbread while my brain did the thirty-minute free-style, was January 1, 2007. I put myself there and asked, what do I want to look back on for the previous year? While my pudgy legs labored, I vanquished Google, fixed the library catalog, and brought the profession forward thirty years.

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19 Days 'Til OCLC's Blog Salon

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 3, 2006 - 12:27pm

As Countdowns and Top [insert number here] Lists are the rage this time of year for content producers, bloggers who will be attending ALA Midwinter in San Antonio may want to know that there are only 19 days until OCLC's Blog Salon, er... and there are only 17 more days until Midwinter begins in San Antonio. Looks like the Salon is now in the RED suite (as Alice notes in a follow-up comment). See you there!

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Mulled Whine

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 28, 2005 - 5:34pm

Max the Dog Wakes Up in Blue SpringsFor the last few mornings during my pre-dawn walkabout with our dog Max I have been mulling over the Library 2.0 thing, especially the overview that Michael Stephens posted on this blog in November.

Some of the ideas jostling under the Library 2.0 rubric I have never even considered, which is great. Others are ideas I have been mulling over and whining about—primarily internally as a private whine—for years.
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Learning@YourDesk: Stephens to Present in SirsiDynix Series

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 19, 2005 - 12:33pm

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"Weblogs & Libraries" | Weds., February 15, 2006 | 8 - 9 am Pacific | Presented by Michael StephensFor those in the library field that can't get out to conferences, SirsiDynix is bringing them in, via the ubiquitous online connection, to you. The vendor is hosting FREE library technology-related Webinars, providing users access to industry-leading speakers and events through its SirsiDynix Institute Webinar Series. Read More »

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Where Do We Begin? A Library 2.0 Conversation with Michael Casey

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 15, 2005 - 4:30am

Michael Stephens, Librarian and Social Software GuruThe Library 2.0 (L2) discussion continues across the Biblioblogosphere. Meredith Farkas, in her thoughtful way, recently pondered this at Information Wants to be Free: “I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what library 2.0 looks like and how we reach library 2.0."
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