Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 5, 2006 - 12:29pm
I am seeing some very good summaries about the year behind usâ€”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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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!
Submitted by Tom Peters on December 28, 2005 - 5:34pm
For 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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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 19, 2005 - 12:33pm
"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 »
Submitted by Tom Peters on December 12, 2005 - 12:03pm
Throughout nearly all of the twentieth century, large companies controlled the creation, dissemination, and viewing of video information. Motion pictures started first, with television added as another layer in mid-century. Video really was a carefully controlled broadcast medium. The phrase, â€œComing Soon to a Theater Near You!" captures in a nutshell how public anticipation for a new release of a movie was carefully orchestrated. Time-shifting, place-shifting, and format-shifting generally were not encouraged.
Early in the development of the motion picture industry the companies controlled the production, distribution, and screening of their productsâ€”until the U.S. federal government broke up those vertical monopolies. Read More »
Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 11, 2005 - 8:53pm
Thursday, ten librarians from Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, drove over to South Bend to visit my library, the Saint Joseph County Public Library. We arranged via e-mail to meet with them and talk about some of our technology initiatives, do some demos, and take them around our Main Library (with an eye toward Reference Services).
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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 6, 2005 - 8:46pm
Submitted by Tom Peters on December 5, 2005 - 1:15am
Google's Book Search Library Project, the massive digitization project involving the â€œG5 libraries" (Michigan, Stanford, Oxford, the New York Public Library, and Harvard), has really touched a cultural nerve.
Quite a few discussants have concentrated on the details of one or more facets of this project, i.e., fair use, the lawsuits, the digitization process and technology involved, Googleâ€™s business interests, and the G5 librariesâ€™ motives and anticipated benefits.
There also seem to be some deeper, inchoate fears lurking about...
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