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A Discussion with Will Richardson: Librarians & the Read/Write Web

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 31, 2005 - 1:56pm

Richardson, Will (Stephens post 10/31/05)I’ve heard Will Richardson (that's him, at your right) speak twice at various conferences, including last week in Monterey; he keynoted the Internet at Schools conference that ran concurrently with Internet Librarian. Jenny did a bang-up job reporting on his talk here.
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Button, Button, Who Has the Button?

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 31, 2005 - 3:54am

Cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and other portable information/communication appliances all have buttons. For most tasks, the dominant way of interacting with these devices involves pressing buttons. The functionality of some buttons has become so multifarious that they seem like joysticks—without the stick and without the joy.

The problem is: most button designs are poor, assuming that easy usability is the principal design goal. Somewhere along the line the device-design community developed the collective wisdom that the purpose of button design is to enhance the overall style—and sales attractiveness—of the device. The result is a bunch of gadgets with buttons that elicit user responses ranging from confusion to open hostility. Read More »

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Makin' Copies and Caching In

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 19, 2005 - 10:34am

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I don't know what possessed me to write a blog entry about copyright. Hasn't enough been written about copyright already—even if the future of copyright, fair use, the right of first sale, and intellectual property in general is arguably one of the essential issues currently confronting society and culture?

Here's how it happened. I was walking our dog Max in the pre-dawn darkness. Overhead, the slightly past-full moon was beginning its decline. The warm breeze reminded me that today probably will be the final day this year of summerlike weather in beautiful Blue Springs. Read More »


Chicagoland Librarians Have Beaucoup Tech Support This Fall

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 18, 2005 - 9:41pm

Although the sweltering temps in Chicago this summer at ALA Annual weren't at all comforting, Chicagoland offers librarians oh-so many comforts (meaning the M-W Online definition of 2comfort [noun]: "strengthening aid, assistance, support") this autumn.
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Librarian’s Reading List: The Future of Music

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 18, 2005 - 10:53am

Michael Stephens Head ShotExploring the Future of Digital Entertainment

This will be the first of a few posts about books that have rocked my world in the last few months that I would suggest to all librarians who want to understand our current and future technology landscape.

“The best selling CD of 2004 was BLANK."

I'm still reeling from Apple's big announcement about downloadable video last week while I was in London for the Internet Librarian International conference. Thanks to my colleagues who texted the news to my Treo! This is a perfect segue to a post I've been pondering about a book that has really inspired me.
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The Katrina Chronicles, Part 1: Overall Tech Assessment

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on October 17, 2005 - 10:04am

Karen Schneider Head This is the first part in a series of postings about libraries and Katrina. After this post, I'm going to look close up at libraries that were affected by Katrina—either directly, such as the libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana damaged or closed by the storms and flooding, or indirectly, such as the libraries that increased or changed services in response to the sudden "Katrina Diaspora" that swept our country. I have some stories that will confirm your belief in libraries.

But for this post, I'm concentrating on the mile-high view of technology responses to Katrina, and from that perspective, the assessment is often an A for effort, but sometimes a C or lower for outcome. Read More »


Time-Shifted Video for the Masses

Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 12, 2005 - 3:02pm

So the much-anticipated announcement was even bigger than expected. A video iPod—but just as important is the announcement of new content for the iPod (it's amazing how Apple continues to build exclusive content to drive its hardware business). iTunes 6 will incorporate music videos, video podcasts. and even television episodes (2,000 videos on day one!), so you know movies aren't far behind.

Disney, ABC & Apple Announce Deal to Sell TV Shows Online; Hits to Include 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' and 'That's So Raven' Read More »


The Hollywood Librarian Needs You

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 11, 2005 - 2:53pm

"This film will increase the public's awareness of the complex and democratic nature of librarianship in the age of technology, and be a step toward librarians redefining themselves as not only more than a stereotype, but also as a cultural imperative."—The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society Web Site
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Hello, Library (1.0) World!

Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 10, 2005 - 10:41am

My name is Jenny Levine, and I run The Shifted Librarian blog. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm thrilled to be a contributor to this blog along with such esteemed colleagues! Some of the themes I plan to discuss here include audio ebooks, the Millennial/Gamer generation and their impact on libraries, and what Michael has already referred to as Web 2.0 (which Michael Casey has extended to "Library 2.0"). Read More »

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The Yahouyhnhnms Are Coming

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 7, 2005 - 5:26pm

There are so many organizations involved—ten at the time of the initial press release—in the Open Content Alliance that it's difficult to tell how each organization will be involved. At the very least, Yahoo probably will be a major financial backer and a major (if not the primary) distributor of the content. One way to understand the OCA is as Yahoo's response to the Google Library Project. Read More »

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