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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

"Ask the ALA Candidates" on YouTube

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 21, 2009 - 9:55am

Michael has posted four video submissions to ALA's candidates for President over at Tame the Web, including one from our own Tom Peters.

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WorldCat Mobile--Another Major Mobile Web Development

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 20, 2009 - 10:09am

Hot on the heels of the launch of the D.C. Public Library's iPhone application, WorldCat Mobile is now giving users access to over 10,000 libraries in the palm of their hands. Read More »

Midwinter Map

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 20, 2009 - 9:55am

For anyone who needs help finding there way around the upcoming conference, Jason has posted this map over at LITA.

We all Need More Bandwidth

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 20, 2009 - 1:04am

One of the most consistent technology problems that modern librarians face is inadequate bandwidth. As more and more users utilize more bandwidth-intensive services on the Internet, connectivity speed goes down for everyone on the network.

Those of us who tried to watch the inauguration today on the Internet saw firsthand that the problem doesn't only apply to libraries or cash-strapped organizations. As the New York Times promptly reported, news sites like CNN and MSNBC were jammed with users attempting to watch their streaming video coverage. Despite the fact that these networks had been planning their online coverage far in advance, timeouts, slow connections and interrupted streams were all too common for those watching online.

Libraries: A Source of Free Technology in Tough Times

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 19, 2009 - 7:20am

With news of library closings and service reductions coming from all corners of the nation, it seems like in the face of spending cuts, library services are sometimes seen as expendable. Anyone who has ever worked at a public library and probably almost everyone who has ever used a public library knows that this is not the case. Unfortunately, public budget decisions are often made by politicians, and we all know how in touch they are with public sentiment, and how much if affects their decisions.

We are already seeing libraries around the country being forced to close or cut back services. The strong reaction this has elicited from many patrons (I’m going to be optimistic and avoid the term “former patrons”), particularly in Philadelphia.

Public libraries are crucial to their communities, especially when it comes to technology, according to January’s issue of Library Technology Reports.

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Net Neutrality Somehow Finds its Way Into the Economic Stimulus Bill

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 16, 2009 - 10:51am

This is not a political blog, but when politics and technology collide, we'll be there. CNET reported yesterday that the Democrats attempted to place net-neutrality legislation deep within the $825 billion bill. Supporters of net neutrality have been extremely vocal about their desire for President-elect Obama and the new Congress to push for Net Neutrality legislation, and it looks like Congress may be starting to comply.

While the excitement surrounding the incoming administration and the urgency of our current economic problems will probably push this issue to the side (at least for now), I have no doubt that the blogosphere will be keeping a close eye on any new developments. Read More »

Mobile Web Continues to Play Bigger Role in Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 16, 2009 - 10:24am

As I was conducting the interview with mobile web expert Ellyssa Kroski that I posted earlier this week, the D.C. Public Library was in the process of making a little mobile web news of their own. The library became pioneers by launching their own iPhone application. TechSource joins the rest of the Library Tech Blogosphere in congratulating DCPL on this exciting accomplishment!

Pew Report on Adults and Social Networking

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 16, 2009 - 9:55am

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has just released this report (PDF), "Adults and Social Network Websites". It won't be a big surprise to us in the library world to learn that adult use of online social networking is skyrocketing, but still far behind that of children and young adults. Key Quote:

The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s December 2008 tracking survey.

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A Timely Issue of Library Technology Reports

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 13, 2009 - 9:26am

We are extremely excited about the January Issue of Library Technology Reports, “Funding and Budgeting for Library Technology in Today's Economy” by Larra Clark and Denise Davis. With the current economic crisis, librarians are concerned about having the funds to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology needed to serve the needs of twenty-first century patrons. ALA TechSource is responding with an issue that offers not only a detailed look at the library funding landscape, but also expert-authored, practical guidelines for stretching your budget as far as it can go.

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Catching up with Ellyssa Kroski

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 11, 2009 - 9:01am

Last year,  Web 2.0 trailblazer Ellyssa Kroski broke new ground with her issue of Library Technology Reports, "On The Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies". The report was a comprehensive exploration of how libraries can use mobile technology effectively as the technology becomes more and more mainstream.

In addition to being an LIS educator, speaker and consultant, Ellyssa is also the author of Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals, which has been extremely well-received throughout the LIS community. She also provides news and commentary about emerging technology and library issues on her iLibrarian blog.

I had a chance to catch up with Ellyssa recently via e-mail. Read More »