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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Stunning Library Art

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 26, 2008 - 11:23am

Before we take our Thanksgiving break, I thought I’d leave you with these very cool images from the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. branch of the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona.

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Greening Our Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 19, 2008 - 11:34am

Last week, you may have read Tom Peters’ post on the new, green Mancos Public Library in Colorado.  It’s very exciting to see libraries and other institutions around the country making a concerted effort to build green—we get to watch the future of technology, libraries and architecture unite right before our eyes. 

While it’s inspiring to see these new buildings springing up, it is important to remember that it takes people to get there. The exciting developments in places like Mancos cannot be an excuse for complacency—librarians must take the greening of our profession into our own hands through action and advocacy. For every librarian in a new, green building, there are dozens of us still stuck in older buildings using up financial and ecological resources, and usually with no plans for a new building.

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The Google Book Search Settlement: Heading Towards Resolution

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 18, 2008 - 10:36am

If you are a regular reader of business or technology news (or for that matter, business technology news), you’ve probably heard a bit about the Google Book Search lawsuit that has been making its way through the courts over the past few years. In 2005, a group that includes The Author's Guild, Pearson's Penguin unit, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Schuster sued Google, which had begun a massive book-digitization project a year earlier. The plaintiffs claimed that by digitizing these books and making them searchable online, Google had committed copyright violation.

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Video Coverage of the Gaming Symposium

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 13, 2008 - 8:48am

Our friends at AL Focus have once again provided some great video coverage, this time from last week's Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium.

To relive your fantastic memories, or to find out how much fun you missed, check out this post by Greg Landgraf.

Video Review of the 2008 LITA National Forum

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 11, 2008 - 9:00am

AL Focus has posted an excellent video review of the LITA National Forum that took place last month.

Hat tip to our friends at LITA Blog for getting the word out about this first.

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More on the Gaming Symposium at American Libraries

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 6, 2008 - 1:41pm

Greg Landgraf at American Libraries has some outstanding coverage of the symposium over at AL Inside Scoop. You can read his detailed and comprehensive coverage symposium events here, here, here and here. Read More »

More Than Just a Game...

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 3, 2008 - 4:03pm

My parents never bought me a Nintendo when I was a kid. They had this crazy idea that reading was the best way for me to learn and entertain myself, so I had to go over to my neighbors house when I wanted to play The Legend of Zelda or Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. I’d go back home after playing and describe how cool these new games were to my parents, who inevitably rolled their eyes, frustrated at this trendy, expensive new toy their son was dying to have.

As I write this from the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium, I can’t help but think how far gaming technology has come since the days of 8-but graphics and cheap midi sound effects. At this symposium, gaming is hardly a game—it’s a rapidly evolving and increasingly important part of our profession. More and more, librarians are using gaming to help students of all ages learn, to help adults improve and hone their skills, and to draw young people into a lifetime of library use.
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The ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning and Libraries Symposium is Coming Up

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 22, 2008 - 11:38am

It's not too late to attend the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium! This special event, which takes place in the Chicago area from November 2-4, will feature many of the leading voices in gaming today, as well as exciting demonstrations and open gaming.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Lawrence Kutner, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood and Gamerdad's Andrew Bub.

Registration is still open, so if you are able to make it, don't hesitate to sign up!


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Dispatch From the LITA Forum

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on October 17, 2008 - 7:57pm

Greetings from Cincinnati, the Queen City! After my bad flight experience in Anaheim, it was nice to be able to hop in the car and head to a conference that’s just a few hours away from home in a city that I know quite well (my fiancé grew up here, so I’ve been here a lot). 

For those of you who might have experienced the accommodating but sterile environment at annual, LITA is a nice change of pace. We’re lucky enough to be here at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, an ornate and absolutely breathtaking historic building. If you were intimidated by the size and scope of Annual, you’d be right at home at the Forum, which is the small town to Annual’s metropolis. From the moment I walked into the hotel, I began seeing a lot of familiar faces and names, and an introduction to an unfamiliar one required nothing but a friendly hello. Read More »

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On The Internet and the New Dark Age

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on September 23, 2008 - 2:38pm

There’s been an interesting discussion going on lately about the Internet. Some leading thinkers and scholars have postulated that for all the convenience and expediency that society gets from the Internet, we may actually be surfing ourselves into a new Dark Age. While this idea has been discussed quietly in bars, coffee shops and at dinner tables for some time now, the public debate really took off with this recent article Nicholas Carr did in The Atlantic Monthly.

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