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Posts by Jenny Levine

Audio of Eli Neiburger's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 17, 2007 - 1:36pm

ALA Editions author and gaming hero Eli Neiburger On July 22, 2007, Eli Neiburger closed the first day of presentations by sharing the emotional and social impact the Ann Arbor District Library's gaming tournaments have had on teens, parents, families, and even 78-year old military veterans. The Payoff, Up Close and Personal, included some powerful video of the participants themselves, and then Eli thrilled the crowd by announcing the GT System.

Listen to an MP3 audio file of the session (67MB, 1:11:58)

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Audio of Scott Nicholson's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 17, 2007 - 1:15pm

Scott Nicholson unveils his study of gaming in libraries On Sunday, July 22, 2007, Scott Nicholson from the Information Institute of Syracuse helped open the Symposium by presenting a session titled Who Else Is Playing? The Current State of Gaming in Libraries. His findings constitute the first real research our profession has regarding the reach of gaming in libraries today. Plus, Scott got to give everyone in the audience a free game of Wits & Wagers, so there was a lot of fun mixed in with the statistics.
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Audio of James Paul Gee's Keynote from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 16, 2007 - 1:36pm

James Paul Gee's day two keynote Noted scholar James Paul Gee opened the second day of the 2007 TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium with a fascinating discussion about Libraries, Gaming, and the New Equity Crisis and where librarians fit into the solution.

Listen to an MP3 of the session (58MB, 1:01:39) or view a PDF of Dr. Gee's slides.
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Google Buys OCLC, Announces New Products

Submitted by Jenny Levine on April 1, 2007 - 5:24am

We don't normally report breaking news here at TechSource, but the non-disclosure act expired at midnight, and we want to alert librarians to the changes they'll be seeing when they arrive at work Monday morning. The rumors you've been hearing are true. At the ACRL Conference in Baltimore this morning, Google announced it has purchased OCLC and all of its holdings.

New OCLC home page
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When Owning Isn't Owning

Submitted by Jenny Levine on February 28, 2006 - 5:28pm

At the Ontario Library Association Superconference earlier this month, I argued that library schools need to offer a course in copyright, licensing agreements for electronic products, and digital rights management (DRM), because they all affect the future of how libraries will interact with our users as entertainment and information becomes increasingly digital. It's unfortunate that at a time when the broadcast flag is again rearing its ugly head and media and publishing companies continue to try to buy legislation giving them free rein with users' rights, most librarians are completely unaware of just how much these moves could affect them. Read More »


Library 2.0 in the Real World

Submitted by Jenny Levine on January 30, 2006 - 10:46am

If you're still fuzzy on the "Library 2.0" concept (a bandwagon on which I am proud to say I am still a passenger), then this is your lucky day. I'm still waiting for the video from this month's OCLC Symposium, "Extreme Makeover: Rebranding an Industry" (notes here), to go online to highlight how libraries can do more in the physical world to implement L2 concepts. But now, thanks to both North Carolina State University and to Casey Bisson, we also have two powerful examples of how libraries need to think differently about their online services through the L2 lens. Karen has already written about the new NCSU catalog, so I want to highlight Casey's latest achievement. Read More »

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What Is New about Library 2.0

Submitted by Jenny Levine on January 9, 2006 - 12:10am

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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The Online Library User Manifesto

Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 25, 2005 - 9:54pm

John Blyberg from the Ann Arbor District Library recently posted an ILS Customer’s Bill of Rights, a very thoughtful reflection that you should definitely click through to. As I was reading it, however, I was also reminded of another bill of rights I recently came across, The Social Customer Manifesto. It’s actually a blog devoted to the social-software movement, but I found the tenets of the Manifesto quite intriguing (you can find them listed in the righthand sidebar on the site). Read More »

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Libraries as Social Machines

Submitted by Jenny Levine on November 13, 2005 - 7:32pm

I realized that last month I promised to write about how many of the pieces of the social software movement came together this year, so here are some thoughts to help you survey the landscape. Read More »

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