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Posts by Michelle Boule

Why NetGalley is the Best Kept e-book Secret on the Web

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 16, 2010 - 9:32am

NetGalley is a community where publishers can connect with reviewers, librarians, and the media and exchange eAdvanced Reader’s Copies. I like ARCs but I adore eARCs even more. Read More »

Georgia’s Innovative Webinar Series

Submitted by Michelle Boule on November 22, 2010 - 9:53am
In June, some Georgia librarians launched something new. The Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Library Association’s Professional and Continuing Education IG started the GeorgiaWednesday Webinar Series. The purpose of these bi-monthly webinars is to provide free continuing education opportunities for librarians and to highlight some of the wonderful things going on in Georgia’s libraries.
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Deleted Does Not Mean Gone Forever

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 18, 2010 - 8:42am

Most of us know that things, once put online, have a way of remaining online, no matter how hard we try to delete them or forget them for that matter. In May of 2009, Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica started an experiment to see how quickly deleted photos were deleted from social networking sites. In the original article, Twitter and Flickr both came out on top, with deleted content actually being deleted in seconds. Even direct URLs to content came back broken. Facebook and MySpace did not do as well.
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Take the Tech out of Technology

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 28, 2010 - 7:49am

I am very happy, after a long break, to be back in this writing space. Techsource has grown and expanded in the last two years and it is exciting to be able to participate in a place with so very much going on and with so many wonderful people.
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A Geek's Letter to Santa and a Farewell

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 22, 2008 - 4:13pm

There are seasons for everything. Seasons of life. Seasons of time. During this time of year, people often think about things for which they are thankful and things that they can give others to make them smile. I am thankful for the opportunity that ALA TechSource has given me. The opportunity to spread my wings, work with some wonderful people, and have fun. Sadly, I believe my season here to be over. There are many new writers in this space and I know their voices will keep me from being missed too much. In parting, I would like to leave you with this post: A Geek's Letter to Santa.

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Family Trees Get the 2.0 Treatment With Geni

Submitted by Michelle Boule on August 15, 2008 - 2:46pm

As a new mom, I’ve been thinking nonstop about family. I look at my son and wonder what I will tell him about his family. Genealogy has been a quest for every generation, and has become much more popular in recent years. Still, until now there have not been many online tools that could map out family trees.

Enter Geni. With the tagline "Everyone's related," Geni takes family relations and adds all the bells and whistles the Internet has to offer. The best part is that this tool is free, user friendly, and easy on the eyes. It was built by former employees of PayPal, eGroups (which was bought by Yahoo! in 2000), Tribe, and eBay and has many design features that users will find familiar. Read More »

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Teaching a Dog New Tricks

Submitted by Michelle Boule on March 30, 2008 - 12:28pm

When you are training a dog, you do not start with something complicated. You begin with something small and easy: sit. From sit, you move on to tricks that build on that one skill, like shake and lie down. You never start with lie down or shake, because a dog has to be sitting to do those things.

Pullo with BallWhen we teach children to read, we sing them the ABCs first and then teach them how the letters form words. We do not show them words and then teach them the alphabet. We know that to learn a skill there is a logical progression of learning. We know this, but often, when dealing with technology, we forget about it. Like all other knowledge acquisition, learning how to use technology tools should follow a logical progression. We should start with cornerstones before constructing the building. If you are a technology trainer, consider what cornerstones are already in your staff's arsenal when planning a training. Read More »

Fishing for Results: In Interview with Christopher Harris

Submitted by Michelle Boule on February 7, 2008 - 5:48pm

Incorporating social software into libraries and the idea that the OPAC just may suck, have been discussed at length on this blog by various authors. Incorporating Web 2.0 ideas or technologies into your library's web page may be difficult for many reasons. If you are a school librarian, your obstacles increase exponentially. Many of the innovations available to other libraries are not accessible to school libraries.

There is a new tool, a multi-use platform really, that has been built by a small team in Rochester, New York which has the potential to greatly impact school libraries and their ability to implement social tools into their OPACs and websites. I wanted to share the project, called Fish4Info, with others. The leader of the team that created the program is Christopher Harris.
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Blogging Platforms for Teachers and School Librarians

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 31, 2007 - 11:19am

Michelle BouleIn the past few months, I have had the privilege to work with some amazing school librarians. Many of them want to begin incorporating more technology into their libraries, but are hampered by filters and lack of knowledge about the available tools on the Web. For some, even the most basic tools are blocked by overzealous IT and administrations. Read More »

Is Virtual the New Reality?

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 21, 2007 - 6:57pm

Wenzel Denver Post article

While in Denver for LITA Forum recently, I read an article in the Denver Post entitled “We are our friends, our friends are us: MySpace and its offspring have transformed our link' thinking.” I found this article interesting for two reasons.

First, the author, John Wenzel, stated that MySpace will make $1 billion in ad revenue this year. One billion dollars. I had no idea, but I am not surprised. With all of the money we spend on things everyday, why wouldn't MySpace's 200 million members be clicking on those ads?

The second reason, and the one that really caught my attention, was this line:
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