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Drupal...Drupal Everywhere!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 9, 2009 - 9:28am

You may have caught some of the strong discussion that followed Kate Sheehan's post on Drupal from earlier this week. Karen Schneider also discussed the post here.

It's interesting to note that despite the fact that there wasn't much about Drupal in most people's 2009 predictions, there has been a lot of discussion about drupal in the blogosphere as 2008 turned into 2009.

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New Video on the History of the Internet

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 8, 2009 - 9:09am

A very cool animated video that takes you through some of the key developments in Internet history. (Hat tip to the Lone Wolf Librarian)

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

Social Networking...the Opiate of the Masses?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 8, 2009 - 8:58am

Jenny Levine posted this over at Shifted yesterday. Definitely one of the best and most far-flung social networking metaphors that I've heard.

Looking Ahead to 2009

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 7, 2009 - 9:44am

It seems like 2008 was a hectic year for everyone, librarians included. After going through the most media-saturated election in history and a late-year financial collapse, I think we were all ready for 2009 to get here.

We begin the new year in tough times--there's no question about that. The economic challenges we face are a genuine threat to our ability to do, or in some cases keep our jobs. Funding is falling short across the board. Libraries are closing or cutting back hours. Librarians are struggling to fund adequate technology for their patrons while demand for services going up.

But with all that's happening, its encouraging and heartening to know that people in our profession are pushing forward, as determined as ever to blaze new trails despite whatever temporary obstacles may be present. Read More »

HotStuff 2.0 Reveals that ALA TechSource is Hot

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 6, 2009 - 10:03am

I came across this post earlier today at one of my favorite blogs, the effing librarian. HotStuff 2.0 is yet another awesome pathway in and out of the blogosphere, but this one is designed specifically for librarians, information enthusiasts and blibliobloggers.

Users interested in finding active or popular blogs on specific topics can use the search feature, which will list the most recent blog posts (by blogs registered on the site) using that word. Bloggers and people interested in usage statistics can use HotStuff as one measurment for a given site's popularity. Read More »

Decrease in Foundation Funding for Libraries in Arkansas

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 5, 2009 - 9:48am

Library Stuff posted this article from The Morning News in Northwest Arkansas.

The Fayetteville Public Library received $250,000 in 2008 in corporate and foundation contributions from the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation, said Cathy Rew, director of administrative services at the library. In 2009 the library will receive $142,000 in corporate and foundation money. Read More »

The Cost of Information Overload

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 30, 2008 - 10:40am

LibraryStuff posted this article last week discussing how information overload is detrimental--apparently really, really detrimental--to productivity in American workplaces. With an estimated cost of 900 billion dollars annually, you might want to try this information overload calculator to reduce stress on your library.

you might want to try thisinformation overload calculator

to reduce stress on your library.

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year From ALA TechSource

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 23, 2008 - 10:43am

We're wrapping up our 2008 here at ALA, and as we head into the Holiday, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for helping to make this a great year for ALA TechSource. It's been a privilege to come on board as your editor and to be able to spend time discussing exciting new developments with you. I'm looking forward to an even better 2009!

As we take our Holiday break, we won't be posting much over the next two weeks, but we we will be back at full speed in early January.

Best wishes from all of us at TechSource. Have a great Holiday!

Cutting Edge IT Security at Utica College

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 18, 2008 - 9:38am

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses Utica College's new Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), which eventually will serve as a facility for government agences to store and examine extremely sensitive documents in a secure environment.

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Discrimination Against Gamers?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 17, 2008 - 11:22am

There's been some discussion on the web about whether or not employers should be discriminating against gamers, given some claims that people who use their computers to play games will inevitably do so at the office and thus be less productive employees.

A vigorous discussion on has broken out here.

Is this a vicious stereotype? Is there some truth to it? It seems like there's a lot of mixed messages about gaming going on in our society. I can't say I'm shocked by this, but I'm also saddened given how much librarians have tried to advocate the idea that gaming is a useful educational tool
 that can be used to help children learn and gain valuable problem-solving skills. Read More »