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Digits are Mightier than the Sword, and the Buck

The last half of August is a transition period.  For many people it is the end of summer as a human experience, regardless of how summer is defined in national holidays, meteorological averages or the wobbling of the earth on its axis.  It's time to get back to school and buckle down--time to work...

The Academic Library 2.0 Model: An ALA TS Blog Interview with Michael C. Habib

I enjoy following LIS student blogs and have found inspiration in many of their posts. I was a reader of LISDom back when Laura Crossett was a student on campus at Dominican. These days, I am eager to read new posts from Nicole Engard at "What I Learned Today," and Dominican GSLIS students like Brian Want, or any number of the folks that have taken LIS753 with me over the past few semesters....

The Rustication of Expertise

In the days of yore it was not uncommon for universities in Britain and the U.S. to have a policy called "rustication." If a student acted up academically, he would be sent away from the university for a few months to think about his transgressions and, ideally, rededicate himself to the life of the university. As the term "rustication" implies, the concept in its pure form involves being sent...

UC Libraries Join the Google Books Library Project

Soon after Google announced in late 2004 the collaborative project—currently called the "Google Books Library Project," involving the five research libraries of Stanford, Michigan, Harvard, Oxford, and the New York Public Library—to scan millions of books, the five libraries became known as the "G5 Group."When the G5 Group was mentioned in conversations among librarians, often there was at least...

Left to Their Own Devices

Two news items that scurried across my attention in July have led me to conclude that, in this era of overlapping eras, we have entered yet another age. The first item was an industry report that Apple shipped more than eight million iPod devices in the second quarter of 2006. That's almost three million per month or 100,000 per day, and the second quarter is not a big gift-giving quarter,...

On Getting a Second Life Library

Alliance Second Life Library 2.0Presented by the Alliance Library System/Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)OPAL Auditorium, http://67.19.231.218/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CDT In mid-April, Tap Information's Tom Peters (who is also the OPAL Coordinator and a contributing author to this blog as well as to Smart Libraries Newsletter) posted a piece...

Napster Awakes

Earlier this week, after years of a court-induced coma, the Napster.com Web site became live and free again. This time, the Napster executives claim they are too legit to quit. Here's the new deal. Napster claims to have two-million songs in its master collection. If an individual fills out a no-cost Web registration form, he or she is then allowed to listen to any and all of the tunes up to five...

A Library for Avatars

Avatars need libraries, too, you know. An avatar—in this context—is "an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality." Last Thursday, the Alliance Library System officially announced that this summer it plans to begin offering library services to avatars who live and work in the 3D virtual space Second Life. Second Life has significantly more than 100,000 registered avatars, but...

CIL in DC: Day One

Wednesday—The first day of the Computers in Libraries Conference in Washington, DC. It's the 21st annual, but my first. I was up at 3:00 a.m. to catch my six-a.m.-red-eye flight from Kansas City. After I stumbled out of bed and dressed, I called Max to go for a walk, and he indeed got up off the sofa, but he had a quizzical look on his face as we headed out into the frosty night.After the walk...

That Old Time Gestalt Experience

In today's online New York Times (no-cost subscription required), David Pogue has an interesting article ('Almost iPod, but in the End a Samsung') about the Samsung Z5 MP3 player as a pretender to the throne currently occupied by the iPod Nano. If you're having a hard time imagining how a newspaper article about such a tight, techie topic could be interesting, let me tell you that I think this...

When Owning Isn't Owning

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...