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Library 2.0

The Digital Divide Inside the Library

Technology and reference are intertwining strands of public service. The task of keeping up with Librarians (and their jobs) is getting techier. As our systems get more sophisticated and our desire to overhaul and remake those systems gets more intense, libraries need librarians who are tech savvy...

Planning technology for the next 30 years

I don't often post specifically about things I'm involved in at my real job (Head of Library IT at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and try instead to examine general technology useful to libraries of all types. But this month, I'd like to talk about something that I've been involved in for almost 2 years that has recently come to a head (especially as it concernstechnology). I've...

A TechSource Blogger Forum: E-Readers and Libraries

The release of the Kindle 2 has set of a firestorm of speculation about how e-readers are going to transform (destroy?) the publishing industry. Anything with the potential to transform reading has the potential to transform librarianship. If widely adopted, these e-readers have the potential to allow libraries new ways to house and circulate material. But could there be downsides as well? ...

Enjoying the Community: The Beginnings of Virtual Common Spaces at Lisle Library District

Last month, we took a look at one library using the free DIY social networking tool Ning to create an online community. In "Exploring the Virtual Commons: Using Ning to Build a Community at Lafayette Public Library," we spoke with Pam Sahr about Lafayette readers. After that post went live, I was pleased to hear from the folks at Lisle Library District  here in Illinois. Back in January...

The Space had to say "Wow!" - The Hammes Information Commons at IUSB

I recently had the chance to visit with long-time colleague and friend Michele Russo, Dean of Library Services at the Franklin D. Schurz Library at Indiana University South Bend. We've known each other awhile--she taught reference classes while I was in the MLS program. While at SJCPL, Michele and I would have lunch occasionally and catch up on our library-related conversations.  I was glad that...

Tech-Savvy Teens Can Help Design Your Library

I think one of the coolest things about a library is that in addition to the service that it provides directly, it is also a forum. Each library serves a community and in turn, that community uses the library to discuss and learn more about who it really is, what its needs are and how they can be addressed. Libraries are the leaders in serving their communities, but only because they allow these...

Keeping the Library Relevant: A Tour of the Georgia Tech Library Learning Commons

While in Atlanta in May for SOLINET, Michael Casey and I had the opportunity to tour the Georgia Tech Library Learning Commons. I've followed the blogging of Brian Mathews for some time at The Ubiquitous Librarian, and am always happy to read about some new innovation or way of thinking about academic libraries at his institution. Joining us for the afternoon was Laura Savastinuk, Michael's co-...

Gaps and Bridges, Bridges and Gaps

There are many stories from the 2008 ALA Annual conference in Anaheim, from Google being MIA on the exhibition floor to what happens when a few hundred librarians descend onto Disneyland. But my favorite story from my time in Anaheim starts like this... Cindi Trainor had wrangled myself, David Lee King, and Rachel Vacek out of the Hilton Anaheim in order to shoot a few portraits. We were heading...

YouTube and the Library World

Earlier this week, some of our colleagues at Booklist became Internet celebrities when the video “Booklist Editors Read for Fun 2007” became a spotlight video on YouTube.   This video got me thinking about how YouTube has the potential to be a powerful vehicle for Reader’s Advisory and for library services in general. As it turns out, libraries all over the country are way ahead of me, and...

On the Information Experience: An ALA TechSource Conversation with John Blyberg

I find myself returning to John Blyberg’s post “Library 2.0 Debased” of a few months back. Last semester was busy: classes to prep, teaching in St. Paul as part of Dominican’s partnership with the College of St. Katharine, and speaking engagements here and there. I dashed off a quick TTW post, pointing to John’s words, and stating:I applaud John for articulating so many of the thoughts I’ve been...

Evergreen and Equinox with Karen G. Schneider

Most everyone reading this blog is familiar with Karen G. Schneider. As a recent member of the Techsource team, she has helped us all understand technology a little more clearly. Her new job as Community Librarian for Equinox Software, Inc. involves working to expand library and librarians knowledge about the Open Source ILS, Evergreen. I was able to track her down, and ask her a few questions...