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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...

On L2 Trips, Muses, the NGC, Trust, and Paradigm Shifts: A Festschrift Fin

This post is the culmination of the ALA TS blog one-year birthday festschrift, a month-long series of posts that could be perceived as a sort of eblogocentric celebration of this forum. Hopefully, it will not be interpreted as that, and instead will be viewed not only as the capping off of a very "long, strange trip," indeed, but also as the beginning of an exciting new year for the ALA TS blog...

The Great Pumpkin Farm Community

Last Friday afternoon at OPAL, Jami Schwarzwalder presented an interesting talk online about the information lifestyles of members of the Millennial generation. (A recording of her talk has been added to the OPAL Archive.) Although the name and the date ranges vary, Millennials can be defined as those born between 1980–2000. They constitute the largest generation within the current U.S....

What a Long, Strange Trip

A little over a year ago, ALA TechSource Blog sashayed out onto the dance floor. I remember thinking how it was wonderful that ALA was finally getting into blogs. Teresa had gathered some big names in the Biblioblogosphere, and I knew ALA TechSource Blog was going to be a hit. I was right.ALA TechSource was distinguished from other "techie" blogs by being a tech place for the layman. Here was a...

The Culture of Trust: One Year in the Life of Library 2.0

What a difference a year makes! I'm back at Dominican after three days on the road, during which I attended the Kentucky Library Association Conference in Louisville. The highlights of my trip include: meals shared, conversations, meeting and greeting, hearing Peter Morville talk about "ambient findability," and my presentation on Library 2.0 for a room full of folks. I was very aware that this...

Mashup Magnificents

If you've ever visited the user-outreach Mecca that is the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL)—either physically or virtually—then it's likely no surprise to you that the winner of the Talis-sponsored "Mashing Up the Library" competition is none other than AADL's very own John Blyberg (also of blyberg.net). John's entry, the Go-Go-Google Gadget (more information about it on blyberg.net here), "...

Building a Better Beta

Every day companies are coming out with new tools to reach their users on the Web. Many companies have learned that rolling out products before they are completely formed—in beta or even in alpha mode—can save them development time and money. By giving their customers an early look at a product, companies are empowering customers to use the tool in new ways and are providing them with an...

Steal this Idea: Learning 2.0 at PLCMC

A librarian colleague e-mailed me yesterday and asked about the libraries I'd visited this summer: "Which ones really had some cool things happen? Which ones were innovating?" Truth be told, there were many to choose from, like: Princeton Public Library in New Jersey (Leslie Burger's incredible library);Darien Library, where you'll find innovation and some incredible blogging (including a blog...

A Compelling Committee (or The Story of UHLSDSC)

We will anticipate and respond to the ways our users find, create, and share knowledge, and we will be fully integrated into the personalized library experience for each user and welcoming spaces for collaboration and discovery. On campus and online, we will be a valued partner in the academic life of our students, faculty, and community."Our Vision," UH Libraries Strategic Directions, 2006–2010...

A New Addition

It's a special day here at ALA TechSource. Not only did Jenny Levine begin at ALA today in her new job as Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide, but also today Michelle Boule, of Wandering Eyre Blog fame, officially starts as a contributor to this blog. (Watch your aggregator for her first post about utilizing committees to influence technology-related decisions.) I first "met"...

Flickr + Libraries = Scary, Scary, Scary to Some Folks

"Another benefit of using Flickr at your library and tagging your photos with your library's name and location is that it gets you found in the great pool of all of the photos in Flickr. Maybe someone is searching Flickr for his or her hometown and discovers images of the local library and learns of services or programs he or she didn't know about... Participating in this type of social software...