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Annual 2009: Catalogers Look to the Future

ALA Publishing staff working on RDA:Resource Description and Access are watching for library innovation building on bibliographic records.  Shirley Lincicum has offered some fantastic coverage of a technology that had catalogers excited at this year's annual conference. Shirley has been a...

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? ...

The Mess: Social Media, Privacy and Information Freedom

Last night, I was enjoying the new episode of South Park, which lampooned the chaotic, who's-in-charge-here feeling of the current economic crisis. The episode made light of the idea that this crisis grew out of a system that become so complex and so poorly managed that no one really understands it, and those who claim to have solutions are really just running around like decapitated chickens (if...

The Internet of Me

I wonder if Peggy Orenstein ever got a letter (or several letters) from someone she was hoping to gracefully lose touch with. Or had a friend who called her parents, trying to find out where she moved after college. Maybe she wished for an “ignore” button. More likely, she grumbled to a friend and continued pursuing her adult identity. Orenstein’s thoughtful essay in last weekend’s New York...

School Library Technology in the New York Times

Much of the discussion on our blog centers around public and academic libraries, and we often neglect an extremely vital player in the library technology world--school libraries. School librarians are, in many respects, the gatekeepers of library technology. They help teach basic technology skills, particularly library technology skills to our future public and academic library patrons (and...

Open Source Open Letter to Obama

A group of prominent software vendors have signed on to an open letter to President Obama encouraging him to ...make it mandatory to consider the source of an application solution (open or closed) as part of the government’s technology acquisition process, just as considering accessibility by the handicapped is required today... Ryan Paul at Ars Technica comments: The Obama administration has...

Where is Library Technology in the Stimulus?

With the stimulus debate heating up in Washington, librarians are wondering where (if anywhere) we fit in to the economic recovery plan. David Bigwood at Catablogging raised the question yesterday, and our own Jenny Levine pointed out that our Washington office is on the case. But what about Library Technology specifically? As we've pointed out in previous posts, many libraries are being forced...

Life at the Speed of Twitter

I mentioned yesterday that ALA TechSource has started to use Twitter as a way to expand our coverage. It didn't take long for one of the fundamental facts about life on Twitter to emerge: Twitter is a fantastic tool for communication, but that communication is a double-edged sword. As soon as we attempted to make our presence felt, there were some readers who felt it, and used the opportunity to...

Obama, Libraries and Technology

In his first two days in office, President Obama has definitely given a lot of us the impression that he intends to be President 2.0. Obama's campaign famously used online social networking to tremendous effect, he has since been giving weekly addresses via YouTube and now the new White House Web Page includes a blog. Now that the President has taken office and new policies are being enacted,...

Interview With OITP Director Alan Inouye

With our January issue of Library Technology Reports focusing on funding your technology in a tough economy, I figured it would make sense to broaden my perspective on the issue by talking some additional experts. Over the past couple of months, I had the pleasure of conducting an online interview with Alan Inouye, Director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, which serves the...

A Timely Issue of Library Technology Reports

We are extremely excited about the January Issue of Library Technology Reports, “Funding and Budgeting for Library Technology in Today's Economy” by Larra Clark and Denise Davis. With the current economic crisis, librarians are concerned about having the funds to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology needed to serve the needs of twenty-first century patrons. ALA TechSource is responding...