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Privacy, Potential & Pitfalls: Using Ning to Create Community Part Three

The past two months, I've been exploring the use of Ning by public libraries to create communities centered around reader services. We started with a look at Lafayette Readers in Lafayette, Colorado and the online discussion forums at Lisle Library District. I was pondering the third installment...

Thoughtful Advocates: An ALA TechSource Interview with ILA's Robert Doyle

"If people were better informed about social networking sites and knew and used basic Internet safety tips, the cloud of fear may decline."—Robert Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association Last July, I wrote a post about some folks that were trying to scare libraries into dropping their Flickr presence and ban access because they likened Flickr to an amateur porn site. I...

Unsucking Online Education, Part One

Full Disclosure:I am currently working on an Emerging Leaders' project that will propose a scheme for cheap or free online education to be offered by LITA or ALA and I am in the group that built Five Weeks to a Social Library. I have a vested interest in this topic.This post is part of a small series that I will be writing about online education for librarians. The series will discuss current...

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....

Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.Now I wind...

Custom Zen: Enlightened Information Retrieval

Last week, you may have read about some new collaborative efforts (check out the District Dispatch's second podcast, intro music and all!) and Web 2.0 tech tools launched by some creative ALA staffers and the ALA Library. One of them is the Librarian's E-Library, "selected resources on Libraries and Librarianship from the American Library Association (ALA) Library and a growing list of...

Unsucking the OPAC: One Man's Noble Efforts

For better or worse, I'm usually quite prolix on TechSource, but this is a day when I woke up early feeling the need for a wee happy post. It's a day when I flung open the curtains and shouted to the world, "World, the OPAC doesn't always have to suck!" That's particularly true because of the work of Casey Bisson, inventor/developer/creator/instigator/leader of WPOPAC, built "inside the...

The Hyperlinked Organization: Radical Transparency, Crummy Meetings & Micromanagement

“Org charts are pyramids. The ancient pharaohs built their pyramids out of the fear of human mortality. Today's business pharaohs build their pyramidal organizations out of fear of human fallibility; they're afraid of being exposed as frightened little boys, fallible and uncertain. To be human is to be imperfect. We die. We make mistakes.”David Weinberger, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Chapter 5: "...

Santa Does Maslow

Remember Maslow's hierarchy? At the bottom of the pyramid were the most basic needs… at the top, self-actualization. In between were concepts such as self-esteem, respect, family, and security. We in LibraryLand are scattered all over that matrix. In upstate New York, there's an anecdote about a crusty rural library director—you know the type, in sensible slacks and a gray cardigan, the kind...

My Avatar Wears Tight Jeans and 4 Other Things I Learned from Internet Librarian 2006

It has been a whirlwind two weeks. In the space of 14 days, I spoke at 4 library meetings, flew on 12 planes, traveled to Stonehenge, met some incredible information professionals from all over the world, caught a nasty cold, sat on the runway for 8 hours in Nebraska while George W. flew in and out of O'Hare and, yes, learned some wonderful things.My time on the road culminated in a day spent at...

Feeling the Curb in Monterey

Last Sunday I traveled out to California to attend the Internet Librarian Conference—ITI's tenth, my first. I managed to fly to San Jose with nary a directional question, then took a shuttle bus past fields of artichokes and garlic, and dry brown hills mad in the October sun, down to Monterey on the coast. Monterey certainly has continued its upward drift in the twenty-five years since I last...