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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...

Wreading

About 250 years ago, soon after his dictionary of the English language had been published, Dr. Samuel Johnson was asked by a woman how the incorrect definition of a pastern had crept into the final, published product. According to James Boswell's biography of Johnson, "…instead of making an elaborate defence, as she expected, he at once answered, 'Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.'" If the...

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...

Beyond the Prototype

We have jumped into that laboratory experience together and are learning together. Ten project teams are formulating collaborative projects as a means of learning. As I look at those project statements and at the posts that share the ongoing thinking process, I believe that this work will have lasting value to us—individually and collectively—beyond the life of this particular prototype process...

Wikis in the University Library

Chad Boeninger is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Alden Library of Ohio University. He works as a bibliographer with faculty in the College of Business and the Department of Economics to develop the library's collections and is also available to help students and faculty members with their research needs in person, via IM, and via a resource he created: The Biz Wiki. The About...

Loose LIPs

Usually I have a terrible memory. Once, in high school, I forgot the name of the young woman I was dating at the time—in her presence. Oddly, I recall her name very clearly now, thirty-three years later. Even my addled pate, however, is capable of creating and maintaining vivid memories. I remember very well the sight of Charles Bailey poking his head into a crowded room just prior to the start...

Introducing Blogs and Wikis at Lakeview High School:

Digitally re-shifting your school library is about harnessing the power of new ideas like Web 2.0 to help fulfill the mission of school libraries. It does not necessarily mean discarding the old, but rather reconsidering what works best in meeting new challenges in a changing educational world. It's all a part of helping students become literate users of information in order for them to have...

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...

On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 2): LIS Students in a 2.0 World

I've just finished my semester at Dominican as an adjunct—the version of LIS 753 Internet Fundamentals & Design I teach is taught over three fun-filled and information-packed weekends—and turning the students in the class on to online social tools and the bigger picture of what's happening online was a highlight for me. We ended the class with group presentations, a discussion of the Newsweek...

New Blogs of Note (and More to Come)

Three new Biblioblogosphere-related blogs (well, actually there are five and counting) to get acquainted with over the weekend... Library 2.0 Innovation Bootcamp has commenced. The first post, Getting Started with Library 2.0 Innovation Bootcamp, provides a great overview of the program. The faculty members for Library 2.0 Innovation Bootcamp are two of the contributors to this blog, Jenny...

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...