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ALA Presents an Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @ Your Library

When a new trend emerges and grows as quickly as gaming in libraries has, those of us who weren't involved at an early stage can sometimes feel like they've been left behind. In all likelihood, there are librarians all over the country who have heard about the growing role that gaming is playing in...

Emerging the Technology

At ALA Midwinter 2007 in Seattle... Friday marked the first meeting of ALA's first class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders Program was designed by ALA President Leslie Burger. Its purpose is to foster younger members of ALA, to help them get involved, and become innovators of the organization. I was very lucky to be included in this program and believe that amazing things could happen...

Expecting Change: American Libraries and the Next 100 Years

By now you likely have received your January issue of American Libraries (AL). (If not, it's coming soon!) Editor in chief Leonard Kniffel starts out his inaugural "From the Editor" column of the newly redesigned issue with a nugget about Melvil Dewey and change. "The World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services notes that Dewey was a visionary who 'cared more for results than the...

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...

YALSA to Host Teen Gaming Discussion Group at Midwinter '07

Kelly Czarnecki, on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog, recently posted about a really cool event happening in Seattle next month. Gamers and those interested in gaming and libraries will definitely want to check out: YALSA's Teen Gaming Discussion Group W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Ave., Studio 8 Saturday, January 20...

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...

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...

Public Libraries: Essential for Today's Technology Needs

Last week, Andy Bridges, from ALA's Washington Office, put together some summary information on the recently released Public Libraries and the Internet 2006: Results and Findings study.According to Andy, "The report was conducted by the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University (FSU) and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American...

Wiki Wise: Destination Seattle

Wiki aficionados (as well as wiki newbies) interested in contributing to ALA's Midwinter Meeting 2007 Wiki are invited (strongly encouraged!) to do so at http://wikis.ala.org/midwinter2007/index.php/Main_Page.The wiki is yours (and everyone's)—it's for those planning on attending the meeting (in über-cool Seattle) as well as for those who aren't attending. Even if you're not planning to attend...

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"...

YOUR 2 Cents & DOPA: Urgent Action Needed!

YALSA executive director Beth Yoke posted this comment today to the recent DOPA and 2 Cents post on this blog (as well as a similar call to action on the YALSA Blog). Her comment: URGENT Action NeededThe ALA Washington Office has learned that the US House of Representatives may try to expedite passage of H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), TOMORROW, July 26th. The bill is...