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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...

Pulp Fiction

It's already mid-July and I'm still thinking about the programs, news, and events from the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans three weeks ago. This means either that it was an unusually important conference, or that I'm slow on the uptake and/or have serious conference closure issues.Two programs I'm still pondering are Kevin Starr's address ("Reading: The Essential Skill") at the ALA...

DOPA and 2 cents

On the ever-informative LibraryLaw Blog Wednesday, Mary Minow posts a three-question interview with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) executive director Beth Yoke about DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006). In it, Yoke provides her 2 cents on the proposed legislation and her experience at the hearing. (Minow has stated that she believes the "law is blatantly...

The Maxie Awards

In other posts to this blog and elsewhere I have expressed my optimism about and appreciation for online conferences, workshops, and other online events, coupled with a growing sense that in-person conferences may gradually decline in frequency and importance as more librarians become acclimated to meeting online. Personally, I find myself traveling less and meeting online more. Nevertheless,...

Offline in New Orleans (and It's a Good Thing!)

For the city in general, this is a big weekend for us, because ALA is our first major convention we're hosting since the storm. We've had little groups come in, but this is an 18,000 to 20,000 city-wide convention. We're receiving so much goodwill, and it couldn't be a better group than the librarians. The library has been the beneficiary of a lot of goodwill from a lot of libraries from...

The Eternal Note

The skies were relatively clear—but hot and humid, of course--when I flew into New Orleans midday on Friday. Even from the air I could detect something different about New Orleans. Quite a few of the homes and businesses still have bright blue tarps covering part or all of the roofs. I also could spot some lines of white mobile homes forming impromptu trailer parks--FEMAvilles.   By the...

Hectic Pace Launches; ALA Annual Underway in New Orleans

Congratulations to Andrew Pace and American Libraries on the launch of Andrew's new blog, "Hectic Pace" (just in time for ALA Annual in New Orleans!). Starts off Andrew: When I was a kid, I hated when people made puns out of my name—keep up the pace, do you like picante sauce?, your parents must have been pacemakers. Those of you with punnable names will sympathize with the one-sided hilarious...

Tracking the Trends: LITA's ALA Annual '06 Session

**UPDATE, June 20 @ 10:53 a.m., Chicago, IL**Tom Wilson will also be a member of LITA's Top Technology Trends Panel on Sunday. He was mistakenly left off the list. Sorry, Tom! "Mass digitization will change aspects of librarianship," noted Eric Lease Morgan in his "'Sum' Pontifications" on the LITA Blog this past Saturday."...When content is mass digitized and freely available on the ‘Net the...

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...

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...

Saying 'Yes' to NO

When you come here, you're going to find libraries raising themselves up from the dust. We're down, but we're not out. We're working very diligently trying to put our libraries back on the map, back into the situation we were in before—even better than we were before. You're going to find that some of us have made more progress than others, but there will always be the spirit of hope.—Dr....