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Blog posts from September 2005

The Return of the Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 30, 2005 - 5:36pm

I found my way to San Jose, and I just finished up the opening session here at LITA. Roy Tennant's session, "Googlezon Episode IV: Return of the Librarians," was certainly memorable. Of course, the content of his session was engaging (he began with a cool little PowerPoint presentation that jocularly—or maybe not—predicts the merger of Google and Amazon in the not-so-distant future). But not too long after Mr. Tennant pointed out the beautiful, and very LARGE, glass-blown chandeliers fixed to the ballroom-ceiling above us here in Earthquake Country, an "evacuate" alarm sent us out of the building. False alarm, thank goodness, but still a memorable way to begin. Read More »

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Web 2.0 for Librarians

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 29, 2005 - 9:17am

Michael Stephens Head ShotI mentioned in my introductory post last week that I would be writing about Web 2.0. A good starting point, then, would be some definition. The cool thing is, many librarians are already actively using the tools of Web 2.0!

Wikipedia defines Web 2.0 as “Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of Web sites to a full-fledged computing platform serving Web applications, like Gmail, to end users. The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes."
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I don't know the way to San Jose.

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 29, 2005 - 1:34am
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Early Pre-Welcome from K.G. Schneider

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on September 24, 2005 - 5:58pm

Karen Schneider HeadI see we've had a couple of technical problems getting the blog started. This greatly concerns me, because out there in LibraryLand, everything works right the first time, particularly with computers, which are, after all, labor-saving devices.
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Okay, so we're having some technical issues...

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 22, 2005 - 1:39pm

I know I said not to worry, and I didn't. Until yesterday—when the new postings on this blog were not showing up in my aggregator (Bloglines). And then Troy Linker, the head of ALA Production Services, had some problems with his news reader (MyYahoo!), I started to panic. I mean really, the name of this blog is the ALA TechSource blog.

During our pre-launch conference call on Monday, Karen and Michael both pointed out that having RSS in order before we launch is imperative—lest we get fisked about this technical problem, and readers, subsequently, tune out.
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Welcome from Michael Stephens

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 21, 2005 - 12:40pm

Michael Stephens Head ShotGreetings Readers!

I am tickled to be joining Jenny, Karen and Tom on this venture. And kudos to Teresa Koltzenburg at ALA TechSource for "getting it!"
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Those Litigious Scribes: Authors Sue Google

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 21, 2005 - 9:49am

Tuesday three individual authors, as well as the Authors Guild, which represents approximately 8,000 authors, filed a lawsuit against Google over the library portion of its Google Library Project.

The suit (covered on Boing Boing Tuesday), claiming massive copyright infringement, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by lawyers representing Daniel Hoffman, a poet; Betty Miles, a children’s and YA (young adult) author; and Herbert Mitgang, a Lincoln biographer. Read More »

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Michael's Head Shot

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 21, 2005 - 9:40am

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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 21, 2005 - 9:39am

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Welcome from Tom (the Newbie) Peters

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 20, 2005 - 5:33pm

Tom Peters Head Shot Welcome, Everyone. I'm glad that ALA TechSource has started this blog to highlight trends, issues, and opportunities regarding library and information technology. It's an honor to be blogging with the likes of Jenny Levine, Karen Schneider, and Michael Stephens. As the newbie to blogging, I have the right (and responsibility!) to ask the dumb questions and make the stupid mistakes. Stay tuned.

Although I plan to blog whatever developments seem noteworthy, the areas of IT that currently interest me include: Read More »


And we're off...

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 20, 2005 - 4:21pm

ALA TechSource Blog is official! I was able to subscribe in my aggregator, now you can too!


If you can't pick up this feed in your aggregator, not to worry...

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 20, 2005 - 12:25pm

The new ALA TechSource site (which includes this blog) is propagating today. Should be able to pick this up tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'll take this opportunity to post some comment guidelines. These guidelines will eventually be accessible via a hotlink (for easy reference). But for now, here they are:

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Welcome to the ALA TechSource Blog!

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 19, 2005 - 10:06pm

Teresa Head Shot Greetings Biblioblogosphere Devotees...

In case you don't know, ALA TechSource is a unit of the publishing division of the American Library Association (which, by the way, is the oldest and largest library association in the world!). The unit publishes Library Technology Reports, the periodical started by the venerable Howard White many years ago, and Smart Libraries Newsletter (formerly Library Systems Newsletter), which these days features monthly articles from Marshall Breeding and Tom Peters.

ALA TechSource is proud to welcome contributing TechSource bloggers: Read More »