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Blog posts from October 2006

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

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 31, 2006 - 11:36pm

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.
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Feeling the Curb in Monterey

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 26, 2006 - 1:04am

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.
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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 25, 2006 - 8:12pm

The PacificFrom Internet Librarian 2006, Monterey (Monterey Peninsula), California...

The theme for the first day seemed to be libraries using their funds differently when planning for program offerings and technology needs. More libraries are saying "no" to large, expensive turnkey, out-of-the-box products and "yes" to more money for staff who can build unique, flexible products.

Out-of-the-box products create more silos and information gateways, which may not be integrable with other items in a library's virtual presence. Though these products may save your library time, it forces the user to invest more time in finding what he or she needs. “Save the time of the user,” Ranganathan said, not save the time of the library staff member.
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On L2 Trips, Muses, the NGC, Trust, and Paradigm Shifts: A Festschrift Fin

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 21, 2006 - 3:29pm

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.
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The Great Pumpkin Farm Community

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 10, 2006 - 8:58am

Last Friday afternoon at OPAL, Jami Schwarzwalder presented an interesting talk online about the information lifestyles of members of the Millennial generation. (A recording of her talk has been added to the OPAL Archive.) Although the name and the date ranges vary, Millennials can be defined as those born between 1980–2000. They constitute the largest generation within the current U.S. population, with the Baby Boomers a close second. (BTW, what are we calling the generation born since 2000, the Y2K Outcomes?)
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What a Long, Strange Trip

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 4, 2006 - 12:34pm

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 place that librarians unfamiliar with the jargon and discussion could read without being overwhelmed. The discussions were often illuminated with real-world examples and interviews with librarians in the trenches. I was a fan.
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Toward the Next Gen Catalog

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on October 3, 2006 - 12:21am

LibraryLand has seen much excitement since the ALA TechSource blog launched a little over a year ago. As much as Library 2.0 turns me on—Skype me, baby, 8 to the bar!—the trend that makes my heart go pitter-pat is a more subtle water-on-stone The Library Catalog: A Water-on-Stone Metamorphosismetamorphosis, one in which long-held perceptions and attitudes are changing, souls are becoming emboldened, and librarians push forward with new ideas. It's a trend loosely called "NGC," for NextGenCatalog, which does not refer to Land's-End mail-order shopping for college students, but is the set of future services we as a profession will provide for information discovery.
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Public Libraries: Essential for Today's Technology Needs

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 1, 2006 - 9:57am

Download PDF of Public Libraries and the Internet 2006: Study Results 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.
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