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Blog posts from January 2007

The Academic Library 2.0 Model: An ALA TS Blog Interview with Michael C. Habib

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 30, 2007 - 7:03am

I enjoy following LIS student blogs and have found inspiration in many of their posts. I was a reader of LISDom back when Laura Crossett was a student on campus at Dominican. These days, I am eager to read new posts from Nicole Engard at "What I Learned Today," and Dominican GSLIS students like Brian Want, or any number of the folks that have taken LIS753 with me over the past few semesters.
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My Phoner with Pogue

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 25, 2007 - 12:43pm

During the week leading up to ALA Midwinter, I received an email message from a publicist, stating that his client would be attending Midwinter, and wondering if I would like to conduct an interview. His client is David Pogue, the excellent NY Times columnist and blogger who writes about technology topics, especially handheld electronic devices. I jumped at the chance to interview Pogue, suggesting 10 Sunday morning as the appointed time.
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Emerging the Technology

Submitted by Michelle Boule on January 22, 2007 - 5:14pm

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2007 in Seattle, WA

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IT and Sympathy

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 19, 2007 - 8:42am

Tea and Sympathy I'm a big fan of the interactive/ dynamic/ RSS'ed/ video-blogged/ to-the-user-born school of library services. The days when we saw our job as input/output for books and journal articles are, I hope, long over. Most of us get itchy when we think about spending a year to make a minor decision… that way of doing things is so very 1995.

But when I talk to colleagues inside the belly of the IT beast, they share one heartfelt concern: think about what you're asking for.
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Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium: Call for Presenters

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 17, 2007 - 2:36pm

If you're interested in and/or implementing gaming and libraries and have a great idea for a session/presentation for the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium (July 22–24, 2007, Chicago area), we're now accepting presentation (presenter and session) proposals.
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The Rustication of Expertise

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 11, 2007 - 2:35pm

In the days of yore it was not uncommon for universities in Britain and the U.S. to have a policy called "rustication." If a student acted up academically, he would be sent away from the university for a few months to think about his transgressions and, ideally, rededicate himself to the life of the university. As the term "rustication" implies, the concept in its pure form involves being sent down to the farm. John Dryden, after rustication I doubt that many rusticated scholars, such as the young Milton, Dryden, and Swinburne, actually slopped any hogs, but the thought of them knee-deep in muck provides some measure of solace and encouragement for us all.
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Talking about the Maintain IT Project

Submitted by Michelle Boule on January 10, 2007 - 11:12pm

Recently, the Maintain IT Project has been mentioned on various electronic-discussion lists and blogs. The Maintain IT Project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is gathering information and success stories about Public Access Computers (PACs) in public libraries. Eventually, the project team plans to compile the stories and make them available to libraries as a troubleshooting resource.

I was intrigued by the project idea and wanted to know more—this could very well be an invaluable resource for libraries in the future—so I contacted the leader of the project, Barbara Gersh.

MB: Can you tell me a little bit about what the Maintain IT Project is?
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Expecting Change: American Libraries and the Next 100 Years

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 7, 2007 - 10:51pm