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Blog posts from June 2008

American Tech Idol

Submitted by Tom Peters on June 28, 2008 - 4:07am

Remember David Cook? He was the guy who won the American Idol competition last month. Throughout the merry month of May the citizens of Beautiful Blue Springs, Missouri were all a-twitter (in the pre-Twitter sense of a-twitter) about David Cook's candidacy, because he is a graduate of Blue Springs South High School. Most of the local businesses had "Vote for David" signs, and several local charities were auctioning off David Cook memorabilia even as the memories were forming.

Until May I was a denizen of Blue Springs myself. It was surreal watching a national TV phenomenon play out locally. Even some of my local BBQ joints jumped on the David Cook bandwagon -- or chuckwagon. The whole thing got me thinking about the nature of fame. Even information technology seems to experience something like an idol syndrome.

The craze got me thinking about the nature of fame. Even information technology seems to experience something like an idol syndrome. We have our top tech trends discussions, which draw huge crowds yearning to learn more about the current tech idols. Read More »

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Where Librarians Are Made?

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on June 22, 2008 - 9:54pm

What sort of technology would you expect to find in a library school? 

University of Kentucky, Lexington.

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Anticipating Anaheim

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 21, 2008 - 8:16pm

Every year my preparations for going to the ALA Annual conference go through a series of stages. First, the "Oh, I guess I should buy a ticket and find a hotel room" stage, which fades into the "yes, I know it's coming, but there are still weeks to prepare" stage. Then at some point I start getting emails reminding me about this meeting or that meeting, or I see a note somewhere about a program I really don't want to miss, and amidst all this I think "I should start planning my schedule."

Then, about a week before I leave, I actually try to do it. Read More »

YouTube and the Library World

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 19, 2008 - 2:30pm

Earlier this week, some of our colleagues at Booklist became Internet-celebrities when the video “Booklist Editors Read for Fun 2007” became a spotlight video on YouTube.


The video got me thinking about how YouTube has the potential to be a powerful vehicle for Reader’s Advisory and for library services in general. As it turns out, libraries all over the country are way ahead of me, and are already using YouTube to post book reviews, book discussions, and even guides to Reader’s Advisory. Read More »

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On the Information Experience: An ALA TechSource Conversation with John Blyberg

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 18, 2008 - 12:24pm

Darien Library's John Blyberg weighs in on the construct of information experience as libraries move forward in a very different world:

The difference now, as opposed to even five years ago, is that we also operate within a global context that empowers us to quickly recall data and assemble it into our own personal nebulae. In other words, information use has become an expression of self--that’s not something libraries ever accounted for.  When I talk about this, I refer to it as the “information experience” because, for the growing number of us who participate in the hive, we build our own network of information and interaction that accompanies us through our lives.  We literally construct highly-personalized information frameworks and place a huge amount of personal reliance upon them.  Ten years ago, this wasn’t the case. Read More »

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Hello Readers!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 18, 2008 - 8:46am

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new editor. I’ll be overseeing this blog, as well as future issues of Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter. I am thrilled to be aboard and to be reaching out to the global library technology community. Read More »


Submitted by Cindi Trainor on June 15, 2008 - 8:09pm

UnCommon:  EKU Libraries

Newly renovated study space in the library at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

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Introducing TechShots: The Bigger Picture

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on June 5, 2008 - 2:25pm


As I lay awake last night waiting for my two-year-old daughter's fever to climb down from its 103.1 peak, I contemplated which photo I should use to introduce myself to TechSource readers. I'd shot some self-portraits in my library, some in my back yard, and some in my house. I've chosen this one to remind us all that--at least for me--the most important purpose and benefit of technology is to connect human beings with each other, inside and outside our libraries.  Read More »

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Evergreen and Equinox with Karen G. Schneider

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 3, 2008 - 1:16pm

Most everyone reading this blog is familiar with Karen G. Schneider. As a recent member of the Techsource team, she has helped us all understand technology a little more clearly. Her new job as Community Librarian for Equinox Software, Inc. involves working to expand library and librarians knowledge about the Open Source ILS, Evergreen.

I was able to track her down, and ask her a few questions about Evergreen, libraries, and the ILS. As always, she never fails to inform. Read More »