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Blog posts from June 2009

Creating Zones with Heart

Submitted by Michael Stephens on June 30, 2009 - 1:59pm

Greetings from Northern Michigan! The days of summer are flying by and I’m splitting my time between trying to wear out our new Labrador Retriever Cooper and prepping for upcoming talks at ALA Annual. I’ll be presenting for LLAMA BES (that’s the Library Leadership & Management Association Buildings and Equipment Section if you’re spinning the wheel of ALA acronyms) in a program called  “Library 2.0 Buildings: Creating Zones with Heart.” 

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Planning technology for the next 30 years

Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 23, 2009 - 9:30am

I don't often post specifically about things I'm involved in at my real job (Head of Library IT at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and try instead to examine general technology useful to libraries of all types. But this month, I'd like to talk about something that I've been involved in for almost 2 years that has recently come to a head (especially as it concernstechnology). I've spent the better part of the last month hip-deep in planning the technology for UTC's brand new academic library.
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Getting Virtual: ALA Works to Increase Electronic Member Participation

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on June 17, 2009 - 7:55am

Hot on the heels of the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, Collaboration 2.0, is a toolkit designed to help ALA members who want to bring remote participants into a meeting or who want to stream a session’s audio or video out to a remote audience.   A group of ten LITA members has been working together for the last few months via email and on the LITA wiki to create the EParticipation Task Force Recommendations. Read More »

Absent at the eBook Revolution

Submitted by Tom Peters on June 15, 2009 - 9:35am

Conference program topics tend to be lagging indicators of the hot topics in a given field.  The lag time develops because it takes time to plan for a professional conference, even an online or in-world conference.  In fact, by the time a molten topic spews forth many conference programs, sometimes even entire conferences, that’s a signal that the magma has started to cool and harden. 

The eBook movement is heating up worldwide, with many major corporations launching eBook services and significant chunks of the worldwide reading public – the Chinese and romance readers come to mind – giving ereading a sustained try.  The paucity of programs about eBooks at next month’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago could be seen as a case-in-point of this general truth about conference program topics as lagging behind hot topics. Nonethless, I think a different, more troubling dynamic is developing between eBooks, libraries, and librarianship.  I worry about the role that libraries and librarianship will have in the real eBook revolution.  Read More »

Library 2.0 Gang 06/09: Library System Suppliers view of OCLC Web-scale

Submitted by Richard Wallis on June 9, 2009 - 6:50am

In last month’s show there was some speculation as to what reaction there would be from the organisations that supply ‘traditional’ library systems to the OCLC announcement of their web-scale, cloud computing, library system initiative.

In an attempt to answer that speculation I took the unusual step of bringing together a specific set of Library 2.0 Gang members from that community as against our usual open house of whoever is available. Read More »

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Chatting with Char Booth

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 8, 2009 - 12:55pm

Char Booth is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and one of ALA's Emerging Leaders, and is a voice of growing prominence in the Library Technology community. As the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, Char works at a unique intersection of technology, advocacy, public service, and education. Char blogs at info-mational and will be the author of an issue of Library Technology Reports in 2010.

Char recently authored Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (A Research Report), which examines one institution's attempt to modify its own technological and organizational makeup by better understanding its local users. Char places the story in the context of a thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis of academic library usage and technology patterns.
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Welcome to ALA TechSource's New Website!

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 4, 2009 - 2:56pm

ALA TechSource has launched, a new electronic archive and delivery platform for Library Technology Reports (LTR) and Smart Libraries Newsletter (SLN) using MetaPress, the world’s largest scholarly content host. In addition to the MetaPress archive, ALA TechSource has rebuilt its core Website using Drupal, an open-source content management system popular with other library Websites.

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Robin Hastings discusses Collaborative Work

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on June 3, 2009 - 8:25am

The new issue of Library Technology Reports, "Collaboration 2.0" by Robin Hastings is hitting the shelves this week. Robin is the Information Technology Manager for the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City, Missouri. She manages the library’s network, websites and training classes, as well as a four person staff who keep the library’s computers running while she’s off presenting at conferences. Given Robin's extensive experience in technology training and online collaborative work, she is the perfect person to discuss how technology has led to a revolution in the way that librarians can collaborate.

I had a chance to interview Robin recently about her LTR, and just how far this revolution in collaborative work can go.
Dan Freeman: So your topic for this issue is Collaboration 2.0. Can you define this concept for us?
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