Submitted by Jennifer Bowen on February 24, 2010 - 10:18am
In this post, Jennifer Bowen discusses the implications of Karen Coyle's January issue of Library Technology Reports, and places it in the current context of Metadata librarianship.
--Daniel A. Freeman
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Submitted by Tom Peters on February 23, 2010 - 9:46am
Earlier this month, Google bought a small start-up company that provides a social search service called Aardvark (www.vark.com) that helps satisfy people’s information needs.
Big deal, right? This happens all the time. Large tech companies always are on the lookout for small companies doing innovative things that they can acquire. Sometimes the big company wants the innovation, or its the talent pool, or it just wants to acquire and kill a threat to its business model. It’s probably cheaper and more efficient overall to buy innovation rather than create it in-house. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on February 22, 2010 - 9:20am
Google Buzz, the Big G's newest and shiniest tool, launched last week to a huge amount of sturm und drang. What is Buzz? It's a lot of things, all shoved neatly into Gmail and leveraged with every ounce of power that Google could give it. If you've logged into your Gmail account in the last week, you've see a pop-up announcing Buzz, and asking if you were interested. Want to know what you're in for? Here's the very, very general idea.
Buzz is a combination of a few different existing ideas. The first is the concept of the "status update" or microblogging service, a la Twitter or Facebook. The second is the idea of conversation, as Buzz threads your discussions, instead of isolating replies like Twitter. This means that posts and replies are presented as a single thread, similar (very, very similar) to FriendFeed. Read More »
Submitted by Richard Wallis on February 18, 2010 - 8:11am
At ALA Midwinter PTFS announced their intention to purchase the leading open source system support company LibLime. Just before the recording of this month’s show, they announced that PTFS and LibLime could not agree upon financial terms and have agreed not to proceed with the acquisition. So who better to join us as a guest on the show, than PTFS CEO, John Yokley. Read More »
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 12, 2010 - 9:19am
Our webinar, TechTrends: Midwinter 2010, was a huge success! We had some great presentations and some lively discussion. We tackled some exciting topics. Just to name a few: Read More »
Submitted by Cindi Trainor on February 3, 2010 - 11:11am
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has long been known for its “extreme customer service
” and for making every Darien experience the best that it can be. When the proposal to expand the old library building fell through, administrators Louise Berry and Alan Kirk Gray applied these same principles to dreaming Darien Library all up again.
Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 2, 2010 - 7:21am
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Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 1, 2010 - 1:25pm
In the wake of the 2010 Midwinter meeting, there's been a lot of talk about unconferences and online conferences. A rough economy and the inconvenience of long-distance travel, combined with the proliferation of Web 2.0, VoIP and other tools for instantaneous online communication have led to a significant increase in the popularity of online events. Our own Tom Peters has written quite a bit about this topic on the blog and in Smart Libraries Newsletter. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on February 1, 2010 - 8:46am
On Wednesday, the most anticipated technology product announcement of the last few years took place (video of the event here), and Apple finally showed off their tablet computer, the iPad. The iPad is going to dominate the technology discussion for the next several months, but here's a first-blush look at the tech specs and features that are going to be important for libraries and education. as well as what's missing and what we should be worried about.
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