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Blog posts from February 2010

Putting Technology to Work: Notes from A Presentation at VALA 2010

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 25, 2010 - 2:39pm

I am pleased to announce that the first paper from the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar project was published as part of the proceedings of VALA 2010, a conference held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia two weeks ago. VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. Read More »

Focus on Metadata: Jennifer Bowen on the New Metadata Environment

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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The Prodigal Aardvark

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 (  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 »

Google Buzz

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 »

Library 2.0 Gang 02/10: The Open Source Library System Market

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 »

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TechTrends Webinar

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 »

Darien Library, One Year Later

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on February 3, 2010 - 11:11am
Darien Library 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.
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Finding My Tribe at EDUCAUSE

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 2, 2010 - 7:21am

“I’ve found my tribe.” Read More »

Technology Essentials 2010: WebJunction Online Conference

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 »

The Apple iPad

Submitted by Jason Griffey on February 1, 2010 - 8:46am

Apple iPadOn 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. Read More »

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