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Blog posts from November 2010

Making Sense of Many Options

Submitted by Marshall Breeding on November 29, 2010 - 9:02am

This column appears in the December 2010 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. To read more from Marshall Breeding on mobile library technology and other facets of the library automation industry, you can purchase this issue or subscribe to Smart Libraries Newsletter at http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/q4330h323727/offerings/

When it comes to creating a library automation infrastructure in 2010, there are many models in play.  Should libraries continue to rely on integrated library systems installed locally in libraries or consortia? Will some shift to relying on a globally distributed infrastructure through OCLC’s Web-scale Management Services? Might some libraries rely on vendor-hosted arrangements through software-as-a-service?  Read More »


Georgia’s Innovative Webinar Series

Submitted by Michelle Boule on November 22, 2010 - 9:53am
In June, some Georgia librarians launched something new. The Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Library Association’s Professional and Continuing Education IG started the GeorgiaWednesday Webinar Series. The purpose of these bi-monthly webinars is to provide free continuing education opportunities for librarians and to highlight some of the wonderful things going on in Georgia’s libraries.
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Holiday Gadgets 2010

Submitted by Jason Griffey on November 19, 2010 - 8:44am

With the Holiday season quickly approaching, I decided that I should try and condense the last few months of gadget craziness into something like a recommended list for that special someone in your life. Or just for you...

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Continuing the Conversation: RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 17, 2010 - 4:52pm

Earlier today, we held the second session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, RDA Vocabularies in the Semantic Web with Diane Hillmann, completed the successful series. The following are resources and questions for discussion or explanation. Diane Hillmann will be chiming in via comments--please join her. Read More »


David Lee King and Robin Hastings Discuss Social Networking and the Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 16, 2010 - 9:07am

We’re really excited about our upcoming workshop Using Social Software in Library Marketing: Facebook, Twitter and More with David Lee King and Robin Hastings. The Workshop takes place on December 1st and 8th, 2010, in two 90-minute sessions, both at 2:30pm Eastern.

I had a chance to talk a bit with Robin and David about what they are going to cover during this unique learning event.

You can register for this event at the ALA Store.

Dan Freeman: So how would you describe the focus of this workshop? What will people be able to get out of it? Read More »


Marred by Shelving

Submitted by Tom Peters on November 15, 2010 - 10:03am

The battle for the right to lend ebooks has begun.  It is being fought in board rooms, in backrooms, and in bedrooms.  It is being fought at sales counters and at circulation counters, by web counters and by bean counters.  It is being fought on land, at sea, in the air, on the net, and in outer space.  It is being fought on both sides of the Atlantic.  Sinister u-boats have been spotted lurking off the Jersey coast, waiting to sink errant ebooks.

If I had it in me, this is the point where I would launch into some rousing rhetoric in the proud tradition of Henry V at Agincourt, of Teddy Roosevelt at the foot of San Juan Hill, of FDR, and of Churchill.  To the ramparts, readers!  We must save the lending library!

Alas, I don’t have it in me, so let’s just look at some recent developments. Read More »


Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on November 10, 2010 - 4:29pm

Earlier today, we held the second session of our three-part workshop, Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future. The session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments with Chris Oliver, was a huge success--with more questions than we could answer. The following are some questions for continued discussion. Chris Oliver will be chiming in via comments--please join her.

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FAIL Fail

Submitted by Cindi Trainor on November 2, 2010 - 8:31am

EmpathyThere is a lot of talk of FAIL these days; two-thirds of the “Innovation, Risk & Failure” track of last week’s Internet Librarian 2010 conference was dedicated to failure. Afterward, attendees put together a website dedicated to sharing library failures. I agree it’s very important to learn from our mistakes in libraries, but I also think that failure that we really learn from can’t be captured in a snapshot or without the context of the risk in which it took place. There is a human dimension that can be left out in those snapshots. Read More »


All the News that's Fit to Stream

Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 1, 2010 - 12:19pm

Sitting in the waiting room of my physical therapist's office, I spied an abandoned copy of the local newspaper - the South Bend Tribune - on the stack of worn magazines. I had a few minutes so I took a look. A few realizations:

The paper is even thinner than when I subscribed. I wrote about canceling my subscription here in January of 2008. I have also noticed some of our library-related publications getting thinner and thinner with each month.

I had already seen the stories that interested me scanning my iPad news apps earlier in the morning or via our local NBC affiliate’s iPhone app.
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