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IT and Sympathy

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 19, 2007 - 8:42am

Tea and Sympathy I'm a big fan of the interactive/ dynamic/ RSS'ed/ video-blogged/ to-the-user-born school of library services. The days when we saw our job as input/output for books and journal articles are, I hope, long over. Most of us get itchy when we think about spending a year to make a minor decision… that way of doing things is so very 1995.

But when I talk to colleagues inside the belly of the IT beast, they share one heartfelt concern: think about what you're asking for.
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Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium: Call for Presenters

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 17, 2007 - 2:36pm

If you're interested in and/or implementing gaming and libraries and have a great idea for a session/presentation for the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium (July 22–24, 2007, Chicago area), we're now accepting presentation (presenter and session) proposals.
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The Rustication of Expertise

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 11, 2007 - 2:35pm

In the days of yore it was not uncommon for universities in Britain and the U.S. to have a policy called "rustication." If a student acted up academically, he would be sent away from the university for a few months to think about his transgressions and, ideally, rededicate himself to the life of the university. As the term "rustication" implies, the concept in its pure form involves being sent down to the farm. John Dryden, after rustication I doubt that many rusticated scholars, such as the young Milton, Dryden, and Swinburne, actually slopped any hogs, but the thought of them knee-deep in muck provides some measure of solace and encouragement for us all.
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Talking about the Maintain IT Project

Submitted by Michelle Boule on January 10, 2007 - 11:12pm

Recently, the Maintain IT Project has been mentioned on various electronic-discussion lists and blogs. The Maintain IT Project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is gathering information and success stories about Public Access Computers (PACs) in public libraries. Eventually, the project team plans to compile the stories and make them available to libraries as a troubleshooting resource.

I was intrigued by the project idea and wanted to know more—this could very well be an invaluable resource for libraries in the future—so I contacted the leader of the project, Barbara Gersh.

MB: Can you tell me a little bit about what the Maintain IT Project is?
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Expecting Change: American Libraries and the Next 100 Years

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 7, 2007 - 10:51pm

Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 29, 2006 - 8:19pm

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.
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Google Goes to College

Submitted by Michelle Boule on December 14, 2006 - 11:00pm

Google has a relatively new offering called Google Apps for Education. It is part of its Business Solutions branch of services. Google Apps for Education is a suite comprised of Gmail, GTalk, Google Calendar, Google Page Creator, and the Google Start Page customized for your school. This option is also available, though in a slightly different format, for businesses. Both the Google Apps for Your Domain and the Google Apps for Education are in beta production, and a limited number of schools are being offered the service free of charge during the beta period.
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Custom Zen: Enlightened Information Retrieval

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 13, 2006 - 11:44am

Last week, you may have read about some new collaborative efforts (check out the District Dispatch's second podcast, intro music and all!) and Web 2.0 tech tools launched by some creative ALA staffers and the ALA Library. One of them is the Librarian's E-Library, "selected resources on Libraries and Librarianship from the American Library Association (ALA) Library and a growing list of volunteers."
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Microsoft's Live Search Books

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 12, 2006 - 11:14am

After playing around for an hour or so with the recently released public beta version of Microsoft's Live Search Books (LSB), I have to admit—against some vague sense that my better judgment is failing me—that I like it.

Sure, others have reported that LSB does not work well—or at all—when using browser software other than Internet Explorer, but if you stick to the straight-and-narrow Microsoft path, the service works and shows potential.
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Save the Date! Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 6, 2006 - 11:19am

ALA TechSource is proud to present the “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium,” July 22–24, 2007.

Developed by ALA TechSource and Jenny Levine, author of “Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services,” the September/October 2006 issue of Library Technology Reports and The Shifted Librarian blog.
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