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The Great Pumpkin Farm Community

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 10, 2006 - 8:58am

Last Friday afternoon at OPAL, Jami Schwarzwalder presented an interesting talk online about the information lifestyles of members of the Millennial generation. (A recording of her talk has been added to the OPAL Archive.) Although the name and the date ranges vary, Millennials can be defined as those born between 1980–2000. They constitute the largest generation within the current U.S. population, with the Baby Boomers a close second. (BTW, what are we calling the generation born since 2000, the Y2K Outcomes?)
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What a Long, Strange Trip

Submitted by Michelle Boule on October 4, 2006 - 12:34pm

A little over a year ago, ALA TechSource Blog sashayed out onto the dance floor. I remember thinking how it was wonderful that ALA was finally getting into blogs. Teresa had gathered some big names in the Biblioblogosphere, and I knew ALA TechSource Blog was going to be a hit. I was right.

ALA TechSource was distinguished from other "techie" blogs by being a tech place for the layman. Here was a place that librarians unfamiliar with the jargon and discussion could read without being overwhelmed. The discussions were often illuminated with real-world examples and interviews with librarians in the trenches. I was a fan.
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Toward the Next Gen Catalog

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on October 3, 2006 - 12:21am

LibraryLand has seen much excitement since the ALA TechSource blog launched a little over a year ago. As much as Library 2.0 turns me on—Skype me, baby, 8 to the bar!—the trend that makes my heart go pitter-pat is a more subtle water-on-stone The Library Catalog: A Water-on-Stone Metamorphosismetamorphosis, one in which long-held perceptions and attitudes are changing, souls are becoming emboldened, and librarians push forward with new ideas. It's a trend loosely called "NGC," for NextGenCatalog, which does not refer to Land's-End mail-order shopping for college students, but is the set of future services we as a profession will provide for information discovery.
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Public Libraries: Essential for Today's Technology Needs

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 1, 2006 - 9:57am

Download PDF of Public Libraries and the Internet 2006: Study Results Last week, Andy Bridges, from ALA's Washington Office, put together some summary information on the recently released Public Libraries and the Internet 2006: Results and Findings study.
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The Culture of Trust: One Year in the Life of Library 2.0

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 29, 2006 - 6:55pm

What a difference a year makes!

I'm back at Dominican after three days on the road, during which I attended the Kentucky Library Association Conference in Louisville. The highlights of my trip include: meals shared, conversations, meeting and greeting, hearing Peter Morville talk about "ambient findability," and my presentation on Library 2.0 for a room full of folks. I was very aware that this week marks about a year from the time when Michael Casey began blogging his thought processes at Library Crunch on the L2 philosophy.
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Wiki Wise: Destination Seattle

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 27, 2006 - 9:26pm

Wiki aficionados (as well as wiki newbies) interested in contributing to ALA's Midwinter Meeting 2007 Wiki are invited (strongly encouraged!) to do so at http://wikis.ala.org/midwinter2007/index.php/Main_Page.
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Birthday Muses

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 19, 2006 - 9:52pm

Happy birthday to the ALA TechSource Blog, which turned one-year old today. My great colleague Lori Bell, of the Alliance Library System, commented to me that she thought my dog Max had emerged this year as my bona fide muse. I often think about library and information technology issues as Max and I take our daily, early morning walks through the neighborhood.

Max the MuseSo, to honor my muse, I asked Max which walk was his favorite during the past twelve months. He fondly recalled a May morning when an entire family of raccoons sauntered across the darkened street before our wakening eyes.
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SpiralFrog and the Gyres of History

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 13, 2006 - 4:55pm

Despite or because of its runaway success, the iPod/iTunes service from Apple has more than a few critics and enemies. Some musicians and music companies don't like the strategy of ninety-nine-cent pricing. It smacks of the cheesy dollar-store marketing mindset. I agree with the heat-wave gripes about Apple that Karen Schneider posted to this blog in July, and I can add a few more rants of my own.
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Mashup Magnificents

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 11, 2006 - 6:16pm

If you've ever visited the user-outreach Mecca that is the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL)—either physically or virtually—then it's likely no surprise to you that the winner of the Talis-sponsored "Mashing Up the Library" competition is none other than AADL's very own John Blyberg (also of blyberg.net). John's entry, the Go-Go-Google Gadget (more information about it on blyberg.net here), "shows how simply library information can be integrated into the personalized home page offered by Google," says Talis's technology evangelist Paul Miller.
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Building a Better Beta

Submitted by Michelle Boule on September 8, 2006 - 8:28pm

Every day companies are coming out with new tools to reach their users on the Web. Many companies have learned that rolling out products before they are completely formed—in beta or even in alpha mode—can save them development time and money. By giving their customers an early look at a product, companies are empowering customers to use the tool in new ways and are providing them with an opportunity to ask the company for functionality that product developers may never have considered.

Companies in Beta
Meebo, a robust, widely used instant-messaging (IM) service is still in an alpha phase. Meebo allows users to sign into more than one IM account with more than one IM provider at the same time, so all of a user's accounts appear together on the same screen. For people in restrictive IT environments, there are no downloads when using Meebo.
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