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Hectic Pace Launches; ALA Annual Underway in New Orleans

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 22, 2006 - 9:43pm

Andrew K. Pace lauched his new blog for American Libraries, 'Hectic Pace' in time for ALA Annual 2006.Congratulations to Andrew Pace and American Libraries on the launch of Andrew's new blog, "Hectic Pace" (just in time for ALA Annual in New Orleans!). Read More »

The Library 2.0 Cafeteria

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on June 21, 2006 - 11:39am

Tracking the Trends: LITA's ALA Annual '06 Session

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 19, 2006 - 10:17pm

Eric Lease Morgan is a Top Tech Trends panelist at LITA's TTT session at ALA Annual 2006.**UPDATE, June 20 @ 10:53 a.m., Chicago, IL**
Tom Wilson will also be a member of LITA's Top Technology Trends Panel on Sunday. He was mistakenly left off the list. Sorry, Tom!
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You're Missing It!

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on June 15, 2006 - 1:03pm

But that's okay, because it will be repeated tomorrow. (Whew!)

So what, exactly, are you missing today, you ask? The Alliance Library System Online Innovation Institute Library 2.0 Extravaganza!Michael Stephens, librarian, educator, blogger, and dreamer
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Submitted by Tom Peters on June 6, 2006 - 10:36am

Samuel Johnson About 250 years ago, soon after his dictionary of the English language had been published, Dr. Samuel Johnson was asked by a woman how the incorrect definition of a pastern had crept into the final, published product. According to James Boswell's biography of Johnson, "…instead of making an elaborate defence, as she expected, he at once answered, 'Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.'"
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On Getting a Second Life Library

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on May 31, 2006 - 2:02am

Alliance Second Life Library 2.0
Presented by the Alliance Library System/
Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)
OPAL Auditorium,
Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CDT

In mid-April, Tap Information's Tom Peters (who is also the OPAL Coordinator and a contributing author to this blog as well as to Smart Libraries Newsletter) posted a piece about the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0. Read More »

Beyond the Prototype

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on May 27, 2006 - 11:45pm

We have jumped into that laboratory experience together and are learning together. Ten project teams are formulating collaborative projects as a means of learning. As I look at those project statements and at the posts that share the ongoing thinking process, I believe that this work will have lasting value to us—individually and collectively—beyond the life of this particular prototype process.Mary Ghikas: Library 2.0 :: ConceptMore and more, I find myself filing posts on the ALA TechSource Blog under "ALA News" and "Library 2.0." I expect that to continue. Read More »

Wikis in the University Library

Submitted by Michael Stephens on May 22, 2006 - 8:10pm

Chad Boeninger is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Alden Library of Ohio University. He works as a bibliographer with faculty in the College of Business and the Department of Economics to develop the library's collections and is also available to help students and faculty members with their research needs in person, via IM, and via a resource he created: The Biz Wiki.

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How OPACs Suck, Part 3: The Big Picture

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 20, 2006 - 9:57am

In my two (Part 1 here, Part 2 here) earlier pieces on this topic, I focused very narrowly on some fairly obvious limitations with online catalogs, limiting my discussion to weaknesses in OPAC searching from the user's point of view.

A tag cloud generated by this post.

There are other issues with online catalogs much bigger and more problematic than search results—problems that can't be addressed by improving relevance ranking or adding spell-check (however valuable those features are to OPACs).

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Loose LIPs

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 19, 2006 - 1:49pm

Usually I have a terrible memory. Once, in high school, I forgot the name of the young woman I was dating at the time—in her presence. Oddly, I recall her name very clearly now, thirty-three years later.

Whadda set of LIPS! Even my addled pate, however, is capable of creating and maintaining vivid memories. I remember very well the sight of Charles Bailey poking his head into a crowded room just prior to the start of an ALA Annual Conference presentation—probably in June 1989—asking, at the top of his lungs, if people wanted to be able to communicate online with colleagues about professional issues. Like a union organizer, he frantically handed out printed leaflets to the eager, huddled masses describing how to subscribe to PACS-L.

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