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Plogging Toward Completion

Submitted by Tom Peters on February 8, 2006 - 12:39am

Max the DogEarly this morning, my dog Max and I should have been out jogging—in pursuit of our mutual general project goals to lose weight and to improve our cardiovascular systems. Instead, we were plodding along at our customary meditative pace beneath the belt of Orion. Undoubtedly, Max was contemplating the tasty morsels that the toddlers would toss to him from their highchairs later today. I was pondering plogging.
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The Digitally Re-Shifted School Library: A Conversation with Christopher Harris

Submitted by Michael Stephens on February 6, 2006 - 10:56pm

Michael Stephens, Librarian, Author, and Tech Teacher In late January, I spoke at the Panhandle Library Access Network's Tech Day on technology, staff, and users in libraries. “Planning, People & Participation" took the attendees through a gamut of social tools and ideas for effective use of technology in all sorts of libraries. In fact, some of the most interesting discussions came from the school-media specialists, who were excited by what they heard and saddened by their situations. Some background: Read More »

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Karen's 'Beyond Algorithms' in Google's Newsletter for Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on February 2, 2006 - 8:16pm

If you read FRL (which I know you do), you know how busy Karen is. Considering she's the director of, I'm always amazed when I see her well-crafted work on FRL and her smiling face and seemingly unhurried composure at conferences (where she's a very sought after individual) at which I've had the pleasure of hanging out with her if only even for a few moments. There's also her work on the ALA Council (representing LITA), and as a lurker on a couple of library-related electronic lists, I know she also finds the time to weigh in on many important issues facing the library field. (And, of course, you know she contributes insightful pieces to this blog, TOO!)
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Library 2.0 in the Real World

Submitted by Jenny Levine on January 30, 2006 - 11:46am

If you're still fuzzy on the "Library 2.0" concept (a bandwagon on which I am proud to say I am still a passenger), then this is your lucky day. I'm still waiting for the video from this month's OCLC Symposium, "Extreme Makeover: Rebranding an Industry" (notes here), to go online to highlight how libraries can do more in the physical world to implement L2 concepts. But now, thanks to both North Carolina State University and to Casey Bisson, we also have two powerful examples of how libraries need to think differently about their online services through the L2 lens. Karen has already written about the new NCSU catalog, so I want to highlight Casey's latest achievement. Read More »

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iTunes U Tackles Whatsamatta U

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 26, 2006 - 5:00pm

Bullwinkle the Moose (TM)Recently Apple, Inc., announced that it will allow colleges and universities to use a special sector within the overall iTunes service to load and distribute course lectures, other course content, and related digital audio and video files. The Cupertino, California-based company calls its new service " iTunes U."
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Glocal Yokels

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 19, 2006 - 7:53am

Glocal logoYears ago, the rallying cry, "Think globally, act locally," gained a certain popularity. It encouraged us all to consider the global, long-term consequences of our everyday actions, so we could then concentrate on making personal decisions and actions that were as socially, culturally, and environmentally responsible as possible.

The phrase then got boiled down to a single word—"glocal"— which, for some reason, always makes me think of the old phrase "local yokel" meaning a dull and gullible country bumpkin or clodhopper.
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On the L2 Train

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 17, 2006 - 8:40pm

A lot of folks are winding up 2005 with a look back in various articles or blog posts. Some are looking toward 2006. One post that John Blyberg pointed me to is Dion Hinchcliffe's "Where Are We with Web 2.0?"
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Misquote, Midwinter, and More

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 17, 2006 - 2:06pm

Thanks, TangognaT, for catching this misquote in Michael Stephens's and Michael Casey's latest co-authored post, "Better Library Services for More People" on this blog.

  • > Hi,

  • > Thanks for the mention in your ALA TechSource post. I think I was

  • > misquoted a little bit.... I don't think my original post contains

  • > the text "It's time for examples."

Sorry about that!

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Better Library Services for More People

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 16, 2006 - 8:10pm
  • UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST on January 19, 2006

Please note that content, noted in text, has been amended.

“What's going on here? I think Library 2.0 is a library response to the larger social technology changes going on right now. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an Automotive 2.0, a Psychiatrist 2.0, or a Teacher 2.0. Some librarians are noticing the change and are trying to figure out how libraries can capture the good stuff of Web 2.0 and use it to further serve our patrons. They have added a library-centric name to a larger concept that is appearing in our libraries, in our cities, and in the world at large." — from "Confrontational Aspects of Library 2.0 Discussed," by David King (on dave's blog). Read More »

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The Revolution Will be Folksonomied

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 16, 2006 - 6:38pm

It was exciting to read Teresa's post about the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries' catalog. This achievement represents a magnificent step forward for integrated library systems, and the NCSU Libraries catalog's rich combination of search and browse, combined with its powerful search engine, stand in silent rebuke to the piteously clunky library systems most libraries pay dearly for because we've never insisted that the catalog could be better than that. Read More »

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