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iTunes U Tackles Whatsamatta U

Submitted by Tom Peters on January 26, 2006 - 4:00pm

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 - 6:53am

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 - 7:40pm

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 - 1:06pm

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 - 7:10pm
  • 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 - 5:38pm

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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'New Tech & User-Centered Services' Road Show

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 13, 2006 - 2:56pm

 If you live in Chicagoland, then you likely know about the tremendous learning resources the Metropolitan Library System provides for the area's libraries. One of MLS's library-tech gurus is none other than Jenny Levine and, along with the help of Tame the Web's Michael Stephens (both of whom are contributors to this blog too), MLS will be providing yet another useful new-technology learning session here in Chicagoland this winter... as well as in Texas and Washington State a bit later this year (details to come in subsequent post about TX and WA sessions).

On February 10 (in Burr Ridge) and on March 3 (Chicago): Jenny and Michael are presenting: Read More »

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From Swine to Divine: NCSU Unveils New Online Catalog

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 12, 2006 - 7:02pm

If you attended LITA's Forum in San Jose last September, you may have heard this analogy: "Making minor changes to library catalog systems is like putting lipstick on a pig."
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Nope, It's Not Just You

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 11, 2006 - 6:44pm

I've been meaning since Monday to post about some of the technical problems the ALA TechSource blog (i.e., the RSS problem in Bloglines that Mark points to in a post last Saturday in his ...the thoughts are broken... blog) has been having. It's now the end of the workday (well, the official end, anyway) Wednesday, and I suppose this post could fall under a 'Better Late Than Never' category heading, but, still, I apologize for not addressing this on this blog earlier this week.
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ALA Associate Executive Director Gerald Hodges Dies

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 11, 2006 - 4:08pm

Sad news has gripped us here at ALA. Tuesday, Gerald Hodges, associate executive director for marketing and communications, passed away. American Libraries Online provides a bit about Gerald's life, accomplishments, and his important contributions to the Association and to the field here.

A longtime member and supporter of ALA, Hodges had stipulated that a portion of his estate be used to establish the Gerald Hodges Fund, in support of intellectual freedom issues and legal challenges to legislation such as the Children's Internet Protection Act and the USA Patriot Act.
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