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A View from the Top: An Administrator Eyes L2

Submitted by Michael Stephens on January 5, 2006 - 11:20pm

Michael Stephens Head Shot Before Christmas, library director and blogger Michael Golrick posted “Library 2.0—Does it disenfranchise those who need us most?" at his blog, Thoughts from a Library Administrator.
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January 1, 2007: A Fantasia

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on January 5, 2006 - 11:29am

Karen Schneider HeadI am seeing some very good summaries about the year behind us—everything from top-ten lists to Roy Tennant's powerful rumination in LJ, "What I Wish I Had Known."

But the date that popped into my head this morning as I huffed on the treadmill, working off the holiday gingerbread while my brain did the thirty-minute free-style, was January 1, 2007. I put myself there and asked, what do I want to look back on for the previous year? While my pudgy legs labored, I vanquished Google, fixed the library catalog, and brought the profession forward thirty years.

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19 Days 'Til OCLC's Blog Salon

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on January 3, 2006 - 11:27am

As Countdowns and Top [insert number here] Lists are the rage this time of year for content producers, bloggers who will be attending ALA Midwinter in San Antonio may want to know that there are only 19 days until OCLC's Blog Salon, er... and there are only 17 more days until Midwinter begins in San Antonio. Looks like the Salon is now in the RED suite (as Alice notes in a follow-up comment). See you there!

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Mulled Whine

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 28, 2005 - 4:34pm

Max the Dog Wakes Up in Blue SpringsFor the last few mornings during my pre-dawn walkabout with our dog Max I have been mulling over the Library 2.0 thing, especially the overview that Michael Stephens posted on this blog in November.

Some of the ideas jostling under the Library 2.0 rubric I have never even considered, which is great. Others are ideas I have been mulling over and whining about—primarily internally as a private whine—for years.
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Learning@YourDesk: Stephens to Present in SirsiDynix Series

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 19, 2005 - 11:33am

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"Weblogs & Libraries" | Weds., February 15, 2006 | 8 - 9 am Pacific | Presented by Michael StephensFor those in the library field that can't get out to conferences, SirsiDynix is bringing them in, via the ubiquitous online connection, to you. The vendor is hosting FREE library technology-related Webinars, providing users access to industry-leading speakers and events through its SirsiDynix Institute Webinar Series. Read More »

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Where Do We Begin? A Library 2.0 Conversation with Michael Casey

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 15, 2005 - 3:30am

Michael Stephens, Librarian and Social Software GuruThe Library 2.0 (L2) discussion continues across the Biblioblogosphere. Meredith Farkas, in her thoughtful way, recently pondered this at Information Wants to be Free: “I’m still having trouble understanding exactly what library 2.0 looks like and how we reach library 2.0."
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NOT Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Submitted by Tom Peters on December 12, 2005 - 11:03am

movie cameraThroughout nearly all of the twentieth century, large companies controlled the creation, dissemination, and viewing of video information. Motion pictures started first, with television added as another layer in mid-century. Video really was a carefully controlled broadcast medium. The phrase, “Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!" captures in a nutshell how public anticipation for a new release of a movie was carefully orchestrated. Time-shifting, place-shifting, and format-shifting generally were not encouraged.

Early in the development of the motion picture industry the companies controlled the production, distribution, and screening of their products—until the U.S. federal government broke up those vertical monopolies. Read More »


Notes from a Field (Trip)

Submitted by Michael Stephens on December 11, 2005 - 7:53pm

Allen County PL Librarian Ian McKinney Thursday, ten librarians from Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, drove over to South Bend to visit my library, the Saint Joseph County Public Library. We arranged via e-mail to meet with them and talk about some of our technology initiatives, do some demos, and take them around our Main Library (with an eye toward Reference Services).
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Information-Seeking Prefs-21st-Century Style

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on December 6, 2005 - 3:53pm

OCLC Perceptions Report 2005OCLC's new report, Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is downloadable at oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm. Karen, points to it here, and says... so far, so good. The Association of College and Research Libraries' blog, the ACRLog, also posts about it today ('a must-read...library usage report').
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