Submitted by Tom Peters on October 31, 2005 - 3:54am
Cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and other portable information/communication appliances all have buttons. For most tasks, the dominant way of interacting with these devices involves pressing buttons. The functionality of some buttons has become so multifarious that they seem like joysticksâ€”without the stick and without the joy.
The problem is: most button designs are poor, assuming that easy usability is the principal design goal. Somewhere along the line the device-design community developed the collective wisdom that the purpose of button design is to enhance the overall styleâ€”and sales attractivenessâ€”of the device. The result is a bunch of gadgets with buttons that elicit user responses ranging from confusion to open hostility. Read More »
Submitted by Tom Peters on October 19, 2005 - 10:34am
I don't know what possessed me to write a blog entry about copyright. Hasn't enough been written about copyright alreadyâ€”even if the future of copyright, fair use, the right of first sale, and intellectual property in general is arguably one of the essential issues currently confronting society and culture?
Here's how it happened. I was walking our dog Max in the pre-dawn darkness. Overhead, the slightly past-full moon was beginning its decline. The warm breeze reminded me that today probably will be the final day this year of summerlike weather in beautiful Blue Springs. Read More »
Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 18, 2005 - 9:41pm
Although the sweltering temps in Chicago this summer at ALA Annual weren't at all comforting, Chicagoland offers librarians oh-so many comforts (meaning the M-W Online definition of 2comfort [noun]: "strengthening aid, assistance, support") this autumn.
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Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 18, 2005 - 10:53am
Exploring the Future of Digital Entertainment
This will be the first of a few posts about books that have rocked my world in the last few months that I would suggest to all librarians who want to understand our current and future technology landscape.
“The best selling CD of 2004 was BLANK."
I'm still reeling from Apple's big announcement about downloadable video last week while I was in London for the Internet Librarian International conference. Thanks to my colleagues who texted the news to my Treo! This is a perfect segue to a post I've been pondering about a book that has really inspired me.
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Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on October 17, 2005 - 10:04am
This is the first part in a series of postings about libraries and
Katrina. After this post, I'm going to look close up at libraries that
were affected by Katrinaâ€”either directly, such as the libraries in
Mississippi and Louisiana damaged or closed by the storms and flooding,
or indirectly, such as the libraries that increased or changed services
in response to the sudden "Katrina Diaspora" that swept our country. I
have some stories that will confirm your belief in libraries.
for this post, I'm concentrating on the mile-high view of technology
responses to Katrina, and from that perspective, the assessment is
often an A for effort, but sometimes a C or lower for outcome. Read More »
Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 11, 2005 - 2:53pm
"This film will increase the public's awareness of the
complex and democratic nature of librarianship in the age of
technology, and be a step toward librarians redefining themselves as
not only more than a stereotype, but also as a cultural imperative."â€”The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society Web Site
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Submitted by Tom Peters on October 7, 2005 - 5:26pm
There are so many organizations involvedâ€”ten at the time of the initial press releaseâ€”in the Open Content Alliance that it's difficult to tell how each organization will be involved. At the very least, Yahoo probably will be a major financial backer and a major (if not the primary) distributor of the content. One way to understand the OCA is as Yahoo's response to the Google Library Project. Read More »
Submitted by Tom Peters on October 3, 2005 - 11:50am
Today's announcement of yet another massive digitization project for printed books, the Open Content Alliance involving Yahoo!, the Internet Archive, the University of California, the University of Toronto, U.K. and European Archives, and others, coupled with last week's announcement of an initial preview of the used book market by the Book Industry Study Group, has me wondering: If libraries as a group exhibit markedly accelerated deaccession activities for their printed materials in the next few years (that's a big unknown if), what are they going to do with all those surplus printed copies? Read More »