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Fit to Print: What to Do with Printed Books?

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 3, 2005 - 11:50am

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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 »

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The Return of the Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 30, 2005 - 5:36pm

I found my way to San Jose, and I just finished up the opening session here at LITA. Roy Tennant's session, "Googlezon Episode IV: Return of the Librarians," was certainly memorable. Of course, the content of his session was engaging (he began with a cool little PowerPoint presentation that jocularly—or maybe not—predicts the merger of Google and Amazon in the not-so-distant future). But not too long after Mr. Tennant pointed out the beautiful, and very LARGE, glass-blown chandeliers fixed to the ballroom-ceiling above us here in Earthquake Country, an "evacuate" alarm sent us out of the building. False alarm, thank goodness, but still a memorable way to begin. Read More »

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Web 2.0 for Librarians

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 29, 2005 - 9:17am

Michael Stephens Head ShotI mentioned in my introductory post last week that I would be writing about Web 2.0. A good starting point, then, would be some definition. The cool thing is, many librarians are already actively using the tools of Web 2.0!

Wikipedia defines Web 2.0 as “Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of Web sites to a full-fledged computing platform serving Web applications, like Gmail, to end users. The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes."
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I don't know the way to San Jose.

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 29, 2005 - 1:34am
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Early Pre-Welcome from K.G. Schneider

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on September 24, 2005 - 5:58pm

Karen Schneider HeadI see we've had a couple of technical problems getting the blog started. This greatly concerns me, because out there in LibraryLand, everything works right the first time, particularly with computers, which are, after all, labor-saving devices.
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Okay, so we're having some technical issues...

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 22, 2005 - 1:39pm

I know I said not to worry, and I didn't. Until yesterday—when the new postings on this blog were not showing up in my aggregator (Bloglines). And then Troy Linker, the head of ALA Production Services, had some problems with his news reader (MyYahoo!), I started to panic. I mean really, the name of this blog is the ALA TechSource blog.

During our pre-launch conference call on Monday, Karen and Michael both pointed out that having RSS in order before we launch is imperative—lest we get fisked about this technical problem, and readers, subsequently, tune out.
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Welcome from Michael Stephens

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 21, 2005 - 12:40pm

Michael Stephens Head ShotGreetings Readers!

I am tickled to be joining Jenny, Karen and Tom on this venture. And kudos to Teresa Koltzenburg at ALA TechSource for "getting it!"
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Those Litigious Scribes: Authors Sue Google

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 21, 2005 - 9:49am

Tuesday three individual authors, as well as the Authors Guild, which represents approximately 8,000 authors, filed a lawsuit against Google over the library portion of its Google Library Project.

The suit (covered on Boing Boing Tuesday), claiming massive copyright infringement, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by lawyers representing Daniel Hoffman, a poet; Betty Miles, a children’s and YA (young adult) author; and Herbert Mitgang, a Lincoln biographer. Read More »

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Michael's Head Shot

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 21, 2005 - 9:40am

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Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 21, 2005 - 9:39am

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