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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Cloud Computing is the New [Fill in the blank]

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 2, 2009 - 11:19am

I was reading this post on Cloud Computing from the TechCrunch blog earlier today. This post includes some video from a recent Cloud Computing event that they held. Watch it and you'll see various experts and industry leaders singing the praises of cloud computing both on its technical merits and on the business innovation they feel it will bring. As this post argues, it all boils down to the fact that "as a term [cloud computing] is broad enough to encompass most internet startups and already is in danger of being latched onto as the next catch-all category". Or, as a representative of a venture capital company declares on the video, "cloud computing is the new dotcom".

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A Pre-OPAL Chat with Marshall Breeding

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 27, 2009 - 11:47am

If you are in the library technology world, or even if you just brush up against it, you've probably heard of Marshall Breeding. Marshall is the is the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University. A prolific writer, Marshall has authored six issues of Library Technology Reports, is a contributing editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter, a columnist for Computers in Libraries and has written dozens of articles on library technology trends. A regular on the library conference circuit, Breeding frequently speaks at Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, and other professional gatherings throughout the United States and internationally.

We're excited to spread the word that Marshall will be giving a talk online via OPAL that will take place next Thursday at 2 p.m. You can join Marshall for what's being described as "an informal conversation about the promise, trends, and challenges of next generation library catalogs," at the ALA OPAL 100 Room.

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Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 25, 2009 - 10:50am

We're thrilled to bring you this month's issue of Library Technology Reports, "Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations" by Joe Sanchez. For those of you that don't know Joe, he is a virtual world pioneer and an innovator in the use of Second Life for educational purposes. Joe is a PhD candidate at the School of Information at the University of Texas in Austin, where he uses Second Life as part of his lesson plan for LIS students. 

This issue of Library Technology Reports traces the history of virtual worlds to their origin as collaborative vehicles for interactive gameplay. Read More »

SOLINET Executive Director Discusses SOLINET-PALINET Merger

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 23, 2009 - 9:38am

Earlier this month, regional library cooperatives SOLINET and PALINET finalized and approved plans to merge. PALINET served libraries throughout the mid-atlantic and SOLINET was based on the southeast, so the new combined organization (to be named Lyrasis) will be one of the largest and most influential library cooperatives in the country.

SOLINET's executive director Kate Nevins was kind enough to agree to an e-mail interview with us. She helps explain how this merger came to fruition, and what it will mean in terms of service, technology and the reach of the new organization. Read More »

Help Build a New School Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 19, 2009 - 11:03am

Ask and ye shall receive. Not 24 hours after I lamented our challenges in covering school libraries, I received an e-mail from an employee at a private, K-12 school in New Jersey:

I am running a non-profit private school and I need some help in setting up my library. The main help that I need is to find out what kind of software I should be buying to launch the library. What initial things do I need? We have at least 1,500 Books and we want them to circulate to the students.

Initially, I wasn't sure how this question ended up being sent to us. I felt unqualified to answer and wanted to refer the question to someone an "expert". Then something occurred to me--I can ask the several thousand experts who read this blog! If you have questions about setting up a library like this school administrator does, who better to ask than an open forum of experts?


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School Library Technology in the New York Times

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 17, 2009 - 11:29am

Much of the discussion on our blog centers around public and academic libraries, and we often neglect an extremely vital player in the library technology world--school libraries. School librarians are, in many respects, the gatekeepers of library technology. They help teach basic technology skills, particularly library technology skills to our future public and academic library patrons (and employees). They interact with younger users of this new technology and work hands-on to make these technologies practical learning tools. Because they work with these young student users, school librarians can provide insight into the application of these technologies that librarians who work primarily with adults cannot.

I was thrilled to see this article in Sunday's New York Times, which goes a long way towards providing some of the coverage we haven't been able to. Read More »

How Green Will 2009 Be for Libraries?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 12, 2009 - 12:01pm

It may not be Earth day yet, but there has been some environmental discussion in the library world lately. The excitement over the unveiling of Kindle 2.0 has led to a lot of discussion about e-readers as the green alternative to paper-based reading. February's issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter will contain an article by Tom Peters called "How Green is my Library?". Read More »

Open Source Open Letter to Obama

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 10, 2009 - 10:30am

A group of prominent software vendors have signed on to an open letter to President Obama encouraging him to push for the adoption of open source software by government agencies.

There is a lot of excitement about the new President, and I share the sentiment of the authors of this letter--it is extremely encouraging that the President has emphasized the importance of science and technology throughout his campaign and in his innaugural address. Read More »

Update: Broadband Provisions Removed from the Stimulus; Debate not Over Yet

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 9, 2009 - 9:34am

Despite some valiant efforts by librarians and other tech crusaders, money allocated for contributing to America's broadband infrastructure has been removed from the stimulus bill. Read More »

Debate Over Broadband in Stimulus Package

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 6, 2009 - 11:30am

Library Stuff posted this AP article earlier today. While I cannot predict what might happen two an investment in Broadband during a period of extreme economic turbulence, assuming that the economy does eventually recover, there is absolutely no question that broadband demand is going to continue to increase at a rapid pace. Read More »