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Posts by Daniel A. Freeman

Amazon Expands into Gaming

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 5, 2009 - 11:50am

The economy may not be growing, but Amazon certainly is. Amazon's reach now extends to the gaming world, as they launched a new retail site aimed at "casual" gamers that will allow users to download games at less than ten dollars each. According to CNET:

The service--currently PC-only--is sure to put Amazon in competition with retailers and renters of physical games. At this point, particularly given the current economic conditions, it doesn't seem likely that Amazon will be taking patrons who use their libraries for gaming and gaming resources away from us. Still, Amazon has changed the equation yet again with this new site. Read More »


Where is Library Technology in the Stimulus?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 4, 2009 - 4:54pm

With the stimulus debate heating up in Washington, librarians are wondering where (if anywhere) we fit in to the economic recovery plan. David Bigwood at Catablogging raised the question yesterday, and our own Jenny Levine pointed out that our Washington office is on the case.

But what about Library Technology specifically?

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Electronic Media Increases Depression In Teens?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 3, 2009 - 3:21pm

I came across this article yesterday. It cites a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry Journal that found a link between teenage video game use and adult depression.

I'm not a psychiatrist, and I think if your teenage daughter or son is consuming 5.68 hours of electronic media per day, you should probably be encouraging them to read a book or go exercise. Still, I feel that I can't go without pointing out the huge elephant in the room that is not addressed by this article or by the study:

Assuming that the findings of the report are true (for the record, I don't assume that, personally), isn't it likely that the positive aspects of electronic media consumption outweigh these negative effects? Read More »


Life at the Speed of Twitter

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 3, 2009 - 10:58am

I mentioned yesterday that ALA TechSource has started to use Twitter as a way to expand our coverage. It didn't take long for one of the fundamental facts about life on Twitter to emerge: Twitter is a fantastic tool for communication, but that communication is a double-edged sword.

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ALA TechSource on Twitter

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on February 2, 2009 - 2:32am

With the constant changes, twists, and turns that come with Web 2.0 Technology, it can sometimes be hard for us to figure out where, when and how to establish our presence when a potential platform comes along. That being said, we've finally begun to use Twitter as a way to expand our ongoing coverage of library technology and the library tech blogosphere. Read More »


The G Drive and Cloud Computing

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 30, 2009 - 2:02am

There has been a lot of talk recently about Google's newest big development, the G Drive. If you haven't heard, the G Drive is a giant, Google driven file storage system that will essentially allow anyone to access a giant hard drive through the web. Rather than worry about transporting your files from your laptop or desktop, you would simply be able to store just about anything you want (with few size limits) on the G drive.

There has been a lot of speculation about this topic, and reporting  has been subject to a lot of rumor and hearsay, but Mashable reported today that the idea is getting freakishly close to reality (Hat tip: Lone Wolf Librarian).

If the G drive does become a reality, it could potentially be a transformative development for computing in general, and libraries in particular. Read More »

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Reflections on Midwinter

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 28, 2009 - 10:50am

Unlike Tom, I actually attended the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. I spent most of the weekend on the exhibition floor, chatting with librarians and vendors from around the country. Attendees were, as always, curious and happy to chat, discuss products and talk about their libraries.

Still, in talking with other vendors on the floor, a common theme emerged--librarians are always interested in the newest products and technology, but in 2009, most of them simply don't have the funding for updates. Read More »


Off to Midwinter

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 22, 2009 - 10:47am

We're all off to the Mile High City for Midwinter 2009! If you have any questions about ALA TechSource or any of our publications, or if you just want to chat, we'll be at the ALA Publishing booth all weekend.

Look out for some coverage this weekend!


Obama, Libraries and Technology

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 22, 2009 - 10:36am

In his first two days in office, President Obama has definitely given a lot of us the impression that he intends to be President 2.0. Obama's campaign famously used online social networking to tremendous effect, he has since been giving weekly addresses via YouTube and now the new White House Web Page includes a blog.

Now that the President has taken office and new policies are being enacted, what changes will we see in national policy towards libraries generally, and technology specifically?  Read More »


Interview With OITP Director Alan Inouye

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on January 21, 2009 - 1:46pm

With our January issue of Library Technology Reports focusing on funding your technology in a tough economy, I figured it would make sense to broaden my perspective on the issue by talking some some additional experts. Over the past couple of months, I had the pleasure of conducting an online interview with Alan Inouye, Director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, which serves the associations voice in IT Policy discussions. Read More »