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Posts by Teresa Koltzenburg

The Year of RSS: CPL Scholars, Part 2

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 8:12pm

RSS is the biggest opportunity we have had since the Web. I’m not kidding you—it’s that big, and if you don’t understand it, you need to. It’s critical that libraries understand RSS.—Jenny Levine, from the Chicago Public Library’s 2005 Scholars in Residence Conference Read More »

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graphics for part 2, CPL

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 17, 2005 - 6:29am

Jenny and MIT Tech Review MagJenny CPL Scholar 2005

Michael Stephens CPL 1Michael Stephens CPL 2
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Katrina and Rita: Lest We Forget

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 16, 2005 - 10:30am

Over at Stephen's Lighthouse, Stephen Abram points to a really useful and visual technology tool, a map that illustrates just how widespread the damage is to libraries that were in the paths of Katrina and Rita. Created within the Normative Data Project, the map, says Abram, "presents information on the libraries that were substantially damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

Some of the affected libraries' conditions are listed as: Read More »

It's Good [for Libraries for Him] to Be the King: CPL Scholars, Part 1

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 11, 2005 - 6:30pm

Abram, Stephen The other day, while walking out at the end of a break-out session of the Chicago Public Library’s Scholars in Residence Conference at the Harold Washington Library Center, I mentioned to my colleague, Laura Pelehach (acquisitions editor from ALA Editions), that I wanted to meet him (finally, after seeing him speak on a few occasions) face to face at the reception at the end of day. A conference attendee, walking out just behind us, chimed in, “When you do, ask him if he will be the king of the world."
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Library 2.0 in Publish

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on November 8, 2005 - 4:36pm

Publish, published by Ziff Davis Media, Inc., featured a nifty article by Jason Boog last week, "Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons," which features interviews with Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, and Jessamyn West.

According to Boog, "These innovative librarians realize that some Web 2.0 technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and online databases like Google Print, are already competing for the attentions of library patrons...The librarians aim to build a participatory network of libraries using Web resources like blogs, wiki tools, and tags."
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Chicagoland Librarians Have Beaucoup Tech Support This Fall

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 18, 2005 - 8:41pm

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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The Hollywood Librarian Needs You

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 11, 2005 - 1:53pm

"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."—The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society Web Site
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The Return of the Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 30, 2005 - 4:36pm

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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I don't know the way to San Jose.

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 29, 2005 - 12:34am
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Okay, so we're having some technical issues...

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 22, 2005 - 12:39pm

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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