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Library 2.0

The Digital Divide Inside the Library

Technology and reference are intertwining strands of public service. The task of keeping up with Librarians (and their jobs) is getting techier. As our systems get more sophisticated and our desire to overhaul and remake those systems gets more intense, libraries need librarians who are tech savvy...

Teaching a Dog New Tricks

When you are training a dog, you do not start with something complicated. You begin with something small and easy: sit. From sit, you move on to tricks that build on that one skill, like shake and lie down. You never start with lie down or shake, because a dog has to be sitting to do those things. When we teach children to read, we sing them the ABCs first and then teach them how the letters...

Peppy le Pew and Snidely Whiplash

For the past few days I've been an early morning denizen of the Denny's restaurant at the corner of Munras and Fremont in Monterey/>, California/>/>.  It's close to my hotel and always open.  If you're an early morning person in the Midwest, you're a REALLY early morning person on the West Coast.   Lee Rainie from the Pew Internet and American Life Project was the opening keynote...

Be The Change You Want to Be, and Other Best Practices for Social Software in Libraries

In just 12 months, from the time ALA Techsource published Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, the influx of 2.0 type tools, books, articles about the tools, and conference presentations has been overwhelming. So much excellent content to take in! For my report this year -- Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies –- I wanted focus the “Best Practices” on...

Xanadu & Libraries. Seriously.

I had the honor of giving my "Hyperlinked Library" talk at the prestigious New York Public Library last week. The question-and-answer session following was wonderful: questions about levels of service with technology, reaching out to the under-served who may not have access to newer types of tech and what working in a 2.0 world means to a large library system. I've heard that staff are given...

Nothing Could Be Finer

I keep my eye on many innovative libraries. These libraries are at the outer edge of our market, leading the way with new takes on service and outreach. They inspire me. They also help me do my job. I love to see what Hennepin is doing, and what Darien will do as they build their new library, as well as many other libraries across the country and around the world. And I'm also keeping a close eye...

The Internet is for Use

A post from the field of Computers In Libraries 2007.Lee Rainie, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project was the first speaker at this year's Computers in Libraries conference. His talk, as expected, was bursting with numbers that illustrated how people use and interact on the Internet. On Thursday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new study called “Teens, Privacy...

Gaming in the Library: SirsiDynix Institute March 13

[G]aming has tremendous potential for libraries to reach out to new users, offer new services, and help complement efforts in community building, information literacy, and other areas.— Stephen Abram Learn more about gaming and libraries from Jenny Levine, the mastermind behind the upcoming ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium.On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, tune into Jenny...

Thoughtful Advocates: An ALA TechSource Interview with ILA's Robert Doyle

"If people were better informed about social networking sites and knew and used basic Internet safety tips, the cloud of fear may decline."—Robert Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association Last July, I wrote a post about some folks that were trying to scare libraries into dropping their Flickr presence and ban access because they likened Flickr to an amateur porn site. I...

Unsucking Online Education, Part One

Full Disclosure:I am currently working on an Emerging Leaders' project that will propose a scheme for cheap or free online education to be offered by LITA or ALA and I am in the group that built Five Weeks to a Social Library. I have a vested interest in this topic.This post is part of a small series that I will be writing about online education for librarians. The series will discuss current...

The Academic Library 2.0 Model: An ALA TS Blog Interview with Michael C. Habib

I enjoy following LIS student blogs and have found inspiration in many of their posts. I was a reader of LISDom back when Laura Crossett was a student on campus at Dominican. These days, I am eager to read new posts from Nicole Engard at "What I Learned Today," and Dominican GSLIS students like Brian Want, or any number of the folks that have taken LIS753 with me over the past few semesters....