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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...

Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.Now I wind...

Custom Zen: Enlightened Information Retrieval

Last week, you may have read about some new collaborative efforts (check out the District Dispatch's second podcast, intro music and all!) and Web 2.0 tech tools launched by some creative ALA staffers and the ALA Library. One of them is the Librarian's E-Library, "selected resources on Libraries and Librarianship from the American Library Association (ALA) Library and a growing list of...

Save the Date! Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

ALA TechSource is proud to present the “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium,” July 22–24, 2007.Developed by ALA TechSource and Jenny Levine, author of “Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services,” the September/October 2006 issue of Library Technology Reports and The Shifted Librarian blog. Stay tuned to the ALA TS blog for program information (and information about an upcoming Web...

YALSA to Host Teen Gaming Discussion Group at Midwinter '07

Kelly Czarnecki, on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog, recently posted about a really cool event happening in Seattle next month. Gamers and those interested in gaming and libraries will definitely want to check out: YALSA's Teen Gaming Discussion Group W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Ave., Studio 8 Saturday, January 20...

Unsucking the OPAC: One Man's Noble Efforts

For better or worse, I'm usually quite prolix on TechSource, but this is a day when I woke up early feeling the need for a wee happy post. It's a day when I flung open the curtains and shouted to the world, "World, the OPAC doesn't always have to suck!" That's particularly true because of the work of Casey Bisson, inventor/developer/creator/instigator/leader of WPOPAC, built "inside the...

The Hyperlinked Organization: Radical Transparency, Crummy Meetings & Micromanagement

“Org charts are pyramids. The ancient pharaohs built their pyramids out of the fear of human mortality. Today's business pharaohs build their pyramidal organizations out of fear of human fallibility; they're afraid of being exposed as frightened little boys, fallible and uncertain. To be human is to be imperfect. We die. We make mistakes.”David Weinberger, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Chapter 5: "...

Santa Does Maslow

Remember Maslow's hierarchy? At the bottom of the pyramid were the most basic needs… at the top, self-actualization. In between were concepts such as self-esteem, respect, family, and security. We in LibraryLand are scattered all over that matrix. In upstate New York, there's an anecdote about a crusty rural library director—you know the type, in sensible slacks and a gray cardigan, the kind...

My Avatar Wears Tight Jeans and 4 Other Things I Learned from Internet Librarian 2006

It has been a whirlwind two weeks. In the space of 14 days, I spoke at 4 library meetings, flew on 12 planes, traveled to Stonehenge, met some incredible information professionals from all over the world, caught a nasty cold, sat on the runway for 8 hours in Nebraska while George W. flew in and out of O'Hare and, yes, learned some wonderful things.My time on the road culminated in a day spent at...

Feeling the Curb in Monterey

Last Sunday I traveled out to California to attend the Internet Librarian Conference—ITI's tenth, my first. I managed to fly to San Jose with nary a directional question, then took a shuttle bus past fields of artichokes and garlic, and dry brown hills mad in the October sun, down to Monterey on the coast. Monterey certainly has continued its upward drift in the twenty-five years since I last...

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

From Internet Librarian 2006, Monterey (Monterey Peninsula), California... The theme for the first day seemed to be libraries using their funds differently when planning for program offerings and technology needs. More libraries are saying "no" to large, expensive turnkey, out-of-the-box products and "yes" to more money for staff who can build unique, flexible products. Out-of-the-box products...