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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...

Left to Their Own Devices

Two news items that scurried across my attention in July have led me to conclude that, in this era of overlapping eras, we have entered yet another age. The first item was an industry report that Apple shipped more than eight million iPod devices in the second quarter of 2006. That's almost three million per month or 100,000 per day, and the second quarter is not a big gift-giving quarter,...

YOUR 2 Cents & DOPA: Urgent Action Needed!

YALSA executive director Beth Yoke posted this comment today to the recent DOPA and 2 Cents post on this blog (as well as a similar call to action on the YALSA Blog). Her comment: URGENT Action NeededThe ALA Washington Office has learned that the US House of Representatives may try to expedite passage of H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), TOMORROW, July 26th. The bill is...

Pulp Fiction

It's already mid-July and I'm still thinking about the programs, news, and events from the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans three weeks ago. This means either that it was an unusually important conference, or that I'm slow on the uptake and/or have serious conference closure issues.Two programs I'm still pondering are Kevin Starr's address ("Reading: The Essential Skill") at the ALA...

DOPA and 2 cents

On the ever-informative LibraryLaw Blog Wednesday, Mary Minow posts a three-question interview with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) executive director Beth Yoke about DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006). In it, Yoke provides her 2 cents on the proposed legislation and her experience at the hearing. (Minow has stated that she believes the "law is blatantly...

L2 Summit in Charlotte Next Month

The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County—which has a 'Gaming Zone' and a Gaming Zone @ PLCMC blog—is extending an invitation to staff from neighboring libraries to join PLCMC staff for a Technology Summit on Library 2.0 early next month (August 3, 2006).The afternoon session will feature Michael Stephens (Tame the Web) and Michael Casey (Library Crunch) and include such...

Going Where Our Users Are

Sadly, I didn't make it to ALA, so I am following along via blog posts and Flickr feeds. I hope everyone is having a wonderful conference! I have been at my "mobile office": Panera Bread. I've spent a lot of time at my Mishawaka, Indiana, Panera: Updating the Roadshow with Jenny, working on the ALA L2 course, finishing my issue of Library Technology Reports, and writing my research proposal.I...

Hectic Pace Launches; ALA Annual Underway in New Orleans

Congratulations to Andrew Pace and American Libraries on the launch of Andrew's new blog, "Hectic Pace" (just in time for ALA Annual in New Orleans!). Starts off Andrew: When I was a kid, I hated when people made puns out of my name—keep up the pace, do you like picante sauce?, your parents must have been pacemakers. Those of you with punnable names will sympathize with the one-sided hilarious...

The Library 2.0 Cafeteria

A month ago, I attended a fabuwonderful day-long training session on new technologies taught by Michael Porter (who in the biblioblogosphere and other virtual worlds goes by "LibraryMan"). I hadn't attended hands-on training in a month of Sundays, and truth told, with a full plate at My Place Of Work (aka MPOW), I felt deep in a silo of my own creation. There are many Web sites where I can read...

You're Missing It!

But that's okay, because it will be repeated tomorrow. (Whew!)So what, exactly, are you missing today, you ask? The Alliance Library System Online Innovation Institute Library 2.0 Extravaganza!Going on all day today, with the entire institute—which features sessions about: blogs and libraries; libraries' IM utilization; how libraries and librarians can leverage social software and popular online...

Wreading

About 250 years ago, soon after his dictionary of the English language had been published, Dr. Samuel Johnson was asked by a woman how the incorrect definition of a pastern had crept into the final, published product. According to James Boswell's biography of Johnson, "…instead of making an elaborate defence, as she expected, he at once answered, 'Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.'" If the...