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Where the rubber meets the road...

...applying what I learned at Computers in Libraries 2009 Have you ever cleaned papers off your desk, only to find lurking at the very bottom that list of nifty ideas from that awesome conference you attended months ago? It's easy enough to report what was seen and heard at a conference; it’s...

A n00b goes camping – Drupal Camp at Darien Library

Get Engaged with Unconferences Drupal Camp 2009 at Darien Library in Connecticut was my first “unconference.” This informal style of professional gathering, also called “Barcamp” (Library Camp, in libraryland), assumes two things: that everyone in attendance is an expert in one area or another, and that the group of people who show up are the right group of people to be there. There is...

Open Source Open Letter to Obama

A group of prominent software vendors have signed on to an open letter to President Obama encouraging him to ...make it mandatory to consider the source of an application solution (open or closed) as part of the government’s technology acquisition process, just as considering accessibility by the handicapped is required today... Ryan Paul at Ars Technica comments: The Obama administration has...

Document Creation software

I'd like to talk about a style of software that everyone in libraries is definitely familiar with--the massive interconnected hunk of software that does everything. In libraries, that could be the ILS, but what I'm going to talk about today is something that almost everyone is familiar with: the Microsoft Office suite. In fact, let's just take a single piece of the suite: Microsoft Word. Word is...

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...

Unsucking Online Education, Part Two

This is the second part of a series and long in coming. Apologies are in order, and I hope I will be forgiven. In the previous segment, I discussed the Five Weeks to a Social Library project and why offering free online education was important. Today, I want to highlight a few of the tools that can make creating a free or cheap online education portal possible.Most of the options for course...

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...

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...

It's Too Darn Hot: A Curmudgeon's Asides

This week it's hot as a pistol across the United States, and as I sit in my office without A/C, a feeble fan drying the sweat on my face, I'm grumpy. Grumpy enough to line up a few peeves against the wall and slap them around.Open-source softwareYes, I know, open source is a saint and you'd let your sister or brother marry it. But I hate the idea that for some librarians if a particular software...