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Digital Media Labs in Libraries

Families share stories with each other and veterans reconnect with their comrades, while teens edit music videos and then upload them to the web: all this and more can happen in the digital media lab (DML), a gathering of equipment with which people create digital content or convert content that...

Gaming & Libraries: Learning Lessons from the Intersections

2008 may be remembered as the year in which gaming became just like any other service in libraries, with librarians implementing gaming initiatives that look very much like those we already offer for books, movies, music, and computers for as varied an audience as other library services are offered. As gaming in libraries has become more of a mainstream service, rather than a curious exception,...

Collaboration 2.0

Some information technology managers and administrators are blocking access to social networks like Facebook or MySpace or to social tools like blogs because of fears that their staff will spend too much time updating their profiles and commenting and not enough time working. The purpose of this report is to give library managers the tools they need to encourage collaborative work both within and...

Open Source Public Workstations in Libraries

In a time where an economic downturn and concerns about climate change are influencing decisions, many libraries are looking for ways to save money and to reduce their impact on the environment. This report provides detailed information about the operating systems, software, and approaches used by three libraries and one academic institution that have implemented open source public workstations...

Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations

Second Life is a virtual world owned by Linden Lab with over fifteen million users. It is currently one of the most popular 3-D social virtual worlds. The use of Second Life by libraries and universities has become a hotly debated topic in Library and Information Science circles. Early adopters of Second Life have been called evangelists, while nonusers of Second Life have been called Luddites...

The State of Library Technology Funding in Today's Economy

"This issue examines the current state of library-technology funding, looking at common problems and concerns among librarians who make technological decisions for their facilities throughout the United States." — Dan Freeman, ALA TechSource editor. In the January 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, "The State of Funding for Library Technology in Today's Economy" by Larra Clark and...

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

"A thorough process of evaluating an integrated library system (ILS) today would not be complete without also weighing the open source ILS products against their proprietary counterparts." — Chapter 4, "Open Source Integrated Library Systems""As libraries make decisions about what software to use when automating their operations, it is vital for decision-makers to have a solid grasp of the...

Librarianship in Virtual Worlds

“For libraries and library-related organizations interested in developing a presence in one or more virtual worlds, this issue of LTR may prove a useful tool for understanding the breadth and depth of the VW scene..."Virtual worlds are here to stay, says Tom Peters ("Maxito Ricardo" in Second Life and Lively) in the October issue of Library Technology Reports. In "Librarianship in Virtual...

WorldCat Local at the Univ. of Washington Libraries

“...The new search catalog, WorldCat, is AMAZING compared to the old University of Washington library search. It's one of those things I wished we had, and then, all the sudden, it was there. Bravo!"—User, quoted in LTR 44:6, p. 39The University of Washington Libraries' information and library material discovery-and-delivery platform WorldCat Local was launched in the spring of 2007. It...

On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies

“ Imagine... Libraries are already offering amazing services through the use of the mobile Web. Imagine where we'll be in a year or two as mobile Internet adoption continues to increase and portable devices steadily improve."—LTR 44:5, p. 38The fifth issue of Library Technology Reports this year looks to the very near future — and for some libraries "on the move with the mobile Web," it...

Drupal in Libraries

“We've seen a number of library sites really take off and come up with new ways to reach their patrons—especially by marketing library programs,” Michael Samuelson, Web Developer, Idaho Commission for LibrariesThe Idaho Commission for Libraries (formerly called the Idaho State Library) is an organization that helps libraries in Idaho "better serve their clientele," says Web developer Michael...