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Privacy, Potential & Pitfalls: Using Ning to Create Community Part Three

The past two months, I've been exploring the use of Ning by public libraries to create communities centered around reader services. We started with a look at Lafayette Readers in Lafayette, Colorado and the online discussion forums at Lisle Library District. I was pondering the third installment...

The Mess: Social Media, Privacy and Information Freedom

Last night, I was enjoying the new episode of South Park, which lampooned the chaotic, who's-in-charge-here feeling of the current economic crisis. The episode made light of the idea that this crisis grew out of a system that become so complex and so poorly managed that no one really understands it, and those who claim to have solutions are really just running around like decapitated chickens (if...

Dispatch from the Chicago Drupal4Lib BoF

Hot on the heels of Cindi's outstanding coverage of the Darien Library's Drupal Unconference, I had the chance to attend a smaller, in-person Drupal event of my own. The Chicago Drupal4Lib BoF, hosted by librarian and all-around Drupal enthusiast Leo Klein, included over twenty participants and took place in an instruction room in the library at DePaul University's downtown campus right here in...

The Internet of Me

I wonder if Peggy Orenstein ever got a letter (or several letters) from someone she was hoping to gracefully lose touch with. Or had a friend who called her parents, trying to find out where she moved after college. Maybe she wished for an “ignore” button. More likely, she grumbled to a friend and continued pursuing her adult identity. Orenstein’s thoughtful essay in last weekend’s New York...

Web 2.0: Perfecting Imperfection

When I was reading through Cindi's post on Drupal Camp earlier this week, one passage really struck me: It was by far the most human conference I’d ever been to. Nearly all the people who presented brief "Lightning Talks" or breakout sessions were asked questions that they didn’t know the answer to, and in nearly all cases, another audience member had the answer. It was very gratifying to be in...

Exploring the Virtual Commons: Using Ning to Build a Community at Lafayette Public Library

The series I did last year on The Commons in Libraries has become part of my research interests these days and also part of my presentations exploring "The Hyperlinked Library." Of course, the commons does not have to be just a physical space but can also be a virtual one. I thought it might be useful to explore what some libraries are doing to build the virtual meeting place via online tools...

They're Just Tools: Enhancing our work with Technology

I really enjoyed ALA Midwinter. Touching down in 70 degree weather on Wednesday was a treat and participating in various activities with colleagues and folks who I admire is a great way to spend a few days in the Mile High City.Last summer, I wrote about the use of Twitter at Annual. This time around everything seemed even more connected and accessible. I'm very impressed with what the LITA folks...

Life at the Speed of Twitter

I mentioned yesterday that ALA TechSource has started to use Twitter as a way to expand our coverage. It didn't take long for one of the fundamental facts about life on Twitter to emerge: Twitter is a fantastic tool for communication, but that communication is a double-edged sword. As soon as we attempted to make our presence felt, there were some readers who felt it, and used the opportunity to...

A Helpful Presentation on Web 2.0 for Smaller Libraries

Web 2.0 expert and Library Technology Reports author Sarah Houghton-Jan posted this presentation at her blog Librarian in Black. "Web 2.0 Services for Smaller, Underfunded Libraries" can help librarians use social networking and other web tools to benefit patrons at little or no cost to the library.  

Planning & Pitfalls: Using Pageflakes for a Public Library Portal

In one of my major talks - "The Hyperlinked Library" - I use many different examples, and often change them to keep them as current as possible. One example I've used for over a year is the Dublin City Library's creation of a public portal with Pageflakes. While in London for Internet Librarian International, I got to meet up with Edward Byrne, Senior Web Services Librarian , and chat with him...

Family Trees Get the 2.0 Treatment With Geni

As a new mom, I’ve been thinking nonstop about family. I look at my son and wonder what I will tell him about his family. Genealogy has been a quest for every generation, and has become much more popular in recent years. Still, until now there have not been many online tools that could map out family trees. Enter Geni. With the tagline "Everyone's related," Geni takes family relations and adds...