And yes, Hansel is too..
But really, I just chatted with one of our IT staff who was at the big Innovative Users Group meeting this week and she raved about Metasearch, iii’s version of federated searching, which pullss all of a libraries resources into one place when searched. I like that idea.
One of the big concepts I took away from CIL this year was that it is all about PEOPLE (Thanks Steve Abram!) and if we are to serve our users we should give em one stop shopping for all the stuff we buy. How much does your library spend on leased databases? How much use is there? Instead of doing backflips to get people into our sites and onto a “leased DBs” page…maybe it should be right up front…
Joe and I IM after class. Dale, our Web Developer, made his custom icon!
This is cool. I just spent an hour with our branch heads teaching them how to use AIM on their Mac PowerBooks to communicate with each other from wherever they find themselves. With all the talk about IM: at CIL, in blogs and in SLIS classes (a recent email from a student/SJCPL colleague reported that an IU SLIS professor stated that IM will be the way to communicate by 2007!) — it is good for the branch librarians to be aware of what IM is, how it works and how they can participate. This is info/tech literacy for sure! Our next step, conceived by the Coordinator of branches, is to try video chats with iSights!
I gave them an assignment: to login in the next 2 days and IM me a greeting. Simple? Yes. Pointing toward the future? Yes.
IM me at mstephens7mac if you are so inclined…
And so is Hansel.
But really, take a look at http://libraryrfid.blogspot.com/. I lost track of my source for this one… probably LISBlogsource. Please forgive me!
Via YAHOO News Feed:
“Noticed those little orange boxes on the Web lately with the letters “XML?”
Nice little article that says a lot about RSS gaining ground in the mainstream. Does your library web site have a feed for news and info?
Aaron discovers and moblogs a very cool thing:
http://www.thebizz.org/archives/001233.html and ponders “I wonder how many years it’ll be until libraries are offering text notifications to patrons. PC to phone messages are cheap or free…staff training would be the only issue, and probably not that big of one.”
Sounds good to me. Steven Abrams words at CIL keep coming back to me in various ways: are the young adults who are texting now going to want to get a e-mail from their librarians?
It’s always good to check in with these….
Top Tech Trends January 2004
I like the listing by conference because you can see what’s hot (“…that RFID is so HOT rioght now…”) and what’s not (“…virtual reference is dead…”) (which I’m still trying to figure out.)
Wow… this intrigues me… music and coffee (tea)… I’m in as soon as I can get to a Starbucks that has this service to try it out. Libraries… are you listening? Coffee… yes! Digital tunes burned on CD…yes!