Kansas City is Rockin My World

I’m finishing up the first draft of my “technolust” article today. IMing with Jenny and reading over my notes, I’ve decided Kansas City is, in the words of Beck, “where it’s at.”

David King, cool IT/Web guy there just sent me this page for the KC initiative to get 100 wifi hotspots in KC, including some parks:”That’s right – KC (the city) is providing free wireless access, through this company – http://www.flashnetwork.net/hotspots/? I think the goal is to have 100 hotspots in KC. They have about 87 now (some free, some not, I think). The cool thing is that some KC parks are now wired.”

Cities, towns, burgs and villages – Please take note!

(Thanks David!)

Liz lawley on Teaching New Technologies

Nice post at Liz’s mamamusings::

http://mamamusings.net/archives/2004/05/03/teaching_new_technologies.php

I enjoy Liz’s stuff a lot. This one I particularly liked.

As a fella who someday would like to teach, this bit was interesting:

The future, I think, is to let go of the traditional approach of teaching how to do things in a specific language, and instead offer a more studio-like environment in which students are given access to resources and tools, and then work on developing a project. (We teach most of our classes in ?studio mode,? but in most cases they?re far from real studio approaches?they?re lectures with occasional hands-on exercises.) Surprisingly, it?s the students who are often most resistant to this mode of teaching?we?ve successfully conditioned them to see school as a series of core dumps, and switching gears into a more user-directed model often generates resentment and confusion rather than enthusiasm and creativity.

Weblogs in Higher Education and the IUSB Librarians

Librarians are great!

One of the real pleasures of talking about blogging is seeing what people start to invent for themselves with the tools, rather than assuming that the tools are good for some handful of particular things. – Ken Smith

http://www.mchron.net/site/edublog.php?id=P2679

I had lunch yesterday with IUSB Director Michelle Russo. We always have so much to discuss in the realm of librarianship and technology. She told me about a professor at IUSB who blogs and who presented a session for her staff on blogging. Ken Smith teaches in the English Department at IUSB and writes about blogs and higher education.

He has some great things to say about RSS, libraries, etc.

Take a look at his posts about the IUSB Librarians and his Libraries category.

Poem on Your Blog Day

Ok icontemplate, I’m in. A bit of verse that Stevie eventually turned into a song about the AIDS crisis:

And walking through the room together
In suspended animation
No one saw us go – No one said goodbye
And from my heart I leave behind
Great expectations
And that you find the answers to your questions
And that life will once more be a celebration
And that you will be touched by an angel

Stevie Nicks

Pondering a New Service?

Library consultant Richard Dougherty detailed the 5 requirements of offering digital reference in the May 2002 issue of American Libraries. They include:

? Staffing
? Acquiring the Technology
? Training staff
? Promotion
? Creating policy

These five gems could be applied to any technology planning in a library setting. You can’t do one part and not do the other or you are setting your service up to fail. An untrained staff? No promotion? Forget about it!

I Own a PC!

I have mixed emotions for sure but I am now the “proud” owner of a Sony VAIO laptop that meets the UNT Tech specs for our PCs. What a learning curve! I’ve used Apples and Macs since I was at IU in the 80s… and now…

It’s good to be biplatform!

Thanks to the ladies of the cohort who gave me good advice and nudges!!

PS: To offset my guilt, I ordered a decked out PB 17″ to replace my older one!

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