Yearly Archives: 2005

568 posts

TTW Favorites

Via Ken Smith: Greatest Hits Collection: Tim Porter went on holiday and left behind a list of what he considers to be his best pieces. This is a list of maybe four dozen posts, with a link and a brief synopsis for each one. That’s an act of self-scrutiny that many bloggers should undertake, if we dare. Bloggers need to do what they can to give some staying power to their best writing. I thought I’d pull out my all-time favorite TTW posts and point to them here. Links to the posts are BOLD. TTW Favorites! The Balanced Librarian: […]

“It’s Time for a Library 2.0 Conference”

Via an IM from Jenny this am: Don Yarman writes at the Ohio Libraries Council Blog: “This morning, I decided that I want to see a “Library 2.0” conference in Ohio. I want national speakers (from St Joseph County, from Ann Arbor, from Seattle Public, from Salt Lake City Public) to talk about the transformation of their buildings and services to meet their patrons where they are. I want gaming demonstrations. I want OCLC to come and talk about their findings regarding user perceptions and the library brand. I want an art/design company to create avatars for librarians to […]

Ten Defining Moments: Library 2.0 Events of 2005

Via Stephen Abram, who writes about L2 here. The Web 2.0 Meme: Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005 by Richard McManus: That got me thinking, and talking to some folks, about what were the defining moments of 2005 for the ideas behind Library 2.0? And so many questions to discuss. It’s still early in these discussions to set forth absolutes, but maybe a brain dump is in order. This is not all inclusive, and I welcome the input of others – comment here or post on your blogs. There’s a lot to this discussion. Some folks may […]

What Library Blogs Can Do For You

A nice post at a newish blog: This post pionts to two great passages from Laurel Clyde’s book Weblogs and Libraries. A nice reminder of excellent scholarly work from someone the information science community lost too soon.

High Tech Junkies

Just a pointer to a CNN piece: “We’re all tech junkies now” The article includes results of a survey about how connected folks are and how much it all costs. What lurks in the background are the folks that don’t have all this access to services and gadgets. That’s where libraries can help: circulating ipods? free wifi, laptops that checkout? Also, a psychologist weighs in on being “too connected.” That’s a vote for balance and unplugging as well.

Library 2.0 Podcast Interview from Norway

Last week I spoke about L2 with Thomas Brevik in Norway who writes the Bibliotek 2.0 blog. Listen to the podcast! “Library 2.0 is the idea that libraries and librarians need to anticipate what the future needs of users are going to be and for them to plan for collaboration and methods of communication with each other and users using all of the social software we keep reading about….” “We need to go deep within ourselves and decide that yes we can handle constant change…”

Every Library Catalog Needs One of These

The Shifted Librarian: Psssst… Hey, SWAN Libraries! Jenny points to Chris Deweese’s Firefox plug ins. I tried it (even though I’m in Indiana) and it worked flawlessly. I wish we had one for SJCPL! This is HOT on so many levels: It reaches users where they are It’s developed by a programmer in a library consortium – not by the ILS folks (who should be making this type of functionality available to all clients) It’s oh so easy to use!

David Warlick on New Technologies and New Molds David Warlick ponders the future of education. We, as librarians, should pay close attention as weell. “It seems to me that in order to shape the application of new technologies, we need a mold to shape it around, and that mold needs to be new as well. One of our problems has been that we have tried to shape the technology around out-dated notions of what schooling is about, rather than reshaping our notions to reflect new world conditions.” Warlick’s list of what’s changed: Information is now networked, digital and can be overwhelming. Also, it doesn’t need a container […]