Daily Archives: February 20, 2006

7 posts

Librarians & IM: A TTW Survey

Please take just a few moments to complete this little survey about librarians and IM. I’m doing some background work for a brief talk at Computers in Libraries 2006 as well as collecting some data for my upcoming Library Technology Report “Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software.” I’m interested to see how many librarians are using IM at their desks to commiunicate with colleagues and as a reference point. Click here to take survey Thanks! šŸ™‚

The New Revolutionary Technology

Michael Casey’s latest thoughtful post resonates deeply with me: http://www.librarycrunch.com/2006/02/evolutionary_technology_and_th.html So when my group, the Emerging Technologies Team, sat down to examine the current and future technology landscape, we quickly came to the realization that while there are some wonderful new things that can be put into our plan, few of them are actually new technologies. Most are modifications or improvements on existing technology. All of this leads me to believe that technology, at least right now, is in an evolutionary phase, whereas only two or three years ago we were still in a revolutionary time period where new ideas […]

Blogging, Libraries and Community

Here’s the good news: I am gathering all my data, presentations and evidence to send to Dr. O’Connor for my “qualifying experience” at UNT. šŸ™‚ Next up: writing the porposal for my dissertation. Here’s a bit from a favorite researcher that is helping my thinking: Nancy Van House : http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~vanhouse/projects.htm#blogs Avid topical bloggers see blogging as a transformative technology for building and maintaining an intellectual community, and doing individual and collaborative knowledge work. I’m interested in how blogging may be transforming the work of knowledge communities. Blogging gives us a place to watch how participants cope with the decontextualized world […]

Spiffy New Charts of Librarian Blogger’s Survey: Web 2.0 Tools

God Bless Luke Rosenberger, who attended my SirsiDynix Webinar last week and sent a comment about the charts. He has helped me manipulate some of the mountain iof data with Excel skills that blow me away. He wrote: If I remember the survey correctly, you allowed respondents to choose multiple answers for that question….I think you should keep your “n” constant — always comparing your data against the number of respondents. So perhaps for this question, a bar graph would be a more helpful mode of presentation.. Heck yeah! So here’s a link to some more data, presented in spiffy […]

The Googlization of Libraries: Debunking the Internet Godzilla Myth (Updated)

I’m sad with all the excitement this week I couldn’t zip right back to River Forest, IL for the Dominican University Second Annual Follett Lecture, presented last night by Ed Valauskas. The title: The Googlization of Libraries: Debunking the Internet Godzilla Myth. Some students and colleagues were there last night, and here are some of their reports: Natalie, one of my students from last semster, reports at Who Moved my Library: (I love that name!) Libraries do have an uphill battle when it comes to public perception that everything is “Free” on the internet. I agree with Ed that dismissing […]

Blyberg on the ILS

Check in at Blyberg.net for a candid and most transparent reflection on the ILS and this paragraph, that hopefully will send a message to III and others: Librarians and coders are not just going to timidly wait for little features anymore. We want control of our systems. Maybe Iā€™m feeling the fatigue that sets in after months of subverting the intended use of our system, but quite frankly, I hold little hope that our vendor will decide to pursue a strategy that champions community dev. In fact, during a recent visit to AADL, we were told by a top III […]