Monthly Archives: June 2006

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Ten Rules for the New Librarians

I owe a mountain of inspiration to Karen Schneider for this one! I’m working on the syllabus for my section of LIS701: Introduction to Library and Information Science for this Fall at Dominican. We’re using Rubin’s Foundations of Library and Information Science from Neal-Schuman and I’m adding a reading of The Cluetrain Manifesto as well. We’ll have articles and blog posts to react to and discuss. Putting this together, I’m reminding of a question I had last semester during one of our discussions of current library jobs and those 2.0 job descriptions. “What do we need to pay attention to?” […]

Tech Crunch on the Future of RSS There ‘s so much here about the power and future of RSS, I’ll just quote the end: RSS is the foundation of almost everything Web 2.0 – isn’t it? It’s what makes blog readership scalable, podcasts subscribable, wiki changes watchable and so much more. If Newsgatgor can succeed in offering the kind of innovative features this roadmap alludes to, without falling into the trap of crass commercialism, Reinacker’s vision could be deeply influential for the future of the medium. Put this on your to read list!

Where Fun goes…to Die The Ubiquitous Librarian points out that some students identify the library as the “place where fun comes to die” via Facebook. The wonderful thing is he doesn’t cluck and hurumph, he prposes turning such things around: It could be interesting to surprise a group like this one day with pizza or sodas or a coupon for a free coffee from the library café. Catch them off guard. Provide a seemingly random unique experience. And more than anything, create positive grassroots PR for the Library. Are you thinking this way? Are you checking out Facebook and MySpace to see what […]

Tech Planning and Implementation Job at PALINET Not specifically a 2.0 job, but it does requiere some open source and coding know-how: “Ideal candidate must have at least 4 years experience in technology planning, consulting/training, and implementation; experience with Open Source software and applications, various computing platforms and networking protocols; knowledge of Web development tools and scripting…”

Why Compete with Netflix?

Libraryman weighs in again in is ongoing discussion of netflix. I really believe this is something to pay close attention to, and Libraryman backs up his thoughts with some fascinating data. Do you read WIRED? You should! “Why compete with Netflix?” With the thought that ultimately this really is about content access, Netflix is as good a place to start as any. So, why compete with Netflix? How about this: “Compete with Netflix as part of a multifaceted approach to securing and growing the role of libraries in the shifting community of information consumers.” Grandly put, compete with Netflix […]

Upcoming Presentations

Friday, July 14, 2006. Emerging Technologies in Libraries, Mississippi State University Libraries E-journal Continuing Education Workshop, Mississippi State University, MS. Tuesday, July 18, 2006. “Conversation, Community, Connections, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-centered Services” Social Software & Libraries Workshop with Jenny Levine. Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ. Thanks Library Garden! Wednesday, July 19, 2006. “Conversation, Community, Connections, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-centered Services” Social Software & Libraries Workshop with Jenny Levine. Darien Library, Darien, CT. Thursday July 20, 2006 & Friday, July 21, 2006. Community Building Through Your Web Site: Library Blogs and RSS & Hands On […]

The People Formerly Known as the Audience

Via the Social Customer Manifesto: An insightful, spot on piece about Generation C (that’s for content folks!) and an open announcement to big media to pay attention! The people formerly known as the audience are those who were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another— and who today are not in a situation like that at all. Once they were your printing presses; now that […]

And the librarians shall lead them….

From the NOLA Times Picayune, via my friend and colleague Linda who attended the conference: A friend of mine passed on to me a story from the Windsor Court Hotel, where, one night, a group of drunken librarians raced up and down the hallways in a juvenile thrall in the wee hours of the morning, raising a holy ruckus. I don’t mean to read too much into this event, but it’s a sign that New Orleans is ready to be, once again, New Orleans when drunken librarians in relax-fit jeans and plaid shirts cavort in the halls of fancy […]

Rock On Westmont PL & Flickr! (Updated!) Update: Michelle points out they’ve linked from their front page to Flickr! Is this the first instance we’ve seen of this? I think it just may be. Update 2: Oops! Aaron Schmidt informs me that the Thomas Ford Library pages has had a “pictures” link that takes folks to the TFML Flickr page for some time. Update 3: David King IMs to tell me that Bloomington PL has a link at the top of their new pages called Gallery, that links into the many sets put up by the librarians! HOT! And wowza but their pages are nice!