Daily Archives: July 28, 2006

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Tell Your Senators Why DOPA Is Bad for Libraries

Don Wood on DOPA: http://donwood.alablog.org/blog/_archives/2006/7/28/2172866.html For one thing, schools and libraries are required under CIPA to block obscene or offensive internet content. DOPA is not necessary. For another, DOPA is much too broad. The bill proposes to block access to beneficial collaborative Web applications and resources. And for another, education is the best way to protect children from online predators. Blocking Web sites does not protect childrenā€”teaching them to use the Internet responsibly and safely does.

LiB:DOPA Passes: What Does This Mean for Your Library’s New Website?

http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinblack/2006/07/dopa_passes_wha.html Great post from the LiB! If I was a Library Director, I wouldn’t accept E-Rate money if my job depended on it. I think if DOPA passes we’ll see more and more libraries refusing E-Rate. The amount of money and staff time you have to spend now on the filtering is borderline worth it strictly from a financial perspective. Add this ridiculous incursion, and it’s definitely not worth it to most libraries. How shameful.

Flickr is Scaring Some Folks!

Please zip over and read my post about Flickr at ALA TechSource. http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2006/07/flickr-libraries-scary-scary-scary-to-some-folks.html I ask that you do not make any spur-of-the-moment, reactionary decisions, Flickr’ing Librarians! What I sincerely hope will not happen is the libraries and associations that have started using Flickr will abandon the site because they are scared… come on! Don’t let this type of e-mail campaign derail you. Look at the big picture of how this site and many others are used and can benefit your online presence. Let’s teach our users about the good and bad of online communities, BUT LET’S NOT just close the […]

Announce: Web 2.0 for Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software

Best Blog Practices and More for Libraries Chicago, IL, July, 26 2006 – ” /> What can social software do for your library? Find out in the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, "Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software," by librarian, author, and technology trainer Michael Stephens. A comprehensive, pass-around resource you and your fellow library staff members can consult to plan your library's social-software initiatives, Stephens's report details numerous successful library implementations of some of today's most used social-software tools, including: Weblogs (blogs) Podcasts RSS feeds Instant Messaging (IM) Wikis Flickr In the issue, Stephens illustrates […]