Monthly Archives: March 2007

46 posts

The Transparent Library: A New Library Journal Column

Michael Casey and I have some good news. We’ll be writing a monthly column in Library Journal starting next week. It’s called “The Transparent Library”, a title we like a lot. We’ll be applying some of our thinking and inspiration to organizational culture and libraries, with a slant towards technology as well. We’re very happy to be in LJ because each month the columns will be made freely available on web for easy linking. Here’s just a bit from the first one: The cultural and social shift we’ve observed, highlighted by Wade Roush’s idea of continuous computing and the advent […]

Learning 2.0 at WIRED Online

Woohoo! Public Library Geeks Take Web 2.0 to the Stacks When the IT director at North Carolina’s Charlotte & Mecklenburg County public library began training staff in the latest web technologies, she lured reluctant participants with bribes — a free MP3 player and the chance to win a laptop. Six months later, the program they developed is the real prize. Learning 2.0, developed by public services technology director Helene Blowers, has become a surprise grassroots hit, available for free on the web and adopted by dozens of other libraries around the globe. Read the whole article!

How to use Web 2.0 in your library

How to use Web 2.0 in your library Originally uploaded by Philipbradley. Phil Bradley announces his new book! Phil edited my training book a few years ago for its British release. I look forward to this one. The Web 2.0 and social software explosion has the capability to transform the online profile of libraries and help reach out to tech-savvy young users to whom the library may otherwise be invisible. Libraries can now easily collaborate and create online communities, as well as explore new ways in which to communicate with, educate and attract new users – and also to market […]

ACLU Victorious in Defense of Online Free Speech “Technology evolves at an incredibly rapid pace, and our laws face the challenge of trying to keep up,” said ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Chris Hansen, who was lead counsel on the case. “Americans have the right to participate in the global conversation that happens online every moment of every day, and Congress does not have the right to censor that conversation.” Joan Walsh, editor in chief of who was a plaintiff in the case, said that parents, not the government, should control children’s access to information and ideas. “Whether minors should read Salon is a question for their […]

Lazereow Lecture: Does Print Still Matter?

Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science Presents The 2007 ISI® Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture Program Does Print Still Matter? By Brian Kenney, editor-in-chief of School Library Journal Thursday, April 19th, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. Dominican University 7900 West Division Fine Arts Building Eloise Martin Recital Hall Reception immediately following Major media companies—some blatantly, others more subversively—are attempting to shift their print products entirely online. Virtual communities (such as MySpace® and Second Life®) have emerged as major social networks. Visual content (found in Flickr™ and YouTube™) is accessible in new ways, serving as both rich databases and as […]

Academic Libraries & 2.0 From Bill Drew comes an update to a post he wrote in November 2005. Bill created the Library 2.0 ning network and notes: Library 2.0 is not always about replacing more traditional services. It is about extending those services into new areas and starting new ones. It is not change for the sake of change.

Finding Time (Barriers)

Via Jenny posts: Otherwise known as “losing time at Penn State” trying to use the library’s online resources. What a great illustration of the barriers our users face, and not just at Penn State or at academic libraries. This is the video Ellysa Stern Cahoy showed during the Next Gen Librarians panel at last week’s CIC Conference.

5 Blogs Outside Libraryland

Love it! And thanks to Nicole for tagging me. Allow me to add 5 blogs I read beyond the Biblioblogosphere, skipping over trashy celebrity gossip blogs I just might glance at..on occassion…sometimes… The Copy Blogger: Insights, tips and “how to’s” for making your blog a standout. Great stuff for librarians writing blog posts for their libraries to consider. The Church of the Customer Blog: Customer evangelists. Companies on the Cluetrain. This blog is fascinating. It was here I found out about the Kohl’s kerfuffle that I use in tech trend talks. A useful blog that can get readers […]

Blogs as Conversations

remoteImage.jpg Originally uploaded by heyjudegallery. Via HeyJude…. fascinating stuff. If you are blogging with your students, or you are thinking of blogging with your students, I encourage you to not think of blogs as a writing assignment, but instead to look at them as conversations. Conversations that can give you both feedback about a lesson, or continue a conversation well after a lesson has ended. Blogging brings a new dimension to the classroom. You cannot blog and not change the structure of your classroom. Two great examples of this are Mark Ahlness and Clarence Fisher, both of whom have […]