Monthly Archives: June 2007

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Medium Bio

Michael Stephens, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. After receiving an MLIS from Indiana University, he spent over fifteen years working in public libraries, where he developed a passion for the practical application of technology. He published The Library Internet Trainer’s Toolkit in 2001, and two years later, he launched his popular weblog, Tame the Web. Since then, Michael’s writing has appeared in Public Libraries, Library Journal, Computers in Libraries, and a host of other publications. In 2004, Michael was awarded an IMLS doctoral fellowship […]

Buying the iPhone Online – Bellaire Public Library, Bellaire, MI

Buying the iPhone Online – Bellaire Public Library, Bellaire, MI Originally uploaded by mstephens7 We had a dinner engagement in Bellaire, MI last night – far away from the cottage and an Internet connection. Thank goodness for public libraries and wifi — and a big THANK YOU to the folks at Bellaire Public Library. The wifi signal was strong and true last night at 9:05pm when we pulled into the parking lot to order the iPhone.

“They can be checked out after Friday, July 6”

"They can be checked out after Friday, July 6" Originally uploaded by The Shifted Librarian Jenny discovers she can’t check out “exhibit books” at Downers Grove Public Library. Today is Friday, June 29, and I as a taxpaying resident with a valid library card cannot check out any of the books in this bookcase for an entire week. It’s insane. Do you know of *any* other institution that spends taxpayer money on new things, proudly displays them, and then keeps them from residents for a week or longer? I wonder if I request the title I tried to check out […]

Start a Revolution

OCLC Blog Salon Originally uploaded by cindiann If anything, ALA 2007 was flickr’d, twitter’ed and blogged from any and every angle. I was lucky to meet some folks whose work inspires me, including Cindi, who I blogged about here, and many others. Also, I appreciate the message of Cindi’s shirt. Can you feel something coming from the discussions, online conversations and conference chatter? I can.

Strictly Forbidden Brian Kelly writes: As someone who used to work in a number of IT Service departments I’m aware of potential security implications. But the tone of this notice strikes me as inappropriate. And it also seems to be out of sync with the trend towards more user-focussed IT Service departments, articulated in the introduction to the UCISA IT Support Staff Symposium 2007 given by David Harrison, UCISA chair who argued that IT Services departments need to stop saying that they are user-focussed and actually mean it. Brian mentions the work of Michael Nowlan, Director of Information Systems Services at […]

First Monday Podcasts

First Monday Podcasts Originally uploaded by mstephens7 First Monday is launching podcasts in August: Starting in August 2007, First Monday Podcasts will bring you the people and events behind the interesting and novel ideas related to the history, current use, and future of the Internet. Preview: