Monthly Archives: May 2008

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Endless Possibilities: An ALA TechSource Conversation with Cliff Landis

First and foremost, Facebook pages can be used for marketing and outreach to library users. Facebook is the social hub of most campuses today, and students use their profiles to proclaim their identities to their peers. So by becoming a fan of the library’s page, students declare, “hey, I like the library, too.” Beyond that, the possibilities are endless–it is only limited by what librarians are willing to do, and what users want and need. For example, the British Library page has 688 fans, and includes pictures, videos, events, and comments. At Odum Library where I work, our library’s page […]

The promise of Google Apps includes a shrinking IT staff

A local example of the move to using Google mail and apps in the university setting: Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies has teamed up with Student Government to provide current students with a new e-mail system though Google Apps. “We are hoping the system will be up and ready for students to migrate in the middle of the summer, so we can e-mail students and get them to migrate their accounts before they get back this fall,” said Katie Rose, project manager of the OIT’s latest initiative. Graduating students will also be allowed to migrate to the new system […]

Spring 2008 “snapshot” of Second Life use in UK HE/FE

Via John Kirriemuir Academics who have successfully developed in SL report that their host institution and technical services are largely supportive, though with the latter there are often problems with firewalls, PC capability and enabling voice functionality. Academics report varied reactions to SL from colleagues, ranging from interest and curiosity to suspicion and “hatred”. Unlike their US counterparts, UK academic libraries are not significantly involved in SL activities. Academics described a very wide range of SL activities spanning teaching, learning, research, performance, construction and demonstration. The key advantage of SL in teaching and learning is that there are many activities […]

“The Dark Side” : The Wisdom of Rating Your Neighbors Walker’s latest venture seems a mixture of those two. It’s an online forum called, and it allows residents of a neighborhood to complain about the noise, dogs, midnight habits or lawn-mowing antics of the folks next door. Launched last summer, the site was first based entirely out of Walker’s UTC apartment until a portion was purchased by Attenunit, a venture capital firm, and most of the work moved to Austin, Texas. From the site: Rotten Neighbor is the first real estate search engine of its kind allowing you to rate and review good and bad neighbors before and after […]

Going Green

Nicole Engard writes: At a few of my most recent talks I’ve had attendees complain that there were not handouts. I tell them at the beginning of the class that I’m going green and the slides are available online for people to print if they want – but that they can view them online whenever they want – and they still complain!! I don’t know about you, but most of my class handouts go into the recycle bin after I blog about the session – why keep them? I have it all documented and linked here. Librarians (and probably lots of other […]

ALA Emerging Leaders – Bibliobloggers Comment

Lori Reed is NOT renewing her ALA membership next year: The announcement I just received from ALA about the application for Emerging Leaders is the final straw in my decision to not renew my ALA membership next year. The description of the program sounds exciting to someone who is eager to get involved in ALA: The program is designed to enable more than 100 new librarians to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers, and get an inside look into ALA structure and activities. […]

Flickr rules in photo sharing, as video tiptoes in – USA Today

Nice article from USA Today: Flickr was created in 2003 by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, initially as a video game site. It was purchased by Yahoo in 2005, when it had 400,000 registered members. Today, Flickr has 26 million members. Free accounts are limited to uploads of 100 megabytes monthly, or about 50 photos. “Pro” members get unlimited uploads. Yahoo won’t say how many paid members Flickr has. Hitwise says the site’s market share among online photo sites leaped to 11.7% in March, from 4.5% the year before, after Yahoo added Flickr images to its search index. “Yahoo […]


We-R-hot!, originally uploaded by rambleonsylvie. Rambleonsylvie writes: my library’s youth services crew is “oh so cool.” Check out all the stuff they will be doing. we bought and have loaded a video game creation program on the lab computers for them. all the events filled right up, they’ll do more, maybe year round. I can only echo her sentiment: HOT!