Daily Archives: May 11, 2008

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WOW! Digital Experience Manager at CML

Columbus Metropolitan Library just posted a new management position: Digital Experience Manager  http://tinyurl.com/5ynzvq Under the general direction of the Director of Digital Strategy, the Digital Experience Manager plans, administers, coordinates and drives all aspects of the digital customer experience including customer engagement, usability testing, design, content creation and service delivery. With a high level of independence and accountability, the position oversees the design and development process for the library’s websites and coordinates digital services efforts system-wide working closely with Information Technology, Community Relations’, and Development and Public Services’ staff to ensure the library’s  development process and services are customer-centric.    Apply […]

Using Firefox on Public Computers

Brian Herzog writes a perfect post on why Firefox could and should be used on public computers (emphasis mine): http://tinyurl.com/4fzz6b My library is in the process of re-doing all of our public computers. One major change we’re making is to switch to Firefox for our web browser, instead of the Internet Explorer/Public Web Browser combo we’ve always used. The reason we’re switching is a simple one – Firefox is just cooler. It lets us have more control over how the browser functions, and lets us offer more tools integrated right into the browser. Better for us, better for patrons. Here’s […]

DOPA, Again… Illinois, Again…

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9937956-7.html A Republican congressman who has sponsored legislation banning access to social-networking Web sites in schools and libraries has found a new target of displeasure: Second Life. Rep. Mark Kirk, who is seeking re-election this year, staged a press conference at a library in his suburban Chicago district on Tuesday to highlight what he called the “dangers” of the virtual world to children. Flanked by local officials, he also released a letter asking Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic to “take action to warn parents of the similar dangers and sexually explicit content found on Second Life.” Kirk said he was appalled that Second […]

How Wikipedia stacked up against subscription databases

Stephen Francouer writes: http://tinyurl.com/556pof My Plan Do quick look ups of nineteen terms and concepts discussed in Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody to see what reference sources would be more helpful to the students I work with. Methodology Using quotation marks around search terms to force phrase searches, I looked in the following resources: Wikipedia Encyclopedia Britannica Gale Virtual Reference Library Oxford Reference In any given set of search results, I would look first for main entries that mirrored my search terms exactly and record any such precise hits in a table. If there were no exact hits, then […]

A Day in the Life of Iowa Libraries

Karen M. Burns, Administrator of the Southwest Iowa Library Service Area, writes: We did a National Library Week project this year–on the Wednesday of NLW we invited libraries in central, southwest and southeast Iowa to take photos of what was happening at the library that day, and upload up to 10 of them to a group on flickr.  I thought you might enjoy taking a look, they’re at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/dayiowalibraries/ We set up an FAQ page before hand, (http://www.swilsa.lib.ia.us/dayinthelife.htm) and did some “training” sessions in the Wimba online classroom.  The Meebo Me widget on the FAQ page was used more often than […]