Monthly Archives: May 2008

63 posts

John Berry & Sarah Dribin on Experience With the help of Dominican GSLIS student Sarah Dribin, I blogged John Berry’s talk at Dom this spring. He, in turn, picked up on the post for an LJ column on experience: I think it was Dribin who asked me after the talk what I thought about “experience” as a qualification for a library job. My response to the question “resonated” with her. “Experience is possibly the most overrated asset that an individual can possess,” I had said. My own students complain bitterly when they find “experience” that they haven’t yet been able to gain listed as a preferred […]

Arlington Heights Takes Learning 2.0 to the People

Arlington Heights Memorial Library rolls out “A Baker’s Dozen” – a 13 part, 13 month learning program for library users. It’s nice to see Helene Blowers ultra-successful model adapted for patrons. I’ll be watching this one closely. You may have seen the phrase “social networking,” along with mention of sites such as MySpace and FaceBook. Do you watch or even upload videos to YouTube? Do you read blogs and subscribe to RSS feeds? Maybe you’ve added some photos to Flickr. All of the aforementioned sites are part of the Web 2.0 craze. Please join AHML for the next year and 1 month for a Baker’s Dozen; each month this series will highlight a Web 2.0 topic and tool as well as feature a brief […]

Drupal in Libraries: A New Library Technology Report

Drupal in Libraries by Andy Austin and Christopher HarrisLibraries are about content: acquiring it, storing it, indexing it, retrieving it, and presenting it. Content management systems (CMS) help libraries accomplish these tasks on the Web by providing a back-end structure for a Web site so that librarians can focus on content. Authors Andy Austin and Christopher Harris have evaluated a number of these systems and have selected Drupal as the CMS with the best balance of usability and power. In this issue of LTR, you will learn how this open-source content management system makes use of the separation of content and […]

No MySpace Please

    No MySpace Please, originally uploaded by Jeff Kreger. Update: Jeff writes: A little more background. That picture is from a branch connected to a High School. There is security at the branch all day and even the local sheriffs stopping by after school lets out to make sure everything is in order. We have 32 public PCs and they felt not enough staff to keep watch. Complaints were made about students grouping around the machines and making noise so the decision was made between our director and the schools superintendent to not allow anyone to use it. I […]

Finding Balance

5 Tips to Help You Live a Well-Balanced Life: Tip # 2: Learn Healthy Coping Strategies Living a balanced life means that it’s important to learn healthy coping strategies. We all get overwhelmed from time to time so we need to know how to deal with stress and issues as they arise. One way to do this is by recording stressful events, your reaction to it, and how you could have reacted in a journal. The whole piece is straight forward and useful. This might be good for some personal reading or for sharing with your team or department.

Napster Launches MP3 Store

Some synchronicity with the last post about Netflix: The Napster MP3 store has over 6 million songs that will be sold without any Digital Rights Management (DRM). This allows customers purchasing music from Napster to load their songs on virtually any MP3 player, including Apple’s iPod and iPhone. Songs on Napster’s download store will sell for 99 cents and albums will cost $9.95 — pretty much the same price as Apple’s pricing on iTunes. Currently Apple’s FairPlay DRM restricts the number of computers a user can have registered to play songs purchased from the iTunes Store, a restriction some […]

Netflix Streaming Box

File this under AV Trendspotting and watch how this emerging application/technology changes consumer consumption of digital content: While appearing to have double the collection of Apple TV of Vudu, what do you get in Netflix’s 10,000 movie collection? Basically, you get a lot of back catalog (classic movies) and a lot of TV shows (unheard of in rental situations!) right as they hit the market. But you don’t get the same blockbusters on day one release that you’d get from Apple TV or VuDu. That makes the Netflix box and disc system a great supplement to those systems, which seem […]