Help Desks March 6, originally uploaded by thehubatwts. Don’t miss the Reference Desks Pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/referencedesks/pool/ How does your desk stack up? Have you added photos of your desk?
http://www.flickr.com/groups/tech-shots/ Do you have a great shot of people using technology in your library? Add it to the pool! Photographs submitted to the pool will periodically be selected for inclusion on the American Library Association TechSource blog. Photos depicting the use of digital technology in libraries are preferred, but archival photos of other technologies in libraries are also welcome. Be creative! Please tag your posts accordingly so that other flickr users can find your photos. The pool will be swept periodically for photos that the Editors deem inappropriate to the pool. The incredible Cindi Trainor is running this wonderful addition to […]
hey, that’s me!, originally uploaded by The Shifted Librarian. Don’t miss these posts from Jenny Levine: http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2008/06/17/thinkering-spaces-in-libraries.html http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2008/06/18/mashing-up-content-in-the-library-thinkering-spaces-ii.html http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2008/06/24/implementing-the-prototype-thinkering-spaces-iii.html BIG stuff.
http://www.macworld.com/article/134054/2008/06/itunesstore.html Apple on Thursday announced that more than five billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from its iTunes Store. According to NPD MusicWatch figures, the iTunes Store is the number one music retailer in the U.S.; Apple also says that the iTunes Store is the most popular online movie store in the world, with people renting and buying more than 50,000 movies every day. File this under “What to do about the AV department.”
http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-editors/2008/06/06/has-video-killed-the-blogging-star/ …there’s definitely lots going on with video, but I firmly believe most people spend so much time in their pyjamas they won’t want to be on video most of the time they spend online. It’s hard enough to get people to use their own names in discussion forms, blog and article comments.Someone sent us a link to this WordPress plugin the other day that allows people to make comments in blogs with videos. It’s kind of neat and perhaps the kind of thing we’ll be seeing more of soon. It’s complimentary to the Web 2.0 activity that already exists rather than […]
http://www.geekinthestacks.com/2007/12/keys-to-successful-self-check-out.html This is GOLD if you are pondering self check, etc: (emphasis mine) Make it all or nothing. When we made the strategic decision to move to customer self check we removed the option for customers to have staff assist them in checking out materials. We made the decision to replace most of our staff terminals with self check units. I have seen a lot of libraries put up 1 or 2 units, off to the side of the circulation desk, but this is really a losing effort that has no meaningful impact. People are slow to change unless they no […]
http://wlteam.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-is-school-library-20.html …Now let’s strip away the technology for a moment and look just at the activities that are bolded above. Are there tools beyond Web 2.0 that we can use to strengthen our school library’s importance in our students’ learning lives? Let’s try the list of important themes and concepts again, this time mapping to non-technology things we find in strong libraries: Working together (combining individual research into a group project, being part of a broadcast team, re-enacting a storytime tale through drama, contributing findings to a community “graffiti” bulletin board) Finding and sharing one’s voice (via meaningful instructional projects that call […]
Profiles have great potential, writes David Warlick: I’ve mentioned this in some of my presentations, that I do not believe that we – educators older than 30 (arbitrarily chosen age) – truly understand social networks yet. For instance, we’re trying to grow individual and independent social networks out of every discipline, school level, and just about any other probable community of educational interest. I’ll bet I’ve been contaced by e-mail or phone call by no fewer than ten people over the past month, each wanting me to see their social network. “This social network is going to revolutionize physical education!” What strikes me […]
Insightful post by Brian Kelly: As I described in my response “Even If We’re Wrong, We’re Right” Martin’s post gave me a fresh insight into these issues. But what, I wonder, are the implications if we’re right? Perhaps it’s now timely to ask ourselves: What if externally-hosted services do turn out to be sustainable? What if technologies such as AJAX, coupled with ARIA support, provide usable and accessible services and define the type of user experiences which our users will expect in the services they use? What if an’edupunk‘ approach succeeds in implmenting change, leaving behind the more formal approaches to IT […]