Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

14 posts

How the Google generation thinks differently

How the Google generation thinks differently Nice article from the Times, that features quotes from UK Web Focus Brian Kelly: Brian Kelly has been championing the digital revolution since setting up one of the first educational websites at the University of Leeds in 1993. He’s now a national adviser to higher education, based at the University of Bath. I’m not surprised when he tells me I was wrong to confiscate my son’s computer. “When I was doing my physics A level, I had one standard textbook in which everything was gospel. Your son can go online, find information that challenges […]

Shelf Life – Have you seen it?

Have you seen Shelf Life?  I think director Tamar Helpern knows a bit about libraries. Although overtly stereotypical, head branch librarian Betty exhibits some behaviors I’ve seen in libraries.  At one point, Betty is shown taping her name to all of HER office supplies!  Quirky, dark and a tad low budget, you might consider adding this one to your queue.

Privacy Fiends?

Via Katharine, a Dom GSLIS student, Librarians want to turn us all into privacy fiends The ALA’s new campaign wants to 1) educate people, and then 2) turn them into activists. The education component of the three-year program will make people aware, for instance, that “checking out a biography of Osama Bin Laden could prompt seizure of their library records” or that “online searches create traceable records that make them vulnerable to questioning by the FBI.” The ALA also worries about provisions in the law that “gag” the people who are on the receiving end of government orders to turn […]

Losing Your Cuil (Heh)

Via TechCrunch: How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch The hype cycle now lasts less than a day. Take yesterday’s over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods. This was entirely the company’s own fault. It pre-briefed every blogger and tech journalist on the planet, but didn’t allow anyone to actually test the search engine before the launch. The company’s founders have a good pedigree, and have developed a unique way to index the Web cheaply and at massive scale. But creating a big index […]

More on Social Learning

http://libraryclips.blogsome.com/2008/07/27/counters-to-enterprise-20-objections/ John at Library Clips weighs in on 15 Objections to Using Social Learning: Objection #5: How Do You Know it’s Accurate? What if someone posts inaccurate information (unlike email it’s visible to a lot of people), and someone acts on it? I actually mentioned this in a previous post as the garderns job, to go back to old posts and re-edit them or use comments to correct situations. But this is self-organised as well, the ecosystem may correct itself to an extent, people are quick to catch people out and correct things. The blogosphere is self-regulating in this way, you say […]

Google & NSW Department of Education

Via KatieTT on the Twitter: http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/google-enrolled-for-schools-email-deal/2008/07/29/1217097291695.html Although Google offers Gmail to education providers free, SMS Management and Technology said there were significant costs associated with providing tight security and integrating the email system with the department’s existing portal. “This will be one of the biggest Gmail deployments in the world,” said its spokesman, Matthew Kaufman, who said Macquarie University had also recently signed up for Gmail. The US-based information technology analyst Matthew Cain, from Gartner, said it was no secret why Microsoft and Google are “assiduously courting” the .edu community with free email services. “If the vendors can get students […]

Flickr Photos and Photo releases

  Contenders DDR, originally uploaded by Lester Public Library. Please read this post and the comments at LiB: http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinblack/2008/07/photo-release-f.html The one major goal (and you probably already guessed it) is the requirement to have a signed photo release form from anyone who is identifiable in any photos of using the library’s services, in the library, outside the library, anywhere. I know libraries that require releases only for photos with 5 or less people in them. I know libraries that require releases period, for every face, back of the head, profile, anything. I know libraries that only require releases for photos […]


I’m enjoying checking out BiblioCommons at the Oakville, Ontario, library in Canada.  Library Journal covered it here: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6579748.html I also enjoyed the recent coverage from Jenny Levine: http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2008/07/23/bibliocommons-goes-live.html As I noted in my CiL talk, it’s refreshing just to see a catalog I could log in to with a username instead of a barcode – what a novel idea! Don’t even get me started on the fact that the interface includes terms like “connect,” “network,” and “trusted sources.” So much good stuff here, though – ratings, tags, lists, users, comments, recommendations, faceted browsing, contextual help, natural language (not jargon), user-based age ratings, […]