Monthly Archives: November 2008

50 posts

Thanks SWFLN!

I gave two presentations last week for the Southwest Florida Library Network.  The slides for “Taming Technolust in a Hyperlinked World” are here. The best part of the time was getting to spend time with Lee LeBlanc, who is a little over a month in his new job at SWFLN: Continuing Education/Emerging Technologies Coordinator. Lee has been a TTW Contributor for almost a year and I’m always glad to hear what he thinks about libraries and our future.

TTW Mailbox: Taking the Library to the Beach

Jens Bang Petersen / / Gentofte Bibliotekerne writes to fill me in on somehting we discussed in the Next Generation Libraries panel at ILI in London – taking the library to users! Hello Michael We talked briefly at ILI2008, where I told you I was one of the librarians that visited the beach with a mobile ‘library’ this summer. You can see a small video made by the local newspaper/tv-station here: and an article here: This is our take on the library on the beach: very informal with books, comics, magazines that we do not need delivered back, and therefore […]

TTW Mailbox: LIS Edu Advisory Boards

Kirsten from the School of Library Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. writes a followup after a discussion at ILI in London: Our discussion about the future of  library education made me think about what we are doing up in Alberta. Under the chair Toni Samek (LJ teaching award winner 2007), I sit on an advisory committee that SLIS has gathered members of the academic, public,and special library community together to meet with students and faculty from the SLIS to discuss what kinds of librarians we’d love to see come out of the U of A. We talk about project […]

TechStatic Offers Reviews

Don’t miss: The Tech Static, a new collection development resource for technology titles, published its inaugural issue today. The need for such a resource became apparent when October 15 marked the last installment of Library Journal’s “Computer Media” review column, which The Tech Static’s creator, Rachel Singer Gordon, had been writing since 2002. This left a large gap in the library literature: no other librarian-targeted publication currently reviews computer books on a regular basis. To fill that gap, Singer Gordon created The Tech Static, a new resource for librarians focusing on reviewing technology-related books. The Tech Static assists librarians with technology-related collection development.

IT Professional says “No” & Phil Bradley Responds

I was following a thread by Phil Bradley about Facebook and bosses and found this: Charlie says this: As an IT professional I believe it would be a short-sighted and risky to allow employees or contractors to even possibly exchange corporate/business information through an unaccountable service such as facebook. For the following reasons: * user submitted information to Facebook is stored in the US where there is no comprehensive data protection legislation. * Facebook is a free service – what’s in it for them in the long run? What of intellectual property implications? * Facebook applications are notorious for […]

It’s all about People

I am hearting this post: Coming Full Circle: Humanity is the new Technology What I think is happening on the Web is very human. While we look toward trends like “cloud computing” it’s essential to understand what’s happening here. Sometimes, as human beings we don’t want human assistance, like for example if we’re checking out savings account or just need some cash from an ATM. In other instances, we are looking for a genuine human connection, and the Web spurred on by the advent of social networks is beginning to show signs of how this could possible be delivered. So […]

Searching the ALA Web Site Karen writes: When the ALA website went live last month, it did so with an added feature: the custom Search Engine Results Page. There are three parts to this, “key matches,” the usual kind of search results, and some ranked results from “big” Google. I had the task of building the initial set of key matches in the final hours before we went live, when most of the pages would be in their intended places. Since then, there have been changes, and some topics really do need key matches. Time for a tune-up. So, we ran a report of […]

Evaluating the Library’s Weblog

From an LIS768 Class Discussion: About a year back, my library department (youth services) decided to maintain a weblog – mainly with the purpose of highlighting the collection, programs, and services, and displaying photos of kids using the library.  We promote the blog by word of mouth (although, to be honest, this has method has fallen off since the blog’s early days), providing a link to the blog on the website, and displaying the addresss on some library materials. Well, almost a year later, the blog is fairly presentable and is updated somewhat frequently (between 4 and 10 times a month).  The author is usually me […]