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TTW Mailbox: Emerging Technology Committee at Monroe County Library System

Patricia Uttaro, Assistant Director, System Services at the Monroe County Library System in New York, writes: I’ve been meaning to write to you for awhile to fill you in on activities in the Monroe County Library System since your visit here in 2006.  The system now has an Emerging Technology Committee that just celebrated its first anniversary. At our last meeting, I asked if anyone was ready to drop off the team after a busy year, and the response I got from one and all was “No Way! We’re having way to much fun!”   The ETC has produced three Technology Camps for […]

Emerging Technology Committee

Michael Casey posts at Library Crunch: As chair of my library system’s Emerging Technology committee, I made it a point to choose two IT staffers to serve on this six person committee. The charge of the committee is to examine both new technologies and technologies that may be new to the library world (though they are used in other areas). Many of the products and services we examine are in early beta stages, or they are only being used by a small handful of institutions. Once again, Mr. Casey eloquently states something I deeply believe: libraries need a Technology Think […]

Taming Technolust: Ten Steps for Planning in a 2.0 World (Full Text)

Stephens, M. (2008). Taming technolust: Ten steps for planning in a 2.0 world. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 47, 4, 314-317. Note: This article was originally published in RUSQ and on the RUSQ Blog. Permission has been granted to share it here as well. I’ll be using it for a workshop next week at the 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting, Sandton, South Africa. Back in 2004 when I started writing and speaking about technology planning, I urged librarians to be mindful of letting a desire for flashy, sexy technology outweigh conscious, carefully planned implementations. Over the years, I’ve returned to […]

Looking Back at TechSource: 5 Years of Blog Posts

I contributed my final post as a regular author this week at ALA TechSource. I must say it makes me a bit emotional but it’s time to move on to focus on other things. I thought I take this chance to point back to some of my favorite posts from the last 5 years of writing at TechSource. One of my favorite things to do was a “back and forth” interview/discussion style post. Here are some of the best of the best: John Blyberg: On the L2 Train | Information Experience Michael Casey: Where Do We Begin? | Better Library Services for More […]

Taming Technolust: Planning in a Hyperlinked World

I am particularly enjoying this slide this morning. 🙂 Here are the slides as PDF from the original keynote file. Links for the presentation today: Technoplans Vs Technolust at Library Journal 2004 Taming Technolust article at RUSQ: Links: ACRL Changing Roles “Let Go of Control” Cell Phone Sign: Brian Herzog’s Signs: The Cluetrain Manifesto: Emerging Technology Committee @ TTW Michelle Boule on Beta Prototyping from Brian Mathews Transparency: The Open Door Director Trend Map: Open Source Software: Casey Bisson’s LTR Karen Schenider on OSS in SLJ “Free for All” Learning 2.0 & Learn & Play @CML Be Curious

TTW Mailbox: Tucson Pima Library 2.0

Mary Mitchell, part of the Web Team at Phoenix Public Library, writes: I want to share a link to a library that is doing cool things-and it’s not even my library. I wrote about it on my week-old blog: The Tucson Pima County Library has a wonderful link on their public website about a program that their staff presented at last week’s Arizona Library Association Conference. They did a great program on practicality of Library 2.0 and talked about their Emerging Technologies group. Great idea – and great to share the whole thing with their community! Thanks for […]

Five Phrases I Hope I Never Hear in Libraries Again (based on a true story)

(A confession: I’ve been sitting on this post a LONG time…I finally decided to put it out there and see how it goes.) I happened across this post at Wandering Eyre entitled “IM me. Oh wait, we do not do that here. (Read the whole post & the comments!) “…my library’s new web developer, and my technology partner in crime, asked me last week why we do not have IM. It is blocked on the staff computers and we do not do chat reference. I sighed heavily and told her that was a conversation best had over drinks, but I […]

Community Building Through Your Web Site: Library Blogs and RSS Feeds

What fun! We had a great crowd for the session being in the last slot of the conference! Links to our presentation: Our Six Things We Can Do Now: (Via the Librarian in Black) 1. Read weblogs and checkout what other libraries are doing. Keep tabs on new developments. Go to 2. Start your own “What’s New” blog at your library. Update it often and create an environment of dynamic content. Turn comments on. 3. Appoint a “trend reporter” at the library who watches what’s going on and reports back to staff. Form an Emerging Technology Committee. 4. […]

Ten Ways to Lose Your Techie Librarians (Updated)

On page 67 of the January/February Public Libraries magazine is one of the HOTTEST numbered lists I’ve read in a long time: “How to Lose Your Best People” is authored anonymously by “several seasoned librarians.” Points like “Nitpick the dress code – because socks are essential for good public service” are not only humorous but very telling in some libraries. So with apologies to the Seasoned Anonymous Writers, let me offer up: Ten Ways to Lose Your Techie Librarians 1. Dismiss blogs/wikis/RSS as just for the geeks not library users 2. Plan technology projects without involving them until the wheels […]

Ten Techie Things for Librarians 2006 (Updated 2)

On January 27th, I spoke at the Panhandle Library Access Network Tech Day. The crowd, facilities and discussion were incredible. We discussed many of these points as well as ways to effectively incorporate and plan for new technologies, such as IM, blogs and wikis. It’s appropriate then to post this list I’ve been working on because I believe these are some things librarians need to be aware of as we move into 2006 and beyond, amid the discussions of Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the future of library services. Last year’s list is here. These are the things I would […]